10 Ideas to Steal from Giada de Laurentiis’ Italian Kitchen — Giada in Italy

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Last year, Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis spent an entire month cooking her way through the Amalfi Coast for her first season of Giada in Italy. Now she’s back with more real Italian recipes, this time from Florence and the surrounding region of Tuscany.

Of course we’re always interested in Giada’s recipes — they’re easy to make and they deliver on flavor — but we also have our eye on her kitchen. Overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the kitchen was built from scratch in just three days, and Giada herself had a hand in the decorating.

Here’s a sneak peek at her Italian kitchen and some ideas to steal. And don’t forget to tune in today for the premiere of the new season of Giada in Italy.


Recipe Roulette: What End-of-Summer Dessert Should I Make? — Videos from Kitchn

After the multiple heat waves and beach days, summer vacation is certainly coming to a close. Before you know it, fall will be rearing its head around the corner. Don’t you think you should end things on a sweet note? You owe your taste buds that much after enduring these scorching temperatures.

Play our Recipe Roulette and let the universe decide what dessert you should make. Just hit pause whenever you like and your delightful dessert will be chosen for you. The recipes are listed below. We’re savoring summer, one bite at a time.


Our Love Affair with Picnics — The Moveable Feast — Food and Ritual

(Image credit: [Stone] Tanglewood picnickers circa 1947. Photo by Erika Stone.)

For the first six months of her life, my daughter lived entirely on picnics. A mother’s moveable feast — packed not in a basket, but a nursing bra — taught her that eating was a pleasure to be had wherever you might find yourself. Then at the six-month solid-food milestone, mealtimes suddenly became lessons in modern civility: silverware, linen (aka bibs), and being confined to a chair rather than reclining as if at a Roman banquet.


3 More Tips for Better Grilled Pizza — Tips from The Kitchn

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Come summer, it’s just way too hot to crank the oven up to 500°F, but don’t worry — you can still make pizza!

Grilled pizza is arguably the best use of your grill this summer. Not only will you achieve a crisp, charred crust, but it also happens to be a whole lot of fun to make. It helps to know a few tips and tricks to ensure that your end result is a success. We’ve compiled a list that we always refer to when heading out to grill, but are adding these 3 bonus tips to the mix.


Recipe: Rosé Lemonade — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Rosé season officially starts with that first balmy day in May. Come mid-summer, if you’re a fan of the pink wine, you’ve likely hit it a little too hard. Because when it’s hot and you could be sipping a crisp, cool glass, when is it not rosé o’clock?

Let’s be completely honest here — rosé fatigue exists. I know, I am as dumbfounded as you are, but come late July, that easy, breezy glass just might be a little tiresome if you’ve been enjoying it all too frequently for the first half of the season (guilty). The solution? A pitcher of rosé lemonade.


Netflix to Release Season Three of “Chef’s Table” on September 2 — Food TV

In an announcement made yesterday, the critically acclaimed Netflix Series Chef’s Table is coming back for a third season on September 2. While the first two seasons featured chefs from all over the world, the third season will only focus on chefs from France. There will be four chefs featured in this new season: Alain Passard, Michel Troisgros, Adeline Grattard, and Alexandre Couillon.


Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Mexican Street Corn

Please welcome my friend and fellow blogger Megan Keno from Country Cleaver who is sharing a recipe for one of my favorite things to eat—Mexican Street Corn! ~Elise

Whenever we go back to my husband’s hometown for any of the summer holidays – Flag Day, July 4th, or Labor Day – there is always a little taco cart sitting at the park with the rest of the food trucks.

This one cart always a line stretching out in front and around the corner with people waiting to get their mitts on classic street tacos, burritos, and grilled Mexican street corn (elotes) slathered in sauce.

There is absolutely no way to eat this messy corn on the cob delicately, but usually you’re not alone since half of the other people gathering for the event are equally covered in it as well. Small town events, and their street cart food, mean that summer is really here!

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