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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Olives, Lemons & Za’atar — Off the Shelf

by in Books, July 18th, 2014

Olives, Lemons & Za'atar

Rawia Bishara’s new cookbook, Olives, Lemons & Za’atar, keeps the family in mind. Like so many home cooks I know, it’s clear through Bishara’s stories and recipes that her food comes from a place of love for feeding family.

Though the finished dishes are foreign and exotic, they ring with notes of familiarity. She builds flavors using ingredients you already know and love (and probably already have in your pantry) as the foundation, then dresses them with a Middle Eastern finish you can’t resist.

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What to Watch: A New Season of Barefoot Contessa and Chef-Civilian Pairs on Iron Chef America

by in Shows, July 18th, 2014

Iron Chef
This weekend on Food Network, there are celebrations aplenty as your favorite stars share their tried-and-tested party recipes.

On Saturday, join Ree Drummond as she plans a huge engagement party for a friend featuring mouthwatering recipes on The Pioneer Woman. Next, the hosts of The Kitchen are creating fresh recipes with in-season summer produce. Later that night, check out a new episode of Iron Chef America in which Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto are paired with actor Anthony Anderson and food writer Simon Majumdar for the ultimate bar food battle.

On Sunday, Ina Garten returns with an all-new cocktail-themed episode of Barefoot Contessa, and Bobby is going global with a fresh new take on tacos on Barbecue Addiction: Bobby’s Basics. Next, get ready for battles galore as the competition heats up on new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Why We Really Need to Refrigerate Eggs (and the British Don’t)

by in News, July 17th, 2014

Why We Really Need to Refrigerate EggsTo refrigerate or not to refrigerate — that is the question about eggs that several media outlets have been scrambling to answer in recent days.

The recent ovo-interest appears to have been whisked up by a Business Insider article in which writer Dina Spector wondered why we refrigerate eggs here in the United States while people in Europe and the U.K. are weirdly chill about chilling eggs, generally leaving them on the counter with the non-perishable foods. “Why doesn’t anyone in the U.K. freak out over eggs sitting in room temperatures for days on end?” she demanded to know.

It turns out that the different approaches to refrigeration here and abroad stem from differences in the way eggs are treated to prevent salmonella poisoning during farming and processing.

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So Long, Freezer Aisle. Here’s How to Make a Showstopping Ice Cream Cake

by in How-to, July 17th, 2014

How to Make a Showstopping Ice Cream CakeRemember the days when your ice cream cake yearnings could be realized with only a trip to the freezer section? Yeah, those days are long gone. It turns out that you don’t need to coax a store-bought ice cream cake from a cardboard box for all of the “Whoa, is that an ice cream cake?!” pandemonium to ensue. With just a few store-bought ingredients (or homemade ingredients, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious), you can make a showstopping centerpiece for your next birthday party or special occasion, stacked with ice-cold layers of cake, ice cream and all kinds of goodies. Here’s how:

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Chicken Is Better with Grill Marks — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 17th, 2014

Grilled Chicken

If you cast chicken recipes to the side as boring weeknight standbys, perhaps you haven’t kicked on the grill yet this summer. When this go-to white (or dark) meat hits the grates and lets out a searing sizzle, the meat that always has your back becomes tender, juicy and full of charred flavor. This week, run down the line of Food Network’s finest grilled chicken recipes, each coming with a twist that goes beyond a slathering of barbecue sauce.

The grill master himself is bound to have a few solid grilled chicken recipes up his sleeve. Bobby Flay’s Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce whisks together balsamic vinegar and honey to brighten bone-in chicken breasts. If the darker meat is more your style, Bobby marinates chicken thighs in loads of citrus and chili powder before piercing with skewers for Grilled Yucatan Chicken Skewers.

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