PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of Episode 7

by , July 5th, 2016

Food Network StarFrom a frozen baking task in the Mentor Challenge to an impromptu tiki party in the Star Challenge, the Food Network Star finalists were pressed for patience, time and entertaining this week. The drama unfolded both in the kitchen and onstage, and it...

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6 Outrageous Ways to Dress Up Hot Dogs (Like Mexican Street Corn Style)

by in Recipes, July 4th, 2016

Mexican Street Corn DogWe love ketchup and mustard. They’re tried-and-true classics that will always have a place in our refrigerators. But when it comes to topping our hot dogs, sometimes we need a little bit more oomph than they can provide. That’s why this summer we’re benching good old ketchup and mustard in favor of this all-star lineup of crazy-good toppings.

Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog (pictured above)
The creamy, spicy flavors of Mexican-style corn pair perfectly with the smokiness of a grilled hot dog. Toss roasted corn kernels with a little mayo and lime juice, and spoon them over the hot dog. Top with oregano, chili powder, crumbly Cotija cheese, hot sauce and mayo.

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Ree’s Black Bean Burgers — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 4th, 2016

Ree Drummond's Black Bean BurgersIf you’re looking for a game-changing veggie burger recipe to wow your guests this July 4th — look no further. Beans are usually a go-to substitute for meat in tacos and chilis, but they’re also versatile enough to make into out-of-this-world veggie burgers.

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A Cranky Italian, Reconstructed TV Dinners and a Hollow Victory — Alex’s Star Report

by , July 4th, 2016

Food Network StarFirst things first this week. So all we had to do was spring some frozen ingredients on the Food Network Star contestants to see a whole other side of Damiano’s personality? There was no talk of Italy. No farm stand of fresh fruit that he will brin...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 3rd, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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Why Ice Cream Is the Most-Patriotic Dessert on July 4th

by in Holidays, July 3rd, 2016

Photo: Jack Jelly/Getty Images

Still deciding which dessert to serve at your July 4th party? This piece of little-known American trivia proves that one choice is better — or at least more patriotic — than the rest:

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10 Things I Ate About You: Marquette, Mich.

by in Restaurants, July 3rd, 2016

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10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.

Brimming with natural beauty, Marquette, Mich., is a waterfront community perched on the banks of Lake Superior that attracts visitors year-round with its abundance of outdoor activities (skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and fishing, to name a few). All of that fresh air is bound to make you hungry, and locals (referred to as Yoopers), Wildcats (Northern Michigan University students) and tourists alike have increasingly diverse options for refueling in the Upper Peninsula’s largest city. Here’s where to get your fill of local flavors, from neighborhood stalwarts serving whitefish pulled straight from Lake Superior to downtown destinations dishing up everything from German sausages to Cajun risotto.

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Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 3rd, 2016

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats Food Network

Stuffed vegetables are an easy and creative way to squeeze more summer produce onto your plate. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a kid-friendly recipe from Nancy Fuller, hollowed-out zucchini halves are filled with a mixture of sauteed spicy sausage, juicy tomatoes, onions and fresh garlic for a flavor-packed dish. Before putting the “boats” into the oven, Nancy tops them with rich Parmesan and shaved mozzarella for a cheesy finish.

For more easy summer recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Seasonal: Summer! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

What Do I Do with Kohlrabi?

by in In Season, Recipes, July 3rd, 2016

KohlrabiKohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable, just like cabbage, broccoli and kale. This funny-looking vegetable is about the size and shape of an orange, with a bunch of leafy stems sticking out. It has a thick skin that can range from pale green to purplish, though the inside is always a very pale yellow. The leaves are all edible (the freshest kohlrabi will still have the leaves attached, which can be eaten raw or cooked like any greens). The smaller bulbs tend to be more tender and flavorful, but the large ones are also fine for cooking and eating. In taste and texture, kohlrabi reminds me of peeled broccoli stems with a bit of peppery radish thrown in.

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5 Flag-Inspired Treats for Your July 4th Celebration

by in Holidays, July 2nd, 2016

With July 4th just around the corner, we’ve got cookout fare on our minds: juicy burgers and brats, creamy potato salad, thick slabs of buttered cornbread. And let’s not forget dessert. These flag-inspired treats will make the perfect patriotic conclusion to your backyard gathering with family and friends.

Ina Garten’s Flag Cake (pictured at top)
Topped with rich cream cheese frosting and seasonal summer berries, this cake is the best centerpiece for your July Fourth celebration. Make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time, and decorate it with berries and frosting just before serving.

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