FR Test Kitchen

Pump Up Your Picnic: Kimchi Deviled Eggs

Tangy, spicy deviled eggs (with a secret twist)
Jul 23, 2014 3:00 pm
kimchi deviled eggs recipe
Photo: Mark Shaw

You may recall my zero-effort kimchi pickled eggs. You can make this recipe with regular boiled eggs or my magical spicy ones. Either way you're in for some fermented cabbage goodness. Kimchi and eggs are a natural pairing. The acid and heat cut the richness of the yolk, so it's only natural that during a deviled egg-inventing rampage I went with something like this.  

Buckwheat Salad with Goat Feta and Smashed Cucumbers Recipe

A hearty, flavor-packed salad for your picnic
Jul 18, 2014 11:00 am
buckwheat salad with feta
Photo: Mark Shaw

I love using buckwheat groats for cold salads — they have a unique and unexpected ultra-savory earthniess that just begs for something creamy and/or briny. I usually go with feta cheese, it's a natural pairing and since I discovered goat feta, I've been crumbling it onto just about anything. This healthy summer salad is my picnic go-to. 

Grilled Potato Salad With Feta And Dill Recipe

Tangy lemon-spiked potato salad hot off the grill
Jul 16, 2014 2:00 pm
grilled potato salad with feta and dill
Photo: Mark Shaw

Nothing ruins a great picnic spread faster than terrible potato salad. You know the kind I'm talking about: overcooked potatoes choked with mayo, lacking acidity and salt and just kind of gratuitously there on the table like anyone invited it. This grilled potato salad with lemon, feta and dill is that potato salad's hot cousin from the big city.

Photos: Food Republic Test Kitchen After Party

Starring the ultimate bagel bar and iced coffee
Jul 15, 2014 12:30 pm

Yesterday the Food Republic team decamped to New York’s West Village for a test kitchen, where editors prepared (and photographed) a range of dishes while chefs like Jamie Bissonnette, Alex Stupak, Noah Bernamoff and Daniel Holzman/Michael Chernow stopped by for interviews. And when the work was done? A party of course, with our friends at Starbucks and Black Seed Bagels providing sips and snacks. Here are some photos from the after party.

Tobiko And Chive Deviled Eggs Recipe

Get ready for picnic-friendly egg-on-egg action
Jul 14, 2014 2:00 pm
tobiko deviled eggs
Photo: Mark Shaw

I love a great blank canvas, and deviled eggs are just that. Their twist-friendly format just begs for specialty ingredients like truffles, exotic spices and caviar. Or in this case, a much more affordable option found at any Asian supermarket: tobiko, flying fish roe. You may have seen it adorning your sushi, but wait til you see what it does to this picnic classic. Prepare to impress your guests. 

Smoked Eggplant Fingerling Potato Salad Recipe

Pimp out your potato salad with baba ghanoush
Jul 10, 2014 12:00 pm
smoked eggplant fingerling potato salad
Photo: Mark Shaw

This super-simple smoked eggplant fingerling potato salad recipe is great for cookouts because while you've got the grill fired up, you can toss a couple of eggplant halves on there, forget about them for a while, then remember them, think you burned them and discover that underneath that dark layer of char is savory velvety-smooth smoked eggplant ready to blanket your potatoes. 

Beer-Spiked "Nacho" Cheese Recipe

Ballgame snacking with the beer built right in!
May 7, 2014 4:00 pm
nacho cheese with beer
Photo: Morgan Ione

If you're going to sit down and watch a lengthy baseball game, grab a snack that will transport you right to the park without ever having to worry about leaving early to beat the traffic. Whip up some real nachos straight from the FR test Kitchen and stay through the handshakes.

Chopped Steak Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Half steak sandwich, half grilled cheese. All good.
Apr 16, 2014 12:00 pm
chopped steak grilled cheese
Photo: Morgan Ione

Since the inception of Food Republic and long before, we've been big supporters of big, beefy, cheesy sandwiches — in addition to burgers, not instead of. You see, there's a difference. Take the patty melt, for instance. It's not a burger, it's a sandwich. But this is a matter of steak.

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