Your Summer Gin and Tonic, Suitable for Scooping

by in News, May 30th, 2015

Jude's Ice CreamThere are those who consider the perfect summer refresher to be a nice, cool gin and tonic — and then there are those who would argue that it’s a big dish of ice cream.

A new product is uniquely positioned to end the debate and bring those disparate groups together: gin and tonic ice cream.

A result of a collaboration between two U.K. companies, London distillery Sipsmith and Hampshire-based Jude’s ice cream, the limited-edition summer offering combines Sipsmith London Dry Gin’s botanical elements, including juniper berries, citrus peel, licorice root and ground almonds, with tonic water and a hint of lemon, to evoke the flavor of your bartender’s best G&T, the Telegraph reports.

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How to Upgrade Store-Bought Barbecue Sauce

by in Recipes, Shows, May 30th, 2015

How to Upgrade Store-Bought Barbecue SauceMuch like frozen pizza dough and canned chicken broth, bottled barbecue sauce is a welcome timesaver on those days when you’re looking for all the help you can get in the kitchen. The flavors and textures of the everyday store-bought BBQ sauce differ from brand to brand, and while you likely have a favorite or two, you may want to dress up the original in order to make it exactly what you’re looking for. That’s where The Kitchen comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode, the cast shared three ways to put your signature spin on whatever sauce you happen to have on hand. From adding an extra hint of sweetness to spicing it up with heat, click here to learn the cast’s top tips for creating your ideal barbecue flavor.

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7 Dishes FoodNetwork.com Staffers Are Fired Up to Grill

by in Recipes, May 29th, 2015

Memorial Day has come and gone, and now it’s officially summer, aka grilling season for us food obsessives. We’ve got countless amazing reasons to fire up your grill and win summer, but to narrow the field, here are personal recipe picks from FoodNetwork.com staffers. Behold the decadent burgers, in-season sides, fresh seafood and even grilled desserts that we’re most excited to make (and devour) this summer. Read more

Confetti Monkey Bread, Because Everything Is Better with Sprinkles

by in Recipes, May 29th, 2015

Confetti Monkey BreadIf you love monkey bread as much as I do, you are not going to want to miss this delicious from-scratch recipe. Imagine the delight and awe of a birthday boy or girl waking up to this delicious and beautiful treat.

You can make this from-scratch monkey bread in the morning or the night before, but if you are planning on making it the morning, be sure to get up early or plan on having it for brunch. When making bread from scratch there is a proofing period in addition to the baking, and this can add considerable time to the process.

If you read through the recipe, one thing you may have noticed is that I used cinnamon extract (commonly found in most grocery stores) in place of cinnamon. This was purely for aesthetic purposes, as I wanted to create a beautifully light and colorful monkey bread. If you are not opposed to a dark brown confetti bread, feel free to omit the extract and substitute 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

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What to Watch: A Weekend of Grilling and a Wedding Cake Finale on Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, May 29th, 2015

Spring BakingIt’s time to pull out the grill and get cooking, and this weekend on Food Network it’s all about grilling. Friday night watch a grilling episode of Triple D as Guy Fieri visits Los Angeles and Las Vegas, followed by a new episode of American Diner Revival. Then on Saturday morning, Ree Drummond makes grilled dessert pizzas for the kids, Trisha Yearwood is grilling with her family and the cast of The Kitchen heads outdoors for a backyard cookout. The grilling continues on Sunday as Damaris Phillips hosts a family bash and Nancy Fuller heads to the races.

Sunday night on Triple G, four pitmasters go head-to-head in grilling games. Then catch the finale of Spring Baking Championship to find out who wins the $50,000 with their most-creative wedding cake. Cap off the evening with Cutthroat Kitchen, where one chef might end up getting grilled.

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May the Best Cake Win: Bakers to Battle for $10,000 in a New Series

by in Shows, May 28th, 2015

In the new series Cake Wars, premiering Monday, June 29th at 8|7c, four expert bakers aim to win their jaw-dropping cake a spot at a major party or special event. With Jonathan Bennett hosting, each of the bakers will bake one-of-a-kind creations with the hopes of impressing well-known pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel, Fonuts co-owner Waylynn Lucas and some very special guest judges. Each week, only one contestant will take the cake to headline the main event, and take home the sweet grand prize of $10,000.

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3 Common Baking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Plus the Only Cookie Guide You Need

by in Books, May 28th, 2015

Honey Walnut BarsCookie lovers, rejoice! Mindy Segal’s new cookbook, Cookie Love, is here to fill your life and your kitchen with crunchy, chewy, salty-sweet four-bite treats. Whether you’re craving the crispy, caramelized goodness of Oatmeal Scotchies or the deep chocolate and sweet minty notes of the Black Sabbath sandwich cookies, you’ll find your new favorite cookie bite in the pages of this book. The variety of cookies you’ll find in Cookie Love runs the gamut from classic drop cookies with bold flavors all the way to sweet and salty bar cookies (like the Honey Walnut Bars, which you can make home with the recipe below) and back again. Meringues? It has them. Rugelach? You’re set. Spritz cookies? Look no further. Segal has you covered with fun, innovative flavors and textures no matter what kind of cookie you’re looking to make.

When it comes to baking, it’s no secret that getting it right is all in the details. According to Segal, these are the top three reasons many home cooks struggle with cookie baking. Learn from these notes:

1. They do not read the recipe through and follow the writer’s techniques.
2. They do not use correct room-temperature ingredients.
3. They think they can alter the recipe before they have even made it.

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A Menu of Make-and-Take Recipes for Picnic Season — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, May 28th, 2015

Watermelon SalsaWhen it comes to the glory that is summer picnicking, convenience is key. With make-ahead dishes packed in snappy storage containers on your side, all there is left to do is open ‘em up and dig in once you plop down in the grass. Check out our guide for the Ultimate Packable Picnic, and stock up on easy-to-transport summer recipes that are best devoured while sprawled out on a picnic blanket — no tabletop necessary.

Appetizer: Keep It Quick and Convenient

Begin with a light, bright starter that doesn’t take much time or effort. Not only does Trisha Yearwood’s Watermelon Salsa take just 15 minutes to prep, it is also easy to scoop into and out of a travel container. Throw a bag of tortilla chips in with the rest of your picnic loot and the first course of your picnic is served.

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12 Summer Lunches for Kids That Take Advantage of Eating at Home

by in Family, Recipes, May 28th, 2015

PB & J WrapTired-mom confession: I’m kind of psyched for summer because I won’t have the pressure of packing a single lunchbox for nine whole weeks. (Yep, ours is a year-round school, but still…) Summer lunches offer a bit more flexibility and require less planning, and sometimes the kids can even help.

Lunches That (Even Little) Kids Can Make Themselves:
1. Strawberry & PB Wraps: Slather peanut butter on a whole-wheat tortilla, sprinkle with diced strawberries and wrap it up like a burrito for a hand-held meal.

2. Pita Pockets: Whip up the egg salad (with a kid-friendly ingredient), chicken salad or even Ellie Krieger’s healthier version of chicken curry salad and show the kids how to stuff a couple of spoonfuls into each pocket.

3. Sub Sandwiches on a Stick: Set out the fixings — chunks of cheese, cherry tomatoes, cubes of thick bread, pickles cut into large dice, rolls of salami — and let kids slide everything onto a bamboo skewer.

4. Watermelon Gazpacho: Taking a tip from the amazing Barefoot Contessa’s original 5-star cold soup recipe, give the kids a turn at the food processor with this fruit-filled summertime soup.

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