Don’t Break Up with Basil, But Blend Up These Non-Basil Pestos, Too

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2016

Kale and Pistachio Pesto SpaghettiIf your pesto prowess starts and ends with picking up a jar of the stuff at the supermarket, listen up. Your own from-scratch pesto is super-easy to blend at home (and it tastes infinitely better). And get this: Pesto isn’t just exclusive to basil anymore (or pricey pine nuts either); the summer staple can be made with really any green, and you can get even more creative by using sun-dried tomatoes and more unconventional picks. If you’re never made your own before, start with Ina Garten’s top-rated recipe for classic basil pesto, then move on to some of our favorite riffs, bound to be tossed into pasta, spread onto a sandwich and more. Now rev those food processors — let’s get blending!

If you’re departing from the classic basil blend for the first time, keep things familiar by opting for another leafy green. Food Network Magazine’s Kale and Pistachio Pesto Spaghetti (pictured above) is green through and through with hearty kale, which adds a delightfully rich earthiness, and roasted, salted pistachios.

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Kosher Salt vs. Table Salt: What’s the Difference?

by in News, July 15th, 2016

Kosher Salt vs. Table Salt: What’s the Difference?It’s probably happened to everyone: You’re trying out a new recipe, and you get to the step that instructs you to add salt, but you realize you don’t have kosher salt on hand, only regular table salt — or maybe vice versa. So you figure: “What’s the difference, anyway? Salt is salt, right?”

Well, yes and no. And if you substitute one for the other, you may end up with something that is either way too salty or bland as can be. Why?

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Sweet & Savory Ways to Eat Stone Fruit

by in Recipes, July 15th, 2016

It may seem impossible to improve on the flavor of a perfectly ripe and juicy peach, plum or nectarine eaten out of hand, but these gorgeous stone fruit recipes — both sweet and savory — prove otherwise.

Our Nectarine-Raspberry Slab Pie (pictured above) is a showstopping dessert you can slice up any way you’d like. And when you combine the sweet taste of stone fruit with tart raspberries and tuck the juicy gems into pie crust, all the ingredients are heightened. Read more

Spike It: Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops

by in Drinks, Recipes, July 15th, 2016

Strawberry Margarita Ice PopsI was that kid. You know, THAT kid. The kid who only wanted to eat the “red” popsicles and drink the “red” juice and steal the “red” gummy bears from the bowl. I didn’t want grape — ever. In fact, if we had a box of some sort of treats and the variety included grape, I’d eat all the others and leave the grape in there for someone else.

Except nobody ever wanted it, because grape was the worst. The absolute worst.

I didn’t even want the blue raspberry flavor, and that was huge in the ’90s. I was all about the red: cherry, strawberry, watermelon or whatever. That’s the one I loved the most.

In my opinion, strawberry was always the best “red.” I think cherry was more popular among my group of siblings, neighbors and friends, but I didn’t care about that. Strawberry was the only one I wanted.

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6 Times You Should Shamelessly Reach for the American Cheese

by in Recipes, July 15th, 2016

Grilled CheeseAmerican cheese gets a bad rap. It’s too processed, people say. It’s not “real.” There might be truth to these critiques, but one other thing is certainly true: It’s just so good. Melted to the perfect consistency, American cheese definitely has a place in our recipes. Here are six we know you’ll love.

Classic American Grilled Cheese (above)

This one’s a no-brainer. American cheese was practically created to be melted between two slices of pillowy bread. Jeff Mauro’s version pairs a white slice with a yellow slice for the perfect eye-catching mixture.

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Bobby’s 10 Best Grilled Vegetable Dishes

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 15th, 2016

Bobby’s 10 Best Grilled Vegetable Dishes Bobby Flay is our resident grill master here at Food Network. When we’re not watching him crank up the heat on Beat Bobby Flay, we’re trying our hand at one of his best burger recipes. But even though he’s a burger and steak guy, not all of his grilled recipes are super-meaty — often he dresses up vegetables, too, with a smoky char. Check out his top droolworthy veggie recipes for fresh seasonal inspiration.

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Caption It: Ready, Set, Run

by , July 15th, 2016

Food Network StarWhat started as a competition of 13 eager hopefuls has narrowed to just the final-four contestants. Ana, Damiano, Jernard and Tregaye have proved to be the strongest of the bunch — but they're not finished yet. As they look ahead to their next Food...

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What to Watch: Retro Recipes on Valerie’s Home Cooking, and Campfire Cooking on Patricia Heaton Parties

by in Shows, July 15th, 2016

Smores cast iron pieThis weekend, reminisce on fond food memories with your favorite Food Network chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond and her daughter Paige are re-creating their favorite teatime foods from their trip to New York, including mini quiches and Lemon Raspberry Tarts. Next, the hosts of The Kitchen are hosting a summer cookout with all their favorite summer dishes, including Salmon Burgers with Kale Slaw and White Peach Sangria. After that, Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, are putting new twists on retro foods like Tuna Noodle Casserole and Cherry Cheesecake Pie. Then head down to Patricia Heaton’s place, where she’s turning back time to throw a camp-inspired party complete with Foil-Packet Corn and S’mores Cast-Iron Pie.

Then on Sunday, former Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off stars compete in a special episode of Guy’s Grocery Games where they’ll have to keep their allowances in mind while they compete in a brand-new “Groceryland” board game. Next, the Food Network Star finalists will need to impress the judges when they throw holiday-themed parties. After that, Geoffrey Zakarian challenges the Cooks vs. Cons competitors to make a delicious surf-and-turf dinner with a sticky surprise ingredient.

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Earns Fourth Consecutive Emmy Nomination

by in News, Shows, July 14th, 2016

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives“We’re rolling out!”

To the Emmy Awards, that is.

The 2016 Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, and for the fourth year in a row, Guy Fieri‘s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has earned a sought-after nomination in the Outstanding Structured Reality Program category. It’s no secret that you, Food Network fans, crave Guy’s coast-to-coast exploration of all manner of homemade meaty, cheesy and downright indulgent fare, and it appears the Television Academy is just as pleased with Guy’s adventures.

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Is Surge Pricing Coming to Your Favorite Food-Delivery Service?

by in News, July 14th, 2016

Is Surge Pricing Coming to Your Favorite Food-Delivery Service?Is your favorite food-delivery app about to go all Uber on you and charge you a higher price for bringing dinner to your door when the weather is cruddy or there’s a big convention of hungry eaters in town? That is precisely what one industry insider, Michael DiBenedetto, co-founder and CEO of food-delivery search engine Bootler, is predicting.

“Brace yourself: Surge pricing is coming to on-demand food delivery,” DiBenedetto warns in an article on VentureBeat. “The delivery companies cannot afford their driver fleets without making this change. It’s sheer economics and a trend that will shape the future of online food ordering.”

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