by Amy Reiter in News, August 9th, 2016
by Lauren Piro in Recipes, August 9th, 2016
There’s nothing quite like a tomato at the peak of ripeness — firm, round and beautifully deep-hued, fragrant and sweet. Honestly, a good, ripe tomato is like candy.
Yet a few days later, that same tomato, past its prime, may be soft, puckered and hardly appealing — which is why, one imagines, the fruit is now getting the full GMO treatment from researchers.
by Amy Reiter in News, August 9th, 2016
There’s nothing worse than buying yourself a nice steak for dinner, and then ruining the meat with a grilling misstep. Even though they make for a hearty meal, steaks require a little finesse to cook perfectly. To grill your favorite cut just right, take the advice of a few Food Network stars.
High heat helps this long, flat cut achieve a flavorful sear, but be careful not to overcook it; the meat can quickly become tough and chewy. Marcela Valladolid marinates the skirt steak in this recipe in citrus and beer to tenderize it.
Try It: Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (above)
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, August 8th, 2016
Have you ever been sitting on the tarmac, ready for takeoff, when suddenly your plane has to taxi back to the gate because the coffee machine isn’t working? Apparently, that’s a thing.
According to The New York Times, broken coffeemakers are a surprisingly common cause of plane delays, although specific statistics are scant on how significant a factor they are overall: “You can’t just put Mr. Coffee in an airline,” Jeff Lowe, president of the airplane repair concern Aviation Fabricators, told the Times. “You have to do all kinds of engineering and analysis and provide test results to the F.A.A. to get approval.”
Some interesting facts about airplane coffeemakers, revealed in the Times:
by Nora Horvath in Recipes, August 8th, 2016
“We didn’t have kiwi when I was little,” I explained to my kids; they were baffled. “I’m sure it existed somewhere, but, uh, just not where I was.” Then, bam! Kiwi burst onto the scene for Americans in the ’80s, and talk about a runaway hit. Remember life before baby carrots? Extra virgin olive oil? Some food fads have such a great flavor, neat technique, or interesting and new presentation that they just never fade. These are my family’s favorites.
Chinese Chicken Salad (pictured above)
One thing I love so much about watching Barefoot Contessa is listening to Ina Garten casually mention how she’s been making some particularly delectable dish for 20 years. Her Chinese Chicken Salad is one of those throwback recipes with a perfectly updated spin. Crunchy asparagus and bell peppers mingle with juicy roasted chicken before the whole thing gets doused with a simple ginger dressing.
by Lauren Piro in Entertaining, Recipes, August 7th, 2016
Let us introduce you to your new favorite pasta sauce: salsa cruda. Its Italian name translates as “raw sauce,” and it’s typically a tomato-based mixture tossed with other fresh ingredients that are so full of flavor they don’t need to be cooked.
by Foodlets in In Season, Shows, August 7th, 2016
A melon baller is the sort of tool everyone has stuffed in a drawer, but we bet you rarely reach for it. Next time you find yourself stuck in a recipe rut, dig it out — and try one of these unique ways to use it.
Serve a Boozy Treat
Scooped melon bites already look adorable served in individual glasses, but then Jessica Merchant (the blogger behind How Sweet Eats) makes them even more irresistible: She douses them in a bright mixture of lime juice, honey, mint and rum.
Try it: Boozy Minted Melon Balls (above)
by Allison Milam in Recipes, August 7th, 2016
I don’t know about you, but I don’t get the hype about cooking outside in the summer. It’s hot outside. That officially makes it the last place I want to be, except if the other choice is in front of a flaming grill. No, sir. When the weather heats up, I say, take it inside and let the sweet AC work its magic. That brings me to another appliance I have all kinds of love for: my oven. These are my favorite ways to enjoy all those fresh summer vegetables without sweating it out in the process. And if your oven tends to heat your house up? Roast up one of these dishes in the morning, before the sun has a chance to sizzle — that way your home will be cooler come dinnertime.
Leave it to Ina Garten to elevate simple zucchini to a decadent dish. With 364 reviews and a 5-star rating (not to mention the promise of fresh breadcrumbs and all that melted Gruyère), this one’s officially on my summer food bucket list.
by Nora Horvath in Community, August 7th, 2016
Shrimp are quick to cook and even quicker to disappear from your plate, but they’re even better smoky and hot off the grill. Now that it’s August and the grill’s sizzled its fair share of burgers and hot dogs, give classic shrimp dishes the grilled treatment too.
A lemony, garlicky and buttery plate of shrimp scampi is one of our fans’ most-beloved dishes — and it’s even better done up on the grill. Bobby Flay’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi dish has all the bright flavor of the classic, plus a delightful char.
by Emily Lee in Recipes, August 6th, 2016
Pasta, beef and cheese are the foundation of many crowd-pleasing dinners: spaghetti and meatballs, pasta Bolognese and these top-rated manicotti, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Giada De Laurentiis stuffs large tube-shaped noodles with a mixture made from ground beef and three cheeses — ricotta and mozzarella for rich creaminess, and nutty Parmesan for a welcome salty bite — and covers them with her favorite bottled sauce. Before baking it, she tops the dish with another layer of mozzarella and Parmesan, which will begin to bubble in the oven.
For more hearty dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
Get the recipe: Beef and Cheese Manicotti
We’ve learned a valuable lesson this summer: Turning on the oven or stove during a heat wave is no way to live. Then again, neither is a diet of straight salads. If you’ve resigned yourself to choose between sweaty, miserable meal prep and monotonous bowls of leafy greens, we’re here to throw you a lifesaver. We’ve been hard at work planning no-cook summer meals to keep you cool and satisfied throughout the day. Here’s a sample menu to keep on hand for the next time temperatures rise:
You don’t need fried eggs and bacon to give yourself a morning energy boost. Rachael Ray’s Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits will fill you with protein and fiber without requiring you to fire up your griddle. If you have an abundance of fresh fruit on hand, try Ina Garten’s Fruit Salad with Limoncello; the silky lemon yogurt topping comes together in mere seconds.