All the Ways to Eat Watermelon Before Summer Ends

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 2nd, 2017

There’s little better than biting into a wedge of watermelon on a hot summer day — but we think these recipes improve on your watermelon experience even more. Turn the summer fruit into a salad, skewers, salsa and even a keg (!), and you’ll have plenty to keep your tastebuds satisfied and entertained until Labor Day.

Watermelon Punch Keg

Bored with your go-to selection wine and beer at summer parties? Next time, turn a ripe watermelon into show-stopping drink (and its dispenser!) instead. Your guests will love this easy rosé- and vodka-spiked beverage — plus, you get to whip out a power drill to make it.

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McDonald’s Asks: Do You Want Sriracha and Kale with That?

by in News, August 2nd, 2017

McDonald’s Asks: Do You Want Sriracha and Kale With That?Sriracha and kale may not really seem like the sort of things you’d expect to find in between the halves of your McDonald’s bun, but now you can. The House That Ronald Built is adding both yummy hipster signifiers to its sandwiches.

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Get It While It’s Hot: Tabasco’s Amped-Up Scorpion Sauce

by in News, August 1st, 2017

Get It While It’s Hot: Tabasco’s Amped-Up Scorpion SauceSome like it hot — this we know. But it turns out that some may like it really hot, hotter than the McIlhenny Company, producer of Tabasco sauce, may have predicted.

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8 Sweet and Savory Ways to Celebrate Cherry Season

by in In Season, Recipes, August 1st, 2017

Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesThey’re here and they’re on sale! We’re talking about cherries, of course. The first sightings of $1.99 cherries have made their way to my local grocery store, and I get a heaping bag of those beauties every time I go shopping. Now, once we’ve all had enough handfuls of fresh, juicy cherries to be satisfied, I like to start cooking with them. Get ready to extend your love of cherries from breakfast right through dessert.

Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes (pictured above)
How gorgeous are these cupcakes with whole cherries perched right on top? Bonus: They’re ready in a hurry, and they’re EASY!

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Soon You Can Send Your Friends a Sandwich Emoji

by in News, July 31st, 2017

Soon You Can Send Your Friends a Sandwich EmojiOne day, not long from now, we’ll look back on these days as a primitive era when we couldn’t text someone an emoji of a sandwich on our iPhones whenever the sandwich-y mood struck us.

That will change later this year, when Apple releases its new sandwich emoji as one of 56 new emoji characters that will be made available for iOS, macOS and watchOS devices.

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The 4 Types of Tomatoes, and How to Use Them

by in How-to, Recipes, July 31st, 2017

This is the time we dream about all year long: ripe, juicy summer tomatoes in myriad colors and sizes are exploding from backyard gardens, farmers markets and ordinary grocery stores alike. But with thousands of varieties out there, it can be tough to suss out the best way to use one from another. Here are the four basic types of tomatoes, and the best ways to maximize their height-of-summer flavors.

 

Cherry & Grape

Generally speaking, the smaller the tomato, the higher its sugar content — and the sweeter its flavor. That’s why cherry, grape and pear varieties including classic red ‘Sweet 100,’ bright orange ‘Sungold’ and deep purple ‘Black Cherry’ are perfect for popping in your mouth raw. They can be so sweet and colorful, in fact, that you might just see your veggie-adverse kid gobble them up like candy.

You can also simply roast them the oven (make a big batch and toss some in the freezer for winter months), or throw them into pasta with other summer M.V.P.s like corn and basil. Or, thread them onto skewers and toss them on the grill solo, or with fish, chicken or steak. Read more

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalists to Go Home

by , July 30th, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greate...

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Chefs’ Picks: Kid-Friendly Snacks in NYC

by in Restaurants, July 30th, 2017

Okra Fries from Old Monk
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs in New York City work practically non-stop, which makes a food break with family all the sweeter. And though they may helm their own professional kitchens, these top toques let their kids steer the way when it comes time to get some grub. From cooking together at home to sharing scoops at an ice cream shop, here is what the future food fans of the Big Apple love to eat. Read more

Take 5: Summer Slow Cooker Dinners

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 30th, 2017

Turkey Mole TacosA workhorse during winter months for stews, chili and hot cider, slow cookers are often forgotten during the warmer months in favor of outdoor meals cooked on the grill. But then reality kicks and you realize that grilling on a Tuesday night is not as much fun as you planned because you’ve got a packed evening and an even busier rest of the week that you need to prepare for. Enter your slow cooker, back in action and ready to save the day. The best part? No stovetops or ovens involved, so your kitchen will stay cool even though the meal is hot.

Take back your weeknights and with some classic slow cooker meals that are perfect for summer nights. All of these recipes can be prepped in less than 40 minutes and practically cook themselves in the slow cooker. Stay one step ahead and prep the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker the night before, then store in the fridge and place into the slow cooker housing in the morning before you leave.

Turkey Mole Tacos (pictured above)
Moles are traditional Mexican sauces made with chiles and chocolate, and about 20 other ingredients and a fair amount of patience to make. Achieve the authentic flavor with just 15 minutes of prep work and let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting in this shortcut meal. Read more

For $25,000, You Can Dig Into This ‘Game of Thrones’ Cake

by in News, July 29th, 2017

For $25,000, You Can Dig Into This 'Game of Thrones' CakeHowever you marked the launch of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” it probably wasn’t with an enormous edible homage to Peter Dinklage’s character, Tyrion Lannister, seated — quite comfortably, it appears — on the Iron Throne.

Just guessing …

One “Game of Thrones” fan, whose favorite character is Tyrion, apparently did though. He commissioned Broadway Bakery, Dubai-based purveyor of “custom cakes for any occasion,” to create a gigantic cake to serve more than a hundred guests at a “Game of Thrones”-themed party. So, to meet the exacting standards of the private client, the bakery created used luxury ingredients to create what it says is the “World’s Most Expensive $25,000 Cake” — which might prompt one to ask “Aren’t all $25,000 equally expensive?” if that weren’t missing the point.

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