by Sara Levine in In Season, Recipes, April 20th, 2016
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, April 19th, 2016
When asparagus first appears at farmers markets in late March, we get a little overeager. Sure, the bright-green stalks can be found in supermarkets year-round, but in-season asparagus is a completely different vegetable when it comes to both flavor and texture. Nothing screams spring like crisp, sweet asparagus at its peak. Here are nine ways to ensure that you won’t get tired of it all season long.
by Maria Russo in In Season, Recipes, April 14th, 2016
Chocolate chip cookies are a tried-and-true dessert staple for a reason; whether you like them chewy, crunchy or packed with nuts and fruit, there’s a cookie out there for you. Ready to take your cookie game to the next level? Try our mix of classic and creative chocolate-chip cookie recipes, including one that gives you permission to eat all the raw cookie dough you want (yes, really). Plus, check out our guide to baking your version of the perfect chocolate chip cookie, complete with your pick of textures and flavors.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, April 11th, 2016
If you’re like us and are just about ready to dance down the streets and proclaim your excitement over spring’s long-awaited arrival, you need to celebrate by taking advantage of the best parts of spring — and, of course, that means the bounty of seasonal produce. In Italian, primavera means “spring,” and the classic dish of pasta primavera brings together the bounty of in-season veggies in a single light, bright dinner that’s ideal for longer days and warmer nights. Read on below to check out our favorite takes on this tried-and-true staple.
Giada De Laurentiis’ Pasta Primavera
With nearly 400 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada’s go-to recipe is a good place to start if you’re new to the primavera party. She lets the sweetness of the roasted carrots, zucchini and bell peppers shine in her no-sauce sauce, which is made just before serving as the hot noodles get tossed with the tender veggies and a generous splash of the cooking liquid.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, April 8th, 2016
When someone says “bruschetta,” the first thing that comes to mind is likely chopped tomatoes and fresh basil atop crostini, aka sliced toasted bread. This traditional preparation is definitely delicious, but bruschetta can be so much more; you can top it with anything from melted cheese to seafood, or even fresh fruit and sugar to create a next-level dessert. Want to think outside the bruschetta box? Try one of Food Network’s favorite creative twists on the classic.
A Trio of Bruschetta (pictured above)
Set up a toppings bar with Bobby Flay’s three savory picks — creamy white beans, tangy black olives and juicy tomatoes — and let everyone top their own toast.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 25th, 2016
Lemon bars and cakes and pies, oh my! This staple citrus is surprisingly versatile and can be added to a number of desserts to create the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Try mixing lemon with blueberries for a refreshing, fruity dessert, or adding the flavor to whipped meringue frosting for a special treat. Check out our favorite lemony recipes below for even more dessert inspiration.
by Maria Russo in In Season, Recipes, March 18th, 2016
Smoothies are a quick and easy option for anytime of day: a breakfast you can carry to work, a satisfying snack or a midnight treat. They’re also a great way to use up bananas before they overripen, as bananas lend a naturally creamy texture to smoothies and pair well with things like frozen fruit, veggies, nuts and even coffee. Read on to try some of our favorite refreshing and filling smoothies.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 18th, 2016
OK, so technically spring doesn’t start until Sunday, but for the sake of that “spring forward” business we dealt with last week, let’s just assume that we’re already in the next season. Along with longer days and warmer weather (hopefully coming soon), spring brings with it a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, from strawberries to bright peas and onions. As you peruse your local farmers market or browse the aisles of your grocery store, look for stalks of rhubarb; it’s a seasonal spring pick that, while a bit bitter on its own, can be easily sweetened up in some classic desserts and pairs well with naturally sweet fruits, like those fresh strawberries. Read on below to check out some of the best ways to put rhubarb to work.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 16th, 2016
Got a few overripe bananas lying around? Don’t throw them out. Making banana bread is the perfect way to use them up and have breakfast (or dessert!) all week long. You can’t go wrong with a traditional banana bread recipe, but you might also like to try one of our favorite twists by adding nuts, chocolate chips or a tasty spread.
Momma Callie’s Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter (pictured above)
The sour cream in this pecan-studded banana bread offers a slight tang and guaranteed moisture. Don’t forget to serve with homemade honey butter for a decadent finishing touch.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 15th, 2016
All cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.
Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.
Ground turkey can be a welcome alternative to red meat. Lean ground turkey is often used in healthy meals, and any selection of this protein can provide a great base for strong flavors in a dish. Try using ground turkey in a traditionally beef-centric dish like shepherd’s pie, or make turkey the star in a stir-fry or wrap. For more recipe inspiration, read on to discover our favorite ground turkey dishes.
Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti (pictured above)
Ina Garten uses three different proteins for her meatballs: ground turkey, prosciutto and sweet Italian pork. Worried that homemade spaghetti and meatballs is too time-intensive? Don’t be. Ina uses jarred marinara sauce to cut back on prep time.