Batman has his Joker, Christmas has its Grinch, and Valentine's Day? I won't point any fingers, but you know who you are, snarling at love poems and ripping doilies to shreds in your dark, soulless lair of disdain. But whether you're dining alone, hunkering down with friends, or sharing the evening with an equally cliché-averse partner, there's no reason why you can't have your gloom and eat it too.
Thanksgiving in my family isn't exactly predictable, but there's one thing that's guaranteed, no matter where I am or who I'm with: there will be turkey, there will be stuffing, there will be cranberry sauce, gravy, potatoes, and pie. These aren't really dishes we eat year-round (or, in my case, on virtually any day other than Thanksgiving), so striking that balance of familiar and delicious is paramount. Here's how to do it right.
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!
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 say...fit for a king?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.