Tag: summer

Beyond Gazpacho — Summer Soups

by in Recipes, June 30th, 2014

Cold Summer SoupFor years I never understood the allure of gazpacho (I can hear the collective gasp), but tomatoes and I have an interesting relationship. I’ll gladly eat them sliced with a bit of salt and a drizzle of olive oil all summer long. Cooked? No problem! I’ve never been a tomato juice person, though, and this is where gazpacho poses a problem. To my palate, it’s just chunky tomato juice with some seasonings and spices.

My thoughts, or shall I say tastes, regarding gazpacho changed a couple of summers ago when I paired it with watermelon. The watermelon added just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity. You can find my recipe for Smoky Watermelon Gazpacho here.

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Throw a New England-Style Clambake

by in How-to, June 28th, 2014

Throw a New England-Style ClambakeWhether you’re vacationing in New England or elsewhere, summer is the time for an authentic, sea-soaked clambake on the beach. With the right grill setup and loads of salty seaweed, this seaside feast can be reproduced on just about any sandy shore — barbecue laws permitting, of course. Head down to the water’s edge to collect the seaweed the old-fashioned way, or get it from your local fishmonger. From there, it’s all about assembly. Here’s how to build the quintessential clambake, layer by layer.

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Summer Succotash — Down-Home Comfort

by in In Season, Recipes, June 27th, 2014

Summer SuccotashSuccotash is essentially an all-American stir-fry. Succotash has many variants and adaptations, but by definition, nearly all contain corn and beans. Fresh vegetables are what make this recipe so special, so I gently suggest not to bother with this recipe unless you can make it with peak-of-summer produce. All the ingredients are diced about the same size, resulting in a stellar vegetable medley. I promise you will be rewarded! The key to succotash is that simple ingredients are combined with a minimum of fuss, and the results are a colorful and crisp burst of down-home comfort.

Choosing the vegetables is important. When faced with a mountain of corn at the grocery store, farmers market or produce stand, look for the silk at the top of the ear to be very dark brown, almost black. It is not unusual to see people peeling back the husks in search of ears with perfect rows of kernels. Just take a peek to make sure the ear is full and free of worm. Try to purchase corn still in the husk and keep it on until ready to cook, to keep the corn moist and sweet.

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6 Reasons to Brave Brain Freeze — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 26th, 2014

Frozen Treat RecipesThe grill isn’t the only kitchen tool that has your back this summer. When the weather’s steamy, the air conditioner is humming and flip-flop tan lines stud the sidewalks, there’s another device you simply can’t live without: your kitchen’s freezer. With all its ice-cold power, the freezer transforms simple ingredient combinations into delectable, cooling summer treats. Food Network’s roster of fun frozen desserts, from treats scooped into a cone to those licked on a stick or taken by the frosty slice, is as integral to summer as hot dogs and summer camp.

1. Easy Ice-Cold Sandwiches: If what’s on your grill is getting all of the attention, don’t let your last course fall by the wayside. Involving only some light assembly, Food Network Magazine’s Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches (top left) are a safe bet.

2. Juicy Popsicles: Grab those coolers! Giada’s adults-only Spiked Watermelon Pops (top right) aren’t just hit with vodka, they’re also infused with a little fresh mint, meaning you’ll feel nice and fresh at your next beach barbecue.

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Alton Brown’s Best Bets for a Summer Bar

by in Drinks, Food Network Chef, June 25th, 2014

Alton's Best Bets for a Summer BarAlton Brown may be spending most of his time on the set of Food Network Star or Cutthroat Kitchen, but there’s always time for a cocktail. He gave us the low-down on his favorite drink for summer, told us which trends he is totally over and answered how you can best stock your at-home bar.

What cocktail trends are you over?
Alton Brown: I’m over anything that involves a cheese-stuffed olive because I don’t like cheese in my booze.

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Slushies for Grownups

by in Drinks, June 21st, 2014

Slushies for Grownups (Recipes)There’s no reason kids should have all the fun when it comes to slushies. They’re simple to make and they do a nice job of cooling you off during the hottest months of the year, so what’s not to love? While these options include alcohol, they can easily be made family-friendly with a bit of simple syrup or fruit juice. Either way, FN Dish is convinced that after a few sips of one of these guys, you’ll be bidding farewell to punch and beer this summer.

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Grilled Apple Cider Chicken — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, June 20th, 2014

I actually put together my very first grill myself. It took all day and a good deal of patience and persistence. It was a pretty scary moment when I twisted the control on the tank and clicked the ignition. It all worked out and I didn’t blow myself to kingdom come. I love to grill throughout the year, but in the summer it’s just practical to keep the heat out of the kitchen. Burgers and brats are brilliant, and steaks and seafood are stupendous, but my absolute favorite is cheap and cheerful chicken. Read more

Go-To Ingredients for Grilling Season

by in In Season, June 17th, 2014

Go-To Ingredients for Grilling SeasonWhat do you really need on hand for quick, easy summer dinners? Here’s our go-to list — it’s a combo of veggies that turn into meals in a snap, seasonings that make everything a little more summery, and starches that help round out whatever you’ve got on hand (ideally without heating up the house too much).

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Choppedsicles: 5 Outside-the-Basket Ice Pops

by in In Season, Recipes, June 16th, 2014

5 Outside-the-Basket Ice PopsWe had just lost the amazing ice-pop stand downstairs from our office and were really feeling the void. To make up for our loss, we developed some fun, summery flavors sort-of-inspired by Chopped baskets, working savory flavors in where we could.

These mixed-up pops were ridiculously fun to test (and taste). If you plan on developing your own recipes, here’s what we learned: Basically, it’s really easy to freeze things — you could put plain fruit juice in the freezer and it’d end up a pop — but for perfect popsicle texture, you’re looking for a balance between fruity, creamy and icy.

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5 Ways to Bring on the Burgers — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 12th, 2014

Cedar Planked Burger

Some would say that we should never, ever tinker with the trinity of lettuce, tomato and onion. And if we had only one burger per year, maybe that would work. But since we’re at the very beginning of summer (we can say “summer” now, right?), we have more than enough time to expand our burger repertoire. This week, FN Dish runs down the line of burger combinations and updates we might not have previously considered.

1. Walk the Plank: Cedar planking isn’t just for salmon. Bobby grills Cedar-Planked Burgers (pictured above) for a complex smokiness. If you ask him, it’ll be the first thing you taste.

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