Tag: summer

Easy Cocktails for the Long Weekend: Daiquiris, Sangria and More

by in Drinks, June 30th, 2016

Fireworks Red, White and Blue DaiquiriFill 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.

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Our Top Recipes for Barbecue Favorites: Ribs, Pulled Pork and More

by in Recipes, June 30th, 2016

RibsSlowly smoked for hours on end, home-cooked barbecue is a true labor of love, one that only a serious lover of smoke will take on. And if you’re going to put in the time, the results better be fall-apart good. That’s why we picked the recipe that our fans love most for each real-deal, low-and-slow barbecue favorite — we’re talking ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more. Trust us, these time-tested, top-rated winners go way beyond a slathering of barbecue sauce.

The Ribs to Make: Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs

Whether you’re a fan of wet or dry ribs, pork or beef, this fan-favorite recipe for game-changing spareribs has something to offer. These tender, highly reviewed winners start with a dry rub, then they are grilled over indirect heat with a mix of hickory and charcoal .

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6 Top-Secret Sauces to Trick Out Your Grilled Meats

by in Recipes, June 24th, 2016

Special Burger SauceThey say the secret’s in the sauce, and we couldn’t agree more — how else can you turn plain grilled chicken, burgers and steaks into something worthy of your Instagram feed? In these grilling sauce recipes, relatively few super-flavored ingredients come together to create something that’s definitely greater than the sum of its parts. There’s nothing left to do but slather it on.

Special Burger Sauce (pictured above)
This sauce gives burgers a little extra zip that plain old ketchup and mustard just can’t provide. Sweet relish and cider vinegar contribute tang while paprika and other spices add depth. But when someone asks you what’s in it, don’t tell them — it’s a secret! Read more

Top 10 Tips for Excellent Summer Grilling

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, June 23rd, 2016

Perfect Baby Back RibsSummer is in full swing, and that means most of us are firing up that backyard grill. If you are shying away from grilling, or just want a refresher course on the basics of grilling, then keep reading.  Here are my top 10 tips for excellent summer grilling.

1. Start with a clean grill. Don’t let last night’s salmon skin impart a fishy-char flavor to tonight’s chicken breasts. Use a sturdy metal brush to clean off the grates in between uses. (This is easiest when the grill is hot.)

2. Don’t move the food around. In general, the fewer times you flip something, the better (once is ideal for most meats). If the meat is stuck to the grill, let it cook more — it will unstick itself when it’s ready for flipping.

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7 Surprising Ways to Better Your Burger Game This Summer

by in Recipes, June 23rd, 2016

Ultimate Backyard BurgerThere are two kinds of people in this world: those who make the burgers (hovering over an open flame, flipping each one with serious skill and taking all the credit) and those who devour them (with glee and zero regrets). For the former group of burger lovers, expanding your burger craft is what summer is all about. Turn on the grill and switch things up — we’ve got some surprising ways to better your burger game from here on out.

1. Reconsider your meat mix.

Your go-to, home-grilled burger might be made entirely of beef, but integrating another kind of meat for a more flavorful blend will have your next batch neck and neck with the pros’ patties. The Ultimate Backyard Burger, for instance, calls for a blend of ground chuck, brisket and lamb for moist, juicy results.

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It’s the First Official Day of Summer — Here’s What to Make

by in Recipes, June 20th, 2016

Although we’ve been focused on warm-weather dishes ever since Memorial Day, today marks the first actual day of summer, which means it’s time to roll out the grill and usher in a long season of outdoor meals featuring summer’s greatest hits. Think corn on the cob, watermelon, juicy grilled burgers and, most importantly, s’mores. If you’re wondering what to put on tonight’s menu, here are a few ideas to get you started.

4-Ingredient S’mores Pie
S’mores are the ultimate sweet of summer, but they’re not the tidiest dessert. Give the campfire classic an unexpected makeover by combining the three key ingredients of s’mores — marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers — into this easy-to-make, easy-to-eat pie. For the chocolate layer, combine chocolate chips with heavy cream (the fourth ingredient) to create a smooth and velvety ganache.

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10 Recipes That Prove Zucchini Is Actually a Magic Vegetable

by in Recipes, June 16th, 2016

Zucchini Parmesan CrispsThere are a lot of one-trick ponies out there, but let’s just start by saying zucchini is not one of them. In fact, we can’t help but think of this versatile, in-season squash as a seriously magical ingredient. It can fill many roles, taking the place of potatoes, bananas, chicken and more. Don’t believe us? Go on and see. Zucchini is capable of countless feats; these 10 recipes are just the start.

1. Slice, bread and lightly fry zucchini into this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above).

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A Regional Guide to Barbecue Sauce

by in In Season, Recipes, Shows, June 11th, 2016

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)Just as those in Northern cities and states lay claim to different styles of pizza, hot dogs and clam chowder, many in the South have passionate ideas for what barbecue sauce should be. Sweet, smoky, tangy, sticky, crimson and white — there’s no shortage of flavors, looks and textures when it comes to creating the ultimate meat accompaniment. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts broke down barbecue sauces by region, looking at the signature elements of each — and sharing how simple it is to make them all at home, no matter where you live. Read on below for four of the most-common ‘cue sauces, then tell us in the comments which is your favorite.

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)
Featuring a base of ketchup, molasses and brown sugar, this thick sauce is indeed packed with sugar, but the sweetness is hardly overwhelming. The key is balancing those ingredients with a splash of tangy apple cider vinegar and the umami-like funk of Worcestershire sauce for well-rounded results.

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5 Jelly Shots You May Not Be Ready For

by in Recipes, June 10th, 2016

If you retired jelly shots from your drink rotation the day you received your bachelor’s degree, you’re not alone. Yet, recently, the jiggly spiked concoctions have been getting the gourmet treatment from restaurant greats across the country. This renaissance of sweet, chewable booze has got us reconsidering the humble jelly shot as a key component to any good summer party. They don’t have to include neon, radioactive-looking colors either. With that in mind, here are five stunning jelly shots that we’re willing to bet are nothing like the ones you consumed back in the day.

Mint Julep Jelly Shots
The unofficial cocktail of the South gets pared down for size in Food Network Kitchen’s casual take on a classic mint julep. All of the essential flavors are here: mint, sugar and bourbon. Save your good silver cocktail cups for a formal occasion and stock up on disposable plastic shot cups in preparation for your next summer party.

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7 Recipes That Will Totally Change How You Picnic

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2016

Steak Pressed SandwichPicnic food presents a unique challenge: You need a menu that is easily portable, can survive a bit of a journey and be flexible under less-than-ideal conditions (i.e., far from your air-conditioned kitchen). These recipes check all of those boxes but are far more surprising than turkey sandwiches and chips — we suggest you set your #picnicgoals way, way higher.

Your goal: Satisfy like a steakhouse.
Make this: Steak and Horseradish Pressed Sandwich (above)

This sandwich gets wrapped in parchment and pressed to melded-flavor perfection — making it perfect for an on-the-go meal. Plus, it’s super-hearty; all of your favorite steakhouse flavors fit within the loaf of rye bread.

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