No matter how you choose to spend your Memorial Day, eating red, white and blue foods is a good way to get in the patriotic spirit, especially when you start it off at breakfast. Gather together with family and friends over the long weekend and dig into our favorite flag-inspired dishes all day long.
Jump-start your weekend with a special season premiere of American Diner Revival tonight at 10:30|9:30c. Watch as Chef Amanda Freitag and home improvement pro Ty Pennington team up to renovate and revitalize diners across America in only 36 hours.
Tune in on Saturday morning for a birthday celebration feast on The Pioneer Woman and great make-ahead recipes on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Join the cast of The Kitchen for Memorial Day party tips, dishes and drinks. Start off your Sunday with new episodes of Giada at Home and Southern at Heart. Giada De Laurentiis makes small dishes that all include fennel. And Damaris Phillips is making Hot Chicken-Fried Steak Sandwiches with Smoked Macaroni Salad on the side and a delicious Blackberry-Almond Cobbler for a sweet ending to her dinner party.
In our opinion, cold drinks are just about as important for a backyard barbecue as the grub on the grill is. Let’s face it: You’ll enjoy that cheeseburger so much more if you have a summery beverage to wash it down. Kick off this weekend’s unofficial start to summer on the right sip with one (or a few) of these fun and refreshing cocktails.
Ginger-Peach Beer Cooler (pictured above)
Don’t disregard beer when it comes to mixing cocktails. If you’ve ever had a shandy (lemonade mixed with beer) you’ll understand. Giada combines light lager with fresh peaches and easy-to-make ginger syrup for an awesome summer drink that doesn’t require hard liquor. You’ll want one of these poolside.
Eating lobster generally consists of cracking a shell, fishing out the pretty pink-and-white meat, dipping it in butter and popping it into your mouth. It does not usually mean biting into a doughnut.
But Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts a Boston-area doughnut destination that recently expanded to its second location, in Boston’s Financial District, is now making a savory “dowich” filled with lobster. How New England! (Kane’s also makes a dowich stuffed with braised beef, and the bakery’s website mentions pulled pork and jalapeno, chicken salad, and Philly cheesesteak dowiches, if those sound more like your thing.)
How in the world is it already almost Memorial Day?! Personally, I don’t mind, because it only means pools opening and grilling season commencing. Those of you (like me) who cook for two, your foreheads must be beading up with sweat, right? “How do you cook for two for Memorial Day? There’s just SO MUCH FOOD and so little of US.” Ah, that is correct, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a lot. If you make wise choices in picking ingredients, you won’t be left with a ton of food. Although, I must say, if it’s a really delicious meal, such as these Beer-BQ Ribs, I’d gladly have leftovers. Anyway, that’s beside the point.
Now you’re wondering, “Wait, who are you and what credentials do you have that you can talk about cooking for two?’ Well, ahem, since you’re asking, I’m Julie and I’m a pro when it comes to cooking for two. In fact, I have an entire cookbook coming out this fall on dinners for two. Although I’m new around here, I promise I don’t bite! I’m so excited to be starting this new Party of Two series on FN Dish! I’m going to be sharing dishes that are tailored for two. So grab your other half and pull on up to the table!
Okay, so my recipe today is fun because it involves everything that screams ‘grilling season.’ Booze and meat. Beer and baby back ribs to be exact.
This Beer-BQ Sauce is heaven. You’ll want to drink it, but let’s not do that. Rather, let’s slather it on some ribs and grill ‘em up, because it’s darn tasty that way! Also, I should mention that you shouldn’t skip the dry rub-and-baking part. Yes, it means longer prep time, but really, the oven is doing all the work for two hours. Plus, you don’t want to have tough ribs that get all stuck in your teeth. You want fall-off-the-bone ribs, so follow the directions and you’ll achieve just that!
A couple of quick tips on buying beer and meat for this dish:
With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining bright, the season of outdoor cookouts and backyard BBQs is upon us. Starting on Monday, May 25, Food Network is celebrating the start of grilling season all week long. Each night, starting at 8|7c, tune in for a lineup of grilling-themed episodes of your favorite shows. Kick off grilling week with a fresh one-hour, summer-themed special of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 9|8c, followed by the season premiere of Guilty Pleasures at 10|9c. Join your favorite Food Network stars as they reveal the locations of their most secretive and beloved guilty pleasures.
On Saturday and Sunday morning, sit back and learn the best tips, tricks and recipes you need for the ultimate BBQ feast from premiere episodes of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, The Kitchen, Southern at Heart and Farmhouse Rules. On Saturday night, Guy Fieri will guide you on a tour of the best barbecue joints around the country with four hours of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Even the competition shows are getting ready for summer — don’t miss the grill-offs on new episodes of Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen throughout the week. See the schedule below for all of the premieres.
While chicken breasts may get most of the praise in the quick-fix dinner department, salmon shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, this speedy seafood may even give its meaty counterpart a run for its money as far as the clock is concerned. When portioned into individual fillets, salmon takes mere minutes to cook, and it pairs well with a variety of flavors and ingredients — think savory glazes, sweet sauces and spicy spice rubs. Since it’s a hearty fish, salmon stands up well to high-heat cooking methods like grilling, though the key to turning out moist, tender results is to not overcook the fish, no matter if you’re preparing on the grill, on the stovetop or in the oven. Read on below to check out six of Food Network’s best-ever speedy salmon dinners, each ready to eat in 35 minutes or less.
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon (pictured above)
A single recipe that delivers a complete, well-rounded meal — healthfully and in a hurry? Yes, it’s possible, and Giada De Laurentiis has the answer. In just 20 quick minutes she tops a bed of vitamin-rich spinach with a scoop of lemony pasta with capers and finishes with pan-seared salmon for a satisfying dose of protein.
Food Network and Intel Make Cooking Easier Than Ever — Plus, Enter to Win a $500 Microsoft Store Shopping Spreeby Maria Russo in Contests, May 20th, 2015
If in the process of making pie dough you’ve ever found yourself elbow-deep in a bowlful of flour and butter, unsure of which recipe step comes next, then you know how frustrating it can be to have to stop what you’re doing to wash your hands before you can tap to see the recipe on your computer. That’s all about to change, thanks to some brand-new technology on Microsoft computers that allows you to voice-activate and motion-control FoodNetwork.com recipes — so it’s OK if your hands stay full of flour.
Intel® RealSense™ technology, available on PCs and tablets, uses depth-sensing cameras to allow you to take and edit 3D photos, to gesture commands and to create lifelike videos on your computer. Food Network has teamed up with Intel to put this groundbreaking technology to work on more than 100 of our most-popular recipes to make your time in the kitchen that much easier. From party-ready picks like Classic Deviled Eggs to sweet Banana Bread and comforting Perfect Roast Chicken, these Food Network recipes are optimized for the Intel RealSense 3D camera, which means that once you open up the recipe on an Intel RealSense-enabled computer, all you have to do is gesture your hands up and down in front of the camera to scroll through the recipe and read the directions. To start the video, just hover your hand over the play button and gesture with a push motion, or use your voice to activate the “play the video” command.