10 In-Season Salads for the Final Days of Summer

by in Recipes, August 31st, 2015

Head to any large grocery store chain and you’ll likely find an imported supply of warm-weather produce, even in the dead of winter. But once cooler weather settles in, you won’t find any of your favorite summertime crops at the local farmers market, and certainly not in your own garden. In the battle of fresh versus imported, fresh always wins, so savor in-season produce at every opportunity before the bountiful supply of corn, tomatoes and zucchini runs dry until next year. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, turn to fresh, seasonal salads as a way to showcase the season’s bounty. Here are five fruits and vegetables you can’t miss, and a few salad recipes to help you make the most of each.

Sure, it’s possible to purchase avocados year-round, but the vibrant green fruit seems most at home in fresh summer salads. For creaminess and light, airy texture, the chefs at Food Network Kitchen include ripe Hass avocados in their mealworthy Crab and Avocado Salad (pictured at top). For a festive end-of-summer side salad, try Bobby Flay’s Crunchy Avocado Salad loaded with blue corn tortilla chips and aromatic spices, like cumin and paprika.

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What’s on the Menu at the 2015 U.S. Open

by in Events, August 31st, 2015

U.S. Open 2015 Culinary PreviewBy Katie Workman

Nothing says tennis tournament like a … steaming bowl of maple miso tofu with jasmine rice?

New York City has been upping its game in the sports-venue cuisine arena in recent years, and the scene at the United States Open, which kicks off today in the Queens neighborhood of New York City, is a prime example. You can definitely go with a hot dog and hamburger meal in mind and get it. But don’t expect defrosted meat — you’ll be getting skinless dogs and juicy burgers made with Pat LaFrieda beef. And if you are looking for another kind of culinary experience altogether, you’re going to have a lot of choices.

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Bobby Flay’s Grilled Ratatouille — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 31st, 2015

Grilled RatatouilleThere’s no denying that Mondays can sometimes feel like an abrupt transition from the relaxing weekend. So what better way to spice things up than by putting a fun twist on an ordinary recipe? Follow Bobby Flay’s lead with his Grilled Ratatouille (pictured above).

A classic French dish that combines eggplant, squash, peppers and herbs, ratatouille is a beautiful blend of colors and textures. Bobby transforms these fresh veggies — plus red onion and tomatoes — into a flavorful grilled meal in under 35 minutes. The key to perfectly grilling these vegetables is coating them with enough olive oil and turning them throughout the cooking process to ensure they do not stick or burn. Bobby also removes the tomatoes before the other veggies, as they cook a bit quicker. Once the other veggies are grilled, toss them with the tomatoes along with olive oil, garlic, oregano and parsley for a fragrant finish. Serve at room temperature or pack up for a picnic-ready meal.

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A Stationary Spoon Makes for Heightened Stirring — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, August 30th, 2015

A risotto’s success greatly depends on frequent stirring. So when Alton Brown auctioned off a fixed spoon — one suspended several inches in the air — on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the eviliciousness was in full effect for the chef forced to stir his risotto using only that spoon.

The Cutthroat culinary crew attempted this challenge in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages, and while the team indeed found the sabotage to be doable, attaining that result was nothing short of surprising — or risky. Filling in for a prop to hold the stationary spoon, food stylist Abel Gonzalez was on hand to assist Jamie Peterson, another food stylist, who tried his hand at making shrimp-studded risotto with the spoon that Abel held. “It’s going to be really difficult, because as soon as I lift [the pan] up, I’m getting it off the heat,” Jamie said, explaining the drop in temperature every time he moved the pan to meet the spoon. As the rice continued to cook, Jamie managed to remedy that problem by increasing the heat, but in doing so, he nearly singed a few arm hairs off of Abel when a cloud of hot steam shot up from the pan. “I’m actually human, and you actually burned me,” Abel told Jamie, reminding his fellow food stylist that he’s indeed not a table prop without feelings.

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Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge G. Garvin

by in Shows, August 30th, 2015

G. GarvinChef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin is a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Now G. is the chef at Low Country in Atlanta, his hometown. But before that G. was responsible for launching numerous restaurants in Los Angeles, where he cooked for celebrities and world dignitaries alike. When G.’s not hosting his Cooking Channel show Road Trip with G. Garvin or judging on Triple G, he’s developing his product lines, or taking time to mentor kids interested in culinary careers.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch G. on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

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The Pioneer Woman’s Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, August 30th, 2015

Macaroni and CheeseCreamy, rich and, of course, cheesy, Ree Drummond’s easy-to-make dish is packed with the timeless comfort you crave in a hefty bowl of hearty macaroni and cheese. Ready to eat in less than an hour, Ree’s recipe, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, features a buttery cheese sauce made with tangy sharp cheddar, plus a pinch of dry mustard to round out the flavor. After tossing in the pasta, the stovetop-or-baked decision is in your hands: Either enjoy the dish as it is, or top it with cheese and bake for even gooier results.

For more of Ree’s top recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook With: The Pioneer Woman board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Macaroni and Cheese

Who’s Up for a Cocktail … on Wheels?

by in News, Restaurants, August 29th, 2015

Who's Up for a Cocktail ... on Wheels?Thanks to food trucks, we’re used to being able to enjoy everything from edamame and escargot on a stick to tacos and giant cheese-filled Tater Tots rolling right up to us as we stroll down the street. But one on-the-spot food fancy the mobile-food movement hasn’t really taken upon itself to address — thanks, primarily, to a host of thorny alcohol-specific legal issues — is the craving for a cocktail.

Until now, that is.

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1 Base Salad Dressing: 3 Ways to Use It

by in Recipes, Shows, August 29th, 2015

Base VinaigretteWhile store-bought dressings and vinaigrettes are surely convenient, most are packed with sugar and sodium; the homemade stuff is quick to mix up, so stick with a recipe the next time you toss a salad. On this morning’s episode of The Kitchen, the cast introduced three bold — and fuss-free — salad dressings that can be ready in mere minutes. Start with Geoffrey Zakarian’s Base Vinaigrette (pictured above). Once you master that simple combination of red wine vinegar, shallots and oil, you can either serve that mixture on its own, like GZ does with arugula, or you can add more ingredients to create a brand-new dressing with rich tastes and textures.

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Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Troy Johnson

by in Shows, August 29th, 2015

Troy JohnsonAs a journalist and food critic for San Diego Magazine, Troy Johnson has eaten at his share of restaurants and lived to write about it. He’s also previously hosted Crave on Food Network. Currently he serves as a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, where he mixes his culinary knowledge with a bit of comedy. Find out Troy’s opinion on one of the show’s most-difficult games, his take on the food from his childhood and his favorite place to eat in his hometown.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Troy on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

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Oxford Adds “Hangry,” “Barbacoa” and “Awesomesauce” to Dictionaries

by in News, August 28th, 2015

By Lauren Haslett

“Hangry” is a word that’s made it into most of our lexicons at this point — only your grandma might question you when you utter it these days. But dictionaries aren’t exactly known for keeping on top of the latest slang, as most are reluctant to add such colloquial jargon to their official texts, and if they ever do, it’s usually years after the words have become popular with the public at large.

Oxford Dictionaries, though, is a part of the larger Oxford publishing group that deals with more modern words and usage, and this week it added “hangry” and a bunch of other now-popular words to its language guide. Unlike the oh-so-proper Oxford English Dictionary, which still holds all the details on more formal and officially correct usage in its pages, Oxford Dictionaries focuses on what people are talking about right now and how they’re using language in the moment.

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