During the latest “Ask the Editor” chat on Food Network’s Facebook page, many readers inquired about mayonnaise in salads and how long they can be left out during summer months. With Fourth of July celebrations upon us, it’s important to practice food safety –you don’t want your guests missing the fireworks because they’re not feeling well. Even if you place Grandma’s famous potato salad in the shade, it has a timely expiration.
So how long is too long?
Read the rules after the jump »
This Fourth of July, whether you’re hosting a holiday cookout or will be a guest at a backyard bash, Food Network has recipes for simple, patriotic party desserts to celebrate this all-American holiday. These fruit-filled, flag-inspired treats can be easily packed for spill-free and frosting smudge-proof car rides, and will be enough to feed a whole crowd of firework-happy friends.
Food Network Magazine’s Fruit-Tart Flag (pictured above) is the ultimate star-spangled sweet. Store-bought mini tarts are filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese and topped with colorful fresh berries. Best of all, these two-bite stripes and stars are easily transported in shoe boxes and can be assembled at the party.
More patriotic dessert recipes »
Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in June? From Buttermilk Baked Chicken to BLT Pasta Salad and sweet Peach Cobbler, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:
10. The Neelys’ Buttermilk Baked Chicken
9. Paula’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
8. Ina’s Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake
7. Alton’s Good Eats Meatloaf
6. BLT Pasta Salad
Get the top 5 recipes for June after the jump »
The seventh season of Food Network Star is in full swing and the writers on the Star blog are dishing. This week, Melissa d’Arabian gives the finalists pep talks, Paula makes a surprise appearance and Orchid reins in Chris. If you missed last week’s episode, catch up with this recap or watch the latest exit interview.
Watch an all-new episode: Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Central
Summer is here, and with it comes a mixed bag of July food festivals that cool down and spice up Americans nationwide. Check out where to festively eat this month.
SIB: Seattle International Beerfest, Seattle, Wash., July 1-3: Summer without beer is like Christmas without eggnog. One of the Northwest’s best beer cities is offering visitors the opportunity to sample beer in all its quaffable glory. From Galactic Imperial Red and Franziskaner to Mikkeller Green Gold and Love & Hoppiness by Rogue, 130 beers will be available. Classic bar games, including darts, will be free to play and live musical entertainment will tickle your ears as palates are pleased. However, if you miss this one, the Portland International Beerfest will be held July 15-17.
7 more July food festivals after the jump »
There’s really no way around it: Kumquats are an odd little fruit.
Visually, they resemble diminutive oranges, but they technically aren’t citrus. And unlike oranges, it’s the thin skin that is sweet, while the flesh is sour.
You probably won’t find bushels of them at the grocer, but most stores will have a few pints (they usually are sold in the same containers as cherry tomatoes) tucked away among the “strange” produce offerings.
And they are worth looking for. Here’s why:
In a tiny (about the size of a large olive), bright orange package, kumquats pack a puckeringly intense sweet-tart flavor that complements both sweet and savory dishes. They also make a mean cocktail.
Find out what you can make with kumquats »
Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about this week’s episode.
One of my favorite things about Cupcake Wars is meeting the most interesting guest judges and this episode was about as good as it gets — a real live NASA astronaut, Tracy Caldwell Dyson. Justin, Florian and I had time to ask Tracy every question imaginable about living in space, including the possibility of cupcakes in space. Tracy enlightened us that anything that produces crumbs isn’t ideal — due to the lack of gravity, cupcake crumbs would fly around and get into everything.
Get the winning recipe after the jump »
This October, you can join Anne Burrell and other Food Network at Sea guests as they set sail and cruise the Mediterranean. In anticipation of this voyage, we recently caught up with her to talk about one of her favorite destinations, Italy. Below, she dishes on her first time there, her favorite ingredients to cook with and tools she uses in the kitchen.
FN Dish: What was it like the first time you were in Italy?
Anne: I visited Italy in May and it was so beautiful there. There were flowers everywhere –it was springtime and everything was just opening up. The grape vines were just starting to bud; it just seemed like there was sunshine everywhere.
Find out what Anne’s favorite ingredients are »
If you’re looking to switch up the commonly slathered barbecue chicken this Fourth of July weekend, try Guy’s sweet and spicy grilled chicken. A combination of pureed mango, cilantro, chipotle peppers, garlic and lemon creates lip-smacking chicken thighs and drumsticks that the whole family will love.
Editor’s Note: Let the chicken marinate in the mixture the night before you plan on grilling your chicken to save you time.
Get the recipe: Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken
Browse more of Food Network’s chicken recipes in Grilling Central.