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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 […]

Memorial Day Mint Julep

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, […]

Hump Day Snack: Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

Picture this. Come Monday, your guests are stuffed to the brim with hot dogs, running on their third scoop of potato salad and just nearing the dessert course. It’s then, at your party’s peak, that you slide this Banana Split Ice Cream Cake out of the freezer, only to leave their ketchup-stained mouths gaping open […]

Dinner Rush! Cherry-Cola BBQ Chicken

The kickoff to summer is just around the corner — finally! It’s almost officially acceptable to start amassing charcoal, propane and sunscreen in hoarderlike quantities without fear of ridicule. Now would also be as good a time as any to plan a menu for the first big cookout of the year.

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