“So That Wasn’t Very Easy” — Alton’s Post-Star Rundown

by , July 20th, 2014


Every week, Alton Brown is joining the Star Talk roster to talk about the most-recent elimination and the thoughts behind each difficult decision from the judges’ perspective.

Click play on the video above to find out why Alton voted the way he did. (Spoiler alert: The latest finalist sent home is revealed in the video.)

10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 20th, 2014

10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh BasilThe best part of summer is the abundance of fresh herbs that can be used to season even the most-mundane dishes. One of these herbs is basil, which has a bright and sweet flavor profile and can be used in a number of recipes, from pesto to seafood. If you’re worried about how to incorporate it in your daily recipes, take a look at this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a post from our Healthy Eats blog outlining ‘10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil‘.

For more healthy summer inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Check Out the Blog Post: 10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil

Keep Cool with Watermelon Cocktails

by in Drinks, July 19th, 2014

Think about the first time you go to the grocery store or farmers market and see a big display of bright-green watermelons. It’s hard not to pick up one of those beauties and use it in every possible way. But the options don’t end with putting it in a fruit salad or on the grill. Watermelon is also super versatile when it comes to drinks, including cocktails. Adding it in or using it as a base gives any drink that juicy, slightly sweet flavor for which watermelon is known. So check out these one-of-a-kind recipes and start embracing the wonderful world of watermelon cocktails.

Watermelon Mai Tai: A spicier alcohol like rum might not be the first thing you think of when you want to cool off during a hot summer day, but this drink uses it perfectly. With watermelon and lime to cut through the strong flavor of the rum, it goes down nice and smooth. Just don’t let the fruity flavor fool you into having too many.
Watermelon Mai Tai

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New Spins on a Pantry Staple: 5 Uses for Soy Sauce

by in Recipes, July 19th, 2014

Soy-da Glazed Pulled PorkWhile you may reach for soy sauce only when making — or opening up the delivery containers of — Asian-inspired dishes, this deliciously salty condiment can also be a shining ingredient in other kinds of plates, as The Kitchen co-hosts explained on this morning’s all-new episode. Read on below to get the cast’s top recipes for soy sauce-based greens, salad, pulled pork and more.

The sweetness of the orange soda is balanced by the savory soy sauce and the subtle heat of crushed red pepper in Jeff Mauro’s Soy-Da Glazed Pulled Pork (pictured above). He waits until the bone-in pork shoulder has been roasting for a few hours before adding the glaze (so the sugars don’t burn in the oven).

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Summer Slow-Cooking: How to Bake Without Heating Up the House

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 19th, 2014

How to Bake Without Heating Up the HouseWho doesn’t love coming home to the aromas of a slow cooker filled with bubbling chili, steaming chicken and dumplings, or hearty beef stew on a cold day? The slow cooker is a staple for the busy person’s winter menu rotation. But come Memorial Day, many of us tuck the slow cooker away in the garage on top of a carton of wool mittens and mothballs, not to be seen before the first chill of Halloween.

I want to change that, one household at a time. I’d like to make the case for slow-cooking in summer. In fact, I think it is the most-underused companion to your summer outdoor barbecue.

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The Milkman Returneth (Glass Bottles, Bow Tie and All)

by in News, July 18th, 2014

The Milkman Is Back (Glass Bottles, Bowtie and All)Do you remember the good old days — back before supermarkets and shopping centers swept into the suburbs and milk was routinely pasteurized, homogenized and contained in plastic — when the milkman, dressed in his crisp white uniform, used to come in his truck or horse-drawn wagon, glass bottles clanking, and a set fresh daily supply of dairy on your doorstep?

Yeah, me neither. But even those who are too young to have had personal experience with the family milkman may feel nostalgic about the simplicity and the directness of the farm-to-table connection his cap-and-bow-tie-wearing image evokes. That collective sentimentality, as well as an interest in buying local, a commitment to quality and the lure of time-saving convenience, is the driving force behind a new (old) trend: the return of the milkman.

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Spiced Okra and Tomatoes — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, July 18th, 2014

Spiced Okra and TomatoesI am an okra missionary. I love okra. Okra lovers passionately love okra in all manners of being. Boiled, fried, steamed, grilled, broiled, pickled, raw, whole, sliced, julienned — you name it, okra lovers love okra. Those who hate it think it’s slimy, gooey and gummy. In my opinion, they haven’t met the right okra.

Okra is perhaps most famous as a common ingredient in the classic Louisiana dish, gumbo. (Okra helps thicken Creole gumbo; the other choice for thickening gumbo is file, or sassafras powder.) It has a long history in Louisiana, as it was popular with the French colonists and thrives in the moist heat.

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