by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, October 11th, 2016
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, September 2nd, 2016
Leave the trick-or-treating to the kids. We adults? We’ll be inside celebrating Halloween like the “mature,” face-painted and costumed folks we are. Even if you’ll be shepherding little ones from door to door on the 31st, use the days leading up to it to scare up some adults-only fun that’s sure to create a stir.
One look at this steaming cauldron of Witch’s Brew gives us the creeps, but a sip of the lime-pineapple swig will have us in the spooky spirit (and so will the two cups of vodka in it). A block of dry ice hidden away gives the punch that eerie, bewitched effect.
by Sara Levine in Holidays, Recipes, September 1st, 2016
If you’ve ever decked yourself out in an all-white outfit in October in a defiant act of who-ever-decided-I-couldn’t-anyway, then you aren’t alone. Though fashion worshipers may call wearing white after Labor Day an extreme and unforgivable faux pas (because how dare you), it’s one of those rules that either you follow or you don’t. Around here, we have our own issues when it comes to accepting that (sigh) summer is over and we have to move on with our lives. Though foods don’t necessarily fade out of style, they do fall out of season. There are a slew of foods that are on the summer-only list, though no food police is ever going to come after you if you eat them in another season. These are the dishes you should cook outdoors before Labor Day comes and goes (and they look mighty fine next to a pair of white jeans, might we add).
Once you put your rickety charcoal grill into storage, your chances of chowing down on a hot dog nosedive. That’s because hot dogs just taste better when they’re all juicy and char-marked — especially when you toast the buns on the grill too. Fire up the grill one last time for Bobby Flay’s Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish (pictured above) before you put your hot-dog-eating pursuits on hold until next year.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, September 1st, 2016
Some of our favorite summer desserts are red, white and blue. They’re the perfect combination of patriotism and seasonality: We usher in the season on Memorial Day, with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries shining in flag cakes, cobblers and crisps, then pull out all the stops with patriotic treats come the 4th of July. Give the red, white and blue dessert palette a last hurrah this Labor Day weekend with these festive, simple sweets. They’ll send summer off with a proper salute. Read more
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, August 28th, 2016
The days that can entail plans for a picnic are numbered, and Labor Day might be your last opportunity for a true eat-outside affair this year. End the summer season the right way with our tips for how to plan the perfect picnic, plus our full lineup of picnic-perfect recipes.
If you haven’t gone for one of our brand-new Brick-Pressed Sandwiches just yet, what are you waiting for? The impressively jam-packed sandwiches, like this Italian Combo and Broccoli Rabe Pressed Hero number (pictured above), rely on the force of gravity, which helps load as many ingredients as humanly possible into one sandwich — and they might just be the feed-a-crowd element your picnics have been missing.
by Emily Lee in Holidays, July 3rd, 2016
Unless you’ve shielded your eyes from your calendar at all costs (we don’t blame you), you know September is approaching — and fast. No matter how many beaches you’ve hit, parks you’ve sprawled in or weekend trips you’ve taken, we can guess there’s one summertime tradition you still haven’t gotten enough of: the outdoor cookout. Before it’s too late, live it up over the long Labor Day weekend and celebrate the end of summer with our favorite cookout-ready recipes.
Even if you think that burgers have no season, you can bet that they taste better fired up on a hot grill (while you’re in your bathing suit … with a cold beer in your hand). Go big over Labor Day weekend with Trisha Yearwood’s Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, which trade the usual slice of cheese on top for a molten, gooey and cheesy center.
by Emily Lee in Holidays, July 2nd, 2016
Photo: Jack Jelly/Getty Images
Still deciding which dessert to serve at your July 4th party? This piece of little-known American trivia proves that one choice is better — or at least more patriotic — than the rest:
by Lauren Piro in Holidays, June 29th, 2016
With July 4th just around the corner, we’ve got cookout fare on our minds: juicy burgers and brats, creamy potato salad, thick slabs of buttered cornbread. And let’s not forget dessert. These flag-inspired treats will make the perfect patriotic conclusion to your backyard gathering with family and friends.
Ina Garten’s Flag Cake (pictured at top)
Topped with rich cream cheese frosting and seasonal summer berries, this cake is the best centerpiece for your July Fourth celebration. Make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time, and decorate it with berries and frosting just before serving.
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, June 28th, 2016
Stars and stripes are a reliable theme for any patriotic summer party. But this year, why not put a twist (literally!) on your food and decor with a style that’s a little groovier?
Ombre Table Linens (above)
Our pals at HGTV.com demonstrate this easy method for upgrading your summer tablescape. Solid placemats take a slow dip in red dye, which creates an instant ombre effect.
by Lauren Piro in Holidays, June 19th, 2016
I love a good festive cocktail! Short of adding a fiery sparkler, I wanted to make one of the most adorable and delicious red, white and blue beverages we could all serve at our 4th of July barbecues. And I’ve found it.
(FYI: Calories don’t count when you drink cocktails with friends. Let’s make it a thing.)
While margaritas are usually more my speed, I find that mojitos are a more-versatile alternative and tend to be appreciated by all. Tequila is quite a polarizing liquor, and people have strong opinions on it (and let’s be real — memories of bad experiences in college with it), but rum and sugar and lime and mint is a favorite almost everywhere. It’s milder. Not as edgy. A little friendlier. A touch lighter so you can have two cocktails and still be able to walk home. You know?
So what better way to celebrate summer than with a red, white and blue boozy glass? So much fruity flavor in one drink — these could not be more fun.
Father’s Day is for celebrating how much we love our dads, but it’s also a time to look back fondly on our favorite “Dad moments.” You know the ones — those memories in which Dad’s best intentions crossed paths with his goofier, bumbling side. In Jeff Mauro’s hilarious web series, Kitchen Fails, families were able to catch a few of those fleeting moments on camera. We bet you can’t watch without giggling.