Tonight Chopped Grill Masters found its Grand Champion! Four chefs who won the preliminary rounds came back for one last battle in the Napa Valley, sweating over hot grills to create the best dishes of their lives. The competition was so close that the judges had to take into account every single detail. Surprisingly, the most-lauded chefs were knocked out in the initial two rounds, leaving an underdog vs. a fine-dining chef. In the final round, both turned out desserts that earned them high marks and applause, but as the rules go, the judges had to consider every round. The one who cooked the best three courses left not only with the Grand Champion title, but also with a whopping $50,000 grand prize. Hear from the Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion now.
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Hey, not many of us can actually make it to the Olympics (either as a world-renowned athlete or otherwise), but we can sure eat like we’re there. In honor of the upcoming opening ceremonies and all of the games to follow, take a culinary trip to Rio by cooking up some Brazilian mainstays right at home.
Sold at bakeries across Brazil, Pao de Queijo have the consistency of cheesy dough balls, and they’re a staple in Brazil. With a name that translates as “cheese bread,” these gluten-free morsels are eaten as part of a traditional breakfast or as a snack. Eat them by themselves or split them open and use them like buns for your favorite slider fixings.
I’m going crazy over this recipe. Mostly because it’s perfect for summer suppers when you don’t really want to overthink it. Or spend too much time in the kitchen. Or have too much to clean up. This meal hits the summer nail on the summer head.
So, we’re spicing some chicken cubes, but going a milder route for your kiddies. Just some Italian seasoning mixed with a little bit of garlic powder and a pinch of salt. It’s basically perfect. Tossed in a pan until browned on both sides. Done. Serve it with buttery corn on the cob. Even more done. Don’t you love this already?
And for you — gosh, it gets so good. You’ll start the same way you did for your kiddos, but then you’ll add cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne. Almost can’t deal with the greatness here. Toss it back in the pan to get some browning, and serve it with corn on the cob (add hot sauce!) and a crisp green salad. And a little bit of lemon. Gah.
It’s so simple and so summery and so freaking tasty you’ll lose your mind. I want to make it again but maybe put it on top of some silky lemony pasta!
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Part of what makes summer so dreamy is the fleeting harvest period for sweet, plump berries. Come winter, all we’re left with are memories of the fruity, bubbling-hot pies that lined our picnic tabletops just a few short months ago. Needless to say, we’re getting our fill of the season’s gems while the opportunity lasts. We’re also branching into new territory, moving beyond basic strawberries and blueberries, and we’re liking what we’re finding: Earthy marionberries, tangy tayberries, tart gooseberries and other whimsically-named fruits that you maybe haven’t tried yet but will instantly change the way you approach summer meals once you have a taste. We can’t guarantee you’ll see them in your local grocery store, but these five uncommon summer berries are worth searching high and low to find.
A native Oregonian, this plump summer jewel is a cross between two different varieties of blackberry and is often referred to as the “Cabernet of Blackberries” for its rich flavor. If you live outside of the Pacific Northwest, you may have a hard time getting your hands on marionberries. But when you do, your first move should be to make a pie, crumble or fresh batch of scones.
How do Olympians themselves prep for competition? For one thing, they eat a lot of food. For a recent video, The Washington Post surveyed statements some of them had made to the press about their diets and crunched the numbers to come up with their approximate daily caloric intake.
Here are the calorie counts for three U.S. athletes on the Post’s list:
You’d have to be crazy to diss pizza fresh from the oven. But give a za some time to crisp up on a fiery grill — just enough to melt the cheese, char the crust and emboss it with blackened grill marks — and you’ve taken your pie game to the next level. If you’ve never grilled pizza before, check out our step-by-step instructions for How to Make Grilled Pizza. Or pull out all the stops with a Grilled Pizza Bar, an easy summer party idea that will prove to your friends and family why grilled pizza trumps oven-baked every time.
To make his Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage, Grilled Peppers and Onions and Oregano Ricotta (pictured above), grill master Bobby Flay starts by charring pizza dough crust over some sizzling-hot grates, then adds grated fontina, hot Italian sausage, and grilled peppers and red onions. But his secret ingredient is dollops of fresh ricotta mixed with fresh chopped oregano. Read more
There’s no doubt that sweet corn is irresistible eaten right off the cob, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try shaving off the kernels for a new twist on taste. Try it tossed with grains and other veggies to make a simple standout salad, like this one featured above. Read more
This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated recipe from Tyler Florence, brings the mouthwatering aromas of Spanish saffron to your dining room table. He starts with a homemade sofrito, a sauce made from onions, garlic, parsley and tomato, which he cooks the rice in so every grain absorbs maximum flavor. Tyler then adds a mix of proteins — think hearty chicken and chorizo, plus seafood, including shrimp and clams. He rounds out the dish with peas and fresh lemon wedges just before serving for a bright, vibrant finish.
For more crowd-pleasing dinner ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.
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Fresh air can feed the appetite — and there’s plenty of it in Jackson Hole, Wyo. This outdoorsy destination is a top spot for those seeking nature in spades, as it’s nestled alongside the Teton Range. Jutting straight out of the earth, with none of the usual foothills in front, the mountain range is one of the country’s most stunning. In addition to the breathtaking views, visitors flock to these majestic slopes for world-class skiing. But winter isn’t the only busy season. Along with the copious outdoor activities offered year-round in the natural environs that surround it, Jackson Hole also draws tourists with its myriad of dining options. The town’s Old West vibe belies its sophisticated culinary scene, which features a diverse array of cuisines informed by both local and international influences. Here’s where to satiate your appetite in any season.