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Fryday, I’m in Love — A Guide to Deep-Frying Anything

Even though you can’t make your home into a carnival or big-top circus every day, it’s totally acceptable to transform your kitchen once in a while. The easiest way to do that is by deep-frying anything and everything, whether it’s traditional funnel cakes, other homemade versions of carnival food or delicious fried chicken.

Before you start dropping food into a hot tub of oil, prepare for the whole shebang with Carnival Eats‘ deep-fried food guide infographic. We’ve got your list of supplies, perfect batter recipes, frying and seasoning tips and more, plus find out what to do with all that oil once you’re done. Check it out below:

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The Steaks Are High This Summer, So Here’s How to Achieve Grilled-Meat Grateness

Whether the arsenal of recipes in your back pocket has five dishes or 50, one of them should be a perfectly cooked steak. We’re talking about a flavorful cut of beef with a crusty sear on the outside and a just-right temperature inside. So after grabbing some inspiration from the mouthwatering dishes on Steak Out with Kix Brooks, use these six tips to grill like the best steakhouses from the comfort of your home.

To remember all of these tips — ranging from super-aggressive seasoning to low-and-slow heat — consult our quick and easy infographic below:

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Perfect Your Grillin’ and Chillin’ with the Man Fire Food Grilling Guide

There is nothing better than flame-grilled meat, but to achieve grilling perfection, you have to prepare accordingly, whether it’s getting the correct coals, starting your fire the right way or monitoring your food properly to make sure it doesn’t get burned to a crisp.

Check out our handy-dandy infographic for your ultimate guide to grilling, from first light to the amazing bite of a perfectly seared steak:

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Unwind With Wine Milkshakes and 3 More Buzzworthy, Boozy Frozen Desserts

When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.

What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.

Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.

How to Make a Wine Milkshake

The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.

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Let Kix Brooks Show You How to Make the Perfect Steak

There are two things that Kix Brooks has major expertise in: country music and great steaks. Before you get to grilling this summer, consult him for at least one of them — and follow his tried-and-true steak-cooking tips — though he probably has a killer soundtrack for your backyard BBQ, too.

Whether it’s the basics of picking the right meat to start with, like a great T-bone, or achieving the perfect char once it hits the flames, Kix has you covered. Check out a few of his tricks below, and get his whole guide to cooking the perfect steak here.

Have Grate Prep for Your Grill

Once your grill is cleaned, be sure to oil it up so your steaks don’t stick. After that, all you have to do is oil and season your steaks with salt, pepper and any other spices before cooking them off.

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6 Kitchen Adventure Weekend Projects, from Ice Cream to Homemade Bacon

Whenever the weekend rolls around, you have two options: sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day or be super-productive. Even though we’re all about lounging around and eating great food — especially when it is themed around camping-movie marathons or pairs perfectly with summer jams — you can use your downtime for a fun kitchen adventure instead.

Whether it’s churning up homemade ice cream for a backyard bash or starting the process for homemade bacon, there’s a cooking project fit for you. Check out six ideas below, ranked from easy-breezy to crazy-hard (but so worth it).

Easy-Breezy: Homemade Ice Cream

Once you master an easy ice cream flavor base, you can add any flavors that you want. Chocolate, strawberry, balsamic cherry — you name it! The ice cream maker does most of the work for you.

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5 Food Hacks to Make Your 4th of July Picnic Stress and Mess Free

As we head into a holiday weekend this July 4th, there are plenty of options for patriotic celebrations, but one of our favorites is a picnic in the park. Whether you’re planning an afternoon date or a big shindig for friends, lounging on a checkered blanket surrounded by great food is never a bad option.

If you always end up trashing spoiled food at the end of the day, drinking warm wine or whining about sticky fingers, listen up. Good to Know hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March have some easy food hacks to make your picnic less stressful, from cooling down wine with frozen juice boxes to ditching utensils in favor of toothpick-sized bites.

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Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing: 7 Tips and Recipes All Wing Lovers Must Know

When you’re thinking about the perfect appetizer during a night out at the bar, chicken wings are probably the first dish to pop into your mind. The crispy and usually-spicy treat is a go-to for football games, happy hours, birthday parties and more, and there’s no shortage of ways to prepare them. Whether they’re deep-fried, grilled or smoked, the morsels of tender meat are always a big hit.

In honor of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt special on July 5 at 8pm ET, we’re rounding up some of our favorite chicken wing recipes and the best hacks to eat them without making too much of a mess. First things first: Check out You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman and competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti’s tips for getting the most meat out of your wings without having saucy fingers forever:

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You’re Eating Summer Wrong, But Don’t Worry — It’s an Easy Fix with These 5 Food Hacks

You may not realize it, but you’re eating your favorite foods the wrong way. Sure, they’re delicious, but there are much easier solutions to getting bites from your plate to your mouth. Thankfully You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman is here to solve your problems, particularly for summer treats like perfectly cut watermelon, non-drippy ice cream cones and less-messy corn on the cob.

Check out some of his best food hacks below, and watch all of his videos here.

1. Take your corn off the cob.

There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of corn stuck in your teeth at a barbecue. Cut the corn off the cob and mix with any seasonings you like — Dan is a big fan of going Mexican with Cotija cheese, chili powder, lime and cilantro.

Watch the You’re Eating Corn Wrong video.

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Clean Out Your Spice Cabinet with These 8 Genius Recipes

When you open up your cabinets, you probably have at least a few dozen spice bottles staring at you. How many of them do you really use? Instead of letting them collect dust, it’s time for a spice purge, and we have the perfect recipes to do it.

FYI, spices last about six months once opened, although some brands claim you can keep them up to three years. Even though old bottles may not be spoiled, they lose flavor over time. So let’s get to cooking with everything from Italian blends to that allspice you use only twice a year.

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