Serious Entertaining

Seasonal menu planning for the perfect dinner party.


Serious Entertaining: A 5-Course French Meal for Your Bastille Day Fête

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 8 comments

Whether you're a true French patriot or merely a hungry American looking for a decadent meal, we've got the ultimate Bastille Day menu for you. Allons-y, mes amis! More

Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

Serious Entertaining Jamie Feldmar 8 comments

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's...dare we for a king? More

Serious Entertaining: A Dinner to Ring in Spring

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 2 comments

I don't know about you, but I've had enough of this elusive spring business. I know it's out there! I can smell it in the air. The chilly, fickle air. Well, I say ENOUGH! If I can't have my toasty patches of sunlight and premature sandal wearing, then I'm going to stuff my face full of bright, tender, crunchy, fresh vegetables. That'll show 'em. Whoever they are. More

Serious Entertaining: Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 30 comments

Some people simply don't like ramps. I understand perfectly. Some people also don't like unicorns and rainbows and puppies or Mr. Wizard or telescopes or Calvin and Hobbes or holding hands or Super Mario or hugs or The Beatles or any of the other wonderful things that can make life worth living. Don't like ramps? That's your prerogative. For the rest of us, ramp season is a cause for celebration. More

Serious Entertaining: Happy Pi(e) Day!

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 6 comments

Tomorrow is National Pi(e) Day! In order to properly honor this illustrious American tradition, we'll be eating a full 4-course meal of pie. And you should, too. Here's how it's gonna go. More

Serious Entertaining: 20 New Orleans Recipes for Mardi Gras

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style with these New Orleans-inspired foods. From muffulettas to po' boys and all the seafood in between, we've got your Mardi Gras party covered. More

Serious Entertaining: A Bavarian-Style Alpine Feast

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 9 comments

On a family ski trip a few years back, my father and I wound up dining at a certain unnamed restaurant in Taos, New Mexico, where the overarching theme was lederhosen, braided pigtails, lots of logs, and steins und steins of beer. Snowed into my apartment in New York City, I've taken to reminiscing about the quaint atmosphere, charming in its unabashed artificiality—the folk music and ye olde German fonts, the tiled wood-burning stove, and, most importantly, the hearty Bavarian fare. Here's how to bring some of that flavor home. More

Serious Entertaining: A Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner for Two

Serious Entertaining Marissa Sertich Velie Post a comment

Skip the crowded restaurant, open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate the season with a romantic, multi-course meal. Whether you're cooking for yourself or your sweetheart, a home-cooked dinner is a gesture that will set the mood and warm the heart. Yup, we said it. Warm the heart. More

Serious Entertaining: An Olympic Breakfast of Champions

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray Post a comment

Even if your chances of being an Olympic champion are, shall we say, slim, you can still eat like one! Enter this celebratory breakfast buffet, generously modeled after the athlete's diet: calories, calories, and more calories is the name of this game. On your marks, get set, go! More

Serious Entertaining: Three Menu Ideas for Game Day

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 14 comments

Here's a fact: I don't like football, but I LOVE snacks. If you're like me, then planning on what you're going to serve during your game day party is the second most exciting part of the game behind the halftime show. Here are three menu ideas to get those juices flowing. Tasty, tasty juices. More

Serious Entertaining: A Chinese New Year Feast

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 12 comments

I love a good food-centric holiday, so while I'm not Chinese, Vietnamese, or Korean you can bet I'll be cooking up a storm when the Lunar New Year rolls around next Friday, January 31. And if you or your family are from one of those countries, chances are you, too, will be gathering with friends and relatives to feast and spread goodwill for the year to come. We've pulled together some of our favorite symbolic dishes commonly enjoyed during the Chinese New Year. More

Serious Entertaining: Game Day Finger Food

Serious Entertaining Rabi Abonour 8 comments

When throwing a game day party (Super Bowl or otherwise), it's important to keep things portable. Your guests will likely be sitting on the couch—this is the time to think finger foods, not elaborate platings, and we've got more than enough to keep everyone entertained from kickoff to finish. Also, in our book, any excuse to eat with your hands is a good one. More

Serious Entertaining: Cold Weather Comforts

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

It's been pretty freaking cold out recently. And when the weather gets this way, all I want to do is stay at home and cook, preferably things that go for a prolonged stint in the oven, serving double duty: making the house smell nice and making dinner delicious. Here's what I would want to eat on the coldest day of the year. More

Serious Entertaining: A New Year's Eve Cocktail Party

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 1 comment

For those of us hosting a party this New Year's Eve, the pressure is on. After all, you, and you alone, bear the responsibility for each person's final sips and bites of the year, not to mention their very first of 2014. Luckily, we've got you covered, with cocktails, sparkling wines, hors d'oeuvres, and dips, snacks, and sweets galore to keep your guests in quality food and drink on both sides of the midnight hour. More

Serious Entertaining: Christmas Dinner to Feed a Crowd

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray Post a comment

Tempted though I may be to dictate your holiday spread, I'm given to understand that each family has its steadfast Christmas traditions. And hey, I'm working on my generosity of spirit. So, rather than give you a whittled-down selection à la Serious Entertainings of time past, we're instead going to embark on a little choose-your-own-adventure...adventure. More

Serious Entertaining: A Comforting Vegetarian Dinner

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

When my wife demands food, I've learned through experience that it's a good idea to feed her, lest I want to pay the consequences down the line. So what do you feed a vegetarian with a stuffy nose in the icy cold of winter? Here are some of my favorite dishes. More

Serious Entertaining: A Warming But Light(ish) Winter Meal

Serious Entertaining Remy Robert 2 comments

Tromps through the bracing cold make us reach for hearty, rib-sticking comfort foods, although the subsequent lethargy is no match for holiday chaos. With that in mind, here's a winter dinner that will warm you from the inside out but won't weigh you down. More

Serious Entertaining: A Travel-Friendly Thanksgiving

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray 1 comment

Since leaving the, shall we say, "cozy," confines of my parents' home, I've learned that not everybody has a kitchen with such "personality" (and, of course, some people have it much, much worse). Which is why potluck-style Thanksgiving etiquette can be exceedingly hard to lock down and deciding what to bring to somebody else's home can prove anxiety-inducing for guests and hosts alike. To make things a little easier, we've split some of our favorite travel-friendly Thanksgiving sides into easy-to-manage categories, from ready-to-eat to easy on-site preparations. More

Serious Entertaining: Big Group, Small Oven on Thanksgiving

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 15 comments

With a New York-sized kitchen and apartment but a full-sized family, it takes a bit of careful planning to make sure the food all goes off without a hitch. Here are some tips I've picked up over the years. More

Serious Entertaining: A Halloween Cocktail Party

Serious Entertaining Niki Achitoff-Gray Post a comment

Tomorrow is Halloween and if you're anything like me, your cobwebs are up, your walls are appropriately blood-splattered, your pumpkins (which you've definitely submitted to our pumpkin carving contest) are casting their eerie, cackling shadows of doom. But...what's on the menu? From deviled egg eyeballs to bones of bread, we've got a slew of campy finger food projects to get you through your Halloween festivities in style. More

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