If you’re headed to a cookout this weekend, don’t even think about showing up empty-handed. When choosing a dish to take, however, there are a few criteria that must be met to make transporting and serving a breeze.
Rule #1: Bring your dish in the same vessel you’ll serve it in.
Don’t take a bag of salad greens, then ask your host for a serving bowl, and don’t take a cake and ask for a stand. Pack up everything in (or take along) whatever you need to serve your dish. (Label anything you’d like back, or use disposable platters and bowls.) Bonus points if you take disposable serving utensils.
Melon balls were the quintessential summer party food when I was growing up. Heck, they were even the quintessential summer snack food. I loved that we could grab watermelon and cantaloupe wedges from the fridge if we wanted, but when we got to snack on the melon balls? It just felt more fun — more fancy. And, obviously, they tasted fantastic under the hot sun.
My mom didn’t do anything fancy to the melon balls. She simply scooped them out and tossed them in a bowl, sometimes with pineapple chunks or even strawberries. It wasn’t until I was out of college that I had my first melon ball “salad,” if you will: melon with fresh mint and even a bit of dressing. It was incredibly refreshing and has been a staple for me ever since.
Don’t even give me your melon balls unless they have a touch of fresh mint! And honey. And now … lime juice. And RUM.
This just keeps getting better and better.
Ketchup fans, we feel you. There’s indeed a time and a place for that classic condiments. But this isn’t it — at least not right now. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast shared a duo of hot-dog makeovers just in time for summer, which is (hopefully) on its way. While Jeff Mauro opted for a tried-and-true hot-dog base and dressed-up toppings, Geoffrey Zakarian went so far as to swap out the traditional dog in favor of a hearty Polish kielbasa. Read on below to see how they do it.
If picturing yourself drinking a glass of chilled rosé wine conjures up images of hot summer nights spent outdoors, eating and chatting with friends, there’s a good reason: Rosé was made for warm-weather drinking. Factor in its food-friendly, easy-to-drink nature, along with a generally affordable price tag, and it’s no surprise that rosé is a popular party choice. So when choosing foods to serve with your rosé, it should come as no surprise that spring and summer party fare is just the ticket.
The unofficial end of summer may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean that one of the season’s most-abundant crops has slowed down. From farmers markets and roadside produce stands to the aisles of your local grocery store, corn — a lot of it — is everywhere right now. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared their top tricks for putting this seasonal beauty to work while it’s still around. Check out two easy recipes from Geoffrey Zakarian and Marcela Valladolid below for their signature takes on this staple ingredient.
GZ reinvents the traditionally rich dish of creamed corn with his no-cream recipe. His secret? Pureeing the kernels of a few ears, which produces a naturally creamlike texture after only a few whirls in the blender. He combines that corn juice with whole kernels and adds crispy chopped bacon for a salty bite. Perhaps the best part is that his recipe can be on the table in a hurry, so it’s ideal for last-minute entertaining.
Labor Day weekend marks the last official hurrah for pool parties, cookouts, beach picnics and daily frozen treats. Before you start thinking about the return of crisp fall leaves and pumpkin spice everything, send the sunny season off in style with our eight genius ways to win summer. Watch the video below for inspiration. You’ll learn genius ways to spike snow cones and take ice-cream floats to the next level, three things you should be making with watermelon, how to make treats from melted ice cream and more. Read more
Labor 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.
You guys, I cannot believe we’re already thinking about fall. Where has this year gone?! I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited about all the fall recipes that are around the corner. Which is precisely why I’m presenting to you this s’mores bread pudding for two.
Yes, you read that right. No big batch of bread pudding for just the two of you. This is perfectly portioned for just two people. You won’t need to cozy up in front of a fire pit for this. All you need is an oven, a fireplace and your favorite movie, and you can call this an indoor campfire for two. How fun is that?
This is also the perfect dessert recipe for the two of you to get your hands dirty in the kitchen together. While one of you is cubing the bread, the other can be mixing the liquid ingredients. Then you can both pile your individual servings up high and top with as much (or as little) marshmallows and chocolate as you want. What is better than s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding! Get the recipe below, then check out more small-batch recipes created for just two people.
Head to any large grocery store chain and you’ll likely find an imported supply of warm-weather produce, even in the dead of winter. But once cooler weather settles in, you won’t find any of your favorite summertime crops at the local farmers market, and certainly not in your own garden. In the battle of fresh versus imported, fresh always wins, so savor in-season produce at every opportunity before the bountiful supply of corn, tomatoes and zucchini runs dry until next year. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, turn to fresh, seasonal salads as a way to showcase the season’s bounty. Here are five fruits and vegetables you can’t miss, and a few salad recipes to help you make the most of each.
Sure, it’s possible to purchase avocados year-round, but the vibrant green fruit seems most at home in fresh summer salads. For creaminess and light, airy texture, the chefs at Food Network Kitchen include ripe Hass avocados in their mealworthy Crab and Avocado Salad (pictured at top). For a festive end-of-summer side salad, try Bobby Flay’s Crunchy Avocado Salad loaded with blue corn tortilla chips and aromatic spices, like cumin and paprika.