The coconut rice and curried corn in this recipe could very well be eaten separately, and they would make fine additions to lunch or dinner, but the combination of the two is truly special. I call for my homemade Jamaican curry powder, giving the corn a complex spicy, sweet, and slightly sour flavor profile.
Even if you don’t plan to make a whole 4th of July feast on your own, this is one of those dishes that always impresses when you show up at someone else’s cookout.
It’s no secret that watermelon is the "it" ingredient this summer. It’s on craft cocktail menus, it’s served with mint and ricotta in super Instagram-able salads at mega hip restaurants everywhere, and it’s still the best barbecue go-to in all the land.
I love watermelon everything, but I haven’t figured out the perfect way to create a cocktail that doesn’t overpower the light, sweet taste. That’s why I was beyond excited to put together the Everclear® Watermelon Negroni, which let’s you fully enjoy the watermelon, without letting its flavor disappear into alcohol oblivion. It’s basically like eating a ripe watermelon, only there’s alcohol involved, and what could be better? That was a rhetorical question, because literally nothing can compare to this Watermelon Negroni.
A good drink dispenser (see some favorites here) is helpful at summer cookouts — it keeps lemonade or boozy beverages cold and makes it easy for guests to serve themselves without the need to constantly refill smaller pitchers. But beverage dispensers often aren't cheap, and honestly, I don't have room for such a bulky thing in my kitchen. This is why this idea is so brilliant — make a drink keg out of a watermelon!
So you decided to throw a party for a special occasion — congratulations! How do you plan on inviting all your friends or family? You can go the traditional route and send a card, or get a little modern and send a Paperless Post. You could text or call, if things are last-minute. Maybe you could even email a group of people (cc or bcc is a whole other topic).
But when is it acceptable to send a Facebook invite? Let's discuss.
I'll always love a good potluck. They were a summertime ritual during my childhood, and such a great example of the way people come together around food. Potlucks don't have to be fancy, and in fact, it's better when they aren't. Just a good spread with a diverse array of dishes, where you get a little taste of just about everything.
From appetizers and salads to sides and desserts, here are 20 generously-sized recipes perfect for feeding a crowd at any backyard potluck this summer.
You can’t go wrong serving these kebabs this 4th of July. You can prepare them in advance, and they’re practically a meal unto themselves when served along with couscous, potato salad, or a grain-based dish. And what a great way to showcase summer’s bounty of vegetables!
Planning a proper 4th of July bash this coming weekend? Here are a few festive red, white, and blue party accessories to add just a little something something extra to your cookout — starting with these spinning pinwheels that last longer than sparklers and are nearly as much fun.
It's nearly Independence Day — are your cookout plans in progress? I hope you have some room left on the menu, because we have a treat for you: an Afro-Asian menu for the 4th of July from Bryant Terry, author of Afro-Vegan and our guest this week on The Kitchn.
Here's a sneak peek of what's coming up this week — a wildly colorful and festive menu, straight from Bryant's backyard in Oakland.
Oh, hello there! Were you just thinking you'd like a bite of cheesecake without the bother of water baths or a hot kitchen? One that would, perhaps, win you friends and earn you accolades at backyard picnics this summer? Why, me too! Great minds really do think alike.