This Father's Day, kick off the celebration the right way — with a top-notch breakfast. Whether you bring him breakfast in bed or serve up a buffet-style gathering, these delectable dishes are guaranteed to show him, and his stomach, how much you care. Now's the time to repay the love for all those times he made you scrambled eggs in the morning before school. He deserves the best, so why shouldn't you go all out?
My idea of a hot day is definitely one that includes cocktails. But for those concerned with calories, a good happy hour doesn't have to ruin your diet. Here are some favorite Summer cocktails, all which clock in at under 200 calories — and we're not talking vodka sodas, either. These drinks celebrate Spring and Summer fruits, tropical destinations, and warm-weather nights.
Ever wanted to celebrate Christmas in the Summer? For the Swedish, there is such a thing (or it comes pretty darn close). Midsummer is a big celebration where friends and family gather on the Friday and Saturday between June 19 and 26 every year to celebrate the Summer solstice. There are songs, dancing, and, of course, fabulous food. If you're planning your own Midsummer soiree, you'll want to have all the right finger-licking dishes. Ahead, check out six recipes that will get you in the full-blown festive spirit — sans Santa hat.
Happy National Candy Month! Instead of celebrating with those basic, prepackaged candy bars, why not make your own? If you think the task seems daunting, complicated, and not worth the effort, think again. Hurry and put the rumors to rest with these 13 treats — like fluffy marshmallows, candied citrus peels, and addicting chocolate matzo toffee — for a rather simple but sweet addition to your candy dish. There's no better rush than a sugar rush!
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
"Sandwich King" Jeff Mauro knows a thing or two about great cheeses. In particular, the Food Network star, who's partnered with Cracker Barrel Cheese, has a soft spot for cheddar, specifically domestic varieties. "We're turning out great cheese and beating a lot of imported cheeses," he said. "Go America, right?"
Since we're always on the hunt for affordable cheese plate ideas, a punchy sandwich, or great pairing ideas, we asked Jeff to share his cheese expertise. Here are his thoughts on all things cheddar.
- Showcase cheddar on a cheese plate: "Use a good, affordable cheese as the bulk, then indulge in the more expensive imported cheeses," Jeff advises. Cracker Barrel's version is just under $4.
- Splurge on a domestic aged cheddar: Jeff loves old cheddars, which are strong and slightly crunchy from salt and aged enzymes. "I have gotten an 18-year-old cheddar [from an Amish village] that cost me $24 for a small block. It is so indulgent."
Father's Day is approaching quick, so here's menu inspiration for a leisurely Father's Day Sunday lunch. What better way to recognize and celebrate Dad than by making all his favorite things? No matter what your dad likes, you're sure to find one of his favorites in this mouth-watering menu. Artichoke, corn on the cob, chicken wings, and apple cobbler are just a few dishes Dad will appreciate receiving on his honored day.
If your dad tends to his home bar as if it were his livelihood, then it's hard to go wrong gifting a nice bottle of booze. It's thoughtful, not too expensive or too cheap, and — unlike a new gadget or a DVD — it's not a problem if he already has one.
Maybe I'm biased: since my dad and I share a love for cocktails, I find myself often shopping for top-shelf spirits that aren't superpricey but also aren't run of the mill. Based on years of research, here are my recommendations for all types of drinking dads. Of course, I'm always looking for new booze to try, so add your own gift ideas in the comments.
This fruity concoction is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. The pureness of sweet strawberries is the defining flavor, but fresh lime juice provides a balancing tartness. Because the vodka is not overpowering, it's the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a hot day. If strawberries are in season at your farmers market, I strongly suggest you give this drink a try — trust me, you won't be disappointed! Read more to get the redhead in bed recipe.
From Food & Wine
Redhead in Bed
3 pounds strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons citrus vodka
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/3 cup chilled Riesling
- In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes.
- In a blender, combine half each of the strawberries and their juices, the vodka, and lime juice with 1 cup of ice and puree. Pour into a pitcher. Repeat with the remaining strawberries and juices, vodka, and lime juice and 1 more cup of ice.
- Fill 10 collins glasses halfway with ice. Pour the cocktail into the glasses, top each with about 1/2 tablespoon of Riesling and serve.
Rosé may be the quintessential Summer wine. It goes with just about any food from spicy appetizers to grilled meats to cheese plates, but it isn't so acidic that it can't be sipped alone. We tried a whole slew of Rosés, from bone-dry to syrupy sweet, but these five are just right, plus they have an affordable price tag to match. Keep reading to find your next picnic wine.