by Jessica Merchant in Recipes, May 24th, 2016
by Foodlets in Recipes, May 24th, 2016
Melon balls were the quintessential summer party food when I was growing up. Heck, they were even the quintessential summer snack food. I loved that we could grab watermelon and cantaloupe wedges from the fridge if we wanted, but when we got to snack on the melon balls? It just felt more fun — more fancy. And, obviously, they tasted fantastic under the hot sun.
My mom didn’t do anything fancy to the melon balls. She simply scooped them out and tossed them in a bowl, sometimes with pineapple chunks or even strawberries. It wasn’t until I was out of college that I had my first melon ball “salad,” if you will: melon with fresh mint and even a bit of dressing. It was incredibly refreshing and has been a staple for me ever since.
Don’t even give me your melon balls unless they have a touch of fresh mint! And honey. And now … lime juice. And RUM.
This just keeps getting better and better.
by Maria Russo, May 24th, 2016
If you’ve got leftover chia seeds from an experimental recipe of the past, pull them out of the pantry, because believe it or not, you can put them to work in kid-friendly recipes. All six of these kid-tested options deliver tried-and-true results, for meals and treats from breakfast until dessert.
by Maria Russo, May 23rd, 2016
A no-nonsense first challenge, a surprise 13th finalist and a pan set ablaze in the kitchen — Sunday's Food Network Star premiere was full of flare-ups and near meltdowns that kept the competitors guessing at every turn. But while the action was un...
by Maria Russo in Recipes, May 23rd, 2016
The Comeback Kitchen competition came full circle for mentors Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli on Sunday night, when they guest-judged the premiere of Food Network Star, Season 12. Martita, the winner of the three-week journey to redemption, ...
by Emily Lee in Recipes, May 23rd, 2016
If you’ve just about had it with your usual salad routine of lettuce and dressing, it’s time to dress up your greens with one hearty, satisfying addition: falafel. Made with bold spices and mashed chickpeas, falafel are golf-ball-size rounds that boast all the heft of meat in your salad, without the actual meat.
by Alex Guarnaschelli, May 23rd, 2016
The summer cookout has been a carnivore’s arena since the dawn of conveniently packaged meat. But now, with fresh, seasonal produce like asparagus, zucchini and corn back in vogue — and not just for the healthy-eating set — it’s time to turn the traditional grilling practice on its head by demonstrating how beautifully spring and summer vegetables hold up over the coals. Next time you’re planning a cookout, try throwing one of these wholesome, meat-free dishes into the mix. The vegetarians will thank you, and even the most-stubborn meat eaters won’t be able to resist a few helpings of smoky grilled veg.
Perfect Veggie Burgers
You won’t miss the beef when you bite into these hearty vegetarian patties. Each one is packed with protein-rich walnuts, beans and barley, which combine to reproduce the meaty, wholesome bite you would expect from a traditional burger.
by Maria Russo, May 23rd, 2016
There’s always so much hype and nerves when a competition gets off the ground. You sit in the greenroom with all the other contestants, laughing (and, in my case, devouring several bags of BBQ potato chips ... ) and chatting about where you’re fr...
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 22nd, 2016
Martita, 39 (San Diego), showcased her talent on Season 8 of Food Network Star. She began working in her family’s restaurant business at a young age, with her mom’s authentic Mexican home cooking inspiring her culinary passion. Martita's parents ...
by Maria Russo, May 22nd, 2016
Next Monday marks the unofficial start of summer with the Memorial Day holiday, and with that comes three months of lazy afternoons by the pool, late-day sunsets and, perhaps most importantly, grilling anything and everything. Since Cutthroat Kitchen isn’t about to let a season pass without celebrating it in the most-evilicious way possible (remember Mother’s Day? Christmas?), Alton Brown hosted an all-grilling episode tonight, complete with three rounds of smoky cook-offs. While he doled out sabotage after themed sabotage to the chefs, Alton and the judge of the day, Simon Majumdar, took in the competition in seasonal fashion with what else but the coolest aprons available. Alton stuck with a single getup, which dubbed him “The Grillfather,” while Simon showed off three aprons, including the hot-bod torso he donned for the After-Show. “He’s looking good,” Alton said while introducing Simon, “in his all-American apron with an actual photocopy of his actual body.” While that second part may not be completely true, Simon was quick to joke that his chiseled chest was sizzling.
With only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...