Healthy Swaps: Summer Picnics

by , June 9th, 2012
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Save 350 calories by choosing a regular-sized hot dog instead of a foot-long.

Is your calendar full of picnics and barbecues? Keep your body beach-ready by making these healthy swaps at your next outdoor party.

Instead of: A foot-long hot dog
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Chilled Soup — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2012


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 is stress-free, and for dinner this weekend, we’re starting with a cup of chilled soup.

Unlike hot soups that can weigh you down and fill you up, chilled soups, like gazpacho and fruit purees, are light, refreshing and ideal for steamy summer days. Most chilled varieties come from no-cook recipes, meaning that the ingredients — fresh, seasonal produce, herbs, olive oil and more — are quickly blended then left to rest as their flavors combine.

Food Network Magazine’s Chilled Cucumber Soup (pictured above) is a bright bowl that is bursting with sweet and savory tastes from cucumbers, sherry vinegar, dill and a touch of garlic. If you’re hosting guests this weekend, ditch traditional serving methods and pour the soup into tall shot glasses, so that guests can simply drink this cool, smooth blend.

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June Food Festivals

by in Events, June 9th, 2012

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As the mercury begins to climb, it’s time to find entertaining ways to beat the heat. From ice cream to watermelons, both of which instantly soothe, June is cool.

Georgia Peach Festival, Fort Valley, Ga., June 1-9: There is nothing more Georgian than the peach, the fuzzy fruit whose name adorns myriad street signs in Atlanta, confusing more tourists than Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. But what a sweet treat this will be! Under the cover of night, the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler” will be concocted. Attendees will be able to stuff themselves with peach this and peach that, and, of course, Miss Georgia Peach will be crowned.

National Asparagus Festival, Shelby, Mich., June 8-10: From the Asparagus Dinner and Spear-It 5K Run/Walk to the recipe contest and community picnic spotlighting asparagus brats, there are plenty of ways to show your spear-it at the 39th annual National Asparagus Festival. Sample asparagus jelly, asparagus cookies and asparagus bread before attending a farm tour.

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Outside the Box: Burger Wrapping Paper

by in Food Network Magazine, Holidays, June 8th, 2012

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This year, wrap Dad’s Father’s Day gifts to look like a big, juicy cheeseburger. Each set of this wrapping paper includes six sheets that look like buns, a patty, lettuce, tomato and cheese; when they’re stacked, they look like dinner. Creators Sarah Fay and Justin Colt came up with the idea when they were wrapping a gift for a McDonald’s-loving friend. Coming soon: s’mores and birthday cake sets. $25 per set; giftcouture.com

Eggplant, Your Summer Friend

by , June 8th, 2012
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Use eggplant for more than just eggplant parm.

Eggplant is often relegated to two things: eggplant parmesan and ratatouille. Don’t get me wrong, I love both (and I’m sure I’ve blogged about and written recipes for both), but there&#...

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Easy Parmesan “Risotto” — The Weekender

by in Entertaining, Recipes, June 8th, 2012

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The first time I made risotto was with a friend. She pulled out her heaviest cast-iron pot and unearthed a well-worn wooden spoon that was bent ever so slightly. Its curve had developed over many years of use and it fit her hand perfectly. In order to preserve its form, she kept it hidden away so that well-meaning family members wouldn’t accidentally run it through the dishwasher or use it to encourage the blender to blend.

We started by chopping onions and sweating them in a puddle of melted butter until they were translucent. Then the rice went in and the heat went up, so that the individual grains would become slick with the butter and begin to toast. Just when the room began to smell impossibly fragrant, she poured in white wine, causing a puff of boozy steam to hover over the stove for a moment.

Then we started the process of stirring and adding hot chicken stock. The time went quickly because we were together, catching up and taking turns minding the pot. However, even in the joy of that moment, I could see how some people might find the necessary stirring a tedious act. That night, we finished our risotto with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, peas (from the freezer but still tender and sweet) and cubes of salty ham. With a salad, it was a complete meal and one we both enjoyed.

A few weeks back, my husband and I were having friends over for dinner. I was making grilled salmon and a chilled asparagus salad and needed one more thing to serve. Awash in deadlines and errands, I needed to find something easier than a classic risotto, but more refined than a simple pot of rice. Internet searches led me to Ina Garten’s recipe for Easy Parmesan “Risotto.”

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On the Blogs: Rachael’s New Cookbook, Orange Wine and the Next Greek Yogurt

by in Community, June 7th, 2012

rachael rayPublishers Weekly: Rachael Ray just released her latest cookbook, The Book of Burger (coming soon to Food Network Store). The “smart book” features QR codes that provide readers additional cooking information when scanned.

TIME: Mickey Mouse ditches junk-food. The Walt Disney Co. is the first major media company to ban junk food advertisements in an effort to diminish sugary temptations and improve kids’ eating habits. 

Associated Press: Schools rise above pink slime. The vast majority of National School Lunch Program states are refusing the product known as “lean finely textured beef,” and fast-food chains and supermarkets are following suit.

Food Republic: Will Greek yogurt soon be replaced? Hailing from Iceland, skyr has a similar tang, but is actually a “fresh skim-milk cheese, strained to a whipped custard consistency.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Do you prefer your red or white? Or how about orange? Also known as “freaky whites,” orange wines are now trending.