If you’re asking us, Memorial Day — not the solstice or any other date on the calendar — kicks off summer. That means grills across the country are being dusted off, scraped clean and fired up, likely for the first time all year. Our FoodNetwork.com staffers have been ogling these charred beauties, both tried-and-true favorites and brand-new recipes from our test kitchens, for months already. Behold the juicy meats, charred veggies and other surprising foods they simply cannot wait to throw on the grill.
You’ve planned everything perfectly for your Memorial Day barbecue, but an entree for the vegetarians has you stumped? No worries: Portobello caps make a wallet-friendly and easy pick when you want to sidestep the burger meat. The mushrooms are meaty (but meatless) and satisfying, making them a go-to swap for even the biggest meat eaters. And since the portobellos are mild in taste, they’re incredibly versatile, so you can serve them with the same sides and buns as the rest of the burgers on the grill.
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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to say goodbye to the heavy, creamy sauces that are a staple in winter comfort food. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a simple pasta dish from Ina Garten, brings together garlicky shrimp and a zesty lemon sauce over linguine to make a fresh, satisfying dinner. To boost the flavor in this dish, which takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, Ina adds the cooked pasta to the skillet while the sauce simmers, allowing ample time for all the flavors to be absorbed.
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When the warm weather hits, it’s time to start packing … a picnic, that is. Creating a spread that goes beyond the standard picnic fare may require a bit of thinking outside the basket, however. For some inspiration, we consulted chefs across the country on their favorite picnic dishes for wowing the crowds. Read more
Everyone loves dip. That’s just a fact of life. For your long-weekend partying pleasure, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for scooping and spreading. From appetizers to sweet desserts, you can do the dip at every meal, all weekend long!
Smoked Salmon Dip (above)
Nobody does a crudite platter quite like Ina Garten. To create an addictive savory spread for raw veggies, she starts with a base of cream cheese and sour cream, then mixes in fresh dill, horseradish and smoked salmon.