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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What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae Sauces

by in Recipes, Shows, July 2nd, 2016

What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae SaucesOn its own, ice cream is great. Actually, it’s really great. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make this staple summertime dessert into an even more indulgent and sweet-tooth-satisfying treat. That’s where the sundae sauce comes in. Just a drizzle of these rich toppings is all it takes to make you feel like you’re eating an extra-special dessert. Bonus: These sauce recipes aren’t tricky or time-consuming to make. In fact, they’re easy enough to prepare on a weeknight when you’re feeling decadent. The co-hosts of The Kitchen showed off three must-try takes on sundae sauces on this morning’s brand-new episode. Read on below to get a trio of ideas from Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro.

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Chefs’ Picks: Hot Dogs

by in Restaurants, July 2nd, 2016

Walter's Classic Hot Dog and Curly Fries

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Forget apple pie: There’s nothing more American than tubed meat inside a bun. In honor of Fourth of July and, well, summer, we’ve asked chefs from across the country about their favorite hot dogs.

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Food Network Magazine Is Looking for America’s Best Block Parties!

by in Food Network Magazine, July 1st, 2016

Block Party SpreadThis summer, take your celebration to the streets: Food Network Magazine is looking for the best block parties in America. Share your block-party pics on Instagram with the tag #FNMagBlockParty! (Your account must be public.)

New Orleans Baseball Team Lets Fans Vote for Food-Inspired Names

by in News, July 1st, 2016

New Orleans Baseball Team Let's Fans Vote for Food-Inspired NamesNew Orleans is a great food town — and the Big Easy’s big pride in its culinary pleasures apparently reaches way beyond its amazing eateries and into its minor-league baseball stadiums.

The New Orleans Zephyrs, a triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins that makes its home in the Crescent City suburb of Metairie, Louisiana, recently invited fans to suggest a new name for the team. After whittling down the list of proposed monikers, the team has unveiled its seven finalists, inviting the public to vote for their favorites on the team’s website.

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Battle of the Pasta Salads: Mayo vs. No Mayo

by in Recipes, July 1st, 2016

Pasta Salad BattleSummer means cookouts, and cookouts mean pasta salad. If we had to guess, you belong in one of two camps of people: those who live for a creamy pasta salad loaded with the good stuff, or those who like to take a fresher, lighter mayo-free approach. In honor of this age-old battle of the sides, we’re bringing our favorite kinds of pasta salad to the table and letting the mayo and no-mayo renditions duke it out once and for all. For each type of pasta salad, whether it’s classic, family-friendly or something more adventurous, there’s a recipe for mayo lovers and haters alike.

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Caption It: You’re Invited to a Tiki Party

by , July 1st, 2016

Food Network StarThis Sunday marks the seventh week of the competition for the remaining Food Network Star finalists. With just a few challenges standing between them and potential Stardom, it's high time they celebrate with a party, right? Right. Well, kind of. This...

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What to Watch: Summertime Parties on The Kitchen and Big-Time Barbecue on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

by in Shows, July 1st, 2016

The Kitchen Cast Summer PartyIt’s red, white and barbecue this weekend on Food Network as all your favorite stars gear up for July 4th. Kick things off with Ree Drummond as she whips up 16-minute meals that are perfect for hot days, including Pasta with Pesto and Peas and juicy Mediterranean chicken skewers. Then, head down to the Hudson Valley as Nancy Fuller puts on a party for her friends, complete with summertime favorites like Corn Dog Bites and a Fresh Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.

Next, the cast of The Kitchen is showing you how to cook up their Independence Day favorites, including Sunny’s Classic Barbecue Chicken and three easy sundae sauces for the best Fourth of July dessert bar. After that, Valerie Bertinelli is throwing a festive girls’ party, complete with a fix-it-yourself catfish taco bar and refreshing watermelon cocktails. Round the morning off with Patricia Heaton as she hosts an all-American backyard barbecue, including Americana staples like Double-Loaded Cheeseburgers and sweet and savory Baked Beans with Apples and Onions.

Then on Sunday, head down to Flavortown Market for a summer-themed episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, where the contestants will have to cook an all-American meal featuring varied items from the store’s star-spangled sample tables. Next, the finalists on Food Network Star will have to team up and throw a festive tiki party, complete with an island-inspired menu. After that, Guy’s digging in at the best barbecue spots in America on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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Scenes from the Summer Fancy Food Show: A First-Timer’s Take and Tastes

by in Events, June 30th, 2016

Summer Fancy Food ShowBy Karintha Grune

Picture an enormous room filled with a seemingly endless number of products to sample. To your left is a long row of booths with the alluring smell of baked goods. To your right, enthusiastic people are talking about “the next best thing in water consumption.” Straight ahead are smiling faces in green shirts handing out samples of freshly brewed matcha tea. Those were my initial impressions as I walked into my first Summer Fancy Food Show, America’s largest specialty food and beverage show, which was held in New York City this week. Of the 2,550 exhibitors representing the next big products, big companies and big trends, these were three of my favorite.

All About the Alternative Flours
I headed toward some booths offering new substitutions for wheat flour. Bright packages filled with coconut, farro and banana flour began the extended choices of gluten-free and ancient-grain flours. Having never seen banana flour in my local grocery store, I was quickly intrigued. The allure of no longer having to wait for those perfectly ripened bananas before I could bake a delicious bread was a welcomed joy.

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3 Ways to Make a Crisp and Juicy Pork Cutlet – Chopped Junior

by in Recipes, Shows, June 30th, 2016

Japanese porkBy Angela Carlos

On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior, contestants opened their mystery baskets to find a collection of unusual ingredients, including alligator, a century egg and cashew cheese, but for these young cooks, it was the familiar pork cutlet that proved a challenge.

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