These aren’t necessarily unfamiliar vegetables that you don’t know how to prepare, like kohlrabi or rutabagas … but summer squash arrive in full force, bursting from the garden by the dozen, heaped in piles at the farmers market, heavy in your CSA box at the end of the summer. How to use it all and not feel the repetition of only a few dishes?
It’s peach season!
My hands are waaaay up, if you’re not aware. This is the best part of summer (minus the rosé, maybe?), and I wait all year to have a REALLY GOOD peach. Sometimes I’m lucky and get a handful of fabulous ones. But most of them are so-so. Only once a summer do I get one so excellent that I actually remember it and crave it for another 365 days. Dreamy!
The flavorless tomato wannabes that usually inhabit the produce section have gone into hiding, and plump and juicy in-season beauties have taken their place — at least for the time being. Now, and we really mean right now, is the time to bring fresh, super-sweet tomatoes into your kitchen, and these are the best recipes for you to make with tomatoes.
Combine ruby-red tomatoes with another in-season gem, watermelon, for Alex Guarnaschelli’s Tomato and Watermelon Salad. Each bite of the sweet, balanced salad comes with a surge of juicy refreshment.
If cobblers, pies, crumbles and more are your go-to way to get your fix of summertime fruit, why wouldn’t the same go for in-season veggies? Around here, we’re giving cobblers, crumbles, pies and crisps that were once strictly sweet a produce-packed, savory spin. Each one leaves the oven hot and bubbling (not to mention buttery and flaky) — and is well worth turning your oven on for.
Whether you get your tomato loot by picking tomatoes from the produce section or plucking them from your own vine, one thing is for sure: Food Network Magazine’s Tomato Cobbler is a prime (not to mention unexpected) way to put it to use. Simmered with garlic, herbs and just a touch of brown sugar, the cherry tomato filling is topped with drops of buttery biscuit dough.
There’s nothing worse than buying yourself a nice steak for dinner, and then ruining the meat with a grilling misstep. Even though they make for a hearty meal, steaks require a little finesse to cook perfectly. To grill your favorite cut just right, take the advice of a few Food Network stars.
High heat helps this long, flat cut achieve a flavorful sear, but be careful not to overcook it; the meat can quickly become tough and chewy. Marcela Valladolid marinates the skirt steak in this recipe in citrus and beer to tenderize it.
Try It: Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (above)
A melon baller is the sort of tool everyone has stuffed in a drawer, but we bet you rarely reach for it. Next time you find yourself stuck in a recipe rut, dig it out — and try one of these unique ways to use it.
Serve a Boozy Treat
Scooped melon bites already look adorable served in individual glasses, but then Jessica Merchant (the blogger behind How Sweet Eats) makes them even more irresistible: She douses them in a bright mixture of lime juice, honey, mint and rum.
Try it: Boozy Minted Melon Balls (above)
Shrimp are quick to cook and even quicker to disappear from your plate, but they’re even better smoky and hot off the grill. Now that it’s August and the grill’s sizzled its fair share of burgers and hot dogs, give classic shrimp dishes the grilled treatment too.
A lemony, garlicky and buttery plate of shrimp scampi is one of our fans’ most-beloved dishes — and it’s even better done up on the grill. Bobby Flay’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi dish has all the bright flavor of the classic, plus a delightful char.
We’ve learned a valuable lesson this summer: Turning on the oven or stove during a heat wave is no way to live. Then again, neither is a diet of straight salads. If you’ve resigned yourself to choose between sweaty, miserable meal prep and monotonous bowls of leafy greens, we’re here to throw you a lifesaver. We’ve been hard at work planning no-cook summer meals to keep you cool and satisfied throughout the day. Here’s a sample menu to keep on hand for the next time temperatures rise:
You don’t need fried eggs and bacon to give yourself a morning energy boost. Rachael Ray’s Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits will fill you with protein and fiber without requiring you to fire up your griddle. If you have an abundance of fresh fruit on hand, try Ina Garten’s Fruit Salad with Limoncello; the silky lemon yogurt topping comes together in mere seconds.
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
Summer isn’t complete without the ultimate campground dessert: s’mores. But no ordinary combination of store-bought graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows will do for the pros. Pastry chefs across the country are taking the snack staple up a notch with innovative riffs that still pull in those nostalgic flavors. These elevated desserts will leave you craving s’mores, whether or not you’re cozied up by a campfire.
Let’s be honest. Chicken noodle, broccoli-cheddar and minestrone are all well and good soups, but when it’s roughly 100 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is cozy up to a bowl of piping-hot liquid, right? But what about chilled soup? It’s just as light and satisfying as its steamy counterparts, but you can enjoy it without all of that … steam. On this morning’s new Chill Out episode of The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee showed two ways to indulge your craving for soup without sweating it out in the kitchen. The secret lies in their simple recipes for cold soups, both easy to make and full of summertime flavors.