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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.

Rejoice! It’s National Chocolate Chip Day!

As if anyone needed an excuse to bake a batch right now. Whether your calendars are marked or not, May 15th means National Chocolate Chip Day. In honor of our favorite chocolatey morsels on this most gooey occasion, we are turning the spotlight on our favorite way to use chocolate chips: the good, old-fashioned chocolate […]

Spring Fest: 4 Reasons Not to Turn on Your Oven

With temperatures heating up, get ready for an al fresco meal without turning up the heat: These quick no-cook sides are perfect for a picnic on a warm spring day. 1. Five-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White Bean (pictured above) Ellie’s no-cook salad truly does come together in five minutes, combines fresh, seasonal ingredients […]

Dinner Rush! Spinach-Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

There’s a reason spinach-artichoke dip is on so many restaurant menus – it’s based on a flawless combination. You can’t lose when tender artichokes and a blend of sharp cheeses make nice with just enough bright green spinach to make it feel at least a little bit healthy.

Meatless Monday: Egg, Asparagus and Mushroom Fried Rice

  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 […]

Thirsty Thursday: Mother’s Day Sangria

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, […]

Spring Fest: 5 Mozzarella Appetizers, Sides and Salads

Mozzarella just might be the season’s quintessential cheese. Prized for its creamy texture and mild flavor, it’s a neutral canvas for spring produce, complementing light and bright flavors without adding making things too heavy. 1. Caprese di Farro (pictured above) Farro — the oldest cultivated grain — is a great base for sides. Dress it […]

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