Summer is the season of spontaneity — when a passing neighbor can become a last-minute dinner guest, and the plump tomatoes and zucchini you picked up at the market turn into the centerpiece of brunch. And when it comes to go-with-the-flow entertaining, there’s nothing better than a grill: It’s fast, cleanup is a snap, and practically everything tastes better with the smoky, crispy char you can get only from a fire. The following supermarket staples make it easy to improvise at the grill, no matter if you’re cooking T-bones, plums or potatoes. Stock up and you’ll be prepared, whatever the mood brings.
The Olympics are a big deal in my house — and not just during the official biennial games. A couple of summers ago, my 11-year-old daughter and her aunts came up with their own version of the sporting competition and recruited the whole family to participate. The events were varied — think obstacle courses through the woods, round-robin volleyball matches and paddleboard balancing contests — and the rivalries fierce. At the end of the weekend, the victors were presented with first-, second- and third-place medals my daughter had created from construction paper, glitter and striped ribbon. You can’t underestimate the pride each winner took in wearing the fluttering tokens. (Athletic triumph, even in the backyard, is still a triumph.)
Flash forward to this winter, when all of us at Food Network Kitchen were plotting our Olympic-themed offerings. “What can we make that both parents and kids would like?” I asked my daughter when I got home. “Cookie medals!” was her response. And behold the tasty creations we came up with in the Kitchen. You can duplicate them with pretty much any sturdy sugar-cookie dough; the one in our recipe will hold up to the handling of even the most-enthusiastic junior chef. And because these medals are easy to make in multiples (unlike the paper variety), you can bake enough for fourth-, fifth-, even sixth-place competitors (or those who are cheering them on). In other words, with these cute cookie trophies, everyone can be a winner (and victory is, indeed, sweet).
Check out the recipe and our step-by-step tips below for cookies that truly take the gold.
Tiramisu is Italian for “pick-me-up.” It’s made with ladyfingers dipped in espresso that are then layered with a whipped mascarpone mixture and topped with chocolate shavings. Giada’s version will make enough for you, your sweetie and then some.
The Olympic rings symbolize peace, goodwill and global solidarity. Get into the spirit of the winter games in Sochi, Russia, by celebrating with these cute and colorful Olympic-ring cookies.
I used my tried-and-true gingerbread recipe after experimenting enough to learn that most sugar cookies, including those made with store-bought premade dough, spread out too much in the oven. Gingerbread also adds a touch of warmth to these games set in a snowy winter wonderland. This recipe is almost as easy to make as with a prepared mix, though it does take a little muscle to roll out. Pressing the dough thin before refrigerating helps to reduce some work later.
Are you the kind of football fan who judges a sports bar by the quality of its Buffalo wings? I’ll admit it: Good wings are my prerequisite for a Sunday destination. My all-time favorites can be found at Moriarty’s in Philadelphia, where the colossal wings tossed in a tangy, spicy sauce always score big points. When I moved away from Philly years ago, lack of access to these wings inspired me to try making my own (with mixed results). Fortunately for all of us, Food Network Kitchen came up with a fantastic recipe for super-crispy, fried-then-baked Buffalo wings that will wow your Super Bowl crowd. These wings might just turn your place into the football-watching crew’s regular Sunday haunt.
Check out a step-by-step how-to for Buffalo wing perfection.
For some, the big game next Sunday is all about the Seahawks and the Broncos. For others, who wins the football matchup is secondary to what’s on the game-day menu. While football-watching favorites like Buffalo wings and multi-layer dips are best made the day of the game, we like to zone in on make-ahead desserts. All that spicy, salty game-day food needs to be balanced out with sweet treats, and these hand-held blondies are sure-fire crowd-pleasers that take just 30 minutes to prepare. Even the die-hard chocolate fans at your party won’t be able to resist them.
Check out our step-by-step how-to for touchdown-worthy blondies.
Thanksgiving is less than one week away. You’ve got your essentials covered and your guest list set, but here are 15 things you didn’t know you need to know for Turkey Day.
#1. How to Make a Thanksgiving Stuffing Cake
Yep, that’s just what it sounds like: Stuffing baked in a Bundt pan, iced with mashed potatoes, drizzled with cranberry sauce and garnished with fried onions for an entirely new Thanksgiving side dish experience. Get the recipe and watch Food Network Kitchens show you how it’s done.
Garlic will keep vampires off your doorstep this Halloween — except friendly ones in their Twilight costumes, of course. Bonus: Once roasted, this vampire repellent is delicious. Follow our easy step-by-step how-to, then spread the fragrant cloves on toasted baguette rounds for a quick appetizer, or puree them into pasta sauce or soup. For the non-vampires in the crowd, it’ll be the hit of your Halloween party.
With the approaching Easter holiday, you can expect to be boiling a lot of eggs, whether you’re coloring them with the kids or just boiling a batch to serve for brunch, lunch or the holiday dinner. But when it comes to boiling eggs, do you find you’re never quite sure when they’re done? Do you get soft-boiled when you wanted hard-boiled or vice versa? Do your yolks get that green ring (a sign they’ve been overcooked)? Food Network is here to help you in the egg department, making sure that boiling eggs is the least of your worries during the holiday — after all, there’s the whole family to contend with.
Kids who ring Alton Brown’s doorbell on Halloween don’t get the usual fun-size candy bar. Over the years, the Browns have handed out homemade taffy, candied apples, headless marshmallow bunnies — you name it. But of all of Alton’s Halloween creations, nothing tops his candy corn. As usual, Alton and the Good Eats team approached the project as a science experiment: They created the recipe in April but used a dehumidifier in the kitchen to mimic crisp fall air. Alton also tested every imaginable food coloring before choosing gel paste. The resulting recipe, which appears in his latest cookbook, Good Eats 3: The Later Years, is easy — and super impressive, Alton says. “When you tell people you’ve made candy corn, they say, ‘Holy cow, you made your own?!’” Plus, a lot of candy corn haters realize they actually like the stuff when it’s homemade. For the record, Alton will take his candy corn any which way. “I’m not a snob,” he says. “I won’t turn down the store-bought stuff.”
Alton says the candy corn tastes better after a few days: It dries out a little and becomes chewier, and the flavor intensifies. Find out how to make it with this step-by-step.