We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Recently, we dove into the world of artichokes and strawberries. Today, we’re exploring peas.
There are many varieties of pea, all members of the legume family. Some, like the English pea (the common garden pea), are grown to be eaten fresh and removed from their pods. Others, like the snow and sugar snap pea are eaten pod and all. When choosing English peas, make sure they’re bright green and the pods are swollen and firm — stay away from discolored pods.
So you’ve done all the work — shucked the pods and now you have your individual peas. While you’ve probably eaten peas as a side dish or slurped split pea soup, have you tried incorporating them into main dishes? This week, try one of these five-star recipes showcasing this sweet and delicate vegetable.
Five-star recipes after the jump »
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What secret ingredient adds a layer of flavor to Pat and Gina Neely’s famous barbecue chicken that’s probably in your pantry right now? The chicken is marinated overnight in Italian dressing and then slathered in their signature BBQ sauce made with light brown sugar.
If you don’t have a grill, place the chicken in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Get the recipe: The Neelys’ Barbecue Chicken
Browse more of Food Network’s chicken recipes in Grilling Central.
In the hot summer months, it’s hard to spend time in the kitchen over a hot stove. Every Wednesday on Food Network’s Facebook page, we host “Ask the Editor,” where readers can ask a question on a specific topic. Last week, we received numerous inquiries on how to keep kitchens cool in the summer heat.
So how can you put dinner on the table without driving you and your family into a heat coma?
Top 5 Tips With Recipes
1. Take It Outside: If you have a grill, use it! You can make dinner — from start to finish on the grill — leaving your house cool and your stove clean.
Recipes: Sausage-and-Pepper Skewers, Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce, Grilled Ratatouille Salad
2. Use Your Slow Cooker: Set it and forget it — it couldn’t be more simple. While we don’t suggest cooking heavy dinners like you would in the winter, there are lighter, more refreshing ways to use this kitchen gadget.
Recipes: Shrimp Creole, Chipotle-Lime Chicken Thighs, Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos
Three more ways to keep the heat down in your kitchen »
Every week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.
I always think an oyster is completely submerged in water all of the time. On a recent boat ride through a little inlet outside Charleston, S.C. I learned that isn’t always true. As the boat ripped through the water, I noticed some unusual-looking plants adorning the shoreline. When the boat slowed, I got a closer look at these “plants.” They were actually oysters, one growing virtually on top of the other, like a 50-car pileup on the freeway. They were rooted in the sand, but due to the low tide, some were submerged and others not.
The skipper of our boat, Joe, a South Carolina native, saw me staring and pulled the boat over to the edge of a small beach area. “Put those boots on,” he instructed with a knowing grin. He handed me a pair of electric-green boots and I pulled them on slowly as he passed me an oyster knife. We crouched over the oysters and gently pulled a few loose. They were covered in grit, but they were still beautiful. I pried the top shell open and tasted the oyster (and its ridiculously fresh liquid) as if it were my first. It was so cold! Joe grinned, “Pretty good, eh?”
Better than you could ever imagine.
Read Alex’s tips for oysters and get her recipe after the jump »
Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in May? From Baked French Toast Casserole to Roasted Asparagus and cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:
10. Tyler’s Chicken Enchiladas
9. Alton’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese
8. Paula’s Crab Cakes
7. Paula’s English Peas
6. American Macaroni Salad
The top 5 recipes for May after the jump »
Sandra Lee has agreed to a deal with Hyperion and the Disney Interactive Media Group that would include the publication of five new books. In addition to the books, Sandra will produce a series of 15 online videos expected to launch this fall, around the same time as the publication of her lifestyle book and the first of two cookbooks. Later, she’ll publish two food-themed novels with recipes.
Guy Fieri opened up his garage in a recent interview with AutoTrader.com. His favorite, a ’71 Chevelle, was purchased by saving up money he placed in a boot in his closet for two and a half years — he’s vowed to never sell it. His current garage is filled with numerous cars — find out what they are and what car he’s still looking for on AutoTrader.com.
Videos featuring Robert Irvine, Bobby and Giada after the jump »
Take a break from beef and lighten up dinner tonight with Rachael’s BBQ Burgers made with ground chicken. These patties are formed with sautéed red onions and garlic that are seasoned with a mixture of tomato paste, Worcestershire and hot sauces.
After they’re cooked, top them with a crunchy and refreshing coleslaw tossed in a honey-lemon juice dressing.
Get the recipe: Rachael’s BBQ Chicken Burgers With Slaw
Browse more of Food Network’s BBQ chicken recipes in Grilling Central.
This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds — boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that will cook up in 30 minutes or less. So fire up the grill this weekend and make it a family affair.
Main Dish: Bobby’s L.A. Burger (pictured above)
Side Dish: Smokey Corn On the Cob
Dessert: Grilled Banana Splits
Drink: Peach-Ginger Iced Tea (in honor of National Iced Tea Month)
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