by Erin Hartigan in Drinks, July 11th, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, July 11th, 2015
If a beach escape isn’t in the cards this summer, ramp up the tropical factor with some island-themed snacks and perhaps a tiki cocktail, to take advantage of the warm weather. The tiki masters behind Chicago’s popular Three Dots and a Dash shake up to 2,000 rum-centric drinks on a typical night.
Beverage director Diane Corcoran oversees the menu of fruity, potent and often flaming combinations, including the classic Mai Tai, the coconut-based Painkiller and the smoky-sweet, summer-ready Bikinis After Dark (recipe below).
“The key to great tiki cocktails is keeping it balanced,” she says. “Use fresh juices — pineapple, lemon and lime — and get flavors from things that aren’t syrup. You can use a lot of fresh fruit and purees without added sugar to get that fruit flavor.”
by Cameron Curtis in Drinks, July 11th, 2015
You can enjoy your yogurt straight up or frozen, and now, you are cordially informed, you can enjoy it as a liqueur.
Dutch distiller Bols, which makes spirits like gin and vodka, as well as liqueurs in a staggering variety of flavors, from Sour Apple to Sea Buckthorn, Blueberry, Banana, Butterscotch and beyond, has now brought the world a “Natural Yogurt” liqueur.
Made from yogurt both “real” and “fresh,” Bols Yogurt Liqueur is said to combine a “sweet and sour taste” with a “rich and smooth texture.” It needs no refrigeration (which is perhaps a little unsettling) and may be served straight up, on ice or mixed with fruit, juice, soft drinks or other liqueurs in a creamy cocktail.
by Hedy Goldsmith in Recipes, July 10th, 2015
What’s the best way to get the most flavor out of your cocktail? Muddling. The gentle mashing and combining of fruits with other ingredients will help to release fresh flavors and encourage a mingling of your base and spirit. In fact, it may be even more important than shaking or stirring when it comes to creating the perfect summer cocktail. Be careful not to over-muddle when working with delicate herbs such as mint and basil (which will become bitter) or delicate fruits that may benefit from larger pieces (for color and for visual appeal). Rosemary, lemon, limes and sturdier ingredients will be able to stand a heavy muddling. Whether you choose to use a wood, plastic or metal muddler, it’s the ultimate tool to craft these summer cocktails.
Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher (pictured above)
Skip soda water or tonic and use coconut water for your summer cocktail. Melissa D’Arabian gently muddles frozen raspberries before topping with coconut water, pineapple juice and rum. Stir gently and serve with sprigs of mint.
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, July 10th, 2015
Throughout our culinary history, people have baked fruit in one form of vessel or another. Lots of versions, many contestants and several commonalities: fresh or frozen fruit; some sort of sugar, whether it’s light brown, dark brown, muscovado sugar or molasses, or even honey. Add butter plus some sort of flour and there you have it.
Start with the most common of all baked desserts, the classic cobbler. Many say the cobbler is simply a pie without the crust. Well, that is partially correct. A true cobbler is topped off with individually dropped biscuits. The biscuits are made with heavy cream, adding a real rich flavor and tenderness to the biscuit. Did you know the baked biscuits on top of the cobblers were said to look similar to the cobblestone streets of Boston or Philadelphia? Philly girl here, don’t forget.
Now for the variations:
by Maria Russo in Recipes, July 10th, 2015
My brother recently tied the knot, which meant lots of parties and prep beforehand. A few months ago, I got to plan a super-fun bachelorette party for my now sister-in-law, and the individual strawberry champagne gelatin shots that one of the girls brought were the hit of the night.
Not only were the shots adorable and fun, but they tasted delicious. And she kept telling me how simple they were! I begged for the recipe. For the party, she used mini plastic cups and sealed them with plastic lids for easy transporting and consumption in a hotel room. I could not even wait to make my own version of these!
I’m rather nutty about Bellinis — give me all the Prosecco and all the fruit. I adore trying new combos, and last year I even made a Bellini bar, which has been an easy go-to at parties these days.
For the party shots, I stuck to a classic, the peach Bellini. And since we were serving these at home, I made them in a baking dish, but they would definitely work in the single-portion cups if you’d like to take them to a party. These are my new favorite party trick, and they couldn’t be better for summer, now that peaches are finally in season.
by Christie Bok in Shows, July 10th, 2015
Welcome to the sticky, sweltering dog days of summer. If the season’s heat has you bogged down, take refuge in a chilled treat this weekend: these easy-to-make, eat-with-your-hands Frozen Peanut Butter Bites (pictured above). Made with only four pantry ingredients, the Neelys’ sweet-tooth-satisfying dessert celebrates the perhaps most-beloved of all flavor combos: peanut butter and chocolate. And maybe the best part of this recipe is that there’s no need to turn on the oven.
Get the Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Bites
by Amy Reiter in News, July 9th, 2015
Cooking can sometimes seem like a daunting activity, but making food from scratch doesn’t always have to be complicated. This weekend on Food Network, tune in to see how Daphne Brogdon simplifies dishes. Join her on Sunday morning as she shows you how to grill flank steak and demonstrates how she tackles a commonly feared ingredient, yeast, in her delicious Cheesy Bread Rolls.
Then, get ready for three hours of fun-filled competition on Sunday night. First, in an all-new episode of Triple G, Guy has the competitors make a dish using only ingredients that start with the letter S. Then, they play an exciting game of Musical Carts for a chance to go on and compete to win a $20,000 shopping spree. Next, catch up with the remaining finalists on Food Network Star. They must get creative and have a sense of humor, because they’re cooking for guest judge David Alan Grier and a crowd full of fans of both comedy and food. Finally, tune in for Cutthroat Kitchen at 10|9c — you won’t want to miss Alton’s evilicious challenges!
by Maria Russo in In Season, Recipes, July 9th, 2015
One doesn’t usually think of “Oreo” and “thin” as being two words that go together. But Mondelez International, Inc., the conglomerate behind the beloved brown-and-white sandwich cookie, is hoping “sophisticated” grown-up snackers — those of us whose waistline awareness may prevent us from scarfing down a sleeve of one of our favorite childhood treats (at least, with any regularity) — will soon think of them going together like, well, cookies and cream.
Oreo Thins, as they will be known, maintain the same cookie-to-cream-filling ratio as regular Oreos, but they are slimmer and therefore modestly less caloric. Three Oreo Thins will run you only 140 calories, as opposed to the 160 calories you’d take in by eating three regular Oreos, the Associated Press reports.
by Allison Milam in Drinks, July 9th, 2015
The sun is shining, the grill is hot and you’re looking forward to a meal of juicy meat. Fast-forward 30 minutes and you’re face to face with a dry, overcooked hunk of steak or a tough chicken tender. What went wrong? Getting the grilling game right can be tricky. When it comes to grilling burgers, meat master and Texas restaurateur Chef Tim Love recently told FN Dish, “There are actually two common mistakes I see often, which are a shame, so listen up!” He shared his take on those two problems, plus offered ways for avoiding them next time.
1. Flip Burgers Once and Only Once: Constant turning will toughen and dry out meat, and if you flip too soon, burgers will stick. Cook 2 minutes per side for rare, 3 for medium-rare, 4 for medium and 5 for well-done.
The dog days of summer call for ice-cold drinks, but you already knew that, right? With the cooling qualities of an icy drink in hand, all of your warm-weather dreams are possible: breezy pool days, lively backyard barbecues and even relaxing nights spent at home. Stay refreshed all summer long with these oh-so-summery fruity spins on your favorite sips that you shake up at your home bar.
Give the rum-based New Orleans classic, the Hurricane, an extra-summery edge by whipping up Ted Allen’s Passion Fruit Hurricane (pictured above). Combine rum, grapefruit juice and passion fruit puree with ice in the blender and you’ll see why it’s so pleasant to sip through a straw.