Our Guide to the Make-Ahead BrunchSkills
As I was planning my Mother’s Day brunch a few weeks ago, I looked back through our tips and advice for making brunch ahead of time and discovered that we have written quite a lot on this topic over the years. What can I say — most of us aren’t morning people! When making brunch, we like to get a head start.
May 11, 2022
A Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors: The Feast!Kitchen
Today we want to share our brighter, sunnier outdoor Thanksgiving menu and party. Outdoors? you say. Sunnier? Those of us who live in colder climates scurry from car to house in a wintry mix on Thanksgiving, but this year we threw a party with the rest of the country in mind — California, Texas, Florida, and all the blessedly warm regions where folks can enjoy their feasts outdoors in style.
May 4, 2022
A Pizza Party on the PorchKitchen
I lived without outdoor space for many years, so when my husband and I finally moved to an apartment with a porch, we knew it was only a matter of time before we threw an outdoor party — specifically, a grilled pizza party! I’ve already shared the party plan and the simple menu with you. Here’s a full look at the party itself, from the grill setup and topping-chopping marathon to the final shots of the pizza in all its charred, melted glory.
May 21, 2021
How to Throw a Cheesy Valentine’s Day Party for Your GalentinesKitchen
A couple of weeks ago we had a handful of lady friends over to Geraldine’s apartment in Brooklyn to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We embraced the cheesy with lots of pink drinks, stinky cheese, Mariah Carey, and over-the-top decorations. So far this week we’ve shared the party planmuffin tin apple piesflower alternatives Want to see how everything came together? Here’s what we made, how the party went down, and the special board game that brought the whole thing together.
Feb 11, 2020
Recipe: Purple Cauliflower HummusRecipes
If you get the colors right in any food, you can almost guarantee the flavors are going to be good. When I first discovered all the varieties of colorful cauliflower, I knew the common white type might be forever banned in my kitchen. This flavorful dip is shocking purple and changes colors before your very eyes, thanks to a hit of lemon juice.
Jan 29, 2020
How to Throw a Halloween Porch Party
The absolute best party! It's so good I throw it every year. Here's everything you need, from the menu to super simple decor ideas.
Oct 29, 2019
How To Make Really Big and Cheap Photo Posters for a PartyKitchen
Yesterday I showed you the Mother’s Day brunch I threw for my mother and grandmother. This was a pretty simple party — just Sunday lunch at home with family. But as a special touch I did a project I’ve been wanting to try for a long time: I made big black and white posters out of old family photos. This was surprisingly easy and inexpensive!
Jun 8, 2019
A Backyard S’mores PartyKitchen
I threw a backyard s'mores party for my sister's birthday, and years later, we're all still talking about it.
Jun 8, 2019
What’s a Freezer Meal Party?Skills
I think we all know that the freezer can be a glorious secret weapon in the daily tussle to get healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly dinners on the table. This month we’re helping you clean out, organize, and restock the freezer in our 4-step Freezer Cure (it’s not too late to join!). But that’s just the beginning. The ultimate step is filling your freezer with meals — cleverly cooked and organized to help you pull off the last-minute magic of a meal already made.
Jun 6, 2019
An Outdoor Movie PartyKitchen
This week I’ve been sharing the outdoor movie party I hosted with my friend Beth, and today I’m going to give you a full look at how we transformed her tiny backyard into a cozy outdoor living room perfect for movie-watching under the stars. We wanted to give our friends the full outdoor summer movie screening experience, but with lots of homemade touches to make it more personal than the usual movie in the park.
Jun 5, 2019
An All-American Beer Bottling PartyKitchen
I’ve been sharing glimpses of my recent All-American Beer Bottling Party this week — the initial party plan, the tasty Honey & Chili Chicken Thighs we had for dinner, and how to bottle your own beer — and today I’m going to show you how the whole shindig came together! There were shrimp tacos to start, a batch of amber ale that got bottled, and a table full of good food to share at the end of the day.
Jun 5, 2019
A Book Club Brunch PartyKitchen
This week I’ve been sharing a spring brunch I hosted for my book club, a dressed-up daytime party spent gathered around a pretty table talking books, sipping sparkling wine cocktails and coffee, and eating quiche with friends. Here’s a look at the full party and the recipes I used, beginning with fresh strawberry-basil cocktails and ending with a buttery lemon cake with elderflower whipped cream. Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny weekend morning?
Jun 5, 2019
10 Budget Wine Picks for a Polenta DinnerGroceries
It was ‘polenta party’ time at Faith’s house last week, and she served it with a delicious dish of beef braised in red wine. My mouth is watering already. So, the big question we pondered was, what wine or rather what wines to serve alongside this robust, meaty, yet creamy dish. Here are some thoughts on how to choose wines to go with this meal, and some specific budget picks.
Jun 5, 2019
An Italian Polenta Supper PartyPeople
From dramatic polenta pouring, to bottles of red wine, to my favorite tip for keeping polenta warm and creamy for hours before dinner, here’s a peek inside this cozy supper. The best dinner parties, in my opinion, are the ones where the food is made well in advance. I shared my recipe for shredded beef in red wine with you yesterday, and this is what I made the day before the party.
Jun 5, 2019
A Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu for 8Kitchen
Thanksgiving is the most iconic of American gatherings, and when we were planning our year of Gatherings from The Kitchn, we were already thinking about this holiday and what we wanted to say. The classic image is so memorable: A sprawling family around the table, sideboards creaking under five kinds of pie and an 18-pound turkey burnished to perfection. It’s a feast to make even experienced cooks quake under the weight of expectation, tradition, and sheer logistics.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Freezer Meal Plans from Real Home CooksRecipes
This week I showed you the freezer meal party I hosted with my mom and sisters. We spent an afternoon in the kitchen chopping, prepping, cooking, and bagging up meals for our freezers. It’s a fun and productive way to spend time with people you like, and a wonderful opportunity to stock your freezer. It’s also amazing how many meals you can put in your freezer in one afternoon, if you’re organized. My menu was just one possible way to do it.
May 30, 2019
A Fall Pumpkin-Carving PartyKitchen
One of my favorite fall parties I ever threw was this pumpkin-carving party, co-hosted with my friend Lydia, an autumnal afternoon of carving pumpkins, sipping cider and sitting down for a romantic outdoor dinner at dusk. Today I’m going to give you a full look at how we transformed the blank slate of Lydia’s backyard into party central, with a casual pumpkin-carving zone and a cozy buffet and dining area.
May 2, 2019
4 Smart Tips for Hosting a Pumpkin-Carving PartyKitchen
Pumpkin-carving parties have become an annual tradition for my friends and I. And along the way, we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks for hosting a better bash — one that provides your guests with everything they need to carve a great pumpkin, but leaves you with enough time to join in the fun. You have enough to worry about when hosting a party — you don’t need to add lugging home a trunkful of pumpkins to your prep list.
May 2, 2019
A Friday Board Game Night with Friends, Dinner, Snacks & SangriaKitchen
This week I’m showing you how a casual Friday evening playing board games with friends can turn into something a little more special thanks to good food, drinks, and minimal yet fun decorations. So far I’ve talked about the party plan and make-ahead menu, and Faith shared her totally delicious recipe for whipped feta dip (not to be missed!). Now it’s time to share how the low-stress party went down! Are you ready to play some board games?
May 2, 2019
A Bright & Colorful Mother’s Day BrunchKitchen
My mother had eight kids and raised us well (in our unbiased opinion!). She homeschooled us in our early years, and taught us important things like how to make sloppy joes and fold fitted sheets properly, then sent us off into the world with good grace. It seems a little silly to single out Mother’s Day as just one celebratory moment, but this spring holiday is still a good occasion to gather the whole family and enjoy a meal together.
May 2, 2019
How to Throw a Grown-Up Baby ShowerKitchen
A few springs ago, my friends and I spent a sunny afternoon toasting our friend Beth and her baby boy on the way. We skipped the usual baby bottles and blue food, and instead focused on the party details we knew Beth would appreciate: a fresh, sophisticated salad bar spread, sunny and colorful decor, and a fun, simple craft table where guests personalized burp cloths for her to take home.
May 2, 2019
Why Plates With Curved Edges Are Great for PartiesKitchen
Plates might not get a lot of consideration when you’re planning a party (other than whether you’re going to go disposable or not), but here’s something to consider: for my recent porch party, I used white plates that had a bit of a lip, or curved edge, and thus discovered a nice benefit of this design:. It’s pretty simple, really: plates with a defined lip or curved edge help keep food from rolling off the plate. (I know, duh.
May 2, 2019
Here’s How We Hosted a January Soup SwapSkills
This week I’ve been sharing the story of the soup swap party I threw with my friend Tricia. I shared the party plan, and then some details on what you need to host a soup swap yourself (honestly, it’s the easiest sort of party!). Today I’m sharing our own soup swap and how it went. Here’s who we invited, what we served, and the soups the swappers brought! Tricia and I put our heads together on this party and decided to keep it simple.
May 1, 2019
3 Ways to Benefit Your Community Through a Soup SwapSkills
When you’ve never gone without, food can be taken for granted. But not everyone has this abundance, and food insecurity is a major problem in communities across America. So when I started Souper Heroes, it was with the goal of celebrating food on our tables while giving back what I, and my friends old and new, could to our local community. Here are three things I’ve learned about throwing events that celebrate and give back all at the same time.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Raspberry Sorbet & Elderflower SparklersRecipes
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with all things pink, sparkly, and festive. Whether you plan on sipping something fruity and bubbly first thing in the morning with your sweetheart, enjoying a small round of tipples with friends at brunch, or serving an entire tray of libations at an evening get-together with your closest, I’ve got the perfect cocktail for you. It’s sweet, straightforward, and uncomplicated. And isn’t that all we really want on Valentine’s Day?
May 1, 2019
How To Assemble a Classic Cheese BoardRecipes
It’s time to embrace the cheesy side of life. And there’s no better way to do so than to get down with a classic cheese board, complete with all the best fixings. Here are our favorite pointers on assembling a classic cheese plate, including how to pick the best specimens, which cheeses should make the cut, and what tricks to keep in mind when assembling (and eating) your plate. Start by visiting a reputable cheesemonger.
May 1, 2019
A California Tea Party with Leela CydKitchen
A few weeks back, on a very hot Southern California day, I had a gaggle of girlfriends over for a tea party in a fancy greenhouse to celebrate the launch of my cookbook, Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings. I went pretty over the top with a decadent menu of nibbles from the book, soul music crooning from under the table, a dress code (yes, I went there!), and finally a beautiful group walk on the beach when it was all over.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Classic Birthday CakeRecipes
Birthday cake is the only thing you need to make a birthday special. Whether you’re celebrating your kids or yourself, I believe everyone should have a cake on their birthday. Homemade birthday cake is one of my favorite gifts to give, despite having a family birthday in almost every month of the year.
May 1, 2019
How to Throw a Rustic Bridal Shower — Complete with a Menu, Recipes, Free Printable Invitations, and MoreRecipes
Type the words “rustic bridal shower” into Pinterest and the results are, well, overwhelming. How on earth do people manage to pull these things off? All that Kraft paper, twine, and wood! Turns out, though, a rustic bridal shower (or any other type of rustic-looking party) is actually pretty simple to throw. To prove it to you, we planned a cute bridal shower luncheon with tons of accessible ideas.
May 1, 2019
A Cozy, Mellow New Year’s Day Brunch at HomeKitchen
Every year we tell you to skip the fancy prix-fixe menus and crowded restaurants in favor of a home-cooked meal on New Year’s Eve. But the same advice rings true for New Year’s Day brunch. Instead of waiting two hours to spend $20 on a plate of French toast, you can host a cozy, festive gathering from the comfort of your own home (in your pajamas, if that’s your thing).
Dec 28, 2018
5 Reasons You Should Build a Fort in Your Living RoomKitchen
When I was a kid, I used to build a fort any chance I got: A rainy day was always a good excuse, but growing up in temperate Northern California, it really was a year-round activity despite the constant 74-degree weather. It wasn’t the same fort over and over again, either. Every indoor structure had a very specific purpose and story.
Feb 17, 2017
5 Menu Swaps to Make Your Shabbat Dinner Suited for SummerKitchen
Most of the best — and best-known — dishes in the Eastern European Jewish cannon are heavy, rib-sticking things. They are delicious, to be sure, but not exactly foods you want to eat on a sweltering Friday night. This summer, break out of the traditional Shabbat dinner mold by swapping the classics with fresher, lighter fare that keeps the spirit of the holiday without weighing you down. Here are a few suggestions pulled from my new book, Modern Jewish Cooking.
Jul 31, 2015
A Shabbat Dinner for SummertimeRecipes
What better way to get introduced to Shabbat dinner for the first time than with the author of a cookbook on Jewish cooking? I recently had this pleasure, and also joined Leah Koenig, author of Modern Jewish Cooking, as she shopped for the dinner at her local grocery store in Brooklyn, where she also gave me a crash course in what to expect as a Shabbat dinner first-timer.
Jul 29, 2015
A Guide for the First-Time Shabbat GuestKitchen
Making guests feel comfortable is my primary goal at any dinner party I host. On Shabbat, that can be a little tricky. On top of the typical considerations — things like food allergies and guest compatibility — there is just a lot of stuff that happens during Shabbat dinner that can be confusing to people who have not experienced it before. Of course, every Shabbat dinner is a little different. Some folks are very traditional and follow all the rules; others, not so much.
Jul 28, 2015
A Warm, Relaxed Autumn DinnerSponsored
We’ve been following artists and designers Corrin and Jake as they plan a casual fall dinner party for friends, with a comforting menu that uses dairy-based solutions to feature milk, yogurt and three different cheeses and still be friendly to lactose-intolerant guests. Today, we’ll reveal how it all came together, from National Dairy Council’s cooking tips to one stellar DIY project.
Nov 24, 2014
The Thanksgiving Happy Hour: Our 5 Tips for Appetizers & DrinksSkills
Setting out appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner can seem almost perverse: Why nibble when you’re about to consume the heartiest, richest holiday meal of the year? But there are good reasons to consider the lead-up to turkey time as a proper happy hour. Here is how I think about the drinks-and-apps portion of the day, with a few tips for keeping it easy, fun, and — above all — light! Appetizers and drinks — happy hour!
Nov 13, 2014
10 Things to Do Before Thanksgiving Day (Or, How I Forgot the Roasting Pan)Kitchen
I don’t want to be another in the chorus of voices implying that you should freak out about Thanksgiving. I think that as a meal it gets blown out of proportion to its actual difficulty, and it’s best approached in a relaxed frame of mind. Our small and swanky make-ahead menu emphasizes this grand holiday as the homey, fun gathering it can be. Having said that, advance preparation is the key element of every good dinner party and cheerful host.
Nov 4, 2013