Tag: summer

When Summer Calls and Shrimp Tacos Answer

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2015

Shrimp Tacos with Mango SlawWhen it comes to building a taco, there are endless varieties of proteins, fillings and fixins. This summer, try using shrimp as an alternative to steak or chicken. It takes just two to three minutes to grill or saute shrimp, which means you can focus more on making delicious toppings like Food Network Magazine’s mango slaw (pictured above). Keep reading below for more creative ideas on shrimp tacos, including Rachael Ray’s recipe, which calls for lettuce instead of taco shells.

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Slaw — With coleslaw mix, sweet mango and fresh cilantro, Food Network Magazine’s shrimp taco recipe certainly holds true to the old chef’s adage that “you eat with your eyes first.” Top tender shrimp with this colorful mango slaw that gets a kick from a Sriricha and mayonnaise dressing. Use hard taco shells for a crunchy texture in every bite.

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6 Non-Pasta Ways to Go Big with Pesto — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2015

Pesto RecipeTrue pesto lovers know that nothing compares to one that’s blended at home. If you’re all about making pesto in bulk, or if you’re faced with a bounty of basil (or other herbaceous pesto-friendly green), we’ve got plenty of ways beyond pasta to put it all to use this summer.

When it comes to making pesto, Ina Garten’s easy 15-minute recipe (pictured above) is a solid place to start. Once you’ve got the formula down pat, you can doctor your of-the-moment pesto at will. Have some arugula on your hands? You can swap it (or nearly any other leafy green) in. Out of Parmesan but have other hard cheeses available? Those are fair game too. Out of pine nuts? Add a different kind for a new nuttiness. There are countless ways to mix and match ingredients for pesto, and there are tons of ways to put it all to use too.

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5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping Simpler

by in News, July 15th, 2015

­5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping SimplerDear Summer,

Thank you for giving us an excuse to eat ice cream every day — sometimes more than once..

Love,
Everyone

There, now that that’s over with, let’s talk scooping. I always thought a scoop was a scoop was a scoop (unless you’re talking about a super-duper ultra-big scooper like this one). But the Huffington Post has just offered five tips to make scooping easier — and, by extension, make summer even better.

For softer ice cream and smoother scooping, the site suggests:

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Ice Pops All Day

by in Recipes, July 14th, 2015

In this swampy midsummer heat, my favorite breakfast (oatmeal) becomes entirely unappealing. Even a smoothie blended to go becomes lukewarm in minutes. So why not enjoy frozen treats at every meal, including breakfast? Food Network Kitchen came up with genius ice pop recipes for on-the-go morning meals that’ll cool you off and fuel you up for the day. Plus, swap a frosty pop for your green juice, favorite cocktail or after-dinner treat. Read more

It’s Island Time: How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cocktail

by in Drinks, July 11th, 2015

If a beach escape isn’t in the cards this summer, ramp up the tropical factor with some island-themed snacks and perhaps a tiki cocktail, to take advantage of the warm weather. The tiki masters behind Chicago’s popular Three Dots and a Dash shake up to 2,000 rum-centric drinks on a typical night.

Beverage director Diane Corcoran oversees the menu of fruity, potent and often flaming combinations, including the classic Mai Tai, the coconut-based Painkiller and the smoky-sweet, summer-ready Bikinis After Dark (recipe below).

“The key to great tiki cocktails is keeping it balanced,” she says. “Use fresh juices — pineapple, lemon and lime — and get flavors from things that aren’t syrup. You can use a lot of fresh fruit and purees without added sugar to get that fruit flavor.”

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5 Cocktails That Were Made for Muddling

by in Drinks, July 11th, 2015

What’s the best way to get the most flavor out of your cocktail? Muddling. The gentle mashing and combining of fruits with other ingredients will help to release fresh flavors and encourage a mingling of your base and spirit. In fact, it may be even more important than shaking or stirring when it comes to creating the perfect summer cocktail. Be careful not to over-muddle when working with delicate herbs such as mint and basil (which will become bitter) or delicate fruits that may benefit from larger pieces (for color and for visual appeal). Rosemary, lemon, limes and sturdier ingredients will be able to stand a heavy muddling. Whether you choose to use a wood, plastic or metal muddler, it’s the ultimate tool to craft these summer cocktails.

Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher (pictured above)

Skip soda water or tonic and use coconut water for your summer cocktail. Melissa D’Arabian gently muddles frozen raspberries before topping with coconut water, pineapple juice and rum. Stir gently and serve with sprigs of mint.

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Bakers’ Dozens: All the Baked Fruit Desserts

by in Recipes, July 10th, 2015

Throughout our culinary history, people have baked fruit in one form of vessel or another. Lots of versions, many contestants and several commonalities: fresh or frozen fruit; some sort of sugar, whether it’s light brown, dark brown, muscovado sugar or molasses, or even honey. Add butter plus some sort of flour and there you have it.

Start with the most common of all baked desserts, the classic cobbler. Many say the cobbler is simply a pie without the crust. Well, that is partially correct. A true cobbler is topped off with individually dropped biscuits. The biscuits are made with heavy cream, adding a real rich flavor and tenderness to the biscuit. Did you know the baked biscuits on top of the cobblers were said to look similar to the cobblestone streets of Boston or Philadelphia? Philly girl here, don’t forget.

Now for the variations:

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Spike It: Peach Bellini Party Shots

by in Drinks, July 10th, 2015

Peach Bellini Party ShotsMy brother recently tied the knot, which meant lots of parties and prep beforehand. A few months ago, I got to plan a super-fun bachelorette party for my now sister-in-law, and the individual strawberry champagne gelatin shots that one of the girls brought were the hit of the night.

Not only were the shots adorable and fun, but they tasted delicious. And she kept telling me how simple they were! I begged for the recipe. For the party, she used mini plastic cups and sealed them with plastic lids for easy transporting and consumption in a hotel room. I could not even wait to make my own version of these!

I’m rather nutty about Bellinis — give me all the Prosecco and all the fruit. I adore trying new combos, and last year I even made a Bellini bar, which has been an easy go-to at parties these days.

For the party shots, I stuck to a classic, the peach Bellini. And since we were serving these at home, I made them in a baking dish, but they would definitely work in the single-portion cups if you’d like to take them to a party. These are my new favorite party trick, and they couldn’t be better for summer, now that peaches are finally in season.

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Your Weekend Cooldown: Frozen Peanut Butter Bites

by in Recipes, July 10th, 2015

Frozen Peanut Butter BitesWelcome to the sticky, sweltering dog days of summer. If the season’s heat has you bogged down, take refuge in a chilled treat this weekend: these easy-to-make, eat-with-your-hands Frozen Peanut Butter Bites (pictured above). Made with only four pantry ingredients, the Neelys’ sweet-tooth-satisfying dessert celebrates the perhaps most-beloved of all flavor combos: peanut butter and chocolate. And maybe the best part of this recipe is that there’s no need to turn on the oven.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Bites