Tag: summer

Great Grilled Meals Without a Single Ounce of Meat

by in Recipes, May 23rd, 2016

The summer cookout has been a carnivore’s arena since the dawn of conveniently packaged meat. But now, with fresh, seasonal produce like asparagus, zucchini and corn back in vogue — and not just for the healthy-eating set — it’s time to turn the traditional grilling practice on its head by demonstrating how beautifully spring and summer vegetables hold up over the coals. Next time you’re planning a cookout, try throwing one of these wholesome, meat-free dishes into the mix. The vegetarians will thank you, and even the most-stubborn meat eaters won’t be able to resist a few helpings of smoky grilled veg.

Perfect Veggie Burgers
You won’t miss the beef when you bite into these hearty vegetarian patties. Each one is packed with protein-rich walnuts, beans and barley, which combine to reproduce the meaty, wholesome bite you would expect from a traditional burger.

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These Aren’t Your Everyday Hot Dogs

by in Recipes, Shows, May 21st, 2016

Sonoran-Style Hot DogsKetchup fans, we feel you. There’s indeed a time and a place for that classic condiments. But this isn’t it — at least not right now. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast shared a duo of hot-dog makeovers just in time for summer, which is (hopefully) on its way. While Jeff Mauro opted for a tried-and-true hot-dog base and dressed-up toppings, Geoffrey Zakarian went so far as to swap out the traditional dog in favor of a hearty Polish kielbasa. Read on below to see how they do it.

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6 Essential Pieces for Foolproof Picnics

by in In Season, Product Reviews, May 15th, 2016

The long-awaited season of alfresco dining has finally returned, and the last thing we want to see when we open our picnic baskets is a cracked pie or a leaky bowl of coleslaw. A sturdy carrier is our greatest ally when preparing for an outdoor feast, and luckily, there are plenty of dependable totes, bowls and baskets designed to get your precious cargo to the park in one piece. Here are a few trusted picnicking sidekicks that are worth investing in this summer.

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Top-of-the-Class Graduation Party Ideas

by in Entertaining, Recipes, May 9th, 2016

Tedious prep work and outrageously long cook times get an F in our gradebook. But before you throw in the towel and dial the caterer, take a look at our tips for a relaxed and inexpensive DIY graduation party. Whether your scholar just completed college or kindergarten, our tasty menu of easy, make-ahead dishes will score top marks with any audience.

Make-Ahead Mains

Burgers and hot dogs have long dominated the late-spring and summer entertaining scene, but this season we’re all in favor of make-your-own taco stations. Food Network Kitchen’s Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken and Steak Taco Bar is ideal for a casual open house. As new guests arrive, warm more tortillas and replenish your bowls of Monterey Jack, lime wedges and corn salsa. Don’t grill all of the meat at once: The chipotle-marinated chicken and steak cooks up in just 10 minutes on the grill, so leave some of it marinating in the fridge for guests who arrive later.

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A Perfect Pair: What to Eat with Rosé

by in Drinks, April 29th, 2016

Rosé WineIf picturing yourself drinking a glass of chilled rosé wine conjures up images of hot summer nights spent outdoors, eating and chatting with friends, there’s a good reason: Rosé was made for warm-weather drinking. Factor in its food-friendly, easy-to-drink nature, along with a generally affordable price tag, and it’s no surprise that rosé is a popular party choice. So when choosing foods to serve with your rosé, it should come as no surprise that spring and summer party fare is just the ticket.

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Here’s How to Use Up All That Corn

by in Recipes, Shows, September 5th, 2015

No-Cream Creamed Corn with Applewood Smoked BaconThe unofficial end of summer may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean that one of the season’s most-abundant crops has slowed down. From farmers markets and roadside produce stands to the aisles of your local grocery store, corn — a lot of it — is everywhere right now. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared their top tricks for putting this seasonal beauty to work while it’s still around. Check out two easy recipes from Geoffrey Zakarian and Marcela Valladolid below for their signature takes on this staple ingredient.

GZ reinvents the traditionally rich dish of creamed corn with his no-cream recipe. His secret? Pureeing the kernels of a few ears, which produces a naturally creamlike texture after only a few whirls in the blender. He combines that corn juice with whole kernels and adds crispy chopped bacon for a salty bite. Perhaps the best part is that his recipe can be on the table in a hurry, so it’s ideal for last-minute entertaining.

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Last Chance to Win Summer

by in Drinks, Entertaining, September 3rd, 2015

Labor Day weekend marks the last official hurrah for pool parties, cookouts, beach picnics and daily frozen treats. Before you start thinking about the return of crisp fall leaves and pumpkin spice everything, send the sunny season off in style with our eight genius ways to win summer. Watch the video below for inspiration. You’ll learn genius ways to spike snow cones and take ice-cream floats to the next level, three things you should be making with watermelon, how to make treats from melted ice cream and more.  Read more

The Last Hurrah: Grill Absolutely Everything on Labor Day — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 3rd, 2015

Grilled Tomato SalsaLabor Day marks a transition — away from your white-wearing ways, away from your weekend trips to the beach and, when it comes to food, away from your trusty grill. Just as you’ll be hiding away your white pants come Monday, the upcoming day off marks the end of grilling season and a celebration of summer’s end. Say cheers to a summer well spent by going big on Monday with a Labor Day party menu that is grilled through and through.

Though your typical salsa likely comes from a jar, Melissa d’Arabian’s Grilled Tomato Salsa (pictured above) is a homemade take featuring charred tomatoes, chiles and garlic blended into a chunky salsa best scooped up with tortilla chips.

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Small-Batch S’mores Bread Pudding — Party of Two

by in Recipes, September 2nd, 2015

S'mores Bread Pudding for Two

You guys, I cannot believe we’re already thinking about fall. Where has this year gone?! I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited about all the fall recipes that are around the corner. Which is precisely why I’m presenting to you this s’mores bread pudding for two.

Yes, you read that right. No big batch of bread pudding for just the two of you. This is perfectly portioned for just two people. You won’t need to cozy up in front of a fire pit for this. All you need is an oven, a fireplace and your favorite movie, and you can call this an indoor campfire for two. How fun is that?

This is also the perfect dessert recipe for the two of you to get your hands dirty in the kitchen together. While one of you is cubing the bread, the other can be mixing the liquid ingredients. Then you can both pile your individual servings up high and top with as much (or as little) marshmallows and chocolate as you want. What is better than s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding! Get the recipe below, then check out more small-batch recipes created for just two people.

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10 In-Season Salads for the Final Days of Summer

by in Recipes, August 31st, 2015

Head to any large grocery store chain and you’ll likely find an imported supply of warm-weather produce, even in the dead of winter. But once cooler weather settles in, you won’t find any of your favorite summertime crops at the local farmers market, and certainly not in your own garden. In the battle of fresh versus imported, fresh always wins, so savor in-season produce at every opportunity before the bountiful supply of corn, tomatoes and zucchini runs dry until next year. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, turn to fresh, seasonal salads as a way to showcase the season’s bounty. Here are five fruits and vegetables you can’t miss, and a few salad recipes to help you make the most of each.

Avocado
Sure, it’s possible to purchase avocados year-round, but the vibrant green fruit seems most at home in fresh summer salads. For creaminess and light, airy texture, the chefs at Food Network Kitchen include ripe Hass avocados in their mealworthy Crab and Avocado Salad (pictured at top). For a festive end-of-summer side salad, try Bobby Flay’s Crunchy Avocado Salad loaded with blue corn tortilla chips and aromatic spices, like cumin and paprika.

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