6 Non-Pasta Ways to Go Big with Pesto — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2015

Pesto RecipeTrue pesto lovers know that nothing compares to one that’s blended at home. If you’re all about making pesto in bulk, or if you’re faced with a bounty of basil (or other herbaceous pesto-friendly green), we’ve got plenty of ways beyond pasta to put it all to use this summer.

When it comes to making pesto, Ina Garten’s easy 15-minute recipe (pictured above) is a solid place to start. Once you’ve got the formula down pat, you can doctor your of-the-moment pesto at will. Have some arugula on your hands? You can swap it (or nearly any other leafy green) in. Out of Parmesan but have other hard cheeses available? Those are fair game too. Out of pine nuts? Add a different kind for a new nuttiness. There are countless ways to mix and match ingredients for pesto, and there are tons of ways to put it all to use too.

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5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping Simpler

by in News, July 15th, 2015

­5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping SimplerDear Summer,

Thank you for giving us an excuse to eat ice cream every day — sometimes more than once..

Love,
Everyone

There, now that that’s over with, let’s talk scooping. I always thought a scoop was a scoop was a scoop (unless you’re talking about a super-duper ultra-big scooper like this one). But the Huffington Post has just offered five tips to make scooping easier — and, by extension, make summer even better.

For softer ice cream and smoother scooping, the site suggests:

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Curtis Stone to Let Sun, Sand and Classically Simple Fare Shine on Brand-New Beach Eats USA

by in Shows, July 15th, 2015

Curtis StoneIf you’re all about location, location, location when it comes to finding your next favorite restaurant, then you’ll revel in the hot spots Curtis Stone reveals on his brand-new series, Beach Eats USA. Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10:30|9:30c, this six-episode celebration of all things waterside will showcase the ultimate collection of beachside bites from coast to coast, serving up not only fresh, alfresco fare, but also a shining backdrop of sand and surf.

The beauty of beachside fare is that along with a stellar view, most bites are easy enough to eat sans forks and knives — and shoes, as it’s all about digging in along the water. That casual, simple atmosphere is just what Curtis is after as he tracks down a series of themed eats, including burgers, like the one he tries along the Pacific Ocean in California, and boardwalk bites, like the soft-shell crab hailing from the Chesapeake Bay. In his travels, he’ll check out the local beach scene up close, indulge in regional adventures, get to know the restaurants’ chefs and owners, and surely dig into assorted famous eats as he chats with diners.

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Times Like These Call for Serious Iced Coffee: How to Cold-Brew

by in How-to, Recipes, July 15th, 2015

Perfect Iced CoffeeYou probably ditched your hot coffee at about the same time you crammed your winter coats in under-bed storage and clicked on the AC for the first time. Now you take your dose of caffeine with ice cubes. Especially if you get your joe at a coffee shop, you’re bound to rack up quite the tab for your daily fix of the good stuff. Luckily, it’s easy to make iced coffee at home, proving that “cold-brew” is more than just another buzzword; it’s actually the best way to get your refreshing caffeine buzz, as long as you have a little patience.  To achieve the smoothest, least acidic (and best) iced coffee at home, go the cold-brew route with a little help from Food Network Magazine.

Follow FN Magazine’s steps for perfect cold-brew iced coffee (serves 2):

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Ree Drummond Launches Homeware Line, Loves Turquoise and Teals

by in Food Network Chef, July 15th, 2015

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, is bringing her favorite home goods to your table with the launch of her serveware line out this fall. It’s a fun and flea-market-inspired collection that Ree is incredibly close to — down to picking out the number of dots on each porcelain cup. From cake plates to measuring cups, you’ll be able to outfit your weeknight table or party spread. We checked in with her at the product launch party to find out what she’s up to when she’s not designing glassware or developing recipes. Read more

One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 1 Winner

by in Shows, July 14th, 2015

Danielle and Chris in the Dessert RoundOn tonight’s episode, Chopped headed outdoors for the premiere of the second installment of the five-part Grill Masters tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for a place in the finale and a chance to win the $50,000 cash prize. In the first round, four fierce competitors took up the challenge; in the final round, two who share a history in the barbecue competition circuit faced off. The challenge could have ended in either’s favor, but the one who prevailed had the best three courses, earning a finale spot. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.

Read the interview with the winner