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Summer Soiree: Star Sweets for the 4th

  As many know — and have already begun celebrating — America’s birthday blowout falls on a Friday this year. Here are five ways to celebrate the stars and stripes in sweet, weekend-ready style. 1. 4th of July Berry Tart: Keep it seasonal and sophisticated with fresh berries and white chocolate cream atop a buttery [...]

Summer Soiree: 5 Frozen Finales

Whether you celebrate summer with a rustic gathering, a feisty fiesta, or a retro Hawaiian fete, balmy evenings should end with an icy escapade. Once the meat is off the grill and the side dishes have been emptied, keep the crowd lingering longer with these frozen finales. 1. Grilled Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches: Briefly grilled [...]

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

AKA: Strawberry Shortcake. It’s What’s for Dinner! I grew up in a traditional nuclear family of the ’70s and ’80s. Dad worked, Mom stayed home to raise us kids and we always had a “square meal” for dinner: meat, starch, two veggies, rolls and dessert. Come summertime, though, the notion of a healthy balanced meal went [...]

Summer Soiree: 5 Booze-Free Picnic Sips

Summer is a good time to be thirsty. There are chilled glasses of iced tea and lemonade to be had — often flavored with in-season fruit — not to mention slushies, milkshakes and smoothies. Grab a pitcher and some ice (plus our recipes below) for these good-for-all-ages refreshers. 1. Muddled Lemonberryade (pictured above) Borrow a trick [...]

5 Sweet Treats for National Strawberry Shortcake Day

On June 14th, raise a pint — of strawberries, that is — to National Strawberry Shortcake Day. The classic combination of biscuits, strawberries and cream never fails to please a crowd, but we’re fêting the all-American dessert with five delightful recipes that call for a twist. Don’t have time to bake biscuits from scratch? Kelsey’s Grilled [...]

Summer Soiree: 5 Sizzling Burgers

Backyard barbecues conjure plenty of cravings: lemonade, hot dogs, pasta salad, cold beer. But all are mere supporting cast members for the summer star, the burger. At the heart of nearly every barbecue is a grill full of sizzling patties. The all-American classic is a blank canvas for relishes, vegetables and other condiments. Once you’ve [...]

Summer Fest: The 5 Best Picnic Sweets

You’ve lunched on sandwiches, nibbled on potato salad and slaws, then washed it all down with a refreshing iced tea. What’s next? Dessert, of course. But with the summer sun pounding up above, it’s best to avoid delicate layered cakes or quick-to-melt ice cream. Before you head out, fill up your baskets with these champion [...]

Meatless Monday: Monster Mushroom Burger

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving [...]

25 Ways to Use Quinoa

Quinoa sparkles and shines all year long, but I love it most in the summer when I cook up a huge batch and mix in tons of fresh veggies for barbecues, or I use it throughout the week in my lunch salads. Quinoa can take the place of almost any grain or starch, cooked risotto [...]

Summer Fest: 5 Picnic Potluck Ideas

By the time summer rolls around, we’re usually ready to push our casserole pans and dutch ovens into the dusty back corners of our kitchen cabinets. Not so fast — by using fresh summer vegetables, seafood and even berries, you can make lighter one-dish wonders that will feed a crowd without sending them into a [...]

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