Planning a party can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of freaking out about every little detail of your next summer bash, let the experts do the work for you. With full summer-themed episodes of Cooking Channel shows online, you can plan everything from the comfort of your bed, including easy, unique dishes, fun signature cocktails and much more.
Check out six tips straight from our hosts below, and be sure to stream full episodes using the links below.
1. Go Small or Go Home
Instead of making a huge, six-course meal, just whip up some appetizers. Giada De Laurentiis’ easy yet impressive dishes like mini Foccacia Lobster Rolls and Avocado and Papaya Salad will wow your crowd.
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When you fire up the grill for summer barbecues, it’s easy to stick to tried-and-true grilling recipes like steaks, ribs and vegetables, but why not mix things up? This season, try putting some char on everything you serve, whether it’s appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails. There are infinite possibilities for new fiery flavor combinations, and we’ve rounded up nine new and innovative grilled recipes to wow your guests.
Breakfast: Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and Rosemary
Michael Symon’s genius grilled breakfast is sweet and savory with rosemary-and-strawberry-topped French toast. Feel free to grill up some bacon on the side.
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We’ve seen Bobby Deen turn classic comfort foods into healthy dishes on Not My Mama’s Meals, but he takes things to a whole new level on Junk Food Flip. Bobby travels across the country with co-host Nikki Dinki, transforming high-calorie, fattening dishes into healthier versions that taste just as good. On the series premiere last night, we saw Bobby and Nikki take Gas Restaurant’s decadent jalapeno popper burger and turn it into a lean, mean turkey burger stuffed with goat cheese. But could it fly as a tasty substitute for the original deep-fried sandwich? Watch the full episode for the results of this flip after the jump:
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With sunny summer weekends on the way, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. If you have a grill in your backyard, Man Fire Food‘s Roger Mooking will get you inspired to fire it up with an array of barbecued and smoked meats from around the country. Throughout his travels across the country, he’s found mouth-watering dishes from slow-cooked prime rib to baked bacon cornbread, so even if you don’t have the means to grill, you can try out some of his recipes.
Check out four of our favorites below.
Carnitas del Horno
Chipotle is having a pork shortage, so whip up your own carnitas at home with this Carnitas del Horno recipe.
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AKA It’s Like You’re in Big Night and You’re Cooler Than Stanley Tucci
I’m kind of obsessed with the movie Big Night. I’ve loved it since before I began writing about food and thinking about the role food plays in our lives. All the cooking, all the rushing around, the loud mouths and big stomachs, and that huge meal at the end that rendered everyone nearly unconscious: I’ve always wanted to host a dinner like that. The closest I’ve ever gotten is with pasta and Bolognese (I’ll save the timpano and the other 40 courses for another day).
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A pantry staple, dried lentils are often overlooked for convenient canned beans. These little legumes are packed with nutrition and are an easy way to add extra protein without meat to every meal.
Lentils were one of the first plants to be domesticated, and these nutritional powerhouses are used in cuisines all around the globe. Red, orange, yellow, brown or green, lentils are a good non-meat source of potassium, iron and protein. Unlike other beans and legumes, lentils don’t need to be soaked before cooking; use a 2-to-1 ratio of water to lentils and you’ll be good to go in about 25 minutes (or more if you want to mash them).
Not only do you get a great bang for your buck, but lentils are a “meaty” legume, meaning they have the ability to turn sometimes-wimpy vegetarian dishes into hearty meals.
If you’re looking to decrease the amount of meat in your diet, use mashed lentils to replace part (or all) of the ground meat in dishes like meatballs, meatloaf and stuffed dumplings. But if meat is still on the table for you, pair lentils with fats like duck and pork (think bacon) to add a bit of richness to this mild-flavored legume.
Whether you’re trying a meatless meal or making a hearty stew, lentils are a go-to pantry staple that deserve to come out of the pantry to shine this winter.
- Alton Brown’s classic Lentil Soup (pictured above) will be sure to warm you up during the next cold spell. The trick to good lentil soup is to make sure all of the vegetables are finely chopped, about the size of a cooked lentil.
- Instead of going out to eat, try making your own Ethiopian spread at home. Serve Red Lentils with chicken stew (doro wat), braised cabbage, braised beef and injera flat bread.
- Bal’s Lentil Cookies, made with lentils, whole-wheat flour and rolled oats, are healthier than the average cookie, but brown sugar and chocolate chips still hit the sweet spot.
- Rachael Ray turns lentil soup into a full meal with her Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup.
- Salads aren’t just for summer; warm French Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese is a protein-packed vegetarian lunch option.
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It’s not hard to spend the holiday season feeling overstuffed. Fruit pies, cider doughnuts and slow-cooker stews are regular party-circuit fare. Get yourself ready for the onslaught by recharging your system with some fried chicken.
Don’t worry; it’s not the traditional greasy stuff. This one hits the oven (not the frying pan) with a coating of crispy panko breadcrumbs for all the comfort of the original and just a fraction of the calories. I know there are lots of oven-fried-chicken recipes out there, but this one is different. Here’s why:
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