Tag: summer soiree

6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 23rd, 2015

Tomato, Watermelon and Basil SkewersWe’re nearing the end of July, and that, my friends, means it’s high time for watermelon. On its own this edible epitome of summertime refreshment needs no doctoring for warm-weather sensations of glee to wash over all who slice into it. Arguably, the best way to eat watermelon — off the rind — is also the simplest. But your watermelon intake shouldn’t stop there. Instead, bringing it into these celebration-worthy recipes will delight (and cool down) all who unite for warm-weather gatherings.

A wedge of watermelon is perfect for a party as it is, but putting a stick in it makes it even more so. Spearing cubes together with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, then drizzling with a tangy balsamic reduction, for Giada De Laurentiis’ Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers, makes for an appetizer emanating with color and refreshment.

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6 Non-Pasta Ways to Go Big with Pesto — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2015

Pesto RecipeTrue pesto lovers know that nothing compares to one that’s blended at home. If you’re all about making pesto in bulk, or if you’re faced with a bounty of basil (or other herbaceous pesto-friendly green), we’ve got plenty of ways beyond pasta to put it all to use this summer.

When it comes to making pesto, Ina Garten’s easy 15-minute recipe (pictured above) is a solid place to start. Once you’ve got the formula down pat, you can doctor your of-the-moment pesto at will. Have some arugula on your hands? You can swap it (or nearly any other leafy green) in. Out of Parmesan but have other hard cheeses available? Those are fair game too. Out of pine nuts? Add a different kind for a new nuttiness. There are countless ways to mix and match ingredients for pesto, and there are tons of ways to put it all to use too.

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6 Fruity Riffs on Classic Summer Cocktails — Summer Soiree

by in Drinks, July 9th, 2015

Passion Fruit HurricaneThe dog days of summer call for ice-cold drinks, but you already knew that, right? With the cooling qualities of an icy drink in hand, all of your warm-weather dreams are possible: breezy pool days, lively backyard barbecues and even relaxing nights spent at home. Stay refreshed all summer long with these oh-so-summery fruity spins on your favorite sips that you shake up at your home bar.

Give the rum-based New Orleans classic, the Hurricane, an extra-summery edge by whipping up Ted Allen’s Passion Fruit Hurricane (pictured above). Combine rum, grapefruit juice and passion fruit puree with ice in the blender and you’ll see why it’s so pleasant to sip through a straw.

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Portable Picks to Make and Take on July 4th — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, Recipes, July 2nd, 2015

Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn ChipsFestivities for the 4th of July are coming up fast. No matter where you’re celebrating, whether at home, at a friend’s or in the great outdoors, making dishes that are easy to take on the go can be a game changer for your celebrations. Classic American dishes like burgers and hot dogs don’t generally transport well on the fly, but luckily we have a few make-and-take dishes up our sleeve that will make potlucking and picnicking on Independence Day go off without a hitch.

Bring an extra-easy, patriotic appetizer that doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Make quick red pepper salsa and creamy garlic-lime dip at home for Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips. The dips are easy to pack up and bring, while the chips require just a trip to the store.

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7 Ways to Win at Potato Salad — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 25th, 2015

Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato SaladWhen you’re cooking a spread in the name of summer, you better bet a side of potato salad will make the cut. For your next cookout or backyard bash, load up on our favorite takes on this American great. Each of these summery recipes comes with an edge that separates it from the rest.

1. Make it spicy.

Potato salad is even better when you counter its creamy vibes with the heat of chipotle pepper puree and cayenne. Bobby Flay shares Mesa Grill’s Southwestern Potato Salad (pictured above), which strikes a perfect balance of cool creaminess and Southwestern spice.

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Now, That’s the Stuff: Stellar Stuffed Burgers — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 18th, 2015

Cheese Stuffed BurgersOnce our burgers reach charred, juicy perfection on the grill, we tend to stack them high with all kinds of toppings. More often than not, they come with a layer of melting cheese on top. But that doesn’t mean that burgers should always be built from the bottom up. Instead of laying cheese and other toppings on top as an afterthought, surprise your fellow burger eaters by stuffing your next patties at the core.

If you’re grilling for a crowd, offer up burgers with a little variety. Trisha Yearwood’s Cheese-Stuffed Burgers (pictured above) are stuffed with different cheeses, like pimento, mozzarella or blue cheese. Though they may be stuffed differently, they’re all grilled to juicy perfection with an oozing cheesy center.

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It’s Slaw Good: 6 Must-Make Summertime Slaws — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 11th, 2015

It's Slaw Good: 6 Must-Make Summertime Slaws — Summer SoireeTo bite into a drippy pulled pork sandwich, to gnaw at tender smoked ribs or even to fathom going at a mound of falling-apart brisket without a side of slaw close at hand would be a summertime travesty, up there with never making it to the beach. Though coleslaw is rather unassuming — traditionally nothing more than shredded raw cabbage in a mayo-based dressing — it lends a bright, creamy and tangy crunch to everything it meets, making it a must-have for this summer’s outdoor cookouts, barbecues and picnics. Be sure to whip up these six favorites this summer.

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The 6 Essential Chicken Recipes of Summer — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, June 4th, 2015

Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue SauceHot dogs and burgers may be the poster children of summer eating, but there’s another unassuming protein that packs a punch during the warm-weather months: chicken. But we don’t mean just any chicken. Summer is the time when this white meat truly shines, since it can come every which way: grilled, fried, barbecued and more. These six must-make chicken recipes belong on your summer bucket list.

1. Beer Can Chicken

If you’ve ever made beer can chicken, you know that this technique results in the most game-changing, moist chicken ever. For Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce, simply sit a whole chicken on top of an open beer can and set it on the grill over indirect heat. The can holds the chicken up inside the grill, so it cooks extra-juicy and tender.

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A Menu of Make-and-Take Recipes for Picnic Season — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, May 28th, 2015

Watermelon SalsaWhen it comes to the glory that is summer picnicking, convenience is key. With make-ahead dishes packed in snappy storage containers on your side, all there is left to do is open ‘em up and dig in once you plop down in the grass. Check out our guide for the Ultimate Packable Picnic, and stock up on easy-to-transport summer recipes that are best devoured while sprawled out on a picnic blanket — no tabletop necessary.

Appetizer: Keep It Quick and Convenient

Begin with a light, bright starter that doesn’t take much time or effort. Not only does Trisha Yearwood’s Watermelon Salsa take just 15 minutes to prep, it is also easy to scoop into and out of a travel container. Throw a bag of tortilla chips in with the rest of your picnic loot and the first course of your picnic is served.

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The Beauties of Barbecue — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 21st, 2014

Wet BBQ Ribs

When it comes to barbecue, one size most certainly does not fit all. For some, it’s all about nibbling smoky ribs from the bone. For others, a pulled pork sandwich doused in barbecue sauce is where it’s at. And as far as regional differences go (from the Carolinas to Tennessee to Texas), don’t even get us started. This week, conjure your inner grill master with the forerunners of backyard barbecuing.

Pork Ribs: For a barbecue phenomenon that needs no utensils, ribs are always the answer. But the question remains: Will you have yours wet or dry? Cooked indirectly for hours on end, the Neelys’ Wet BBQ Ribs are dripping with a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce. For those in the dry school of thought, there’s the Neelys’ Kansas City-Style Pork Ribs recipe, which encrusts the ribs with a dry rub of spices for a dose of pure barbecue.

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