July is the month where Summer hits its stride. It's an endless parade of pool parties, barbecues, and hot days. Not to mention the food: burgers, grilled pizza, berries, ice cream, avocados, and salads. Clearly, we're embracing the gloriousness that is the warm season and encourage you to do the same! To make our lives easier, we are turning to five little items. Here are our must haves for the next 31 days.
- How do you enjoy fried green tomatoes? — The Epi-Log
- Jimmy Dean, the sausage maker, has died. — Eater
- Taste testing Boston Market's new $3.99 sliders. — Serious Eats
- Can one eat meat and still support the environment? — Huffington Post Food
- A flash mob of 200 dancers recently hit up the Marin farmers market. — Grub Street SF
- The color pink makes for an absolutely gorgeous dessert table. — Hostess With the Mostess
- Take a look at all of the resources you need to open a restaurant in San Francisco. — Inside Scoop
- Now that he's won Top Chef Masters, Marcus Samuelsson plans to celebrate by teaching cooking classes. — Feast
- 29 recipes perfect for Summer's picnics. — Chow
Entertaining is one of my favorite activities of all time, but as with all hobbies, it requires lots of thinking ahead and decision-making, from planning a prep schedule to coordinating the menu. In this series, I'll present a dish and ask you to share what you'd serve alongside it.
Here's the scenario: I've heard from PartySugar about how picturesque it is to picnic at the Hog Island Oyster Company Farm, so this weekend I'll be scoping it out for myself. I'm rounding up eight close friends for an idyllic lunch, where we'll buy live oysters by the bushel and fire up the grill for barbecued bivalves. What would you serve the guests to complement the oysters? See what I'm thinking of bringing when you keep reading
- Romesco sauce can transform any soup, seafood, or vegetable. — Miami Herald
- Here are the secret ingredients that'll turn your meal around. — Boston Globe
- Olive oil, beware: Lard is back. — San Francisco Chronicle
- The best (and worst) cookbooks for Fall. — Los Angeles Times
- How to decipher all those egg carton labels. — New York Times
- Russian wines make a quiet return. — Chicago Tribune
- Taste testing celebrity cognac and other spirits. — Washington Post
- Perfect paella means getting all of these elements right. — The Oregonian
- Transition into Fall with an Autumn picnic. — Cleveland Plain Dealer
Picnic season is in full swing and if you plan on packing a meal and heading to a local park, you'll need the proper picnic gear. From a basket to a blanket, planning a picnic requires the essential tools. To ensure that everyone hosts fabulous picnics, you headed off to market in search of the most perfect picnic gear. You looked for picnic baskets, plastic serving ware, and anything else that screams picnic. You saved your discoveries in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag, Picnic Gear.
I love this fun, floral bag that jspeed found. The matching plates are festive and the colors outdoorsy. Not to mention its tote like shape is very modern picnic basket. For more picnic gear, scroll to the right below.
Win a Williams-Sonoma Picnic Basket!
Now that the sun is shining, it's time to enjoy as much time outside as possible, and this Williams- Sonoma Picnic Basket with a liner can help you do just that! Fill it with your favorite foods and your favorite wine, lay out a blanket and soak up the rays with your significant other or best friends!
If you love picnics as much as I do, head on over to Picnic Mob and get in on the picnic of the year. Part art, part neighborhood community building, and part picnic party fun, the folks at Conrad's Blog have come up with a unique social experiment. It takes a few minutes, but here's how it works: you answer 30 random questions about your tastes and interests and then enter your location. Your stats get added to a gigantic database and once they have a thousand people per town, you'll get an invite to a nearby park for a picnic with the masses! To ensure fun, they plan each section of the picnic based upon your answers. I know I'll be at the San Francisco picnic mob whenever it happens and I hope to see you there!
Source: BA Blog