Tag: summer

Spike It: Watermelon Vodka Soda Floats

by in Recipes, August 3rd, 2016

Watermelon Vodka Soda FloatsMy watermelon obsession runs deep. And it may or may not have all started with Dirty Dancing. When Jennifer Grey carried the watermelon into the dance club and then annoyingly scolded herself with “I carried … a watermelon?!” with the biggest rolled eyes ever, it spoke to me. It spoke to me so much that I used to make my mom rehearse all of the lines and even the dance moves with me in our living room.

The scene when they are practicing the lift in the water? I absolutely nailed that move by running through the hallway and throwing myself onto the arm of the couch. I managed to balance there for a minute or so before tumbling off, only to do it all over again. It was my LIFE.

So, long story long, I’ve loved watermelon ever since. Even if I didn’t actually love the fruit (which I do), I’d probably pretend to anyway just so I could literally carry a watermelon. And repeat that line. For the rest of my life.

One of my absolute favorite things to do with watermelon is to make my own “juice” by simply adding watermelon to a blender and pureeing until the entire mixture is liquid, and then straining it into a large pitcher. It’s super-refreshing and not as sweet as you’d think, but wonderfully sweet at the same time. Naturally sweet.

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One Recipe, Two Ways: Spice-Rubbed Chicken

by in Family, Recipes, August 2nd, 2016

One Recipe, Two Ways: Spice-Rubbed ChickenI’m going crazy over this recipe. Mostly because it’s perfect for summer suppers when you don’t really want to overthink it. Or spend too much time in the kitchen. Or have too much to clean up. This meal hits the summer nail on the summer head.

So, we’re spicing some chicken cubes, but going a milder route for your kiddies. Just some Italian seasoning mixed with a little bit of garlic powder and a pinch of salt. It’s basically perfect. Tossed in a pan until browned on both sides. Done. Serve it with buttery corn on the cob. Even more done. Don’t you love this already?

And for you — gosh, it gets so good. You’ll start the same way you did for your kiddos, but then you’ll add cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne. Almost can’t deal with the greatness here. Toss it back in the pan to get some browning, and serve it with corn on the cob (add hot sauce!) and a crisp green salad. And a little bit of lemon. Gah.

It’s so simple and so summery and so freaking tasty you’ll lose your mind. I want to make it again but maybe put it on top of some silky lemony pasta!

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Grilled Pizza Beats Baked Pizza Every Time

by in Recipes, August 1st, 2016

You’d have to be crazy to diss pizza fresh from the oven. But give a za some time to crisp up on a fiery grill — just enough to melt the cheese, char the crust and emboss it with blackened grill marks — and you’ve taken your pie game to the next level. If you’ve never grilled pizza before, check out our step-by-step instructions for How to Make Grilled Pizza. Or pull out all the stops with a Grilled Pizza Bar, an easy summer party idea that will prove to your friends and family why grilled pizza trumps oven-baked every time.

To make his Grilled Pizza with Hot Sausage, Grilled Peppers and Onions and Oregano Ricotta (pictured above), grill master Bobby Flay starts by charring pizza dough crust over some sizzling-hot grates, then adds grated fontina, hot Italian sausage, and grilled peppers and red onions. But his secret ingredient is dollops of fresh ricotta mixed with fresh chopped oregano. Read more

The Fairest of the Fair Foods: 7 Must-Have Delights

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2016

Mini Corn DogsWith the first day of August mere hours away, we’ve officially entered the “close of summer” portion of the year. This means sweltering days, vacation escapes and, for many Americans, state fairs! I’m a native Midwesterner; the state fair holds a place near and dear to my heart. Where else can you ride a roller coaster, bet on a pig race, eat a Koolickle and see a Jason Derulo concert — all in the same day?

But the real reason to attend your local state fair? The food, of course! These days fair fare is crazier and tastier than ever, unabashedly presented in an “anything goes” atmosphere. Here are seven ways to get your fair fix at home.

Mini Corn Dogs with Homemade Mustard (pictured above)
For this fair-inspired finger food, Nancy Fuller bathes cut-up hot dogs in a classic cornmeal batter before dousing them in zippy homemade mustard.

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Your Next Backyard Barbecue Needs Beer Gelatin Shots

by in Recipes, July 29th, 2016

Many of us love an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. A few of your favorite cans or bottles can play a vital supporting role at a cookout (the star, of course, is still whatever you throw on the grill). But if you want to get a little more creative and nudge your beer into the spotlight, we’ve got a killer way to do it — gelatin-ify it.

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The Pioneer Woman’s 10 Best Summer Desserts

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, July 29th, 2016

Individual Key Lime PiesYou might dream of juicy barbecued meats and tender grilled vegetables at summer cookouts, but you also know that one of the best parts of warm-weather dining comes at the end of the meal. When your sweet tooth is aching, follow Ree Drummond‘s lead and break out tubs of chilly homemade ice cream, indulgent cakes layered with fresh seasonal fruit and more sweet treats, like the fan-favorite recipes below.

Individual Key Lime Pies (pictured above)
It takes only four ingredients — lime juice, sugar, butter and eggs — to make the tangy filling for these personal pies.

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All the Ways to Eat S’mores, with or Without a Campfire

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

S’mores. The delicious trio of crunchy graham crackers, melting chocolate and expertly toasted, ooey-gooey marshmallow has the power to make a grownup feel like a kid again. But there’s more than one way to eat this timeless trifecta. Read on for our favorite riffs, including desserts, breakfast and even a s’mores-inspired cocktail.

It’s hard to believe that this pretty 4-Ingredient S’mores Pie (pictured above) comes together with so few ingredients and only 15 minutes of prep and cook time. Simply melt milk chocolate and heavy cream in a microwave and pour it into a prepared graham cracker crust. Once the pie’s set, add the marshmallows and broil until they’re just this side of torched. Read more

Escape the Midsummer Dinner Doldrums with 5 New Kebab Combos

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

Grilled Cheeseburger KabobsA simple wooden skewer may be the answer to all your mealtime needs — if you need something that’s quick, fun and delicious, that is! Give new life to staple ingredients by threading them onto skewers for a refreshing twist on dinner.

Cheeseburger Kebabs (pictured above)
Here’s a fun new way to eat cheeseburgers — on a stick! These totally stacked, shareable kebabs combine all the elements of a classic burger, including the lettuce, tomato and pickles.

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All the Ways You Can Spike Fresh Watermelon

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

Watermelon SoursWith watermelon’s innate sweetness and plentiful water content, you can do a lot more with its pink-hued flesh than just nibble it straight from the rind. On its own, one bite of the fresh, juicy summer fruit is more refreshing than any drink you’d ever sip. Kick back this summer with our favorite watermelon cocktails (and one spiked treat), in all kinds of cooling frozen and iced creations.

For the most-refreshing party trick in the book, carve your watermelon into a cocktail keg and fill it up with a big batch of Watermelon Sours (pictured above). Featured in Food Network Magazine, this swig is a mix of fruity liqueur, gin, sour mix, lime and sparkling rosé for effervescence.

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We All Scream for No-Churn Ice Cream

by in Recipes, July 27th, 2016

If you’re worried that your ice cream maker might spend another year gathering dust, well … we’re not here to assuage your fears. You just don’t need a fancy machine to make super-satisfying ice cream at home. These easy recipes typically rely on sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream to get that silky texture with exactly zero churning. Here are some recipes for classic flavors (and a few wild cards) to get you started.

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