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As Sunday afternoons turn to evenings and the hours until the next episode of Food Network Star tick away, how do you settle in to watch the latest premiere? No matter who you're with or where you're watching from, you surely have on hand a spread of eats and drinks to last you through the episode, right? Here at Star Talk, we want to see what you're munching on. Every Wednesday, check back for a themed menu to get you ready for the episode ahead, and on Sunday nights, snap photos of your spread and share them with @FoodNetwork via Twitter and Instagram using #FoodNetworkStar.
Food Network Star will pay tribute to the most American of holidays on Sunday night with a 4th of July Live Star Challenge that tests the finalists' abilities to think — and cook — quickly on live television. With no stops, restarts or scripts allowed, this will indeed be a test of the contestants' star powers, and what better way to showcase your own stars and stripes than with a menu of patriotic eats and drinks to enjoy during the show?
Food Network Kitchens puts a July 4th spin on traditional chips and dip in its recipe for Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips (pictured right). Easy to prepare in only 20 minutes, this simple spread features a hot sauce-spiked tomato-pepper salsa served alongside a cool, creamy mixture of sour cream, garlic and lime juice. Round out the duo of dips with crunchy blue tortilla chips for a go-to TV-watching munchy.
Looking for something sweet? Food Network Magazine's Fruit-Tart Flag (pictured above) delivers deliciously impressive results without hassle or a lot of time. The trick to this fuss-free dessert is using store-bought tart shells and filling them with a simple mixture of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. Arrange fresh fruit atop each bite-size cup for a sweet eat-with-your-hands treat.
For a frozen adults-only sipper, stick with Food Network Kitchens' Fireworks Red, White and Blue Cocktail. This big-batch blend features three layers of frosty fruit-flavored purees: coconut with rum, blue passion fruit liqueur and strawberry-watermelon.