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On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making the most important meal of the day, and she’s doing it the cowboy way. For her husband, Ladd, Ree whips up a Farmer’s Breakfast complete with eggs, ham, sausage and Crispy Bits Breakfast Potatoes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing some of their favorite summer side dishes. On Sunday afternoon, Ina Garten is making pasta like a pro and Ayesha Curry is hosting a decadent ladies’ brunch.
On Sunday evening, Flavortown Market is giving defeated chefs a chance at redemption, but they’ll have to cook against their former competitors, and on Food Network Star, the finalists are making dishes for a ballroom of guests to celebrate Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
One of my kids’ favorite summer dinners has less to do with the meal itself and everything about the location: outside. At least once a week we’ll pack up a big picnic for dinner in the great outdoors — our own backyard most of the time, to be honest. kids load up a wagon full of fixings, and we head out to the nearest shady spot. To make it easier (because a less stressed-out mom always translates into more fun for everyone), I’ve got it down to a science.
What to Bring
The trick to packing a picnic is bringing just enough essentials without hauling your whole kitchen outside. My seven must-haves:
1. A blanket, if you’re sitting on the grass
2. Cups and a pitcher of water (or water bottles, which work better for small kids who will likely/probably/certainly spill their cups)
3. Beer or wine (optional for adults, but don’t forget an opener!)
4. 2 wet rags (picnics are ALWAYS sticky, and regular napkins don’t stand a chance)
5. Forks (try not to serve anything that requires more than one utensil)
6. Serving spoon for the salad
7. Plates (I love those cafeteria-style trays for the kids. They’re harder to flip over plus there’s a spot for a water bottle.)
You know those “rules” about not wearing white pants after Labor Day and waiting 30 minutes after eating to swim? Yeah, we tend to avoid those rules. The same goes for rosé wine. Yes, it’s definitely more enjoyable to sip this pink wine in the summer, while sunning ourselves on a patio somewhere, but to be honest, we’ve been known to drink rosé on the couch in the winter every once in a while too. But now that summer it actually is summer (well, almost) and we’ll be finding ourselves on a lot more patios in the coming days, we’re moving into an all-rosé-all-the-time phases. Beyond popping the cork on a cool, crisp bottle and drinking rosé straight-up, we plan to celebrate tomorrow’s National Rosé Day holiday and all our summer sun sessions with these four pink eats and drinks.
The New Frose (pictured above)
Break out the ice cream maker, but think beyond ice cream. Here a bottle of rosé and strawberries are churned together to make a frosty, slushy sipper.
Remember when charcoal was just a thing you used to heat your backyard grill? Then it became a trendy cocktail ingredient, rendering boozy beverages fashionably black. Soon your local barista may be handing it to you in your morning coffee cup.
Charcoal Lattes, using activated charcoal, are a thing in Europe and Asia, the New York Daily News reports. The images of the drink have been burning up social media, which had prompted speculation that America’s time will come. That time, in fact, may be now — as Chicago’s Werewolf Coffee Bar seems to have picked up on the trend.