America’s Best Snow Cones

One of your favorite childhood fixtures has officially grown up: Snow cones are now appearing at restaurants, bars and food trucks–complete with local ingredients, artisanal syrups and the occasional splash of booze. Time to explore the next ice age!

Brabo Restaurant in Arlington, VA, serves up the kickin’ Old Town Ginger snow cone, a refreshing blend of kaffir lime vodka, ginger beer syrup, mint liqueur and ice chunks, all of it topped with lime zest and chili flakes.


At the Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls shop in New Orleans, the specialty is made with light-as-air shaved ice (versus the ground kind you’re used to) and crowned with house-made syrups such as watermelon-jalapeño and cardamom cream.


Kauai’s Uncle’s Shave Ice serves up shave snow, a Hawaiian take on a Taiwanese treat that starts as a frozen block of water, milk and syrup (try the Asia-inspired lychee or dried plum), then gets shaved into creamy ribbons.


 Sno con Amor at L.A.’s Hollywood Farmers’ Market fancies up raspados (Mexico’s answer to the snow cone, served in a cup) with handmade syrups. Two faves: lime-mint and grapefruit juice with vanilla bean.


In true Bay Area style, Oakland’s Skylite Snowballs makes nearly everything from scratch with local farm fare. The result? Seasonal syrups–from pluot to lemon-ginger–poured over crunchy ice and served from a truck.



By Jenna Scatena

5 Flavor-Packed Meals to Enjoy This Week

Are you ready for a week full of meals that are jam-packed with flavor and fun? These five dinners are quick to put together and oh-so delicious. And whether you’re cooking for two or ten, your dining partners are sure to ask for seconds.

Monday, July 6

Happy Fried Chicken Day! Do-Ahead Fried Chicken

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Host Your Own Backyard Clam Bake!

No beach? No problem! Here’s how chef Ben Ford builds a classic seafood feast on the grill.


Serves 4     Prep 20 min     Cook 50 min

2 live lobsters (about 1 1/2 lbs. each)

4 medium artichokes

4 ears corn

3 sticks butter–1 softened, 2 melted

4 sweet onions, peeled

5 lbs. rockweed seaweed

9 small potatoes

1 lb. fresh Mexican chorizo links

12 unpeeled, deveined jumbo shrimp, preferably head-on

2 1/4 lbs. littleneck clams, scrubbed


1. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high. Place the lobsters in the freezer for 20 minutes. Trim the artichoke stems and leaves; slice off the top inch. In a pot, steam artichokes in 1 inch boiling water until crisp-tender, 20 minutes.

2. Pull back the cornhusks and remove silk. Rub each cob with 2 tbsp. softened butter. Pull husks back up to cover corn; tie with kitchen twine.

3. Using a chef’s knife, make two slits in the core end of the onions about a quarter way through, forming an X.

4. Lay half the seaweed on the top grill grate. Arrange the lobsters in the center of the seaweed, then surround with the artichokes, corn, onions, 8 potatoes and the chorizo links. Scatter the shrimp and clams on top; cover with the remaining seaweed. Place the remaining potato on top as a tester. Cover the clambake with the grill lid.

5. Cook until the tester potato is tender, about 30 minutes. Serve with the melted butter.


Adapted from Taming the Feast by Ben Ford and Carolynn Carreño, Atria Books, 2014

Our Favorite Vegetarian Recipes for Summer

It’s summer, and while we love a juicy grilled steak or burger, sometimes we’re looking to lighten our dinnertime load with something more Meatless Monday-friendly. The possibilities are endless when you have fresh seasonal ingredients, more daylight to enjoy and one killer cooking source (aka THE GRILL!). Here are some of our favorite vegetarian summer recipes that even the carnivores will love.

Summer Corn Risotto

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Five Dinners to Celebrate Picnic Month

It’s only fitting that National Picnic Month falls in July: the sun is shining, vacations are planned and everybody is in full summer mode. But why save some of the best dishes of the season for that special occasion? Here’s how you can turn dinnertime into a picnic of its own with these five delicious meals.

Monday, June 29

Green & Gold Quinoa Salad


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How to Make the Very Best Chocolate Pudding

We love a good chocolate pudding and we know you do too: it’s one of our most popular chocolate desserts ever! In honor of National Chocolate Pudding Day (that’s today!) we’re sharing an updated version of the classic dessert. It’s warm and luscious and just sweet enough. You’re going to want to make extras!



Warm Chocolate Pudding



1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

Pinch salt

3 cups milk

2 egg yolks

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Whipped cream, for serving


In saucepan, whisk 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in milk and yolks over medium heat. Stir in chocolate. Simmer, whisking, until melted. Divide pudding among ramekins; let cool slightly. Top with cream.


If you’re looking for something more out-of-the-box, try our slow-cooker version or our Amaretto-spiked version.

Father’s Day Recipes He’ll Love

If you’re still trying to figure out what to cook for dad this weekend, it’s easy: cook him something hearty, preferably grilled, with a ton of flavor and punch. You can never go wrong with a perfect steak or meaty sandwich, rich veggies he can sink his teeth into, and a not-too-sweet dessert to round it all out. Try some of these recipes on Sunday, and don’t forget the beer!


Ribeyes with Horseradish Butter

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Six Delicious Ways to Get Your Fresh Veggie Fill

Did you know today is National Fresh Veggies Day? While we love a good salad, there are plenty of other ways to get your fresh veggie fix. Check out some of our most colorful recipes, perfect for a summer evening. They’re so delicious, even the pickiest of eaters will find one they like!


Raw Puttanesca


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Five Weeknight Dinner Salads You’ll Love

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: summer dinners should be light, flavorful and full of fresh produce. Have you been feeling a bit lacking in the crunchy department lately? That’s where we step in, with five flavorful salads, each one more exciting than the next. Just throw all the ingredients together in a big beautiful bowl and voila! Dinner is served.

Monday, June 15

Mexican Chopped Salad

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Al Fresco Dinner Recipes

After spending a long day in an office, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. We like to take every opportunity we can to dine al fresco with a fabulous meal that looks just as beautiful as the sunset. If you’re looking for some warm-weather inspiration (veggie-packed pastas, grilled kebabs, you name it), we’ve got you covered.


Penne with Asparagus, Mint and Pistachios


Beefsteak Tomatoes Stuffed with Tuna & White Beans


Tropical Chicken & Rice


Greek Salad with Beef Kebabs


Skinny Crab Cakes and Peach Summer Slaw