11 Cold Snacks for Hot Summer Days

by in Family, Recipes, July 18th, 2016

Frozen Fruit CupsFor my money, nothing beats a piece of fresh fruit for an instant snack this time of year. But when I want to kick it up a little, add a new flavor or incorporate a few veggies into a meal other than dinner, these are my go-to summer snacks. Each one is cool, refreshing and kid-tested to boot.

Make-Ahead

The Pioneer Woman’s Frozen Fruit Cups (pictured above)
This is my kind of recipe: Chop up a little fruit, throw it in a freezer-proof cup, freeze and serve. I love Ree Drummond’s idea so much that I’m already planning to whip out my muffin pan just so I can make more of them! An even dozen should do it, right?

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Watermelon Gazpacho — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 18th, 2016

Watermelon Gazpacho Tyler Florence Food NetworkOn a sticky summer day, few things are more refreshing than a snack of cold, juicy watermelon. But when the day turns into evening and the heat just won’t let up, use the sweet melon as the base of a savory chilled soup for dinner. Classic gazpacho is made with a mix of raw veggies such as tomatoes and peppers, but for a fresh new twist, try adding chunks of thirst-quenching watermelon.

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Seven-Ball Juggling Acts, the Food Network Star Pressure Cooker and Ingredient Flashbacks — Alex’s Star Report

by , July 18th, 2016

Food Network Star“I have the most clearly defined culinary point of view,” boasts Ana in the beginning of this tense episode of Food Network Star. “I don’t know what ‘fun, fusion, fleek’ — that's not a culinary point of view,” she says, throwing shade...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 17th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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6 Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes (Like Peach Cobbler, Ribs and More!)

by in Recipes, July 17th, 2016

Slow Cooker Peach CobblerDuring summer’s hottest days, you might think it best to stash the slow cooker away until fall’s cooler temperatures have you craving slow-simmered stews and braises again. But it’s time to rethink your kitchen equipment! It turns out that there’s nothing better for summer’s lazy days and high temperatures than your trusty slow cooker. Here are six easy, make-ahead recipes that don’t require turning on the stove.

Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler (pictured above)
The honeyed flavor of ripe peaches mingles with cinnamon and ginger in this super-easy cobbler that’s made with frozen fruit. Read more

Ina’s Richly Decadent Chocolate Cake — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 17th, 2016

Beatty's Chocolate Cake Food NetworkRich and buttery, chocolate cake is perhaps the ultimate guilty pleasure, and Ina Garten is giving us every opportunity to indulge in her top-rated recipe, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Follow Ina’s lead and add a cup of freshly brewed coffee to the batter and instant coffee powder to the buttercream; both will enhance chocolatey flavors without adding the taste of coffee itself.

For more sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

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What Do I Do with Zucchini Blossoms?

by in In Season, Recipes, July 17th, 2016

Zucchini BlossomsOn the end of every growing zucchini or summer squash you will find a vibrant yellow-orange flower — the blossom — which is a vegetable in its own right. Zucchini blossoms are fragile and delicately flavored, a little sweeter and more ephemeral than the flavor of the squash itself. The blooms are naturally soft, but pick those that look fresh, not droopy, with mostly closed buds.

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Chefs’ Picks: Heat Busters

by in Restaurants, July 16th, 2016

Punch House Sno Kone

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

When those sweltering nights of midsummer hit, relaxing with a refreshing indulgence can offer much-needed respite from the humidity. As such, chefs and bartenders are on the frontlines when it comes to battling those blistering seasonal temperatures. We’ve got the scoop on the cooling treats they’re concocting (and consuming) at establishments across the country.

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7 Ice Pops with Major Chill

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2016

Chai Tea Latte PopsSummer is a time to have fun with your food, and an empty ice pop mold is the perfect blank canvas for dreaming up colorful flavor combos. Allow us to offer a few ideas as inspiration; with this bevy of pops, you’ll never be bored.

Chai Tea Latte Pops (above)

Sweet and spicy, these pops are just like the cozy drink you love sipping all winter, but reimagined for warmer weather.

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Caption It: Summer Game So Strong

by in Shows, July 16th, 2016

The KitchenBeachside selfies, trips to the farmers market, rooftop lounging — there are seemingly countless ways to celebrate summer, but perhaps chief among them is outdoor dining. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast shared their top best recipes, tips and entertaining know-how to help you host the ultimate Summer Cookout. After his fellow co-hosts showed off how-tos for nautical napkin holders and seashell salt and pepper bowls, Jeff Mauro introduced Edible Sand Castles, made not with sand from the shore but with brightly colored gelatin instead. And the results were nothing short of impressive.

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