Q: We will be hosting a graduation party for my two daughters: one from high school, the other from college. We hope to have people in the backyard by the pool. What appetizers (along with recipes) do you recommend for outdoors in the heat and humidity of Maryland in July?
If the 4th of July has you feeling nostalgic for drive-ins, soda shops, and old summer loves, perhaps it's time to revisit an all-American blast from the past, the iconic "Coke Float" — updated to ice cream form. I can guarantee that memories of this fresh take on the classic will linger all summer long.
This recipe is about trust. Because I know okra can be a tough sell. I get it. And I'm not going to tell you that these grilled okra spears taste like French fries or anything else — they taste like okra. Which I happen to love.
I love their earthy and undeniably green flavor. I love the charred bits that get crispy on the grill (which are, admittedly, rather fry-like). I love the way the seeds pop between my teeth. This is the recipe that made fall in love with okra. Trust me on this one.
When warm weather came to Brooklyn this year, Rich threw an intimate "Hello to Summer" gathering for some friends in his lushly planted rooftop garden. Called for the afternoon, when the flowers would be at their fullest and the plants at their greenest, the party featured drinks and appetizers that were heavy on the garden-fresh ingredients.
Here's a full look at the party, from the setup to the cocktail recipes, including a few gardening tips along the way. Planning an outdoor party this summer? Here's some inspiration for making it a relaxed and delicious gathering.
After an especially brutal winter, Rich was even more excited than usual to see springtime come to his beautiful roof garden. In the summer months, the rootop is his favorite room in the house, with walls of hydrangea and boxwood and pots of herbs and lettuces. So naturally, Rich wanted a little fanfare to celebrate the start of the season. To properly welcome summer, he threw a casual afternoon gathering for some friends and neighbors, serving food and drinks inspired by the bounty already flourishing in the garden. This week we'll be telling you all about his party, the recipes, the decor, and the shindig itself, starting today with the Party Plan. Want to see how he did it all?
Here's the last installment of the DIY wedding reception series I've been sharing with you this week (you can see all the posts here). Shopping for a big event like a wedding reception is not like a normal grocery run, and there are a few tips I've picked up to make it a little easier. These tips can be helpful for a range of parties, too — whether you're cooking for 50 at a graduation barbecue, or 200 at a wedding reception.
Several of you asked me about the crudité and hummus cups I served at the wedding I've been sharing with you this week. These are one of my favorite make-ahead appetizers for a big group; it's so nice to have some fresh, crunchy vegetables in an easy-to-eat format.
Here are a few tips for making these really stand out.
No matter how well-planned or orchestrated a party is, there is probably something you feel you could have done better. That was certainly the case at the wedding that I catered last month for my friends (see all the posts about it here).
So, in the interest of sharing, learning, and minor embarrassment on my part, let's take a look at the three things I probably should have done differently.
If you're throwing a big party or an event, like the wedding reception I've been sharing with you this week (see all the posts here), chances are good that you'll be setting up a buffet.
Ah the buffet — so convenient and yet prone to common shortcomings. A few simple tips, though, will help you avoid pitfalls and take your buffet from good to great. Here are my essential tips for a quality buffet line.
In Sweden, a country that's cold and dark for much of the year, celebrating the sun is of the utmost importance. This is why the national holiday midsommar is a much awaited for affair. Midsommar is my favorite day of the year, and no matter where I am I make it a point to celebrate.
Want to join in? Here's a guide to celebrating Swedish Midsummer like a Swede.