Impress guests by paying a literal homage to the stars and stripes with a dessert composed of berry gelatin and creamy panna cotta. Or, take a far simpler approach to the parfait by serving layer upon layer of whipped yogurt, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Decide which one works best for you this holiday and read more
Although you may believe blueberries taste best eaten out of hand or in a scrumptious dessert, don't discount them in savory dishes until you've tried them. If you've never used blueberries in a sauce before, start with a straightforward recipe.
This one pairs just-grilled chicken cutlets with a fresh salsa made of blended blueberries, cilantro, basil, and, of course, jalapeños for a sweet-hot kick. The end result? Chicken never tasted so summery. Surprise your palate (in a good way!) when you read more
Lobster rolls might just be the world's most ideal on-the-go treat: they're highbrow yet informal, portable yet palatable, and, like all shore food, pair perfectly with a balmy breeze. For my next outdoor meal — likely to be a picnic at a Summer concert —I'll surprise everyone with these simple yet stunning sandwiches. If I have the time, I'd love to steam live lobster myself and make my own mayonnaise for the freshest roll in town — but if I don't have the bandwidth, I'll still wow the crowd, using pre-cooked lobster meat and fresh hot dog buns. Decide which version fits your schedule best when you read more
I know I said I'm not a huge fan of rhubarb, but last Spring I tried PartySugar's raspberry rhubarb tart, and since then, I've been more open-minded about it. Now I appreciate the fruit's tangy, tart flavor, especially when foiled against another sweet fruit like raspberries or soft, airy whipped cream. Take advantage of this zippy vegetable's short season by using it to add bite to a rustic dessert. Opt for a simple oat crumble, or take the extra step to alternate compote with layers of streusel and cream. To see both recipes, read more
Put your springtime ingredients to good use with this fresh flavored combination of fettucine with mint, cream, peas, and ham that's as gratifying as it is effortless to make.
The best part about the dish? It won't take more than half an hour of your time. Get started on it when you read more
While I love to go all out when hosting dinner parties, I often opt to throw together a casual, one pot meal when close friends come over. This was the case a few weekends ago, when an old friend from high school and I caught up over a meal of chicken, Israeli couscous, and vegetables; the no-fuss dish seemed to set a relaxed tone for the rest of the evening.
Although the recipe was straightforward and basic, I couldn't have been more impressed by the result. The chicken was so tender, it fell apart at the bone, and I loved the fact that the plump couscous was tinged with fragrant lemon peel and saffron. To make this for your friends, read more
When I was a youngin', one of my favorite holiday activities was making cloved oranges with my mother and sister. It's a fun project that will make your house smell delicious.
All you need are oranges, whole cloves, and a skewer or push pin. Clearly, as the adult, you will be in charge of the sharp object.
Take your orange and decide what pattern you want to make with the cloves. Once you decide that, use the sharp object to poke the orange skin and create your pattern. Now, you can pass the orange onto your lil one and let them push in the cloves where the needle marks are. The fruit will dry up and tighten those cloves in about 2 weeks. Until then, place them all in a bowl or on a plate for a beautiful centerpiece, as featured on Martha Stewart Living.
You can also do this with lemons, limes, and apples to add a little variety. If you want to get fancy, tie ribbons around the finished fruit.