What to Watch: Summer Sides on The Kitchen and Guest Judge Sandra Lee on Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 9th, 2017

Food Network Star
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making the most important meal of the day, and she’s doing it the cowboy way. For her husband, Ladd, Ree whips up a Farmer’s Breakfast complete with eggs, ham, sausage and Crispy Bits Breakfast Potatoes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing some of their favorite summer side dishes. On Sunday afternoon, Ina Garten is making pasta like a pro and Ayesha Curry is hosting a decadent ladies’ brunch.

On Sunday evening, Flavortown Market is giving defeated chefs a chance at redemption, but they’ll have to cook against their former competitors, and on Food Network Star, the finalists are making dishes for a ballroom of guests to celebrate Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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1 Mom’s Grab-and-Go List for Packing a Family Picnic

by in Family, In Season, Recipes, June 9th, 2017

Roast Beef SandwichesOne of my kids’ favorite summer dinners has less to do with the meal itself and everything about the location: outside. At least once a week we’ll pack up a big picnic for dinner in the great outdoors — our own backyard most of the time, to be honest. kids load up a wagon full of fixings, and we head out to the nearest shady spot. To make it easier (because a less stressed-out mom always translates into more fun for everyone), I’ve got it down to a science.

What to Bring

The trick to packing a picnic is bringing just enough essentials without hauling your whole kitchen outside. My seven must-haves:

1.     A blanket, if you’re sitting on the grass
2.     Cups and a pitcher of water (or water bottles, which work better for small kids who will likely/probably/certainly spill their cups)
3.     Beer or wine (optional for adults, but don’t forget an opener!)
4.     2 wet rags (picnics are ALWAYS sticky, and regular napkins don’t stand a chance)
5.     Forks (try not to serve anything that requires more than one utensil)
6.     Serving spoon for the salad
7.     Plates (I love those cafeteria-style trays for the kids. They’re harder to flip over plus there’s a spot for a water bottle.)

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Welcome, Rosé Season: It’s Officially Time to Drink Pink Wine

by in Drinks, In Season, June 9th, 2017

The New FroseYou know those “rules” about not wearing white pants after Labor Day and waiting 30 minutes after eating to swim? Yeah, we tend to avoid those rules. The same goes for rosé wine. Yes, it’s definitely more enjoyable to sip this pink wine in the summer, while sunning ourselves on a patio somewhere, but to be honest, we’ve been known to drink rosé on the couch in the winter every once in a while too. But now that summer it actually is summer (well, almost) and we’ll be finding ourselves on a lot more patios in the coming days, we’re moving into an all-rosé-all-the-time phases. Beyond popping the cork on a cool, crisp bottle and drinking rosé straight-up, we plan to celebrate tomorrow’s National Rosé Day holiday and all our summer sun sessions with these four pink eats and drinks.

The New Frose (pictured above)
Break out the ice cream maker, but think beyond ice cream. Here a bottle of rosé and strawberries are churned together to make a frosty, slushy sipper.

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Teeny Tiny Avocados Are Made for Solo Snackers

by in News, June 8th, 2017

The question raised by Trader Joe’s latest (rather cute) produce innovation is this: Have we been waiting all our lives for miniature, single-serving avocados?

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People Swear Charcoal Lattes Are Delicious

by in News, June 8th, 2017

People Swear Charcoal Lattes Are DeliciousRemember when charcoal was just a thing you used to heat your backyard grill? Then it became a trendy cocktail ingredient, rendering boozy beverages fashionably black. Soon your local barista may be handing it to you in your morning coffee cup.

Charcoal Lattes, using activated charcoal, are a thing in Europe and Asia, the New York Daily News reports. The images of the drink have been burning up social media, which had prompted speculation that America’s time will come. That time, in fact, may be now — as Chicago’s Werewolf Coffee Bar seems to have picked up on the trend.

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Starbucks’ Latest Innovation: Ice Cubes Made of Coffee

by in News, June 7th, 2017

Starbucks' Latest Innovation: Ice Cubes Made of CoffeeSome Starbucks innovations are assuredly better than others. But even those — or perhaps especially those — who wouldn’t go near a Unicorn Frappuccino with a pink-and-purple 10-foot pole may recognize the appeal of the coffee behemoth’s latest innovation: coffee ice cubes.

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5 Weeknight Dinners You Simply Must Make This Summer

by in Recipes, View All Posts, June 6th, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to get a little experimental with your cooking — the produce is at its finest, everyone’s a little more relaxed, and you’ve got that grill ready to go. But dinner doesn’t have to take awhile to be inventive. These fun recipes are done in under an hour (and one in just 15 minutes), so you have more time to enjoy everything else the season has to offer.

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Sweet Heat Skittles and Starbursts Are Set to Spice Up Snacktime

by in News, June 5th, 2017

Sweet Heat Skittles and Starbursts Are Set to Spice Up SnacktimeIs spicy the hot new trend in candy? The Wrigley Company is set to introduce “Sweet Heat” Skittles and Starbursts this December. The new flavors, which sparked attention at the 2017 Sweets and Snacks Expo held in Chicago in late May, will come in black packaging emblazoned with flames — because, you know, hot.

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Eat, Drink and Give Back During Negroni Week

by in News, Recipes, View All Posts, June 5th, 2017

NegroniWhen Italy’s Count Negroni first stirred together gin, Campari and vermouth to make his namesake cocktail in 1919, he never could have predicted the craze that would follow nearly 100 years later. The drink was pretty obscure until the recent cocktail culture brought attention to it, and today the Negroni is a fixture on trendy cocktail menus across the country — both in its classic form and in fun new creations. Read more

Star Report: 9 Things That Happened on the Premiere That Got Us Talking

by , June 5th, 2017

Food Network StarSeason 13 of Food Network Star kicked off on Sunday night, and in true Hollywood fashion, the bright lights and lofty expectations of the big stage proved to be too much for a few finalists, who found themselves struggling through their auditions. Bu...

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