Valerie’s 10 Best Summery Side Dishes

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 19th, 2016

Orzo SaladValerie Bertinelli, actress and host of Valerie’s Home Cooking, is a pro entertainer who loves to cook contemporary versions of classic recipes for family and friends. At her home in California, she’s able to grill outside nearly year-round, which has allowed her to perfect a lineup of fresh and seasonal sides, including the top picks below, to star at any alfresco meal.

Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes (pictured above)
Valerie keeps her take on herbed pasta salad light and fresh by skipping a heavy mayo-based dressing and opting for a mustard-lemon dressing.

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4 Raw Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends

by in Recipes, August 19th, 2016

Fresh Corn and Tomato SaladAs you wind down during the dog days of August, save yourself a step and stop cooking your summer corn. You’ll notice that crisp raw corn kernels taste sweeter than boiled or grilled corn. Raw corn is perfect for salads, salsas and topping pizzas. Read on for four raw corn recipes you’ll want to make before summer’s over.

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What to Watch: Back-to-School on The Kitchen, and a Pie Fight on Cooks vs. Cons

by in Shows, August 19th, 2016

The Kitchen Justin WarnerGet set for a weekend of kid-focused cooking and over-the-top competition on Food Network. On The Pioneer Woman on Saturday, Ree Drummond and her husband are heading out for the evening, so Ree’s prepping dinner for her kids at home. She’ll offer make-your-own Caesar salad kits and deconstructed mixed-berry shortcakes. Then, school’s back in session on The Kitchen, where the hosts will give tips on how to turn kids’ lunchbox foods into crafts, and Justin Warner will demonstrate some easy food-based science projects. Next, two kid chefs from Kids Baking Championship are stopping by Valerie Bertinelli’s house for lunch, where she’s serving up tasty bites like grilled Italian panini and soft pretzels with a chocolate-hazelnut dip.

On Sunday, jet off to Milan with Giada De Laurentiis on Giada in Italy as she reminisces about the life of her grandfather with her great-aunt Raffy as they prepare Raffy’s favorite dish, Ziti Stufati. Later, on Guy’s Grocery Games, chefs from around the world are spicing things up in Flavortown Market as they bring the heat and compete to make the best fiery dish for Guy Fieri and the judges. After that, the contestants on Chopped are competing in a chili cook-off where they’ll have to incorporate the classic American dish into each round. Then, on an all-new Cooks vs. Cons, pros and amateurs will be put to the test in two back-to-back kitchen challenges.

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Cocktail Bar Battles Cell-Phone Zombies with Foil-Lined Walls

by in News, August 18th, 2016

Cocktail Bar Battles Cell-Phone Zombies with Foil-Lined WallsEver find yourself at a restaurant feeling frustrated that your tablemates — friends, family, co-workers — are all glued to their phones, texting, emailing or posting images and messages on social media instead of, you know, actually making conversation with the people sitting directly across from them?

A British cocktail bar owner has taken aim at this problem in a big, bold way: by installing copper wire mesh in the ceiling and silver foil in the walls of his establishment in order to block access to the internet. Apparently, this sort of metal-wrapped signal blocker has a name: a “Faraday cage.”

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Frozen Desserts That Actually Improve Upon Ice Cream

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2016

We’ve got a few more weeks of peak ice cream season, the summer state of mind when turning on the oven to bake something for dessert is close to unthinkable. Eating ice cream straight out of the carton is perfectly acceptable when you’re alone, of course, but you’ll want to whip up one of these frozen treats (made with store-bought pints) for your next get-together. Read more

10 Things to Make with Summer Peaches Before It’s Too Late

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2016

Fresh Peach CakeYou can pretty much bank on many of your favorite veggies being available in the supermarket year-round. No matter their true season, a sturdy stalk of broccoli, leafy lettuces and even once-just-for-fall apples will still line the shelves. But the same simply doesn’t go for peaches. Right up there with tomatoes, these fuzzy, juice-loaded gems are nearly impossible to get your hands on at any other time of year — at least if we’re talking good ones. Now that they’re ripe for the picking, these are the 10 recipes you should make with them — before it’s too late.

10. Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake (pictured above)

There’s nothing like the smell of warm peach cake in the house. Peel, pit and slice the juicy summer beauties before nestling them in a thick, sour cream-spiked batter. Strewn with cinnamon sugar and topped with crunchy chopped pecans, this rustic cake is best served warm.

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“This Always Gives Me Anxiety” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 17th, 2016

Following tonight’s brand-new fried-food episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the After-Show started innocently enough: Judge Jet Tila had his shopping basket in hand, ready to take on the pantry and gather ingredients to cook. “This always gives me anxiety,” he admitted. And no sooner did the judge voice that admission did he start to experience the all-too-familiar pain of host Alton Brown‘s eviliciousness. First up: the basket. Alton ditched it and instead saddled Jet with a long-billed fish onto which he had to thread his pantry ingredients. From there the situation simply turned more and more diabolical.

“Bring in the giant chicken leg, please,” Alton called out as Jet attempted to start his tempura-fried shrimp. Sure enough, Jet found himself about to cook with one leg inside that oversize chicken leg, but he took it in stride — until Alton gave him yet another sabotage, a chicken wing, of course. “Oh, come on,” Jet proclaimed. “I’m going to cheat,” he added, resorting to using both of his hands to prep, though the competitor wasn’t so lucky in the cooking round. With both hands in motion, Jet managed to prep his shrimp and the corresponding batter, and the situation looked manageable. But then eviliciousness struck again: Enter the churro Bobs. “Call your Bobs off!” Jet pleaded with Alton as two Bobs sandwiched Jet as he attempted to move about the kitchen. Both the judge and the host managed to present fried shrimp, though Alton wasn’t shy about proclaiming which he thought was the strongest. (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t Jet’s shrimp.)

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Let Them Eat Prosciutto (and Pepperoni and Salame and Soppressata and Capicola)!

by in News, August 17th, 2016

Let Them Eat Prosciutto (and Pepperoni and Salame and Soppressata and Capicola)!Should parents who raise their children on a vegan diet go to prison: si o no?

A lawmaker in Italy is pressing for legislation that will make feeding your child a strictly vegan diet, which precludes the consumption of animals and animal products, including eggs and dairy, punishable by one year in prison. The law proposes steeper sentences for cases where veganism has been deemed to have led to a serious health issue (up to four years) or death (up to seven years).

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Spike It: Blueberry Pie Milkshakes

by in Recipes, August 17th, 2016

Blueberry Pie MilkshakesGuys, my grandmother made the BEST pies. Like, the absolute best. Now, I know that sounds completely cliched. Yes, of course she made incredible pies, because she was a grandmother. Right? That’s sort of how it works. I’m hoping that by the time I’m a grandmother, I’ll be able to make awesome pies, since my pie-making skills these days are severely lacking. But the thing was that, as far as I know, she could always make a killer pie. Always.

She had tons of specialties. She baked pies every Sunday, every single week. They differed depending on the season, of course. Her apple was incredible. Her cherry was fabulous. She made the best pumpkin custard pie around the holidays, and her coconut cream pie still haunts me, because I’ve never found anything like that. It truly melted in your mouth.

Once, she made a peanut butter pie that my cousins and I lost our minds over. She never made it again, and we were devastated. She did a few old-school pies, like mincemeat and date, and I refused to even taste those ones, because the names freaked my 10-year-old self out way too much. Her berry pies were an absolute dream. She made a wonderful black raspberry pie, occasionally a strawberry pie and always a blueberry pie. Always.

I find blueberry pie the most difficult to make. Well, scratch that — it’s not that it’s the most difficult to make, but it sure is difficult to slice into adorable pieces without losing all of the incredible filling. Whomp whomp.

So we’re going to solve that problem today. Take your pie — more specifically, your leftover pie. You know, the one sliver or piece that has been sitting there for two days and is just practically done. You doubt you’ll eat it.

But guess what? You sure can drink it!

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3 of a Kind: Serious Coffee Milkshakes

by in Restaurants, August 17th, 2016

Supercrown Coffee Roasters
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

There are two kinds of coffee milkshakes: sweet, silky scoop-shop concoctions made with ice cream that just happens to be coffee-flavored; and serious, espresso-spiked caffeinators that just happen to be made with ice cream. When you’re looking for a buzz, here are three great places to find the latter.

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