Eggplant, No Forks Necessary — Summer Fest

by in In Season, August 7th, 2013

Eggplant Ricotta BitesIt’s the vegetable to be gushed over at brunch and the one worth of recipe swapping at book club. And if it’s on the menu with the Parmesan descriptor attached, all bets are off — we’re ordering it. Sturdy yet tender, filling but wholesome, the eggplant is the king of meatless for a reason.

Though it works as a standup main course, the following dishes speak to eggplant’s versatility as we transform it into easy, hand-held starters. Each of these small bites helps to ring in a meal with flair. Call them finger foods, call them bite-size — either way, compact eggplant appetizers are a lovely way to kick off dinner.

To start, Giada’s Mini Eggplant Parmesan are reminiscent of the classic dish, though they’re not engulfed in tomato sauce and cheese. That way, you can pick them up with your hands for easy eating. Similarly, Food Network Magazine’s Eggplant Ricotta Bites (pictured above) are crispy and to the point. Each circle is topped with a dollop of ricotta and a sprinkling of diced tomatoes.

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Kid-Friendly Asian Flavors

by in Family, August 7th, 2013

Kid-Friendly Asian FlavorsGetting kids to try new foods and flavors can be about as easy as putting them to bed early. Practically impossible. That’s why I do a few things with our brood:

  • Keep It Sweet: When I make Asian noodles at home, I use a combination of honey, soy sauce and a very small amount of fresh ginger.
  • Include Known Favorites: I like adding three veggies, including at least one that each child likes and, if possible, one new one for them to try (or try again). That way, everyone is already excited by what they see on the plate.

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QUIZ: Are You a Food Trucks Superfan?

by in Shows, August 6th, 2013

Food Truck RaceThe Great Food Truck Race not only tests to see that the food truck teams can make good food and earn their share of profits, but it also tests the teams’ resilience in off-the-cuff challenges. At the end of each week, the team with the least amount of sales goes home, but oftentimes a win in a truck stop challenge can move a team from last place to the winner’s circle. It’s anyone’s game.

Any fan who has watched the show these past three seasons might remember how crazy some of the challenges have been. And Season 4, which begins August 18 at 9pm/8c, will be no different. But until the season premiere, here’s your chance to prove your knowledge to see how well you remember the teams and challenges from the last three seasons.

Test Your Knowledge: The Great Food Truck Race

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Citrus-Inspired Stationery to Beat the Summer Heat

by in Product Reviews, August 6th, 2013

Citrus-Inspired StationaryCitrus season may technically be in the winter, but really, is there anything more refreshing than that zesty fruit in the hot summer months? I think not. For those of you trying to beat the heat in every way possible, here are a few citrus-inspired cards and gifts to take a peek at while you sip that glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade.

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10 Stepped-Up Cucumber Salads

by , August 6th, 2013

smashed cucumber salad

It’s the time of year when cucumber season is in full swing! There are so many ways to dress up salads made with this cool summer vegetable. Here are delicious ideas to add to your recipe box.

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Traditional cucumber salads are m...

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June’s “Name This Dish” Contest Winner

by in Food Network Magazine, August 6th, 2013

fried ice creamEach month, thousands of Food Network Magazine readers submit clever names for the back page’s Name This Dish contest. Previous dishes include a frozen drink (winning name: “Gulp of Mexico“), corn-crab deviled eggs (“Fish and Chicks“) and even cheese fries (“The Smotherload“). In the June 2013 issue, we asked readers to dream up names for this fried ice cream (pictured above). Some of our favorites were:

Artic Circles
Lori Sturma
Loxley, Ala.

Freeze for All
Lorrie Anderson
Richardson, Texas

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