Orzo has a reputation as a pasta ideal for soups, but the rice-shaped noodles can also star as the base of a great pasta salad. Since orzo is small in size, it can be mixed with other salad fixings, like fresh vegetables and cheese, without overshadowing them. And although mayo-based dressings are a classic standby, swapping them for an oil-based dressing can lighten up the dish without skimping on flavor, as it does in Giada De Laurentiis’ pasta salad (pictured above).
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June 14 marks the United Sates’ adoption of the star-spangled flag in 1777. Around here, we’re celebrating the beloved emblem of the red, white and blue the only way we know how: with food! Run down the line of our favorite starred-and-striped creations in honor of Flag Day (and maybe keep a few ideas in your back pocket for when 4th of July rolls around).
Studded with red and blue berries and decorated just like the American flag, Food Network Kitchen’s very own Flag Cake (pictured above) is patriotic through and through — even on the inside, which is flecked with red and blue sprinkles.
Easy to make in a hurry, Ina Garten’s light, fluffy doughnuts are a surprisingly healthy version of the classic coffee-shop treat and are this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ina bakes the doughnuts instead of frying them, which not only turns out a soft, tender finished product, but also keeps you from having to work with messy hot oil. After the doughnuts come out of the oven, Ina dips them in butter and cinnamon sugar to create the sweet and cinnamon-y glaze you know and love.
For more sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Ina’s Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts
Rhubarb, a classic produce variety of spring and early summer, is a vegetable that often gets cooked as though it were a fruit. Its long, crisp stalks look a lot like reddish-pinkish-purplish celery. They are quite tart; often some sort of sweetener is adding in the cooking process, especially when rhubarb is used in dessert recipes. Its nickname is the “pie plant,” since it so often ends up as a pie filling — or crisp or cobbler — sometimes along with a sweeter fruit, like strawberries or raspberries. Rhubarb can also be made into jam or compote to be canned.
Rhubarb is sold in bunches, or sometimes as individual stalks. Choose fresh, crisp stalks with good color and no blemishes, then trim the tops and bottoms and peel off any noticeably stringy bits. If any leaves are attached, throw them out — they have a high level of natural toxins and should not be eaten. Rhubarb can be stored in the fridge for up to five days, wrapped in plastic.
Just as those in Northern cities and states lay claim to different styles of pizza, hot dogs and clam chowder, many in the South have passionate ideas for what barbecue sauce should be. Sweet, smoky, tangy, sticky, crimson and white — there’s no shortage of flavors, looks and textures when it comes to creating the ultimate meat accompaniment. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts broke down barbecue sauces by region, looking at the signature elements of each — and sharing how simple it is to make them all at home, no matter where you live. Read on below for four of the most-common ‘cue sauces, then tell us in the comments which is your favorite.
Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)
Featuring a base of ketchup, molasses and brown sugar, this thick sauce is indeed packed with sugar, but the sweetness is hardly overwhelming. The key is balancing those ingredients with a splash of tangy apple cider vinegar and the umami-like funk of Worcestershire sauce for well-rounded results.
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Nothing says summer like firing up the grill for a smoke-tinged feast. Hot dogs and burgers are requisite, of course, but sides are your secret weapon for taking a spread from the expected to the exceptional. Borrow tricks from these chefs from coast to coast, who share their creative spins certain to elevate any barbecue. Read more
If you retired jelly shots from your drink rotation the day you received your bachelor’s degree, you’re not alone. Yet, recently, the jiggly spiked concoctions have been getting the gourmet treatment from restaurant greats across the country. This renaissance of sweet, chewable booze has got us reconsidering the humble jelly shot as a key component to any good summer party. They don’t have to include neon, radioactive-looking colors either. With that in mind, here are five stunning jelly shots that we’re willing to bet are nothing like the ones you consumed back in the day.
Mint Julep Jelly Shots
The unofficial cocktail of the South gets pared down for size in Food Network Kitchen’s casual take on a classic mint julep. All of the essential flavors are here: mint, sugar and bourbon. Save your good silver cocktail cups for a formal occasion and stock up on disposable plastic shot cups in preparation for your next summer party.
Many of us drink coffee for the taste (an iced latte sure does hit the spot) or the sense of coziness (yummy mornings with your mug and the paper) and conviviality (meeting a pal for a cup and a catch-up) as well as the hit of caffeine. But for those who want their caffeine buzz straight up, without the sippable frills, thrills and potential spills, there is now a new solution: chewable coffee.