Tag: summer soiree

All the Ways You Can Spike Fresh Watermelon

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

Watermelon SoursWith watermelon’s innate sweetness and plentiful water content, you can do a lot more with its pink-hued flesh than just nibble it straight from the rind. On its own, one bite of the fresh, juicy summer fruit is more refreshing than any drink you’d ever sip. Kick back this summer with our favorite watermelon cocktails (and one spiked treat), in all kinds of cooling frozen and iced creations.

For the most-refreshing party trick in the book, carve your watermelon into a cocktail keg and fill it up with a big batch of Watermelon Sours (pictured above). Featured in Food Network Magazine, this swig is a mix of fruity liqueur, gin, sour mix, lime and sparkling rosé for effervescence.

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If You Cook Any Corn This Summer, Make It One of These 5-Star Recipes

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2016

Fresh Corn SaladThe words “summer” and “corn” just go together. And there’s good reason for that. Fresh summer corn is a true emblem of this warm-weather season, when your time is best spent nibbling it right off the cob in all of its char-marked glory. Before it’s too late, run down the line of our best corn recipes, each raking in 5-star ratings from our corn-loving fans.

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 the glory that is Ina Garten’s Fresh Corn Salad, a dish worthy of more than 200 reviews and a 5-star rating.

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7 No-Bake Sweet Treats That Are Truly No Sweat

by in Recipes, July 14th, 2016

Mocha Chocolate Icebox CakeThe AC is cranked up, shorts are on and whatever you’re drinking is filled to the brim with ice cubes. And you know what’s not happening this far into July? The oven — and it’s staying off all summer long. Keep your kitchen cool with these sweet treats that don’t require the oven, which are all about bringing on sweetness, not sweat.

Before the mere mention of cake has you preheating the oven, back away from that dial. Ina Garten’s towering, caffeine-spiked Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake (pictured above) cake never sees the inside of an oven. With a little beauty sleep overnight, the layers of mocha whipped cream and chocolate cookies get a chance to merge and soften together.

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Our Top Recipes for Barbecue Favorites: Ribs, Pulled Pork and More

by in Recipes, June 30th, 2016

RibsSlowly smoked for hours on end, home-cooked barbecue is a true labor of love, one that only a serious lover of smoke will take on. And if you’re going to put in the time, the results better be fall-apart good. That’s why we picked the recipe that our fans love most for each real-deal, low-and-slow barbecue favorite — we’re talking ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more. Trust us, these time-tested, top-rated winners go way beyond a slathering of barbecue sauce.

The Ribs to Make: Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs

Whether you’re a fan of wet or dry ribs, pork or beef, this fan-favorite recipe for game-changing spareribs has something to offer. These tender, highly reviewed winners start with a dry rub, then they are grilled over indirect heat with a mix of hickory and charcoal .

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7 Surprising Ways to Better Your Burger Game This Summer

by in Recipes, June 23rd, 2016

Ultimate Backyard BurgerThere are two kinds of people in this world: those who make the burgers (hovering over an open flame, flipping each one with serious skill and taking all the credit) and those who devour them (with glee and zero regrets). For the former group of burger lovers, expanding your burger craft is what summer is all about. Turn on the grill and switch things up — we’ve got some surprising ways to better your burger game from here on out.

1. Reconsider your meat mix.

Your go-to, home-grilled burger might be made entirely of beef, but integrating another kind of meat for a more flavorful blend will have your next batch neck and neck with the pros’ patties. The Ultimate Backyard Burger, for instance, calls for a blend of ground chuck, brisket and lamb for moist, juicy results.

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10 Recipes That Prove Zucchini Is Actually a Magic Vegetable

by in Recipes, June 16th, 2016

Zucchini Parmesan CrispsThere are a lot of one-trick ponies out there, but let’s just start by saying zucchini is not one of them. In fact, we can’t help but think of this versatile, in-season squash as a seriously magical ingredient. It can fill many roles, taking the place of potatoes, bananas, chicken and more. Don’t believe us? Go on and see. Zucchini is capable of countless feats; these 10 recipes are just the start.

1. Slice, bread and lightly fry zucchini into this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above).

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8 Ways to Be in Awe of Slaw

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2016

Tangy Coleslaw with Smoked Corn and Lime DressingA simple side of coleslaw might not look like something special, but we’ve learned — from summer after summer of piling it onto our plates and sandwiches — that a good slaw is so much more than a store-bought bag of shredded cabbage. It adds crunch; it brings on tang; it is the most refreshing, invigorating bite on any summer plate. And we’ve got just the recipes to make you appreciate it anew, each in its own way.

Make It Smoky

Kelsey Nixon’s Tangy Coleslaw with Smoked Corn and Lime Dressing fits right into the barbecue. You start by smoking ears of fresh corn for a real taste of the backyard barbecue, before combining the kernels with fresh ingredients like red and purple cabbage, bell peppers and jalapeno, plus a tangy honey-lime vinaigrette.

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6 Ways to Grill the Whole Chicken Like a Total Champ

by in Recipes, June 2nd, 2016

Beer Can ChickenServing a whole grilled chicken is the ultimate party trick, perhaps because it’s so seemingly difficult to pull off. Though it may sound like a daunting undertaking, we’re here to prove that tackling one big bird is a feat you can indeed conquer this summer. Before you grill it by the wing, breast or thigh, give these tested takes on whole-bird grilling a spin.

Believe in the Beer-Can Method

Perhaps the poster child of the whole-bird grilling movement, Beer Can Chicken is just one of those chicken recipes that should land on your grill at least once each summer. Perching the chicken over an open, filled can and letting the flames and beer work their magic is an easy way to achieve succulent, juicy results. Here’s how to make it, step by step.

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The Last Hurrah: Grill Absolutely Everything on Labor Day — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 3rd, 2015

Grilled Tomato SalsaLabor Day marks a transition — away from your white-wearing ways, away from your weekend trips to the beach and, when it comes to food, away from your trusty grill. Just as you’ll be hiding away your white pants come Monday, the upcoming day off marks the end of grilling season and a celebration of summer’s end. Say cheers to a summer well spent by going big on Monday with a Labor Day party menu that is grilled through and through.

Though your typical salsa likely comes from a jar, Melissa d’Arabian’s Grilled Tomato Salsa (pictured above) is a homemade take featuring charred tomatoes, chiles and garlic blended into a chunky salsa best scooped up with tortilla chips.

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8 Juicy Ways to Eat Peaches Before They’re Gone — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 27th, 2015

Peach Streusel Slab PieWe wait to bite into peaches dribbling with juice all year long, and now is the time they’re at their peak, just waiting for you to take them home by the truckload. Put all your peach bounty to use in fruity desserts, full-fledged main dishes and more — or just lean in for a bite — before peaches vanish from the produce shelves until next year.

Share your peach loot with the masses by baking a sprawling Peach Streusel Slab Pie. This quick and easy take on the standard circular pie is fit for a crowd, and each square slice features summer’s sweetest fruit in union with a shortbread-like crust and a nutty streusel topping.

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