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Dinner Rush! Grilled Shrimp Florentine Pizza

That grill’s starting to get a workout, huh? You’re grilling chicken, you’re grilling steaks, you might even be grilling your salad*. Might as well throw a pizza on there, too.

When it comes to grilled pizza, there are two schools of thought.

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Grilling Smackdown: Best Choices for Your Next Cookout

It’s about time to kick off the unofficial start of summer with a Memorial Day cookout! And what better way to celebrate than with a nutritional smack down? Here’s a look at your favorite cookout foods with an answer to the burning question: which is healthier?

Burger vs. Hot Dog
Meat brings up lots of questions, such as where it’s from, how it was raised or how it was processed. For the sake of this smack down,  let’s assume that you’re choosing between the best possible options: a lean, local, grass-fed beef burger or a nitrate-free 100% beef hot dog. Lean burgers offer good amounts of B vitamins, zinc and protein (20 g). Keep in mind portion size: a burger should be made from 1/4 pound of ground beef. That’ll keep calories in check (178). Hot dogs are slightly lower in calories, compared to a quarter-pound burger, but not by much (169 calories in a typical dog). They also have way more sodium, while offering fewer vitamins and minerals. So unless they are your main reason for being in the summertime, stick to the beef burger. Better yet? Go for grilled salmon or a veggie burger.

The Winner: Burgers

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Potato Salad vs. Macaroni Salad

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Sifted: Last Minute 4th of July Inspiration

Firecracker Popsicles by Becca Bakes

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  1. Becca Bake’s firecracker popsicles call for fresh berries and vanilla frozen yogurt, so you can enjoy the festive treat without feeling guilty.
  2. Avoid the mess and stress of slicing pie in front of guests. Serve Pixels and Crumbs’ strawberry hand pies instead.
  3. Burgers are key for your backyard barbecue tomorrow, and Dainty Chef’s take on the infamous Shake Shake patty is a sure hit.
  4. Beer may be the classic cookout beverage, but A Farm Girl’s Dabbles’ sangria with rosé and bourbon may just be this year’s biggest hit.
  5. Don’t forget your veggies. Love and Lemons’ grilled vegetable skewers with chile-lime oil are great by themselves but even better with avocado, salsa and tortillas.

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Burger Week on Cooking Channel

Memorial Day and grilling burgers seem to be synonymous, so get ready to tune into some juicy, well-seasoned programming on Cooking Channel as we kick off Burger Week. We’re turning to the coals for over-the-top, fire-kissed burgers that you won’t find at a drive-through window.

Start on Sunday, May 26 with the Deen Burger complete with applewood-smoked bacon, sharp Cheddar, avocado and Jamie’s special sauce. Then catch an episode of Unique Eats and go beyond the traditional with the Smokey Burger (pictured above) topped with Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ sauce and gouda.

On Wednesday, May 29, explore the history and evolution of this beloved culinary icon on United Tastes of America. Then check out Bobby Dean’s answer to a mushroom burger that doesn’t lack confidence. And tune into Bobby Flay’s Burger Throwdown on Thursday, May 30, as he prepares a Burger with Cheddar, Grilled Onion and Horseradish Mustard. Whether you prefer the revered American Cheese-topped burger or a burger that really pushes the envelope, we’ve got the recipes to satisfy your appetite.

Hungry yet? Don’t forget to check out our Top Burger Recipes.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

This Father's Day, skip the polo shirt and treat Dad to kitchen gadgets he can use to grill up his favorite steak recipe.

The quickest way to Dad’s heart is, of course, through his stomach. And the quickest way to his stomach is gadgets that make cooking easier. If you’ve gotten your dad too many polo shirts (Hi, Dad, I’m sorry!) or you suspect he hasn’t used the mani-pedi gift card you got him last year, we have a solution! Below, find our top picks for must-have kitchen gadgets that every geeky dad can get excited about.

Bonus: He’ll be obligated to make you a meal using them.

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Grill Your Way Around the Globe

Pork Chops with Yuzu-Miso Marinade

There’s something about grilling – firing up some coals or igniting the gas, popping open a bottle of beer and throwing meat on the grates – that makes us think about all-American burgers, dogs and simply grilled steaks. But grilling (whether over an open flame or on a griddle or grill pan) is a cooking technique adopted worldwide, so why not shake up your routine by incorporating ingredients from across the globe into your next barbecue?

Chicken, beef, pork, seafood and even burgers need little more than fresh herbs and, occasionally, special sauces to become global fare. A good marinade, for example, such as the Yuzu-Miso marinade featured in the pork chop recipe above, can transform ordinary pork chops into a feast from the Far East. (Worried you’ll stock up on bottles of exotic sauces that’ll never again be used? Our By the Book writer proves a few Japanese sauces go a long way, so fret not.)

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Best Barbecued Bites from Cook Out NYC 2011

Grilled Chicken from Jimmy's No. 43

Flame-Grilled Whole Chickens. Photo: Roberto Ferdman

We’re at the height of summer and running out of time to cook up all the delicious grilled foods and serve all the ice-cold, boozy drinks we planned on enjoying before summer’s end. But we decided to put these cooking adventures on hold last weekend to try some of the best barbecue New York City has to offer.

We joined the hordes of hungry ticket-holders that flocked to Governor’s Island for Cook Out NYC, a celebration of everything and anything seared to perfection over a piping hot flame. Just as we had hoped, there was no holding back: From kimchi-topped hot dogs to grilled buffalo tongue, each kiosk did its best to separate itself from the crowd.

We made sure to keep tabs on all our favorite bites to share with you. Check out the round-up and find some inspiration for your next summer BBQ.

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Peaches on the Grill

Grilled Peaches in Wine

Giada's Grilled Peaches in Wine

Take advantage of the sweetness of summer peaches that are great on their own but become even sweeter when cooked on the grill (plus, you’ll get to keep your oven off). Cook them directly on the grill to get those great char marks or try ‘em kebab style on a skewer.

White wine and grilled peaches make Giada’s Grilled Peaches in Wine a decadent dessert or delicious drink. Or try Grilled Peaches with Raspberry Sauce and Lemon Cream that are marinated in butter and sugar and grilled on direct heat until slightly brown (about 8 minutes).

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Can’t-Miss Summer Appetizers

Grilled Polenta Crackers with Roasted Pepper Salsa

Start your party with Rachael's quick and easy Grilled Polenta Crackers with Roasted Pepper Salsa.

For casual summer get-togethers, you obviously don’t want to create course after course of fussy foods, but it’s always a good idea to have a few easy appetizers planned. Here are three reasons not to skip tasty teasers:

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Sifted: Summer Strawberries, Cherry Soup and Something More

Strawberries

Celebrate the arrival of summer with sweet seasonal produce.

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