It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cucumbers and peaches. This week we’re getting creative with cherries.
What tastes better than sweet, crisp cherries plump with juice at the peak of the summer season? Sweet, crisp cherries in a warm, delicious pie, of course. Bing cherries range in color from a deep crimson to almost black, and their firm flesh makes for a perfect pie filling. Add a bit of quick-cooking tapioca to thicken the mixture, and you’re all set to pour it into an all-butter pie crust like the Food Network Magazine version above.
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Just six simple ingredients are all you need for this garden-fresh pizza that’s made directly on the grill and ready in just 20 minutes. Bobby uses fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil on top of store-bought pizza dough to save some time.
Editor’s Note: In addition to buying dough at your supermarket, you can also visit your favorite local pizzeria and ask them for a round of their pizza dough.
Get the recipe: Bobby Flay’s Margherita Pizza
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In my house, the first rule of mealtime is there are no rules. Provided the options are healthful and balanced, what matters most importantly is that my husband and daughters leave the table feeling satisfied and excited for the next meal. Keeping an open mind when thinking about dinnertime also takes a lot of stress out of cooking from scratch, and gives the feeling that my options are limitless.
Another safety net to help with dinnertime is my pantry. Stocked with a mix of home-canned and store-bought ingredients, I can create a dinner menu based on how much time I have available: canned beans for quick and easy meals, cooked-from-scratch beans when time is more generous. Here are five of my favorite pantry essentials:
Dry Pasta: Get the kids involved when loading up the pantry with this ingredient. I’m amazed at how my oldest daughter turns her nose up to spaghetti, but goes crazy for bow ties. Even though the taste is the same, I’ve learned shape really matters to kids.
Try this recipe: Ravioli With Creamy Tomato Sauce
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Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in July? From Basil Pesto to BLT Pasta Salad and sweet Peach Cobbler, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:
10. Paula’s Italian Pasta Salad
9. Food Network Magazine’s BLT Pasta Salad
8. Banana Bread Recipe
7. Alton’s Good Eats Meatloaf
6. Basil Pesto
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Celebrate this cool holiday with an inventive ice cream sandwich from Food Network Magazine. Whether you like it slightly salty, super sweet or a mix of both, you’re sure to find a version that will satisfy your taste buds. Choose from salted caramels with dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream or put a sweet spin on your morning coffee and a doughnut. You can even embrace your inner-child with a PB&J made of graham crackers, peanut butter, raspberry jam, and a dollop of black raspberry ice cream.
Find more inspiration and recipes here: Super Cool Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ellie’s healthy take on this classic seafood favorite tops takes grilled flaky tilapia instead of fried fish and tops it with a yogurt-based cream sauce, corn kernels and shredded cabbage.
Get the recipe: Fish Tacos With Chipotle Cream
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It takes more than a monsoon to keep Guy Fieri from presiding over a selection of the best cheesesteaks Atlantic City could pack into the Dennis Courtyard at Bally’s Hotel & Casino last Friday night. Fans of the cheesy sub and the star of the new show Rachael vs. Guy started rolling in, despite muggy temps and sudden storms, and lined up nonstop to sample some classic and fresh takes on cheesesteaks.
Recent contestants on Food Network Star –Mary Beth, Chris, Alicia, Jeff, Susie and Whitney — were also in attendance and in full fan-mode, greeting and taking pictures with fans. Mary Beth had her eye on last year’s cheesesteak winner, Tony Boloney’s, who brought back their gooey American cheese-filled spicy sando and posed a steamy threat to the other eight competitors. With their signature “mustache army” of blue-shirted, beret-wearing staffers, complete with blue and red vuvuzelas (remember those from the World Cup?) and bullhorns, you’d be hard-pressed to not notice — and stand in line for their messy yet tasty sandwich.
The winner and more photos after the jump »
Alton Brown will speak at Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Public Library on Friday, September 9, as a part of their Inside Out series, a new event designed to introduce the community to remarkable authors. Tickets will go on sale August 9 through the Theatre Cedar Rapids box office and a limited number of tickets will be sold to a pre-show cocktail reception with Alton.
Find out what Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay and Michael Symon are up to »
This simple French recipe from Food Network Magazine puts some of the season’s best produce to great use. Diced eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers are sauteed with garlic, onions and Herbes de Provence to create an aromatic mixture. Combine everything with San Marzano tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a hearty meatless meal. Try serving this soup cold for a chunky spin on gazpacho.
Editor’s Note: Make sure you use vegetable broth instead of chicken.
Get the recipe: Ratatouille Soup
Related: Summer Produce Guide
Take a break from the BBQ sauce and marinate lean salmon fillets in a lemon, garlic, cumin and cayenne mixture. Make this a complete meal by tossing hearts of palm, mixed salad greens and ripe cherry tomatoes together for a cool and refreshing salad — the entire meal will be ready in just 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Cuban-Style Grilled Salmon
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