by Maria Russo in Recipes, July 5th, 2012
by Toby Amidor, July 5th, 2012
Peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Burgers and fries. Some things are just better together, including tomatoes and mozzarella. Whether you enjoy them atop pizza, with pasta, on a sandwich or in a salad, there’s no denying that ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, smooth mozzarella cheese complement each other perfectly. This summer, take advantage of in-season from-the-vine tomatoes and prepare them in a classic style: caprese.
Italian caprese salads are most traditionally eaten raw, with just a handful of uncooked ingredients: slices of sweet tomatoes and smooth mozzarella cheese, hand-torn basil, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s a rustic dish but one that shines when you use the freshest ingredients. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s best five caprese salad-inspired recipes, each a unique twist on the classic dish. Check them out below, then tell us your favorite way to enjoy tomatoes and mozzarella.
5. The Neelys’ Caprese Tart – Gina and Pat arrange slices of tomatoes and mozzarella atop pesto-brushed puff pastry and bake it for just 15 minutes to create a fuss-free appetizer.
4. Baked Panzanella Caprese – Transform the seasonal panzanella salad into Giada’s warm, baked plate by layering slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, tangy balsamic and chopped garlic and topping with thick-cut bread.
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by Food Network Magazine in Food Network Magazine, July 4th, 2012
‘Tis the season to pick up fresh thyme. Packed with flavor and nutritious goodness, make this delicious herb part of your next meal.
This perennial herb is a member of the mint family and is native to southern Europe and the Medit...
by Jill Novatt in Recipes, July 4th, 2012
Hot tips from Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:
After pan-frying something in extra-virgin olive oil, drizzle the leftover oil from the skillet on salads or bread. The oil is especially tasty after you’ve fried peppers, onions or other flavorful vegetables, like the artichokes in Food Network Magazine‘s Caprese Salad With Prosciutto and Fried Artichokes (pictured above). Don’t use this trick with vegetable oil, though: It’s too bland for drizzling.
by Victoria Phillips, July 4th, 2012
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.
We can’t get enough corn in the summer. Whether you try these recipes this Fourth of July or keep them in your back pocket for upcoming barbecues, we came up with these variations so you could eat corn every day and not get bored.
First, start with the classic version
by Toby Amidor, July 4th, 2012
Stay cool in the sweltering summer heat with homemade ice pops. Freeze pops in a variety of flavors right on your kitchen counter in as little as seven minutes. The Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker produces up to three ice pops before the base needs to b...
by Maria Russo, July 4th, 2012
Celebrate July 4th by getting the most out of your red, white, and blue foods. We’re not talking artificially-colored goodies, but rather fresh and delicious fruits and veggies in naturally-patriotic tones.
Red hued foods have tons of antioxi...
by Mallory Viscardi in Community, Contests, July 3rd, 2012
As if the Miami sun wasn’t enough to heat up last week’s episode of Food Network Star, Paula Deen stopped by to attend the beach party the finalists threw for VIP guests at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. She and her son Bobby joined ...
by Dana Angelo White, July 3rd, 2012
Food Network is excited to announce that earlier this week, we hit three million Facebook fans on the official Food Network Facebook page. To thank our millions of fantastic Facebook fans, we’re giving away seven fantastic Food Network prizes!
What You’ll Win: One lucky fan will win a Food Network grand-prize pack from Food Network Store that includes:
Six additional runners-up will win a copy of either Chef Anne Burrell’s Cook Like a Rock Star, Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier or Food Network Magazine‘s 1,000 Easy Recipes.
How to Enter: Comment below with a link to your favorite recipe of all-time from FoodNetwork.com. Winners will be selected at random and contacted privately.
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by Sara Levine, July 3rd, 2012
Wow everyone at your next picnic with this light, seasonal and berry-licious dessert.
8-ounces sugar cookie dough (we love this recipe from Food Network Kitchens)
1 cup whipped cream cheese, softened
This was a tough week for Team Bobby, with two finalists going head-to-head in a Producers’ Challenge battle of cocktails. No matter how it shook out, Bobby would lose a member of his team. He was hesitant to say anything at all in the pitch room (or pitch beach, as it was this week): “I didn’t want to sway the judges one way or the other based on my comments.”
In the end, Bob and Susie decided to send Malcolm Mitchell home. Despite food that consistently impressed them, Malcolm was never fully able to hone his “soulful” POV. “Malcolm’s POV was confusing,” Susie says. “After eight weeks, we need to know who he is through his food.”
Malcolm left the competition in good spirits: “I leave happy. I wanted to win it, but at the end of the day, I did everything that I could do. I was real.”