Hosting a Game Day party this weekend? What’s on the menu? Are you making wings, pizza, and cheesy dip? Maybe a platter of bacon-wrapped potato bites? These savory snacks always seem to get the lion’s share of attention during football party discussions — but let’s not forget the sweets! Here’s a great simple recipe for any football party: Peanut Butter Brownies with M&M’S inside, plus a few more ideas for make-ahead desserts to please any fan.
You’ve decided to watch a movie tonight at the coziest theater in town: your living room. You’re into it, your partner’s into it, and the kids are…well, they’re not actively fighting it, which counts as a win. But even if everyone has put their phones on silent, wrapped themselves in their own blanket, and called dibs on a particular side of the sofa, you still have to deal with the hardest part: deciding what to watch.
You’ve just turned on the television and you can’t see a single sitcom character’s head because they’re all hidden behind a giant red banner that says WINTER STORM WARNING.That explains why you just watched your neighbor pull three gallons of milk and a bag of Ice Melt out of his trunk (you’d figured he’s got some really weird dessert recipes).
Holiday cookies are the perfect little gifts. They’re one-size-fits-all, no one will ever ask for a gift receipt, and you don’t have to show up at any 4 a.m. doorbusters to get them. All you need is a couple sticks of real butter, some flour, and sugar. We’ve baked up a baker’s dozen of our favorite holiday cookie recipes with some handy tips that’ll make cookie season so much more festive.
Black Friday is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. With e-tailers taking over the internet on Cyber Monday, there’s no real need to wait for the doors to open at your local big-box store the day after Thanksgiving. Lowe’s knows this, and they’re leading the way by offering their Black Friday deals ALL NOVEMBER LONG. Here’s what you should know.
We all know we’re supposed to “parent with presence,” but anyone who has to prepare dinner while keeping a little one away from the stove and answering 20 questions about dinosaurs knows that it’s almost impossible. And then there’s the 10 minutes you spend trying to get them to eat a carrot — not the most namaste situation.
Ah, glorious fall! It’s the time to cover up the grill and bring out the slow cooker for a cozy season of comfort food. It’s the season where we say we’re going to cook all the pumpkins before realizing, Wait, how the heck do you cook a pumpkin? So, we’ve taken some of fall’s best produce and rounded up our favorite slow cooker recipes that use them. What makes any dish pop is using the right ingredients.
It’s late summer, which means our all-time food faves are at their peak. Peaches, tomatoes, sweet corn, and zucchini are at the height of their season, and there are so many delicious (and pretty) things you can do with them. But it’s a fleeting moment, this peak produce season, so we decided to celebrate and savor it.
Once the hotter months roll around, any side dish that doesn’t require the stove becomes an instant champion of dinner. On those really hot nights, one that’s as cool and quenching as a cucumber salad suddenly sounds like a good choice for a light main course. Cucumbers come into season right on cue, at their peak in most regions from May to July. Here, they meet some early-season tomatoes and get tossed with sweet onion and a quick marinade.
Who can forget the joy of discovering cinnamon toast as a kid? The enchanted combination of butter, sugar, and cinnamon seemed to pop up all the time: on Sunday mornings, it was the pleasure of a lazy breakfast with family; after school it seemed to cure scraped knees and later heartbreak; and when we first left home, it was the snack of choice at 2 a.m.
People call New Yorkers opinionated, but we just know what we like — and we’d like what we like as fast as possible, please. If we can also get it without changing out of our sweatpants or pausing Netflix? Even better. Enter FoodKick: Powered by FreshDirect, FoodKick is on a mission to bring New Yorkers fresh food fast — crazy fast.
Clever you, committing to the yearly transition from carefree summer days to the hectic back-to-school schedules — and making it look seamless. But isn’t a little voice in your head still calling for those relaxed, lazy mornings? Answer that call on the weekends; that’s when you can let your inner, relaxed summer-self run free. To help keep the summer vibes going this fall, start with these crazy-simple, outrageously delicious One Bowl Brown Sugar Waffles.
It’s been a long day in a long week, and you’re ready to do something nice for yourself. You deserve it, for any number of reasons: Maybe it’s because you totally aced that presentation at work…or because you didn’t. So reach into your freezer, past the BOGO chicken thighs you’ll eventually throw away, and grab a pint of Talenti Sorbetto. It has the big flavor you need right now, thanks to its pronounceable list of real, fresh ingredients.
Sometimes you have grand plans for a summer day. And sometimes the weather has different plans. But that’s OK! Think outside the box just a bit, and you’ll find plenty of seasonal fun in any scenario. To prepare you for a summer of unpredictable weather (which is itself the only predictable situation), we used the premium flavors of the Pure Leaf Tea House Collection to elevate the fun, foods, and, of course, iced teas of summer.
Remember when the last day of school meant it was the first day of summer, with its promise of running through sprinklers, riding bikes for hours, and sitting cross-legged on the ground with your best friend, feasting on just-picked juicy berries? Summer was — and still is — the time to kick back and enjoy life’s lazier pleasures: laughing with friends, eating outside, and sharing homemade, wholesome treats like this Summer Berry Bread Pudding. We think you’ll agree!
There’s a very special anticipation that comes with summer. It’s the still air and languid pace, the smell of peonies and the taste of iced tea. Now that it’s time to unbox summer, we’ve taken inspiration from the boutique flavors of the Pure Leaf Tea House Collection to come up with elevated spins on classic summer days. When it’s sweltering in the city, it’s time to head to the shore, where the breeze off the water tempers even the hottest day.
Although it doesn’t have a clear origin story, Neapolitan ice cream was introduced in the late 19th Century, and was named for the legendary scoop masters of Naples, Italy. Although its three colors are believed to represent il Tricolore, the triple-colored flag of Italy, the flavors were pretty much chosen because that’s what was available.
Fresh herbs make everything more awesome, but it’s a bummer to buy them in bunches, use the few leaves a recipe calls for, and then watch the rest turn brown within a week. The best solution: Grow your own! Even if you have the tiniest of kitchens, it’s doable by taking the herb pots off the counter and onto the wall. Can’t drill holes in your rental walls? No worries. This project uses Command™ Display Ledges and Medium Designer Hooks to make an easy herb garden.
Summer cookouts certainly hold a special place in our heart. Every June, we get giddy thinking about the obscenely awesome amount of time we’ll be spending at parks, in backyards, and by the pool. These special times call for special dishes. With summer on the horizon — and with it being National Dairy Month — we reimagined our favorite easy-to-transport snacks, apps, and desserts starring staples from the dairy aisle.
Egg cartons are so packed with buzz words these days that you’d think the people who write them are paid by the word. The bad news? Most of the time, they’re just that: words. Take the term “cage-free.” Sounds nice. Except, often, hens are crammed floor-to-ceiling into warehouse-like metal enclosures, still living in close confinement and never going outside. Not exactly what a well-meaning, conscientious shopper (that’s you, right?) has in mind.
Win: Exclusive Premier 7-piece set, including the bamboo Slimline block! From: Shun Cutlery Value: $903 At this point we think it’s safe to say that summer is in the air, and it won’t be long until it shows up at farmers’ markets and grocery stores. All that gorgeous, delicious produce has us giddily brainstorming quick-cook dishes for the kitchen (and the grill!) to make the most of this time of year.
A couple of years ago, if you wanted to know exactly where your meats and fish, fruits and vegetables came from, your shopping options were limited to local farmers’ markets or the kind of grocery store that also sells yoga mats and novelty T-shirts about kale. That’s no longer the case.
Embrace the laid-back mood of a Sunday morning meal and your guests will feel it too. Homey, delicious comfort food that can be made mostly in advance is how you, the host, can also enjoy the chill day. All you have to worry about the morning of is putting up a pot of coffee and mixing bubbly drinks. Make-ahead casseroles are a great tool here, like this crazy-good Make-Ahead Lemon Ricotta French Toast Bake.
For coffee lovers, it’s not all about the coffee: It’s the whole ritual that comes with it. These colorful make-and-bake trivets are a handsome part of that ritual, and they make great DIY gifts for the coffee lover in your life. You can use large 6″ x 6″ tiles to make a trivet for your French press, or craft smaller 4″ x 4″ tiles to make coasters for your mugs. The ingredients? Just a few simple supplies and an oven.
There are three good reasons to make these poached pears. The first is the incredible aroma that will fill your house; the second is the ease with which you can prepare them; and the third — and the most important, of course — is that they’re a thoroughly delicious dessert that works with nearly every menu throughout the holiday season.
In the end, the elements of a memorable party are always the same: the food was great; the room looked nice; the music was on point. Give a party a special twist, though, and it will really stand out on the December dance card. With that in mind, we present our simple party recipe for a Christmas party in black and white. Departing from the traditional Christmas color scheme takes a little extra effort, but the payoff is a seasonal party that sparkles in a blur of red and green.
‘Tis the season! In a time of extra indulgence and gift buying, it’s fun (and easy!) to DIY your own treats. Everybody loves receiving edible gifts, and this pistachio brittle is at the top of our list of homemade candies this year. Made of caramelized sugar and studded with green pistachios, this brittle is a sophisticated, modern twist on the classic peanut brittle. We’ve added a touch of cinnamon for extra spice and festive flair plus a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
Problem: The most delicious foods often lack in nutrients. You want to get in more veggies, but turning your back on glorious starches feels like a betrayal of a very good friend. Well worry not! Green Giant® has solved the problem with a new line of veggies that easily swap in for less nutritious favorites, and we think you’ll want to make the flip.
Steam roasting is a little bit of culinary magic. It combines the best of steam cooking, which helps retain foods’ inherent moisture, and roasting, which intensifies flavors and enhances the naturally occurring sugars. The Bosch Steam Convection Oven gives the steam-roasted eggplant and mushrooms in this plant-based Bolognese their appealing meaty texture — which makes this dish hearty and satisfying enough to thrill both vegetarians and omnivores.