Tag: summer

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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10 Dishes That Squeeze Every Last Bit Out of Summer

by in In Season, Recipes, August 13th, 2016

Heirloom Tomato TartWe’re just gonna say it: Fall is on the way, people. And it’s not that we don’t love fall — there are few among us who don’t applaud the return of pumpkin season. But we just want to make sure you enjoy as much of summer’s bounty as you can. Make these vibrant recipes before it’s too late to get the really good stuff.

Heirloom Tomato Pie (above)

The colorful tomatoes that fill farm stands are truly one of summer’s greatest gifts. Enjoy their beauty and wonderful, sweet flavor by making heirlooms the star of a savory pie from Food Network Magazine.

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What Do I Do with Zucchini and Summer Squash?

by in In Season, Recipes, August 12th, 2016

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?

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Sweet & Savory Ways to Eat (and Drink!) Watermelon

by in Recipes, August 12th, 2016

Watermelon is one of the all-time-greatest simple pleasures of summer. Slice the always-refreshing, cheerfully pink fruit up into wedges at a family picnic and no doubt you’ll see everyone from toddlers to Grandpa gleefully gobbling it down, paying no worry to the juice dripping down to their elbows. But there are so many delicious ways to enjoy this sweet fruit. Try these eight creative spins on watermelon — both sweet and savory — before the sun sets on watermelon season.

It takes just six ingredients and 10 minutes of legwork to blend up these sweet-and-spicy Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops (pictured above). Combining the melon with fiery red Thai chiles and the licorice flavor of Thai basil is what gives them the unique flavor you can’t buy at a store. Read more

Spike It: Bourbon-Glazed Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

by in Recipes, August 11th, 2016

Bourbon-Glazed Peaches with Mascarpone CreamIt’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!

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The Best Fresh Tomato Recipes You Need to Make, Like, Right Now

by in Recipes, August 11th, 2016

Tomato and Watermelon SaladThe 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.

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Summer Crumbles, Cobblers, Crisps and More Go Savory

by in Recipes, August 10th, 2016

Tomato CobblerIf 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.

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How to Perfectly Grill Your Favorite Cut of Steak

by in Recipes, August 9th, 2016

Skirt SteakThere’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.

Skirt Steak
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)

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6 Clever Reasons You Should Break Out That Melon Baller

by in Entertaining, Recipes, August 7th, 2016

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)

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