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Summer Soiree: 4 Cool Summer Soups

Standing over a grill all day can get a bit steamy. Battle back against the hot coals with these too-cool summer soups.

1. Green Gazpacho: This soup is like a slurpable guacamole, made with a lush puree of green grapes, cucumbers, parsley and avocado, topped with toasted almonds and pepper (pictured above).

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OpenTable App Now Lets You Pay For Dinner by Phone

It has become increasingly clear in the last several years that when techies refer to an app or gadget as “changing the world,” what they really mean is that it “saves you a few seconds.” Par for the course with this new feature just unveiled for popular reservation booking app OpenTable.

The feature allows you to actually pay your bill using the app, so you can dine and dash without actually, you know, dining and dashing. The service is currently only available at 25 eateries around New York City and a handful in San Francisco, but the company promises 20 more cities will be added by the end of the year.

So now you can stop waiting around for the check after eating, and get into the night away from friends and family as quickly as humanly possible. Yes!

Hump Day Snack: Individual Whole-Peach Pies

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The only thing undesirable about peach pie is having to share it with other people. Enter this beautiful single-serve whole-peach pie to save the day. The recipe starts with very ripe, halved peaches and sweetens the deal with a spoonful of straight-from-the-farm honeycomb (or just regular honey) right in the center cavity of the fruit. Place the two halves together and completely wrap the whole fruit with pie crust. Sprinkle on turbinado sugar for texture, cut small slits on top, then place the pastry-wrapped peaches into muffin tins to bake until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla frozen yogurt, and everything will be just peachy!

For more ways to serve summer’s best fruit in a pie shell, take a peek at some of Cooking Channel’s favorite recipes:

10 Unexpected Ways to Use Vinegar

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Vinegar isn’t just for salad dressing. While a classic vinaigrette might get most of the attention in the kitchen, vinegar adds a perfect sour note in a lot of instances.

Vinegar is one of the essential ingredients in hot sauce. So while the grill’s still sizzling, get in on the homemade condiment trend by using white vinegar in this red-hot sauce.

Make a perfect mop sauce for ribs, chicken thighs or pork chops.

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Bobby Deen’s Taking the Guilty Out of Guilty Pleasures

Growing up surrounded by delectable Southern fare, Bobby Deen learned how delicious — and rich — family favorites can be. But then he discovered that he could recreate his family’s favorite Southern classics with simple swaps that take the guilty out of guilty pleasures. Now on his new show Deen of Lean, Bobby is heading around the country to surprise high-octane home cooks and attempt to turn their decadent dishes into lighter, leaner recipes. Their family and friends will judge his remakes to see if they can match or surpass the originals in deliciousness. First stop is New Jersey to meet up with Kardea. She’s a very good cook and her Southern dishes are made with love — but her boyfriend says she might use a little too much love.

Tune in to the premiere of Deen of Lean tonight at 9:30pm ET.

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Here are Some Beer Bottles That Automatically Stream Movies

In the old days, the height of bottle technology was announcing the results of a contest on a bottle cap or, even lamer, reciting a bad joke. Thanks to industrious inventors, however, those days are long past. Bottles can now do more than dispense refreshing liquid. These bad boys can stream movies.

Beer manufacturer Grolsh have teamed up with a Russian app developer to create these high-tech bottles, which automatically stream movies when you “clink” the bottle against your computer. You don’t actually have to smash into your beloved computing device. You can simply swipe near it. The whole thing works using radio technology to unlock whatever movie is written into the particular bottle.

The old way, which included opening a bottle and then pushing a button on a computer, was simply too work intensive.

 

 

Dinner Rush! Mojo Turkey Burgers

If you’re anything like me, you’ll read about mojo sauce for the first time and immediately ask why your food is in need of a boost of “moe-joe.” Turns out my meal was perfectly shagadelic all on its own – it was my pronunciation that was all off.

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Sifted: Funfetti Biscotti, S’mores Pretzel Hand Pies + More

Funfetti Biscotti

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• Freckled with bursts of eye-catching color, Funfetti Biscotti by My Name is Yeh are the brightest interpretation of the twice-baked cookie to ever dunk into morning coffee.

Girl Versus Dough tucks chocolate and marshmallow creme into a salty crust to come up with the right sweet-savory balance for S’mores Pretzel Hand Pies. Even better for those without access to a campfire, it’s best eaten straight out of the oven.

• For an easy summer entertaining option, The Forest Feast skewers together Strawberry Caprese Bites with fresh basil. The berries add a surprising surge of juiciness that’s a fun change from classic tomatoes.

• We’re at the peak of stone fruit season, and Homesick Texan‘s Peaches with Ginger-Lime Whipped Cream by are just the way to celebrate. Freeze dollops of lime-zested, ginger-spiked cream to top on the fruit when you’re ready to bite in.

• Don’t let the mention of “salad” fool you. There’s no leafy green to be found in this Strawberry Pretzel “Salad”. Instead, Dinner Was Delicious gives the Midwestern classic an update with mascarpone cream, a crushed pretzel crust and homemade strawberry topping.

Craving More?

• Classic biscotti can take so many forms. Espresso Chocolate Chip Biscotti and Honey Pistachio Biscotti are just the start on Cooking Channel.
• Entertain all summer long with more easy appetizer for your outdoor soiree.

G. Garvin’s Rhode Island Travel Tips

Me and the bartender at Bistro 22

For such a small state, Rhode Island has a huge reputation in the food scene. People who call it home are passionate and love a good meal. Providence is a beautiful city and makes for a great vacation for folks who need a break from the hustle and bustle of New York and Boston.

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Chef Wayne gave me an amazing cooking lesson at Succotash. The “bruncheonette” concept is refreshing and perfect for a relaxing lunch. I can see why the Forkin’ Brisket BLT is such a crowd pleaser. The Jewelry District in Providence has a real gem in Succotash.

Bistro 22
Bistro 22 can be found in Cranston, just 10 miles outside of Providence. There Chris Kattawar takes his knowledge of the area and love for rustic ingredients to create a flavorful menu. You’ll love the “breakfast in a jar” and pan-seared foie gras with pickled peaches.

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Toronto Bakery Creates Extravagant $900 Cupcake

All you read on the Internet lately is how cupcakes are dead. Crumbs has been in the throes of bankruptcy, the lines at NYC’s Magnolia have dwindled and there is no third Sex in the City movie in sight. Don’t give up on these diminutive delicacies just yet, however. Canada’s got that junk on lockdown.

Toronto’s La Dolci Bakery was just commissioned by a customer to create an extravagant cupcake that may just set the baked goods world on fire. It cost a whopping $900, for one. What does nearly a thousand bucks get you in cupcake-ville? The inside is filled with a pastry cream that is made from expensive champagne ($1,000 a bottle.) The buttercream frosting is made with butter from Normandy, chocolate from Italy, sea salt from France and fancy-pants coffee. The bakers then covered the cupcake with champagne bubbles, a whole lot of edible gold and “diamonds” made from sugar. Last but not least, the cupcake was served with a small bottle of Courvoisier cognac, to be poured on top before eating.

As previously stated, this ridiculous cupcake was commissioned by a customer so its not on the menu for ordinary folk (yet.)

 

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