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Cheesy Summer Squash — Summer Fest

by in In Season, July 25th, 2012

summer squash carpaccio
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2012, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today, we’re exploring squash.

Tender and mild, summer squash captures the freshness of the season whether it’s raw, steamed, roasted or grilled. But no matter how you choose to prepare this shapely and colorful member of the gourd family, it seems there’s no better combination than summer squash and cheese — Gruyère, ricotta, Parmesan and much more — for a light salad or a hearty main.

Before you get cooking, be sure to choose summer squash with bright-colored skin free of spots and bruises. Once you’re home, refrigerate it in a plastic bag for up to five days, though it will likely disappear long before then.

When summer squash is at its freshest, eat it raw. Thinly shaved, it needs nothing more than a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil, a scattering of grated pecorino and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper like in this beautiful Summer Squash Carpaccio (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine. If you’re in search of a salad of cooked summer squash, Grilled Summer Squash with shaved ricotta salata and Claire’s Minted Squash-Orzo Salad with crumbled feta are equally as delectable.

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Perfect Plums — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, July 18th, 2012

easy plum tart
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2012, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today, we’re exploring plums.

Nothing says summer like plump plums, bursting with juicy sweetness at every bite. From yellow to green to red to purple, hundreds of plum varieties exist and it’s hard to resist enjoying them straight from the market. But when they do happen to make their way into your kitchen, uneaten, a plum-stained dessert is the perfect way to impress your friends and family any night of the week.

Before you get cooking, be sure to choose plums that give slightly to palm pressure, avoiding cracks, soft spots or brown discolorations.

Hosting a barbecue? Finish on a sweet note with easy-to-make grilled plums. Try Bobby’s Grilled Plums With Spiced Walnut Yogurt or Rachael’s Balsamic Glazed Grilled Plums With Vanilla Ice Cream. Either way, grilled plums — and grilled fruits of all kinds — will quickly become a summer staple.

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No-Cook Cucumber Recipes — Summer Fest

by in In Season, July 11th, 2012

cucumber watermelon salad
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2012, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today, we’re exploring cucumbers.

Farmers’ markets are bursting with water-filled, crunchy cucumbers, a refreshing relief amidst the rising summer heat. With numerous no-cook cucumber recipes, there’s every reason to stock up on the green-skinned fruit for salads, soups, dips and more. These simple and refreshing recipes will get you through the hottest days of summer — no grilling required.

Before you get chopping, be sure to choose firm cucumbers, avoiding soft or shriveled spots. Once you’re home, store them in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Salads are an easy and effortless way to let cucumbers shine. For a delightful mix of sweet and savory, try this Watermelon-Cucumber Salad (pictured above), which is topped with creamy crumbled goat cheese. Or try Ellie Krieger’s Cucumber Salad, a mix of cucumbers, red onion and dill.

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Broccoli and Cheddar, A Perfect Pair — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, September 14th, 2011

broccoli-cheddar soup
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cucumbers and peaches

Classic pairings like peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers and spaghetti and meatballs always get recognition, but what about a savory combo that’ll send your taste buds soaring? Broccoli and cheddar are not only meant for each other, but they also add full-bodied flavor to soups, frittatas, potatoes and even casseroles.

Vibrant, emerald-green broccoli — a cabbage relative — reaches its peak in the coming months, so take advantage of the veggie’s vitamin A, C, iron and calcium before the doldrums of winter set in.

Start off with hearty Almost-Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine. Sharp white and yellow cheddar cheeses make fresh broccoli florets pop, while a sourdough bread bowl is perfect for sopping up every last drop. If you’d rather eat your broccoli without a spoon, try the magazine’s Broccoli-Cheddar Potatoes. Load potatoes high with broccoli, bacon and spinach, then add a dollop of sour cream on top for a symphony of flavor.

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Tomato Appetizers — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, August 31st, 2011

tomato crostini
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cucumbers and peaches

As summer’s stifling heat slowly gives way to fall’s refreshing breezes, throw an outside dinner party with tomatoes front and center.

It’s the perfect time to showcase meaty summer tomatoes, dripping with succulent juice and pulpy seeds, in simple appetizers your guests will surely want seconds of.

Start off simple with Rachael’s Tomato and Shrimp Salad With Horseradish Dressing. Large beefsteak tomatoes brighten the plate, while the shrimp adds a heartiness that isn’t overly filling. Whip up Giada’s Calamari, Tomato and Caper Salad in 20 minutes or less for a dish that’s simply executed with lots of fresh lemon, salt and pepper.

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The Ultimate Cherry Pie — Summer Fest

by in In Season, Recipes, August 3rd, 2011

cherry pie recipe
It’s week four of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into cucumbers and peaches. This week we’re getting creative with cherries.

What tastes better than sweet, crisp cherries plump with juice at the peak of the summer season? Sweet, crisp cherries in a warm, delicious pie, of course. Bing cherries range in color from a deep crimson to almost black, and their firm flesh makes for a perfect pie filling. Add a bit of quick-cooking tapioca to thicken the mixture, and you’re all set to pour it into an all-butter pie crust like the Food Network Magazine version above.

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Summer Fest: Cucumber Recipes

by in In Season, Recipes, July 20th, 2011

cucumber gimlet
It’s week three of our season-long garden party, Summer Fest 2011, where we welcome food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into eggplants and peaches. This week we’re getting creative with cucumbers.

Water-rich and crunchy cukes are the perfect cool-down veggie for hot days. We’ve seen them in salads all year long but with summer’s best in season right now, you can use them in pretty much every part of your meal.

Start with Sandra’s five-ingredient Cucumber Yogurt Dip that marinates cucumbers in sour cream, yogurt and Greek seasonings.  Serve it with pita chips or, yes, more cucumber slices. You can also try Aarti’s Indian-inspired version with fresh mint and make Cucumber Raita.

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Summer Fest: Peach Recipes

by in In Season, Recipes, July 6th, 2011

peach cobbler
Week two of our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2011 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. Recently, we dove into the world of eggplants. Now ready for the spotlight: peaches.

Remember mealy stone-fruit from the supermarket this winter? No longer. That sweet, juicy, drip-down-your-chin peach is back in season.

You can always showcase fresh peaches in a crowd-pleasing Peach Cobbler. Paula has a highly rated (over 1,000 reviews) version that is the perfect ending to any summer feast. Plus, it only requires 15 minutes’ prep so there’s plenty of time for you to mingle with guests.

If you’re not a fan of sharing your dessert, try Alton’s Individual Peach Upside-Down Cakes and you’ll have a ramekin filled with peaches, ginger and buttermilk all to yourself.

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Summer Fest: Grilled Eggplant Recipes

by in In Season, Recipes, June 22nd, 2011

grilled eggplant and goat cheese salad
summer festWe’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today, we’re exploring eggplant.

A quick search on the Internet for eggplant recipes will quickly result in one Parmigiana recipe after another. While I can’t help but love that fried, cheesy dish — especially Alex Guarnaschelli’s version — there are numerous recipes that feature this purple, pear-shaped berry in lighter ways, especially on the grill, which will keep your kitchen cool during the summer months.

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Calling All Bloggers: Summer Fest is About to Begin

by in In Season, June 17th, 2011

summer fest logo

We have to admit we’re highly anticipating this summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and veggies. Last year, FN Dish participated in Summer Fest, a season long franchise where FN editors teamed up with blogs like Steamy Kitchen, A Way to Garden, White on Rice Couple, What’s Gaby Cooking and Pinch My Salt to share tips and recipes about produce like tomatoes, peppers, summer greens, peaches and more.

Now, we’re opening it up to the food community: Next Wednesday, we’ll be launching our second season of Summer Fest on the blog and we want you to be a part of it. Whether you write for a popular food website or you’re the owner of a small food blog, help us spread the word and join our community.

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