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Make Food Fireworks for the Fourth

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Baby, you may not be a firework, but your July 4th meal can be.

Add some holiday fireworks to your party menu with firecracker-themed food and drinks.

First, the food. Get the firecracker power with a hefty dose of spice. Spike classic guacamole with punchy serranos in Bobby’s Spicy Guacamole. Or actual Firecracker Shrimp (with chile mayo).

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6 Compound Butters to Flavor Any Dish with a Little Decadence

Health nuts may want to look away for this one, because butter really does make anything better. We’re not just talking about a pat of any ol’ butter from the grocery store, though — we mean compound butters packed with flavors that will elevate whatever you make. This applies to breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch thanks to sweet and savory ingredients like strawberries, garlic, herbs and cheese (well, maybe not all of those mixed together).

So next time you want to add a little decadence to your dishes, soften up some butter and let your imagination take over. But if you have a difficult time deciding what to throw in there, we have six dynamite flavor suggestions for any occasion.

The Perfect Brunch: Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter

One of Bobby Flay’s favorite brunch hacks is to make a quick flavored butter. His Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter takes strawberry waffles to the next level, but you could also use it on pancakes, French toast or even regular toast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even make your own butter by shaking around cream in a jar and then adding berries — see Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s instructions for berry homemade compound butter.

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Comfort Fest: Top 5 Pizzas Without Sauce

These five sauce-less pizzas are loaded with soft, savory cheese and indulgent, meaty toppings. Even red sauce lovers will do a double take.

1. New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza (pictured above)
America’s best pizza is a notoriously loaded subject, but the white clam pies native to New Haven, Conn., always surface at the top of the heap. Before making the pilgrimage, try preparing this legendary Neapolitan concoction at home. Fresh, briny littleneck clams come together with an intense dose of garlic, olive oil, oregano, and grated cheese atop a charcoal-colored crust. You won’t be disappointed.

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VOTE! (For Your Favorite Recipes)

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Voting is an important right, so we encourage you to exercise it today.  After you let the country know your opinions at the polls, please let us know how you feel about our website. We care what you think. While you may be disappointed with the results of today’s presidential election, every single rating and review you place on the site is counted for everyone to view.  Sign up as a member of Cooking Channel to rate and review our recipes, share your own, and save your favorites.

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Summer Fest: 4 Savory Uses for Peaches

 

Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: peaches.

Peaches, one of the most delicious, juicy summer stone fruits, are at the peak of their picking season right now. Their drip-down-your-chin goodness makes them a wonderful solo treat but their sweetness is also a great addition to savory dishes as well. While we love a classic peach cobbler, try these dinner and snack-ready recipes for a new way to use your fruit.

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Summer Fest: 5 Favorite Recipes for Stuffed Peppers


Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: peppers.

 

Sweet bell peppers come in a variety of colors, making for an easy-on-the-eyes summer dinner. They’ll stand up to grilling and baking, making them a great vehicle for meats, rice, cheese or all of these combined. Hollow out a pepper before stuffing it to the brim with these delicious recipes.

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