My friend Emily has been making her grandmother's Spanish rice for years and with Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, I begged her to finally share the recipe. The secret is the tomato sauce. It gives the rice a delicious al dente texture and rich comforting flavor. To get the easy technique to this humble side you'll enjoy over and over again, keep reading.
Seriously, this addictive salsa is to die for; I've made it countless times and it always gets rave reviews. It's very easy to put together, so it's great for entertaining. Since it's all about the cheese, it's worth it to splurge on a good quality parmesan and asiago. To learn how it's made — trust me you won't be disappointed with this appetizer — keep reading.
Have the kids go outside and find the flattest, most colorful leaves. Bring them inside and using a special marker and nice handwriting, write the name of each guest on a different leaf. Set in the middle of the plates and voilà: you've got an instant, easy, and seasonal placecard. Do you make placecards?
Celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch, Jessica Paster, and George Kotsiopoulos know a thing or two about getting dressed up for a celebration — after all, they've styled Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, and Halle Berry, to name a few. Watch our video for their tips on how to put together a creative Halloween costume by taking a cue from Katy Perry's "California Gurls," Britney Spears, or the Kardashian sisters.
It was so delicious that I used the leftover pesto as a dip with crackers the following day! It's great with perfectly plump broiled shrimp and would be divine tossed with pasta or spread on crostini. Although the original Bon Appétit recipe serves the shrimp on rosemary skewers, rosemary was expensive at my local market, so I skipped this step. To give mint pesto a try, check out the technique after the break.