The Fairest of the Fair Foods: 7 Must-Have Delights

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2016

Mini Corn DogsWith the first day of August mere hours away, we’ve officially entered the “close of summer” portion of the year. This means sweltering days, vacation escapes and, for many Americans, state fairs! I’m a native Midwesterner; the state fair holds a place near and dear to my heart. Where else can you ride a roller coaster, bet on a pig race, eat a Koolickle and see a Jason Derulo concert — all in the same day?

But the real reason to attend your local state fair? The food, of course! These days fair fare is crazier and tastier than ever, unabashedly presented in an “anything goes” atmosphere. Here are seven ways to get your fair fix at home.

Mini Corn Dogs with Homemade Mustard (pictured above)
For this fair-inspired finger food, Nancy Fuller bathes cut-up hot dogs in a classic cornmeal batter before dousing them in zippy homemade mustard.

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Caption It: Balancing Act Edition

by in Shows, July 30th, 2016

Caption It: Balancing Act EditionWith the Summer Games just around the corner, the co-hosts of The Kitchen let their Olympic spirit shine this weekend when they featured a globally inspired feast complete with recipes from around the world (think Mexican burgers, Vietnamese hot dogs and Brazilian chocolates) — and indulged in some friendly competition. They created an over-the-top obstacle course that demanded not only balance, agility and focus but also a hearty appetite as they tried Bobbing for Doughnuts on a string.

Take a peek at the photo above from this morning’s episode. Here Jeff Mauro is enduring the Spoon Balance test, in which he’s attempting to navigate tricky pool toys while keeping the lime on the spoon in his mouth. Next up for him will be the doughnut station, and then it’s on to Marshmallow Archery in a race against the clock.

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Chefs’ Picks: Culinary Vacations

by in Restaurants, July 30th, 2016

Chef Lisa Dahl in Mendoza, Argentina
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

It’s that time of year: August is a popular month for summer vacation, and many people across the country are getting ready to depart for far-flung destinations, where different cultures — and cuisines — await. Chefs do the same, and just like most food-minded travelers, they seek out delicious inspiration. Here, five chefs dish about their favorite culinary destinations.

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Just the Thing for a Hot Day: Slurpee Delivery by Drone

by in News, July 29th, 2016

Just the Thing for a Hot Day: Slurpee Delivery by DroneIt’s a hot-day dream come true: Slurpee delivery by drone. I mean, just imagine: There you are, mowing the lawn or just running errands in the heat and you’re feeling steamy, parched, in the mood for a frosty beverage.

Suddenly, look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a 7-Eleven drone bringing you a Slurpee — and whatever else you’ve ordered from your friendly neighborhood always-open convenience store. It’s like those old Kool-Aid commercials — only, you know, icier.

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Your Next Backyard Barbecue Needs Beer Gelatin Shots

by in Recipes, July 29th, 2016

Many of us love an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. A few of your favorite cans or bottles can play a vital supporting role at a cookout (the star, of course, is still whatever you throw on the grill). But if you want to get a little more creative and nudge your beer into the spotlight, we’ve got a killer way to do it — gelatin-ify it.

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The Pioneer Woman’s 10 Best Summer Desserts

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 29th, 2016

Individual Key Lime PiesYou might dream of juicy barbecued meats and tender grilled vegetables at summer cookouts, but you also know that one of the best parts of warm-weather dining comes at the end of the meal. When your sweet tooth is aching, follow Ree Drummond‘s lead and break out tubs of chilly homemade ice cream, indulgent cakes layered with fresh seasonal fruit and more sweet treats, like the fan-favorite recipes below.

Individual Key Lime Pies (pictured above)
It takes only four ingredients — lime juice, sugar, butter and eggs — to make the tangy filling for these personal pies.

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Families Hit the Road for a Face-Off on Season 7 of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, July 29th, 2016

Food TrucksThis summer The Great Food Truck Race returns for a new season, premiering Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9|8c. But this time things are a little bit different: Six teams of families have taken up the fight for the $50,000 grand prize as host Tyler Florence springs difficult challenges their way. None of the family members have ever operated a food truck business before, so they’re in for the ride of their lives, with some family drama along the way. The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off kicks off in Los Angeles and follows a scenic route down the California coast, finishing on Catalina Island, where the best food trucking family will ride off into the sunset with the grand prize.

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What to Watch: The Premiere of Giada in Italy, and the Finale of Food Network Star

by in Shows, July 29th, 2016

Food Network Star Season FinaleBefore a new Food Network Star is crowned this weekend, catch up on all the mouthwatering dishes your old favorites are making. First up on Saturday, Trisha Yearwood is hosting a pizza-and-movie night on the season premiere of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She’s keeping things simple but delicious with sweet Malted Milk Fudge and Basil Pesto Pizza. Up next, it’s bacon everything when Valerie Bertinelli plans dinner for her friend Jo Stougaard, a bacon aficionado. On the menu is Jalapeno-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, with salty-sweet Bacon Caramel Scuffins for dessert. After, Patricia Heaton is throwing a poolside luau party complete with tropical flavors like Macadamia Coconut Shrimp and Tropical Fruit Pops.

Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is back in Florence for the season premiere of Giada in Italy. She heads straight to the market and with her finds puts out a Northern Italian lunch for her friends, including Bruschetta and Marinated Bistecca Fiorentina. After that, it’s a class reunion on Guy’s Grocery Games as four chefs from Season 2 of Food Network Star reunite 10 years later. The alums will have to impress Guy Fieri with a 5-star dish made from a list of ingredients he picked specifically for them. After that, the three finalists on Food Network Star will watch their pilots with Giada and Bobby Flay, and a new Food Network Star will be crowned.

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Caption It: The Brink of Stardom

by , July 29th, 2016

Food Network StarThis. Is. It.

Fresh off last week's momentous pilot shoot with Guy Fieri, Damiano, Jernard and Tregaye are set to return to Food Star Kitchen for the last time on Sunday for what will be a life-changing finale — for one of them. These three Food Ne...

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All the Ways to Eat S’mores, with or Without a Campfire

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

S’mores. The delicious trio of crunchy graham crackers, melting chocolate and expertly toasted, ooey-gooey marshmallow has the power to make a grownup feel like a kid again. But there’s more than one way to eat this timeless trifecta. Read on for our favorite riffs, including desserts, breakfast and even a s’mores-inspired cocktail.

It’s hard to believe that this pretty 4-Ingredient S’mores Pie (pictured above) comes together with so few ingredients and only 15 minutes of prep and cook time. Simply melt milk chocolate and heavy cream in a microwave and pour it into a prepared graham cracker crust. Once the pie’s set, add the marshmallows and broil until they’re just this side of torched. Read more

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