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How to Staycation Like You Mean It

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 15th, 2017

DIY Spa TreatmentsSo, you’re taking some time off but have nothing planned? Don’t spend the whole vacation in front of the TV — no one’s judging you for binging a few series here or there, but think about how good you’ll feel if you actually do something with your days off. This is the perfect opportunity to do things that you normally don’t have time for. Whether that’s getting outside and exploring your neighborhood or trying out a new restaurant, you’ll be glad to have some real stories to tell when you’re back at the office. You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to enjoy your time off. Try out some of these tips for making the most of your staycation.

Spa Day. Turn on some peaceful spa music and apply DIY spa treatments like face masks and hand scrubs to get your zen on. Cucumber water is a must for the full effect.
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11 Ways to Eat Corn Off the Cob

by in In Season, Recipes, August 14th, 2017

Corn SaladHow much do kids love corn? Let me put it this way: I can add corn to basically ANYTHING and get a cheer from my four rascals when dinner hits the table. And let’s not limit this to corn on the cob, because that’s always a slam dunk. Nope, even when it’s off the cob, this sweet, crunchy veg is a hit with my brood. Here are my go-to picks.

The Salads

Ina Garten’s Corn Salad (pictured above)
A handful of ingredients transforms a few simple ears of corn into a flavorful, potluck-worthy dish.

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7 Cold Dinners to Survive a Summer Heat Wave

by in In Season, Recipes, August 9th, 2017

Cold Asian Noodles with PorkIt may be hot, but you still have to eat dinner. Perfectly connecting the dots between cool, refreshing and totally filling, these ideas are sure-bet crowd-pleasers.

Cold Asian Noodles with Pork (pictured above)
There’s just something about ginger in a cold dish that feels so fresh this time of year. Cook the pork chops ahead of time, or get crafty and use any leftovers you happen to have available.

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Ice Pops That Prove Molds Aren’t Everything

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 7th, 2017

Chocolate-Peanut Butter PopsSoak up the last month of summer with sweet, frozen treats. All you need are ingredients in your pantry and fridge — no special molds required. From ice cream to fruit, these ice pops will satisfy any sweet tooth through the final scorching days. Read more

Take 5: Crowd-Pleasing Pasta Salads for Summer

by in Recipes, August 5th, 2017

Backyard barbeques and picnics are what warm weather is made for, but summer soirées just don’t seem complete without a pasta salad on the table. These five dishes hit all the high notes — creamy, crunchy, and chock full of delicious flavors — and are guaranteed to have partygoers clamoring for seconds.

 

Our American Macaroni Salad (pictured above) is a crowd-pleasing classic. You just can’t go wrong with the combo of a creamy dressing, tangy onions and juicy tomatoes — plus celery for crunch. Read more

All the Ways to Eat Watermelon Before Summer Ends

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 2nd, 2017

There’s little better than biting into a wedge of watermelon on a hot summer day — but we think these recipes improve on your watermelon experience even more. Turn the summer fruit into a salad, skewers, salsa and even a keg (!), and you’ll have plenty to keep your tastebuds satisfied and entertained until Labor Day.

Watermelon Punch Keg

Bored with your go-to selection wine and beer at summer parties? Next time, turn a ripe watermelon into show-stopping drink (and its dispenser!) instead. Your guests will love this easy rosé- and vodka-spiked beverage — plus, you get to whip out a power drill to make it.

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8 Sweet and Savory Ways to Celebrate Cherry Season

by in In Season, Recipes, August 1st, 2017

Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesThey’re here and they’re on sale! We’re talking about cherries, of course. The first sightings of $1.99 cherries have made their way to my local grocery store, and I get a heaping bag of those beauties every time I go shopping. Now, once we’ve all had enough handfuls of fresh, juicy cherries to be satisfied, I like to start cooking with them. Get ready to extend your love of cherries from breakfast right through dessert.

Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes (pictured above)
How gorgeous are these cupcakes with whole cherries perched right on top? Bonus: They’re ready in a hurry, and they’re EASY!

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The 4 Types of Tomatoes, and How to Use Them

by in How-to, Recipes, July 31st, 2017

This is the time we dream about all year long: ripe, juicy summer tomatoes in myriad colors and sizes are exploding from backyard gardens, farmers markets and ordinary grocery stores alike. But with thousands of varieties out there, it can be tough to suss out the best way to use one from another. Here are the four basic types of tomatoes, and the best ways to maximize their height-of-summer flavors.

 

Cherry & Grape

Generally speaking, the smaller the tomato, the higher its sugar content — and the sweeter its flavor. That’s why cherry, grape and pear varieties including classic red ‘Sweet 100,’ bright orange ‘Sungold’ and deep purple ‘Black Cherry’ are perfect for popping in your mouth raw. They can be so sweet and colorful, in fact, that you might just see your veggie-adverse kid gobble them up like candy.

You can also simply roast them the oven (make a big batch and toss some in the freezer for winter months), or throw them into pasta with other summer M.V.P.s like corn and basil. Or, thread them onto skewers and toss them on the grill solo, or with fish, chicken or steak. Read more

Take 5: Summer Slow Cooker Dinners

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 30th, 2017

Turkey Mole TacosA workhorse during winter months for stews, chili and hot cider, slow cookers are often forgotten during the warmer months in favor of outdoor meals cooked on the grill. But then reality kicks and you realize that grilling on a Tuesday night is not as much fun as you planned because you’ve got a packed evening and an even busier rest of the week that you need to prepare for. Enter your slow cooker, back in action and ready to save the day. The best part? No stovetops or ovens involved, so your kitchen will stay cool even though the meal is hot.

Take back your weeknights and with some classic slow cooker meals that are perfect for summer nights. All of these recipes can be prepped in less than 40 minutes and practically cook themselves in the slow cooker. Stay one step ahead and prep the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker the night before, then store in the fridge and place into the slow cooker housing in the morning before you leave.

Turkey Mole Tacos (pictured above)
Moles are traditional Mexican sauces made with chiles and chocolate, and about 20 other ingredients and a fair amount of patience to make. Achieve the authentic flavor with just 15 minutes of prep work and let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting in this shortcut meal. Read more

Oh, Go Ahead, It’s Summer: Eat Dessert for Dinner

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 28th, 2017

If you can’t break the rules a little during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when can you? These fruity, indulgent desserts are filling, vibrant — and too delicious to wait to eat until after dinner anyway. Elevate one to the main event this week.

Deep Dish Peach Pie

This towering beauty is a bountiful way to celebrate peach season. With each hefty slice, you get a truly satisfying portion of buttery crust and loads of fruit; if you had eaten normal dinner, you might not have had enough room to really enjoy it!

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