When traveling, the first thing we look for is delicious food. Whether it’s great barbecue in Texas or succulent seafood in Maine, one of the best parts about roving across the country is chowing down. But if you’re stuck at home this summer, don’t worry — you can easily re-create some states’ signature dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.
We’ve highlighted seven of our favorite summer recipes below, ranging from the classics (Key Lime Pie from Florida) to the adventurous bites (Salmon Candy from Alaska). For the full list of all 50 states’ recipes, click here.
Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes
The combination of salty and sweet fried green tomatoes is so great that it inspired a movie starring Julia Roberts. Try serving them with green chile mayonnaise for an extra kick.
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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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If the idea of the great outdoors is terrifying and you don’t want to sleep anywhere near bugs, you’re probably not well-suited for camping. However, you can still have your fun out in the wilderness if you play your cards right. On Saturday’s premiere of The Real Girl’s Kitchen (June 13 at 1pm ET), Haylie Duff is taking her friends “glamping,” which means there will be running water, delicious food and comfortable beds.
To help inspire your next glamorous weekend retreat, we’ve come up with some gourmet twists on camp food, from skillet cornbread infused with bacon, beer and cheddar to fish baked in foil (sorry, hot dogs) to classy s’mores in jars. Still nervous about pitching a tent? We also have great menu ideas for camping-movie viewing parties if you’d rather stay in the air conditioning this summer.
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix
Instead of making Jiffy Pop on the campfire, you can eat this sweet and spicy popcorn while watching a movie on an iPad in your tent (or your cabin).
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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.
Watch the full episode.
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When you look in your spice cabinet, you probably see a lot of miscellaneous, barely used bottles. Instead of just letting them sit around and expire — because most do within a year — try blending a few of them up for delicious DIY spice blends. Whether it’s taking the everything spices from your bagel and putting them on, well, everything, or making a homemade chai for a fraction of the price of one at your local coffee shop, we’ve got you covered.
Check out seven spice blend recipes below, from sweet to savory and back again.
Once you’ve mastered a chai tea latte at home, you’ll never need to buy one at the coffee shop again. You can also use these flavors to spruce up coconut macaroons or a milk shake.
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Today is about to become your new favorite “holiday,” because it’s National Doughnut Day. Even though we associate the sweet treats with jelly or lots of powdered sugar, they can take on the flavors of any dessert. Stuffed with cream, they become Boston Cream Pie doughnuts, while after being coated with cinnamon sugar, they taste like churros. You can even stack some with frosting to make an Icebox Doughnut Birthday Cake.
Take a walk on the wild side with some of our favorite delicious combinations below — even a savory chicken-and-waffles one — and for even more crazy confections, check out Donut Showdown Thursdays at 9pm ET.
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March Madness brings out the best rivalries in college basketball. But college rivalries go far beyond the court’s end line. Check out our top picks for college town eats as rival dishes go head-to-head.
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich vs. UC Berkeley Top Dog Frankfurter
UCLA Ice Cream Sandwich
Diddy Riese’s ice cream sandwiches are a must-have at UCLA. Select your starting ice cream sandwich roster from the best lineup of cookie varieties and ice cream flavors.
UC Berkeley Top Dog Frankfurter
This New York classic has become a favorite in Berkeley, Calif. Top your favorite frankfurter or knockwurst with tangy sauerkraut and homemade Russian mustard, and you’ve got a winner.
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Yo mama so fatigued from cooking you dinner all those nights, we think you should consider returning the favor. All joking aside, it would be the considerate thing to do. And since we have 40 easy recipes for nostalgic dishes like tuna noodle casserole, meatloaf, mac ‘n’ cheese and biscuits, you don’t have much of an excuse not to. If preparing comfort food for your mom isn’t possible, find someone else’s mom (Mo Rocca-style).
Yo mama’ll be so dumbfounded by your altruism.
Tastes like home: 40 nostalgic recipes
It’s Friday. You’ve been at work or school for five days in a row. Understandably, you could use a pick me up.
Get stimulated with our recipes for coffee-fueled steak rubs, desserts and roast pork.
Then stay awake through the night to watch Bobby Flay cook more coffee-inspired dishes on Brunch @ Bobby’s, tomorrow, Saturday at 12pm ET. (Or just set your alarm and have some java at the ready.) He’s making Espresso-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso-Cinnamon Butter, Scrambled Eggs with Sweet Potato Biscuits, Ham Steak and Red-Eye Gravy and Spiced Mocha Lassi.
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