It’s July. It’s steamy. You’re likely sweating. And yet tonight’s dinner still has to be made. Instead of cranking on the stove and making your kitchen and home only more sweltering, skip the range altogether and opt for a stove-free supper. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off new ways to enjoy a Stove-Free Summer, including one machine that will save the day come dinnertime: the slow cooker. Thanks to this do-the-work-for-you device, you can set and forget many of the same items you’d otherwise watch over on the stove. And best of all, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. Check out two ways to prep mussels right in the slow cooker for simple weeknight cooking.
Sipping lemonade on the porch (bonus points if you’ve got a swing) isn’t a symbol of summer for nothing. And you’ll never be too far from your next pitcher when you’ve got a recipe roster like this at the ready.
Perfect Homemade Lemonade (above)
Before you get fancy, make sure you’ve nailed the basics. Ree Drummond’s quintessential recipe makes a giant batch, perfect for filling a party-sized dispenser.
You wouldn’t necessarily believe that “smaller is better” when it comes to summer fruit pies — but leave it to the reliably adorable Mason jar to convince you. While you might cast aside the metal lids in favor of sipping lemonade Pinterest style, they’re actually the perfect vessels for baking mini pies. Our recipe has blueberries and peaches — absolutely delicious topped with a melty scoop of ice cream. Good thing you can easily claim a portion that’s all yours.
For a lot of us, a mountain of potato salad is a given at any cookout we’re throwing. Though a lot of deli-counter potato salads may be seriously boring (and really off on the potato-to-mayo ratio too), that’s far from the case here. Never gloopy, these new-age picks — each with its own flavor-boosting edge — deserve a spot on your cookout menu, starting now.
Kick It Up
Bobby Flay’s Southwestern Potato Salad (pictured above) boasts all the creaminess of your classic potato salad, plus a kick of heat from chipotle pepper puree and cayenne. Do it up with fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and onion for your zestiest potato salad yet.
Summertime means two things at my house: constantly slathering four little bodies in numbers of SPF so high they didn’t exist when I was a kid; and a slower, more forgiving morning routine. With no lunches to pack, no folders to tuck into backpacks and no need to cook breakfast at breakneck speed, we have a little more time to indulge. These are some of my favorite ways to set the pace for a sunny day ahead.
Ree Drummond’s Egg-in-a-Hole
Even though the whole thing takes only five minutes from start to finish, it still feels like lots of work for busy school days. That’s what makes this top-rated dish ideal for a slower summer morning.
Ripe, garnet-hued cherries are now in season. Once you get your fill of picking up the sweet-tart gems by their delicate stems and popping them in your mouth whole, we’ve got eight delicious ways to enjoy cherries’ fleeting flavor, from crepes to cocktails and savory salads…and of course, the quintessentially summer cherry pie.
What’s better than all-American cherry pie? Individually-sized Cherry Hand Pies (pictured above) you can gobble down without a fork…or even a plate. (Keep some napkins on hand so you can dab away that powdered sugar mustache, though.) Read more
We love ketchup and mustard. They’re tried-and-true classics that will always have a place in our refrigerators. But when it comes to topping our hot dogs, sometimes we need a little bit more oomph than they can provide. That’s why this summer we’re benching good old ketchup and mustard in favor of this all-star lineup of crazy-good toppings.
Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog (pictured above)
The creamy, spicy flavors of Mexican-style corn pair perfectly with the smokiness of a grilled hot dog. Toss roasted corn kernels with a little mayo and lime juice, and spoon them over the hot dog. Top with oregano, chili powder, crumbly Cotija cheese, hot sauce and mayo.
Stuffed vegetables are an easy and creative way to squeeze more summer produce onto your plate. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a kid-friendly recipe from Nancy Fuller, hollowed-out zucchini halves are filled with a mixture of sauteed spicy sausage, juicy tomatoes, onions and fresh garlic for a flavor-packed dish. Before putting the “boats” into the oven, Nancy tops them with rich Parmesan and shaved mozzarella for a cheesy finish.
For more easy summer recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Seasonal: Summer! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats
On its own, ice cream is great. Actually, it’s really great. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make this staple summertime dessert into an even more indulgent and sweet-tooth-satisfying treat. That’s where the sundae sauce comes in. Just a drizzle of these rich toppings is all it takes to make you feel like you’re eating an extra-special dessert. Bonus: These sauce recipes aren’t tricky or time-consuming to make. In fact, they’re easy enough to prepare on a weeknight when you’re feeling decadent. The co-hosts of The Kitchen showed off three must-try takes on sundae sauces on this morning’s brand-new episode. Read on below to get a trio of ideas from Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro.
Fill your fridge, stock your bar and dust off your cooler. The long weekend is almost upon us, and no emergency trips to the store should come between you and your holiday schedule: sip, dip, repeat. Add a refreshing twist to your weekend plans with these can’t-miss summer cocktails. Whether you’re feeling patriotic or just seeking something new, we’ve rounded up the very best drink recipes to celebrate summer.
Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris (pictured above)
Three distinct flavors come together to create the patriotic striations in this layered frozen drink. The red layer is made by blending watermelon and strawberries with rum, while the white layer is created with coconut sorbet and lime. Blue curacao and passion fruit liqueur provide the blue layer’s bold hue.