Now that school’s been out for several weeks, the initial excitement has worn off and you may find yourself searching for creative ways to keep the kids occupied. Why not let them try their hand in the kitchen? Cooking projects are a great way to bond with your little ones while letting them explore new flavors and discover new favorites. Here are some ideas to let your kids take the reins in your kitchen and get them away from that pesky TV screen. Read more
Just remember back to when you were a kid in an ice cream store — was there really a better feeling than getting to have your own scoop of a frozen treat on a hot summer day? Whether they come in a cone or cup, topped with hot fudge or decked out with sprinkles, chilly treats are tough to resist. And while heading to your local creamery makes for a fun outing, making a homemade variety of ice cream, sherbet and sorbet has a deliciously sweet payoff. And here’s the good news: You don’t always need to have special equipment to make it. Try Sunny Anderson’s Buttermilk-Pecan Ice Cream recipe, which comes together in less than 30 minutes with freezer bags, salt and ice — just give the ingredients a good shake and you’ll have a creamy dessert in a hurry. Keep reading below for more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes.
In addition to their oh-so-fresh flavor, one of the best parts of summer produce is the spectrum of vibrant colors seasonal fruits and veggies bring to the table. While a barbecue is often all about the meaty mains, like juicy steak or perfectly cooked chicken, side dishes served in a ROYGBIV rainbow will totally steal the spotlight. Zucchini, peaches, peppers and greens galore are great whether grilled or served fresh, and will bring bold shades and even bolder flavors to your cookout spread.
Red: Arugula and Strawberry Salad (pictured above)
Super-sized strawberries are in season during summer, so what better way to add a pop of color to the start of your rainbow buffet? The story behind this salad: Alex Guarnaschelli saw a display of beautiful strawberries in the supermarket and wanted to prove there is a place for the berry outside the dessert world. The result: a delectable salad, balanced by peppery arugula and a classic poppy seed dressing.
We’re nearing the end of July, and that, my friends, means it’s high time for watermelon. On its own this edible epitome of summertime refreshment needs no doctoring for warm-weather sensations of glee to wash over all who slice into it. Arguably, the best way to eat watermelon — off the rind — is also the simplest. But your watermelon intake shouldn’t stop there. Instead, bringing it into these celebration-worthy recipes will delight (and cool down) all who unite for warm-weather gatherings.
A wedge of watermelon is perfect for a party as it is, but putting a stick in it makes it even more so. Spearing cubes together with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, then drizzling with a tangy balsamic reduction, for Giada De Laurentiis’ Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers, makes for an appetizer emanating with color and refreshment.
A s’more by any other name would taste as sweet. Well, that’s not quite how the line goes — but nevertheless, these s’more-inspired goods prove my point. Whether served in brownie, sundae or cupcake form, each of these recipes is just as much a s’more as the old-fashioned formula: a toasted marshmallow on top of a melty chocolate square, on top of a graham cracker. And the best part? You can make these in your oven or on your stovetop year-round. So even if your yard isn’t equipped for building a fire, you’ll be able to try every one of these seven s’more-inspired desserts before summer’s end.
S’Mauros: Skillet S’Mores (pictured at top)
Individual s’mores are scaled to feed a crowd in Jeff Mauro’s party-sized riff on the classic cookout dessert. This communal treat comes together on the stovetop and features a chopped-walnut base topped with warm chocolate chips and a blanket of gooey marshmallows. Serve graham crackers alongside for easy dunking.
On vacation, normal breakfast routines go out the window — as they should, because your much-deserved days off should start with craveworthy morning meals. Whether you’re sightseeing, relaxing near the beach or enjoying a staycation at home, we’ve got the lowdown on breakfast destinations that are worth a special trip.
The lines often stretch around the block for these popular doughnut shops across the country, and once you’re biting into a decadent, deep-fried ring of dough, you’ll understand the reason why. Start the day with a maple-bacon doughnut in Washington, D.C., a birthday cake variation in Chicago or a Cointreau creme brulee confection in Portland, Ore. Check out Food Network-approved doughnut shops from coast to coast.
Bun, meat and toppings — there are only a few key elements to a classic burger, but it’s crucial to make each a success when building this ultimate summertime favorite. No one knows meat quite like Chef Tim Love, a Texas-based restaurateur who’s recently partnered with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise as the brand launches its Squeeze bottle, and FN Dish checked in with him to get his takes on constructing the ins and outs of a tried-and-true burger. Read on below for what he had to say, then browse our best-ever burger recipes ideal for outdoor cookouts.
The Bun: What’s your favorite kind?
Tim Love: Potato bun. Keep it classic.
The Meat: What’s your favorite ratio, and how should it be cooked?
TL: I like a 50/50 blend of prime tenderloin and prime brisket, but grilling meats to the perfect temperature can be tricky. Try using a meat thermometer and look for 130 to 135 degrees if you’re going for medium rare. That’s how I like mine done.
Whether you’re grilling burgers, brats or barbecue this summer, nothing will round out your cookout menu quite like a hearty potato salad, and when it comes to creating the ultimate version, there are two groups: mayonnaise-dressing devotees versus vinaigrette lovers. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts took those schools of thought one step further by creating two potato salads that differed not only in toppings but also in potatoes. Read on below for Geoffrey Zakarian’s and Katie Lee’s easy, crowd-pleasing recipes, one featuring Yukon golds and another made with golden sweet potatoes.
The star of GZ’s simple-to-prepare Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Cherry Peppers and Sweet Relish Vinaigrette (pictured above) is the sweet and tangy dressing he tosses with the potatoes. The addition of briny capers and whole-grain mustard guarantees a bold bite, while pickled cherry peppers and a duo of herbs offer color and freshness. Geoffrey says that you can make this potato salad the night before serving it; just keep it in the refrigerator, and be sure to toss it well before digging in.
When it comes to cooking with small kids underfoot, I’m always looking for dinner ideas with that magical combination of flexibility, simplicity, big flavors and tender meat. Our kids are 1, 3, 4 and 6, and the whole crew has varying amounts of teeth at any given time, so tender meat is a must. Plus, it’s delicious — no matter what age you are.
So I rely on two delicious marinades that I know by heart to put on anything from flank steak to chicken strips to roasted whole chickens. One is a tangy blend of lime and cumin; the other is lemon and garlic. Even though they’re both citrus-based, they’re full of totally different flavors. Our kids LOVE them, and, as a bonus, you can double any batch of marinade and throw a second dinner in the freezer while you’re making the first. The meat will just keep soaking up more flavor while it thaws later on.
When it comes to building a taco, there are endless varieties of proteins, fillings and fixins. This summer, try using shrimp as an alternative to steak or chicken. It takes just two to three minutes to grill or saute shrimp, which means you can focus more on making delicious toppings like Food Network Magazine’s mango slaw (pictured above). Keep reading below for more creative ideas on shrimp tacos, including Rachael Ray’s recipe, which calls for lettuce instead of taco shells.
Shrimp Tacos with Mango Slaw — With coleslaw mix, sweet mango and fresh cilantro, Food Network Magazine’s shrimp taco recipe certainly holds true to the old chef’s adage that “you eat with your eyes first.” Top tender shrimp with this colorful mango slaw that gets a kick from a Sriricha and mayonnaise dressing. Use hard taco shells for a crunchy texture in every bite.