- Fresh, sour cherries are the star of this Cherry Clafouti from Food Network Magazine.
Fresh cherries are at their peak May through August – don’t miss them! Debating between sweet and sour? Sweet cherries, like deep-red, heart-shaped Bing cherries, are most often eaten raw, but can also be cooked. Sour cherries are smaller and tart – they have a little too much pucker-power to eat raw but they’re the cherry of choice for cooking and baking (you’ll find them in canned cherry pie filling).
Find fresh cherries at your local farmer’s market or supermarket right now. Look for a bright color – they should be bright and glossy with plump-looking surfaces. If you’re cooking up a bowl-full, check out our cherry pitting tips.
Recipe ideas are endless, but here are our top 10 Food Network recipes that will keep your summer sweet – or sour.
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- According to our Facebook fans, everything's better with bacon. Even cupcakes.
We asked for it, and you delivered, with gusto, the wackiest flavor combos you crave. Some pairings were surprising, to say the least (shaved ice with sliced avocado and chocolate sauce on top? Really, Shannon Wahyudi?), but some sounded pretty good to us, like Tracy Schadler‘s salami and honey-walnut cream cheese on rye sandwich, Sara Beth Hanson‘s gouda, pear and anchovy on a Triscuit idea, or Mary Jefferson Rabon‘s pancakes and syrup served with a side of cheddar. A few were quite simple, Larry Marshall‘s favorite, for example: Hershey bars and beer. More still were elaborate – Donna Malarsie offered up her (healthy) crave-worthy recipe: Quinoa with feta, toasted almonds, orange pieces and dried cranberries tossed with a shallot, dijon, olive oil, lemon dressing, and Bill Hughes made us drool a bit thinking of his Smoked Coffee and Mignonette Pepper-Crusted Leg of Lamb.
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Have you seen the commercials or heard the buzz for Food Network’s new show 24 Hour Restaurant Battle?
- A Sneak Peek
Host Scott Conant, an esteemed New York City chef and a frequent judge on Chopped, gave a preview of this new reality competition at his restaurant Faustina. As guests toasted with summery cocktails and lined up for pasta, he exclaimed, “It’s hard enough to open a restaurant period, much less in 24 hours!”
- Chef/Host Scott Conant
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- Roasted pig from Smokin' Joe's True-Blue Texas Barbecue
Sure, summer is all about fantastic in-season veggies, but sometimes you need to take an afternoon to sit back, relax and smell the hickory smoke. Low-and-slow BBQ and grilled meats are definite highlights of my summer.
My heart skipped a beat when, browsing the booths at New York’s Meatopia event, I caught sight of this beautiful, whole roasted pig, courtesy of Smokin’ Joe’s True-Blue Texas Barbecue.
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- The Neelys' Beer Can Chicken being basted with a brush made of fresh-picked thyme and oregano.
This past week the Neelys announced they are bringing their BBQ expertise to the Big Apple with Neely’s Pig Parlor. While they definitely are the pit masters of pork, Pat’s recipe for Grilled Beer Can Chicken is superb for grilling at home. As strange as placing an actual bird on a beer can might seem I highly suggest giving it a whirl from my recent experience.
This past weekend I attended a backyard barbecue and the host put this recipe to the test, as he was a bit skeptical about the beer can too. He made the dry rub the night before including smoked paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried cumin, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt and black pepper that combined into dynamite! He patted down the chicken with the rub 12 hours before grilling so the flavors would meld together tenderizing the skin.
The day of his party he carefully placed the bird on the grill perched atop the 3/4-full light beer can—then he was able to set it and forget it. But he did baste the chicken every 30 minutes with a light barbecue sauce using (bonus!) a brush made out of fresh thyme and oregano picked from his garden. It added a fresh kick of flavor! After almost 2 hours of hungry anticipation I became a beer can chicken convert with my first bite—the spicy dry rub and beer provided a rich juiciness that I had never tasted before!
What are your favorite grilled chicken recipes for a summer cookout?
Here’s how it starts: The magazine staff pitches the idea to Food Network Kitchens. In this case, “How ‘bout 50 kebabs?” The concept is then assigned, by test kitchen vice president – Katherine Alford – to one of the recipe developers. 50 Kebabs went to Bob Hoebee, who has a special fondness for authentic, exotic foods from around the globe. And also, well, who else should develop a ton of kebabs but Bob . . .
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- FB fan David Perez's paella.
Oh, fans. Your food photos leave us overcome with feelings of love. And hunger.
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- Need a simple soccer snack? Try Giada's prosciutto-wrapped veggies.
Run with the ball, because even if you aren’t a soccer fan, you can’t avoid World Cup fever. Go team USA! When Landon Donovan scored in the final minute against Algeria this past week, the overwhelming vuvuzelas never sounded so sweet. Can you say GOOOOOOOOOAL?!
When you tune in to the USA vs Ghana game Saturday have fast summer-stunner eats on hand. Each takes less than 20 minutes to prep; I’d suggest keeping your appetizers simple and fun so as not to distract from the screaming, high-fiving and even fist pumping.
- Bring on the chips and Rachael's seven-layer dip!
To increase Team USA’s odds welcome your guests with Rachael’s Lucky 7 Layer Dip or one of Food Network’s other crowd-winning dips. Party it up with Giada’s Prosciutto-Wrapped Crudite for a mix of fresh summer veggies. And go for the goal with Bobby’s Grilled Flatbread with Asparagus Pesto! You can always rely on your guests to bring a classic six-pack but in case you want to up the World Cup ante let them wash everything down with Ina’s luscious Long Island Iced Tea.
What will you be munching on while watching the World Cup?
Our friends over at Tasting Table recently hosted a Lobster Roll Claw-Off featuring some of NYC’s finest versions of the classic. We were lucky enough to attend and sample all eight sandwich competitors.
- Claw-Off Fan Favorite, Courtesy of Tasting Table
You don’t have to be an East Coaster to enjoy this summertime favorite. Try these new takes on the traditional roll from Food Network hosts.
Bobby’s rolls with curry mayonnaise
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- Grilled hot dog with Michael Chiarello's quick pickle relish
I think summertime is all about haute hot dogs hot off the grill! Living in New York City, I have found that street vendors have really upped their hot dog toppings game. My best friend introduced me to Summer Saturdays at the Brooklyn Flea, which has an amazing hot dog vendor called Asia Dog. The varied toppings on their organic beef dogs are out of this world! They serve them with everything from spicy kimchi to exotic daikon and cilantro deliciousness.
Sadly I cannot make a trip to the Brookyn Flea every Saturday, but I have learned to dress up my dogs at home. Michael Chiarello’s quick pickle relish is a ramped-up classic that takes only minutes to prepare. It includes diced dill pickles, hot sweet mustard, pickle brine and fresh chopped dill. The simplicity of this will liven up your spread, and the fresh dill will give it a garden-fresh flavor.
And if you really want to turn up the heat I would try Tyler Florence’s Spicy Slaw. The crunch of the fresh green cabbage and spicy red chili peppers will make any hot dog dance in your mouth!
What are your favorite hot dog toppings?