Tag: summer

A Watermelon Cake to Put a Grin on Your Face

by in Recipes, August 24th, 2016

It’s widely known that cakes shaped like other foods are the foolproof secret to wowing party guests. Just look at Food Network Magazine’s nacho cake, popcorn cake or guacamole cake and try not to smile. Before summer ends, we suggest you give our watermelon cake a try too.

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Spike It: Frosty Coconut Margaritas

by in Drinks, August 23rd, 2016

Frosty Coconut MargaritasI’m getting on the frozen-margarita train! There is a time and a place. Luckily, for us that time and place is right now.

My first-ever margarita was on the rocks with salt — this was how my mom always ordered them, and I didn’t even want to try a frozen one. I thought that a frozen margarita probably came from one of those frozen-concentrate tubes in the freezer. I wanted the real thing; hence my love for rocks and lots of salt. But then! A few years ago I had a frosty mojito and it was to die for. It tasted legit, not like a fake store-bought mix blended with ice. I started making them at home, and then one day, when it was super-hot and we had friends over, I decided to try it with a margarita.

Here’s what makes this magical: frozen coconut-milk cubes! Instead of making ice, a day before (or whenever … I think it’s lovely to have these on hand for a spur-of-the-moment frosty cocktail), pour some coconut milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it. These cubes not only prevent the drink from being watered down by lots of ice, but add some extra creamy coconut flavor. It’s reminiscent of a really good pina colada, but with tequila and lime, and minus the pineapple.

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Make These Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes for Summer’s Last Hurrah

by in Recipes, August 21st, 2016

This adorable party centerpiece has been making waves (har, har) with beach fans and dessert lovers alike this summer. It was our most popular pin back in July, and 10 million of you watched when we showed you how to make it on Facebook — and then you showed us your own inspired renditions! Read more

Frozen Pie Should Be the Only Kind of Pie You’re Eating Right Now

by in Recipes, August 20th, 2016

Frozen Key Lime PieYou may live for the obligatory scoop of ice cream that sits beside your warm slice of pie, but why let your ice-cold dose of satisfaction stop there? These beautiful frozen pies often start in the oven (or don’t go in it at all), but they reach peak refreshment in the freezer.

It’s no wonder why this summery dessert is one of Ina Garten’s all-time favorites. With a creamy, limey filling and a super-simple, press-in graham cracker crust (the only part that requires baking, mind you), Ina’s Frozen Key Lime Pie becomes a true summer sensation once it freezes for several hours or overnight.

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Valerie’s 10 Best Summery Side Dishes

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 19th, 2016

Orzo SaladValerie Bertinelli, actress and host of Valerie’s Home Cooking, is a pro entertainer who loves to cook contemporary versions of classic recipes for family and friends. At her home in California, she’s able to grill outside nearly year-round, which has allowed her to perfect a lineup of fresh and seasonal sides, including the top picks below, to star at any alfresco meal.

Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes (pictured above)
Valerie keeps her take on herbed pasta salad light and fresh by skipping a heavy mayo-based dressing and opting for a mustard-lemon dressing.

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4 Raw Corn Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends

by in Recipes, August 19th, 2016

Fresh Corn and Tomato SaladAs you wind down during the dog days of August, save yourself a step and stop cooking your summer corn. You’ll notice that crisp raw corn kernels taste sweeter than boiled or grilled corn. Raw corn is perfect for salads, salsas and topping pizzas. Read on for four raw corn recipes you’ll want to make before summer’s over.

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Frozen Desserts That Actually Improve Upon Ice Cream

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2016

We’ve got a few more weeks of peak ice cream season, the summer state of mind when turning on the oven to bake something for dessert is close to unthinkable. Eating ice cream straight out of the carton is perfectly acceptable when you’re alone, of course, but you’ll want to whip up one of these frozen treats (made with store-bought pints) for your next get-together. Read more

10 Things to Make with Summer Peaches Before It’s Too Late

by in Recipes, August 18th, 2016

Fresh Peach CakeYou can pretty much bank on many of your favorite veggies being available in the supermarket year-round. No matter their true season, a sturdy stalk of broccoli, leafy lettuces and even once-just-for-fall apples will still line the shelves. But the same simply doesn’t go for peaches. Right up there with tomatoes, these fuzzy, juice-loaded gems are nearly impossible to get your hands on at any other time of year — at least if we’re talking good ones. Now that they’re ripe for the picking, these are the 10 recipes you should make with them — before it’s too late.

10. Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake (pictured above)

There’s nothing like the smell of warm peach cake in the house. Peel, pit and slice the juicy summer beauties before nestling them in a thick, sour cream-spiked batter. Strewn with cinnamon sugar and topped with crunchy chopped pecans, this rustic cake is best served warm.

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Spike It: Blueberry Pie Milkshakes

by in Recipes, August 17th, 2016

Blueberry Pie MilkshakesGuys, my grandmother made the BEST pies. Like, the absolute best. Now, I know that sounds completely cliched. Yes, of course she made incredible pies, because she was a grandmother. Right? That’s sort of how it works. I’m hoping that by the time I’m a grandmother, I’ll be able to make awesome pies, since my pie-making skills these days are severely lacking. But the thing was that, as far as I know, she could always make a killer pie. Always.

She had tons of specialties. She baked pies every Sunday, every single week. They differed depending on the season, of course. Her apple was incredible. Her cherry was fabulous. She made the best pumpkin custard pie around the holidays, and her coconut cream pie still haunts me, because I’ve never found anything like that. It truly melted in your mouth.

Once, she made a peanut butter pie that my cousins and I lost our minds over. She never made it again, and we were devastated. She did a few old-school pies, like mincemeat and date, and I refused to even taste those ones, because the names freaked my 10-year-old self out way too much. Her berry pies were an absolute dream. She made a wonderful black raspberry pie, occasionally a strawberry pie and always a blueberry pie. Always.

I find blueberry pie the most difficult to make. Well, scratch that — it’s not that it’s the most difficult to make, but it sure is difficult to slice into adorable pieces without losing all of the incredible filling. Whomp whomp.

So we’re going to solve that problem today. Take your pie — more specifically, your leftover pie. You know, the one sliver or piece that has been sitting there for two days and is just practically done. You doubt you’ll eat it.

But guess what? You sure can drink it!

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How to Pickle Basically Everything

by in Recipes, August 14th, 2016

Easy Pickled JalapenosOdds are, you believe a burger is not nearly complete without a good slice of dill pickle, or you just can’t help but devour pickle spears straight from the jar, one by one until they disappear. Hey, maybe you’re even one of those people who slather their pickles in peanut butter (yes, that’s a thing). Not only does the practice of real-deal pickling extend summer produce longer, but submerging veggies in a saltwater or vinegar-based brine imparts a distinctively tangy and addictive flavor. And there’s so much more to the world of pickling than cucumbers. In fact, the practice of pickling can extend to all kinds of summer produce.

If you always have a jar of pickled jalapenos on hand for topping chili, tacos, sandwiches and more, then perhaps you should try your hand at making your own Easy Pickled Jalapenos (pictured above). While the store-bought variety are often limp and soft, these pickled peppers retain their crispness, since the hot brine is poured over them, rather than the jalapenos being boiled in it.

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