Things we love about summer: grilling, entertaining, spending time outside. Things we don't love: prepping for ages and waiting for food to cook. That's why we're so crazy about making this summery (and completely meatless!) main course for friends and family.
Grilled Ratatouille Muffaletta
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1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1/2 cup pitted mixed olives, such as Kalamata and Cerignola
2 pepperoncini, stemmed
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for grilling
4 small tomatoes (1 pound), sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise 1/4-inch-thick
1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, patted dry
1 (8-inch) round loaf rustic bread, split horizontally and hollowed out
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1. In a colander, toss eggplant with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Let stand 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse
Things we love about summer: grilling, entertaining, spending time outside. Things we don't love: prepping for ages and waiting for food to cook. That's why we're so crazy about making this summery (and completely meatless!) main course for friends and family.Read More »from Are You Making the Best Party Sandwich Ever?
I don't eat raw vegetables every day, even though it would be great if I did. Sometimes I just don't have a chance and sometimes I'm just not in the mood. However, I try. Here are a few quick hits on how to reinvent your summer salad:Read More »from My Salad Secrets for Your Summer Cookout
* Give your salad a fresher taste by muddling up the basil, mint, or parsley in the dressing.
* Forget an old-school pasta salad with all that mayo and crap. Instead, use whole-wheat elbow macaroni with vinaigrette and veggies.
* Instead of a regular salad, try mixing just corn, avocado, basil, and tomato. I swear it's just as good, and it's healthier.
* One of my favorite tricks for dressing up a generic cucumber salad is to add asparagus. Great mix of tastes!
WIkimedia/Tom W. SulcerIt appears as if a battle between grocers and potato growers has begun in Idaho. Associated Wholesale Grocers are suing the United Potato Growers of America for a supposed 10 yearlong plan of inflating potato prices, according to AP. While the potato has found its home as the country's most popular vegetable, 30 percent of the national potato supply comes from Idaho potato farms.Read More »from Have Farmers Been Inflating Prices?
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In the lawsuit, the AWG co-op compared this scheme to the "petroleum-producing OPEC cartel, reducing planting acreages and destroying potatoes to restrict what is available for sale," discovering through spying methods like GPS systems, fly-overs, and satellite imagery.
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It's uncertain how much this price-fixing has actually bumped up the cost of freshly bagged potatoes and frozen potato products like crinkle-cut fries, but Idaho farmers might still be in hot water. These farmers supposedly tried to
Donna GriffithEconomical, crowd-pleasing, and fun-to-make, homemade pizza is a great option for dinner after a busy workday, and it's an easy way to include the kids on a fun weekend project. There are myriad choices for toppings: spicy sausage and ricotta, good old tomato, mozz, and basil, or perhaps, even some stir-fried vegetables for an interesting twist, just to name a few examples. It's not even necessary to make dough from scratch, eliminating a messy cleanup and saving time. Although if that's your heart's desire, we have some tips to offer on that as well.Read More »from Mouthwatering Pizza Recipes
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So what are you waiting for? Grab some dough, work it, spread the sauce, and pop it in the oven. Chances are, the delivery man is about to get very lonely.
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Roasted Garlic Pizza with Mushrooms and Spinach Recipe:
1 head garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pizza
Flour, for dusting
1 package whole-wheat pizza dough, at room
Check out this picture of a "small" yogurt I ordered the other day. Hmm, I wonder why we have an obesity issue in this country. Here's how you can enjoy your treat without going overboard:Read More »from Here's How I Do Fro-Yo
• If you crave sweets late at night, have just a little cup of fro-yo. A small ramekin is the size of the bowl you want for evening snacking. Stonyfield Farms Crème Caramel Organic Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt is one of my favorites.
• If what you're actually craving is ice cream, not frozen yogurt, go for the real stuff. Ice cream isn't a bad choice when you're craving sweets, because it has protein and calcium. If you choose ice cream, lean toward the kind made from real ingredients, like Ben & Jerry's, not the kind with a bunch of artificial fillers.
• A major perk of choosing low-fat frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream is you won't have to digest a lot of fat late at night. That can be hard on your body.
• After dinner, ask yourself: Are you just in the habit of dessert, or are you
Thinkstock/istockphotoWe can't think of a reason why anyone wouldn't love eggs Benedict, unless of course you just have an aversion to eggs in general.Read More »from How to Create a Stellar Eggs Benedict Bar
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The dish is rich, full of flavor, and there are so many varieties that you can enjoy it for any meal, not just brunch.
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While the tried-and-true classic version is always great, we're pushing the envelope here and getting a little creative with the poached egg dish.
Rather than create a menu of endless options for guests to choose from, why not hone in on one dish and have your visitors make it their own?
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It would be rude as a host or hostess to ignore the palate preferences of your guests, so make sure to poll your friends on if they like eggs Benedict before you create an entire brunch based around the beloved dish. Once that's squared away, get to planning.
Follow these few steps and have a
Read carefully because your culinary repertoire is about to expand exponentially. You may think that pesto is a one-herb sort of spread, that it made a vow to basil and has been faithfully committed ever since, but we're here to tell you to forget what you know: Pesto can be made out of practically any vegetable or herb that's green and flavorful. Arugula? You bet. Mint? Check. Garlic scapes? Yes, please.
And if your mind isn't spinning already, just think: you can add whatever nuts, oils, and cheeses you'd like (or leave out the cheese for a vegan alternative). Now that you know pesto's potential, it's time to get creative. Once you've found your favorite combination, toss it with pasta, spread it on sandwiches, or use it as a dip for (even more) vegetables.Read More »from Fresh Takes on Pesto
Facebook/CombocoSomething about the phrase "ice cream for breakfast" makes eating ice cream for breakfast sound like the best idea anybody has ever had. And it might be especially good for anybody greeting the weekend with a hangover, because gelato is said to have that magic power.Read More »from Can Breakfast Flavored Gelato Cure Hangovers?
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According to The Daily Mail, Comboco in London's Soho neighborhood has rolled out a line of breakfast-flavored gelato, including a Bloody Mary gelato with a celery garnish that's said to be able to help cure a hangover.
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Ice cream in general might be an excellent hangover cure, because apparently eating something cold causes blood to go up to the brain in an attempt to keep it warm. (We cannot, however, imagine much worse than the sensation of having an ice cream headache and a bad hangover at the same time.)
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The increased circulation brought about by the ice cream can theoretically help
Noah KalinaThere are some 200,000 full-service restaurants in America, so it's no small task to determine the best ones. A storied Northern California palace of perfection? A counter in Brooklyn where an intimate 24-course tasting menu is prepared by a moody chef? A Texan 'cue shop that sells out of brisket the moment it opens? What factors make one restaurant better than another? Can you compare a roadside burger joint with an urban fine-dining restaurant whose theme changes every few months? And how do all these restaurants stack up against each other in a list of the best?Read More »from Is This the Best Asian Restaurant in America?
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Our selection for the Best Asian Restaurant in America for 2013 is:
Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York City (pictured above)
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Meals at this ever-evolving East Village hot spot wowed former New York Times critic Frank Bruni into a praise-filled three-star review in 2008, and no wonder. David Chang's food offers bold, Asian-inspired flavors -
Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Icebox CakeUsing pre-made chocolate cookies as the base for this creamy, berry-studded cake makes it a cinch to put together.Read More »from The Ultimate 6-Layer Cookie Cake
Total time: 45 minutes plus chilling
Prep time: 45 minutes
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- 2.5 cup(s) cold heavy (whipping) cream
- 2 package(s) (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
- 1.25 cup(s) sugar
- 42 (3-inch; or 78 2-inch) crisp chocolate chip cookies
- 1.5 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and finely chopped, plus halved strawberries for garnish
1. In large bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat 2 cups heavy cream 3 minutes or until stiff peaks just form. In another large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 minute or until smooth, scraping down bowl as needed. Using a rubber spatula, fold whipped cream and cream cheese mixture together until combined.
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2. Trace 8-inch circle
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