Easy Macaroni Salad — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, May 30th, 2014

Although it’s pasta-based, old-fashioned Easy Macaroni Salad is pretty far away from anything that might remotely be considered Italian. Only in Middle America would something made of pasta and mayonnaise be considered a salad. Believe me, Rome, Georgia, and Rome, Italy, are more than just a few miles apart. Instead, consider the deli cases all across the U.S. that have mini-tubs and buckets of this lined up like soldiers and at the ready for afternoon picnics and summer suppers on the deck. Macaroni salad is all-American Down-Home Comfort. Moms and dads are also quick to go to this to recipe to accompany BBQ chicken or burgers on the grill. And we all know that store-bought is fine, but homemade is nearly always better. Read more

World Cup Doughnuts, Wacky “Napkin Table” and a Record-Setting Steak Eater

by in News, May 30th, 2014

Word Cup DoughnutsGoal! What better way to honor the efforts of fit athletes from around the globe gathering to compete than with a selection of snazzy doughnuts? To pay tribute to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Krispy Kreme Japan is introducing six limited-edition doughnuts inspired by six of the 32 countries set to participate in the global soccer tournament: Mango Passion (Brazil), Creme Brulee (France), Tiramisu (Italy), Peach Melba (the United Kingdom), Lemon Cheesecake (the United States) and Green Tea Cake (Japan). They look delish, but maybe don’t try to eat them all in one sitting without an assist. [Krispy Kreme Japan via The Daily Meal]

Peculiar Picnic: It’s a napkin — and a portable picnic table with cup holders. Two industrial design grads from Taiwan’s Tunghai University have created a “napkin table,” a take-along tote that unfolds and attaches with straps to the necks of two diners sitting opposite each other. The flat surface extending like a flat hammock between them can accommodate plates, utensils and beverages, and loose fabric at each end can be used to dab crumbs from lips. The creators say their napkin table “can improve the relationship and interaction between people when eating.” Certainly it would require a certain amount of trust. One sudden move from your meal companion and you’ve got a lapful of lemonade. Ick. [Design Boom]

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Trisha Yearwood’s Summer-Ready Recipes

by in Recipes, May 30th, 2014

Trisha Yearwood entertains family and friends in her backyard all summer long. The Grammy winner is a pro at making big-batch recipes that will feed a hungry crowd. From ribs to chicken, follow her easy solutions for summer recipes that’ll be sure to satisfy your group.

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Lemon Pepper Cured Chicken with Fennel Salad — The Weekender

by in Recipes, May 30th, 2014

Lemon Pepper Cured Chicken with Fennel SaladWhen I was a young reader, one of my favorite series of books was the one by Maud Hart Lovelace. It featured the characters Betsy, Tacy and Tib in the early days of the 20th century. The books started when the girls were just 5 years old and went straight through to the early days of their respective marriages.

In those later books, Tacy tells Betsy that she should have a “company meal” to avoid stress when having friends over for dinner. While much about this series might be seen as charmingly dated, I actually think that the concept of a well-practiced and delicious meal designed for sharing is a good one.

During the winter months, my personal company meal features chicken and ricotta meatballs, braised kale and some cheesy polenta. Either I ask my dinner companions to pick up something for dessert or I bake off some of the cookie dough I keep in my freezer.

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What to Watch: Star Alumni Play Triple G and Judges Compete on Cutthroat Kitchen

by in Shows, May 30th, 2014

Cutthroat KitchenThis weekend, grilling season is in full swing on Food Network. Start your Saturday with new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Farmhouse Rules and The Kitchen. Ree grills up a meal for her family. Afterward, Nancy and David are hosting a cookout. And on The Kitchen, the co-hosts offer up their top grilling tips.

The grilling theme continues on Sunday morning as Damaris grills a week’s worth of ingredients on Southern at Heart. Afterward, Giada is making a California-inspired backyard feast on Giada at Home. And Guy gets grilling some of his favorite dishes on Guy’s Big Bite.

On Sunday night, tune in for an epic night of competition. First, Food Network Star alumni enter the competition on Guy’s Grocery Games. Right after, it’s the Season 10 premiere of Food Network Star as 12 budding hopefuls vie for their own show on the network. Then the tables get turned on the Cutthroat Kitchen judges, who now face off against one another. And finally, watch a new episode of Kitchen Casino.

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