Make These Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes for Summer’s Last Hurrah

by in Recipes, August 21st, 2016

This adorable party centerpiece has been making waves (har, har) with beach fans and dessert lovers alike this summer. It was our most popular pin back in July, and 10 million of you watched when we showed you how to make it on Facebook — and then you showed us your own inspired renditions! Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Grilling Greats

by in Restaurants, August 20th, 2016

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

On beautiful summer days, chefs are just as likely as hoi polloi to hover over the backyard grill. But many go beyond basic burgers and dogs, upping the fire-licked ante with pizza, fruit and more.

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2 Ways to Update Basic Banana Bread

by in Recipes, Shows, August 20th, 2016

2 Ways to Update Basic Banana BreadMoist, sweet and ideal for morning treats and after-dinner snacks alike, banana bread is a back-pocket staple that delivers tried-and-true results every time. But when you’ve just about had your fill of the classic version you know and love, and want something a little different, look no further than these transformed banana breads from The Kitchen. On this morning’s new episode, the co-hosts shared two new takes on the traditional banana bread, and both recipes are easy to make and full of craveable flavors.

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Frozen Pie Should Be the Only Kind of Pie You’re Eating Right Now

by in Recipes, August 20th, 2016

Frozen Key Lime PieYou may live for the obligatory scoop of ice cream that sits beside your warm slice of pie, but why let your ice-cold dose of satisfaction stop there? These beautiful frozen pies often start in the oven (or don’t go in it at all), but they reach peak refreshment in the freezer.

It’s no wonder why this summery dessert is one of Ina Garten’s all-time favorites. With a creamy, limey filling and a super-simple, press-in graham cracker crust (the only part that requires baking, mind you), Ina’s Frozen Key Lime Pie becomes a true summer sensation once it freezes for several hours or overnight.

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Valerie’s 10 Best Summery Side Dishes

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 19th, 2016

Orzo SaladValerie Bertinelli, actress and host of Valerie’s Home Cooking, is a pro entertainer who loves to cook contemporary versions of classic recipes for family and friends. At her home in California, she’s able to grill outside nearly year-round, which has allowed her to perfect a lineup of fresh and seasonal sides, including the top picks below, to star at any alfresco meal.

Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes (pictured above)
Valerie keeps her take on herbed pasta salad light and fresh by skipping a heavy mayo-based dressing and opting for a mustard-lemon dressing.

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4 Raw Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends

by in Recipes, August 19th, 2016

Fresh Corn and Tomato SaladAs you wind down during the dog days of August, save yourself a step and stop cooking your summer corn. You’ll notice that crisp raw corn kernels taste sweeter than boiled or grilled corn. Raw corn is perfect for salads, salsas and topping pizzas. Read on for four raw corn recipes you’ll want to make before summer’s over.

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What to Watch: Back-to-School on The Kitchen, and a Pie Fight on Cooks vs. Cons

by in Shows, August 19th, 2016

The Kitchen Justin WarnerGet set for a weekend of kid-focused cooking and over-the-top competition on Food Network. On The Pioneer Woman on Saturday, Ree Drummond and her husband are heading out for the evening, so Ree’s prepping dinner for her kids at home. She’ll offer make-your-own Caesar salad kits and deconstructed mixed-berry shortcakes. Then, school’s back in session on The Kitchen, where the hosts will give tips on how to turn kids’ lunchbox foods into crafts, and Justin Warner will demonstrate some easy food-based science projects. Next, two kid chefs from Kids Baking Championship are stopping by Valerie Bertinelli’s house for lunch, where she’s serving up tasty bites like grilled Italian panini and soft pretzels with a chocolate-hazelnut dip.

On Sunday, jet off to Milan with Giada De Laurentiis on Giada in Italy as she reminisces about the life of her grandfather with her great-aunt Raffy as they prepare Raffy’s favorite dish, Ziti Stufati. Later, on Guy’s Grocery Games, chefs from around the world are spicing things up in Flavortown Market as they bring the heat and compete to make the best fiery dish for Guy Fieri and the judges. After that, the contestants on Chopped are competing in a chili cook-off where they’ll have to incorporate the classic American dish into each round. Then, on an all-new Cooks vs. Cons, pros and amateurs will be put to the test in two back-to-back kitchen challenges.

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Cocktail Bar Battles Cell-Phone Zombies with Foil-Lined Walls

by in News, August 18th, 2016

Cocktail Bar Battles Cell-Phone Zombies with Foil-Lined WallsEver find yourself at a restaurant feeling frustrated that your tablemates — friends, family, co-workers — are all glued to their phones, texting, emailing or posting images and messages on social media instead of, you know, actually making conversation with the people sitting directly across from them?

A British cocktail bar owner has taken aim at this problem in a big, bold way: by installing copper wire mesh in the ceiling and silver foil in the walls of his establishment in order to block access to the internet. Apparently, this sort of metal-wrapped signal blocker has a name: a “Faraday cage.”

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Frozen Desserts That Actually Improve Upon Ice Cream

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2016

We’ve got a few more weeks of peak ice cream season, the summer state of mind when turning on the oven to bake something for dessert is close to unthinkable. Eating ice cream straight out of the carton is perfectly acceptable when you’re alone, of course, but you’ll want to whip up one of these frozen treats (made with store-bought pints) for your next get-together. Read more

10 Things to Make with Summer Peaches Before It’s Too Late

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2016

Fresh Peach CakeYou can pretty much bank on many of your favorite veggies being available in the supermarket year-round. No matter their true season, a sturdy stalk of broccoli, leafy lettuces and even once-just-for-fall apples will still line the shelves. But the same simply doesn’t go for peaches. Right up there with tomatoes, these fuzzy, juice-loaded gems are nearly impossible to get your hands on at any other time of year — at least if we’re talking good ones. Now that they’re ripe for the picking, these are the 10 recipes you should make with them — before it’s too late.

10. Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake (pictured above)

There’s nothing like the smell of warm peach cake in the house. Peel, pit and slice the juicy summer beauties before nestling them in a thick, sour cream-spiked batter. Strewn with cinnamon sugar and topped with crunchy chopped pecans, this rustic cake is best served warm.

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