Summer is all about picnics, beach getaways, and family reunions — all perfect opportunities to eat corn on the cob. We just learned the most interesting trick for cooking corn on the cob for a crowd — have you ever heard of "cooler corn"?
Being from Memphis, I’ve been a bit nervous about crafting a recipe for barbecue sauce. People take barbecue seriously in my hometown, and from all available evidence, Memphis-style barbecue sauce is better than any other. In the past, I’ve created a barbecue-inspired marinade in which to bake tofu or tempeh, but this is my first attempt at making a proper sauce.
Independence Day might be one of our favorite holidays because it's the perfect excuse to have a delicious meal outside with friends and family. If you're preparing to host your loved ones for the annual BBQ this year, don't forget about the decorations. There are so many fun and easy ideas for taking your patriotic party to the next level. Here are 15 red, white, and blue ideas to inspire you.
There are very few holidays where you can really go over the top with reckless abandon, but during the 4th of July — with explosions in the sky and an excess of family around your house — it seems like the perfect time to partake in one of these 10 oh-so-pretty patriotic desserts.
I've spent the last several years of my life living in and loving the city of Chicago, where interior spaces are small and people can't wait for the warmer months (40 below, no thank you). As soon as summer hits, folks flood the parks, beaches, and rooftops to host picnic after picnic.
But when you're away from home, you're almost guaranteed to need these three things, so don't leave without them!
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.