The One Thing You Need to Make this Weekend

As the last weekend of National Ice Cream Month approaches (we know, we’re tearing up a little bit over here, too) there’s no better way to send off the sweetest time of year than by whipping up some homemade ice cream! Brrrrr-illiant, no? So whether you like chocolate, vanilla or something fruity, it’s time to schedule a date this weekend with the coolest kitchen accessory: your ice cream maker!


Triple Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream


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It’s National Hot Dog Day!

Summer and hot dogs go hand in hand, so it’s only appropriate that today, in the heat of the season (pun intended), is National Hot Dog Day! Whether you like a straight-up ketchup-and-mustard classic, or you like to be more adventurous with your toppings and preparation, one of our 10 most popular hot dog recipes is sure to suit your fancy for franks. The best part? These recipes are so quick and easy, you’ll be able to make ‘em tonight for dinner before the sun goes down!


Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

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The Ultimate Picnic for a Park Outing

Looking for a fun, after-work idea? On a nice summer night, treat yourself (plus your sweetie or friends) to a concert in the park! Make one portable dish and buy the rest for an easy summer feast, because, what goes better with music than a delicious meal and a cool beer?



Make it: Grilled Pork with Rice & Quinoa Salad is easy to pack in individual portions, which means no extra serving utensils or platters required!


Buy it: Pickles, beer, fruit tart, heavy cream and crystallized ginger.


Semi-homemade: Jazz up a bakery tart or cake with a dollop of cream whipped with chopped crystallized ginger.


Pack smart: Each Kip It Cutlery To Go set gives you two handles and mix-and-match heads. Snap on a fork, knife, spoon — or chopsticks! ($6 for a set,

Save room in your cooler by packing your beers in a Chill It six-pack freezable bag. ($15,



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Top That!

Salads get an instant upgrade with five new supermarket finds that add flavor and crunch. So long, boring croutons!



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Weeknight Meal Planner

There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!

Monday, July 21


Pesto Tortellini Salad


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What to Buy at the Farmers’ Market: Cherries

To us, there are a  number of thing that signal the beginning of summer. The smell of the grill, the sound of the Mister Softee ice cream truck, and the sight of beautiful, vibrant cherries. The are the earliest tone fruit to reach harvest and although they are perfect eaten as a snack, we love to add them into sweet and savory dishes all summer long.  While you’re shopping at the farmers’ market this weekend, look for full, glossy cherries with a deep color and green stems. They’ll last in your fridge for 4 to 5 days, which will give you plenty of time to make all of our favorite cherry recipes!


Perfect for a dinner party appetizer: Cherry-Mozzarella Crisps

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What to Make this Weekend: Sweet & Smoky Ribs


Sweet & Smoky Ribs



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Taking Chips to a New Level

Potato chip fanatics are in for a real treat today. Today, Frito-Lay announced the four finalist flavors that’ll be hitting shelves for the second annual “Do Us a Flavor” contest. The flavors include Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Mango Salsa, and will be available nationwide later this month until October 18th — meaning there’s plenty of time to sample all four! Then, you can vote for your favorite flavor, and the creator of the most popular pick will win $1 million.


Image courtesy of Frito-Lay



Lays hopes this contest will help them keep up with America’s changing taste perferences. There have been many Asian- and Hispanic-inspired flavors added to their offerings, including Sriracha, a finalist from last year’s contest, fajita-flavored Tostitos, and two new Lays Stax flavors of Korean Barbecue and Thai Sweet Chili. Which flavor do you want to try most?


Now that we’ve got you in the mood for chips, check out our homemade chip recipes to satisfy your cravings until the new flavors are released!


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Give your oven the summer off! Use your grill to heat up your favorite frozen foods and add smoky flavor, too.


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Use Your Noodle!

No matter the time of year, we love a good pasta dish, but after a long day at the beach, piping hot spaghetti and meatballs doesn’t seem like the thing for dinner. Instead, we’re opting for noodle dishes that can be served hot or cold, coated in a light and flavorful sauce that won’t weigh us down. Just make sure to make a double batch– you’ll definitely want to enjoy these noodle salads for lunch the next day!


Soba Noodles with Sesame-Lime Dressing

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