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8 No-Churn Ice Creams That are Totally Doable

by in Recipes, June 30th, 2017

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice CreamHomemade ice cream is often thought of as a luxury dessert, something you make for a special occasion or right at the beginning of summer. The end product is amazing, but it’s such a process. If you own an ice cream maker (no judgement if you don’t – they’re only useful for making ice cream and the occasional frose, and who needs an extra piece of equipment lying around?), you have to start freezing the parts and prepping the ice cream base long before you can ever tuck into the end product. Enter no-churn ice cream. It’s totally doable as a weekend project or any time you have a few hours for ice cream to set up in the freezer.

The trick to smooth no-churn ice cream is folding whipped heavy cream into sweetened condensed milk (sorry friends, this is ice cream not salad). Then freeze the ice cream for a few hours and add any mix-ins when it’s at the consistency of soft serve, so they don’t all end up at the bottom of the ice cream. Freeze for another few hours until solid and scoopable and amazingly delicious.

Homemade is so much better than the store-bought stuff, and with recipes this easy, from-scratch ice cream will become part of your summer repertoire.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (pictured above)
Fresh strawberry syrup and little bites of cheesecake are swirled into a cream cheese ice cream based, which makes for an indulgent summertime treat. Read more

8 Clever Recipes That Will Help You Empty Your Pantry

by in Recipes, August 31st, 2016

Mexican BakeFall provides another one of the year’s natural reset buttons. Long summer days end, school begins and we somehow start to notice everything in our lives that could use sprucing up — and we suggest you start with your pantry. Even though shelf-stable cans, jars, boxes and bags can last a long time, it feels good to empty things out and start fresh (plus, you’ll be proud of yourself for finally cashing in on all those two-for-one deals that grabbed your attention at the grocery store). These easy meal ideas will get you on your way to more a organized kitchen in no time.

Mexican Bean Rice and Corn (above)

Inspired by chilaquiles, this dish is the perfect “use up whatever you’ve got” dinner. With ingredients like tortilla chips, canned black beans, canned corn, canned tomatoes and rice, you might not even have to shop at all to make it
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7 Super-Simple Summertime Sides with Fewer Than 5 Ingredients

by in Recipes, July 12th, 2016

Fresh Corn SaladIt’s summertime and the living’s easy — or at least it should be, right? When the rest of your downtime is spent picnicking, beaching and traveling (or wishing you were), odds are you don’t have the time for extensive recipes or lengthy shopping lists. Luckily, we’ve got loads of simple-yet-sensational recipes using five ingredients or fewer (excluding salt and pepper) so that summer cooking is easy-breezy, just as it should be.

Corn + Red Onion + Cider Vinegar + Olive Oil + Basil

Ina Garten’s showstopping Fresh Corn Salad (pictured above) screams summer through and through. A flash of cooking, a punch of vinegar and a scattering of red onion and fresh basil are all it takes to elevate summer’s bounty to a dish worthy of more than 200 reviews and a 5-star rating.

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A Laid-Back 4th — Easy Recipes Ready in No Time

by in Holidays, July 3rd, 2013

Giada's Berry LemonadeThe Fourth of July is less than 24 hours away, but no need to panic about spending all day in the kitchen over last-minute dishes. These easy recipes will be ready in no time — 30 minutes or less.

Start the holiday afternoon off with simple Red, White and Blue Cocktails. Turn any red summer drink or cocktail into a firecracker by coating the glass rims with blue Pop Rocks. For a fruity, kid-friendly beverage, blend up Giada’s Berry Lemonade (pictured above). In a mere five minutes, the lemonade will be ready to chill in the refrigerator until the festivities tomorrow or can be served over ice immediately.

For an easy main dish that will serve a crowd, try these Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Grilled baguettes are topped with ripe sliced tomatoes and melted cheese, making an elegant, no-fuss dish. Bring some New England flair to your barbecue with Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Loaded Lobster Rolls. Aaron uses fresh lobster, but you can find precooked lobster at your seafood counter or grocery store to save a little time. Whip up Gina’s Orzo Salad in just 20 minutes for a summery side dish. Red and yellow cherry tomatoes add color, fresh basil and mint lend aromatic seasoning, and crumbled feta gives a salty bite. Need something for your crowd to nibble on? Try Mama’s Cornmeal Hushpuppies. Trisha Yearwood’s jalapeno bites are a classic Southern appetizer fit for any summer holiday.

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Best 5 Easy Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, April 24th, 2012


Though there’s a certain time and place in which it is exciting to experiment with hands-on, over-the-top recipes that require planning and patience, your busy kitchen at about 6 p.m. on a weekday is not it. Instead, that time calls for a no-fuss meal that your whole family will enjoy, and that can be quickly and effortlessly prepped. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s best five go-to dinner recipes, so that even on the busiest evening, you can cook up a complete, feel-good meal.

5. Grilled Pork With Grape-and-Arugula Salad — Lean boneless pork chops need just 5 minutes to marinate in a shallot-thyme vinaigrette to ensure they adopt bold, full flavor.

4. Tomato Gorgonzola Soup — A drizzle of cider vinaigrette before serving balances the richness of the creamy, cheesy soup, made with sweet onions, fresh garlic and crushed tomatoes.

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