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Serious Entertaining: A Mexican-Inspired Brunch

Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

Make outdoor entertaining easy with this fill-your-own taco brunch. More

Manner Matters: Guests with Chips

Molly Watson 19 comments

What to do if you're hosting a dinner party and your friends insist on opening a bag of chips right before dinner. More

The Best and Worst Wines for a Potluck

Drinks Meg Houston Maker 5 comments

I once threw a potluck where five people brought green salad and two brought cookies. Period. Even with the revelers manage to cover the courses, the flavors are a trip around the world: Indian curry, Greek salad, Tex-Mex enchiladas, Swedish meatballs, Mama's Lasagna. The unifying theme, if any, is diversity. So what about that wine? What can you take to a potluck that'll taste good amid the noise of flavors, textures, and styles? More

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Recipes for Entertaining

Staff Picks The Serious Eats Team 4 comments

In the dead of winter, there's nothing better than hunkering down over a big 'ol meal with your nearest and dearest (assuming you can convince them to leave the house in the midst of yet another Polar Vortex). Then again, for those who live in more temperate climates, any day ending in "y" is an excuse to throw a dinner party. So with that in mind, we asked our editors for their go-to dish when entertaining. More

Tips for Planning a Holiday Cocktail Party

Drinks Michael Dietsch 4 comments

I would say that everyone loves a holiday party, but that's just not true; many of them suck. Here are a few tips that should help ensure that yours is of the non-sucky variety. More

Serious Entertaining: Four Easy Summer Tartines

Serious Entertaining J. Kenji López-Alt 9 comments

Hot on the heels of an all-the-sourdough-in-San-Francisco taste test, I found myself on Wednesday afternoon with six half-eaten loaves of awesome sour dough in the kitchen with very few ideas as to what to do with them. When I'm in need of ideas, I usually head to one of two places: the bath tub or the farmers' market. Luckily for you, this time it was the latter. More

How to Host A Beer and Cheese Tasting Party

Drinks Mike Reis 3 comments

With the tips I have for you today, you'll be primed to host the most awesome beer and cheese tasting party ever...and you and your guests might even learn something along the way. More

How to Host a Mother's Day Beer Brunch

Drinks Michael Agnew Post a comment

If you're looking for something a little more creative than a Bellini and scrambled eggs, consider a Mother's Day celebration that forgoes the grape in favor of the grain. Invite Mom over for a beer brunch. Here's what to make and which beers to serve alongside each dish. More

Your Labor Day Weekend Drinking Guide

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

This Labor Day, whether you're barbecuing or camping out, relaxing in the yard or entertaining a bunch of friends, you'll probably be thirsty. Consider this your one-stop shopping for drinks ideas (and recipes!) to get you through the holiday weekend. More

9 Great Punch Recipes from New York City's Bars

Drinks Lauren Sloss 2 comments

Is there anything more convivial than a brimming bowl of punch? Once relegated to the dusty corners of Victorian nostalgia, punch has been making a serious comeback, with bartenders creatively combining herbs, spices, and blends of alcohol and juices. The sharable nature of punch (not to mention its good-cheer vibes) makes it the perfect addition to spice up your holiday party. Here are 9 great punch recipes from Prime Meats, The Drink, and Slightly Oliver to put you in a celebratory mood. More

How to Make Awesome Coffee For A Crowd

Drinks Liz Clayton 3 comments

A little advance planning—and some quick cheats to set yourself up to win—can ensure your post-Thanksgiving (or post-any) feast ends on a high note. More

American Classics: Buckeye Pie

Sweets Alexandra Penfold 4 comments

Like Anthony and Cleopatra, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Bert and Ernie, I'm confident peanut butter and chocolate will go down as one of history's epic pairings. And when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate you simply can't have too much of a good thing as evidenced by this tailgate-ready Buckeye Pie. More

Thinking Big for Summer Party Drinks

Drinks Paul Clarke 7 comments

The large-format drink is the savior of the summer party. When everything heads outdoors starting with Memorial Day weekend, pitcher drinks and cooling punches seem especially welcome, and they can make hosting a barbecue or backyard get-together much more convenient. More

Tom Colicchio's 5 Tips for Simple Entertaining

The Serious Eats Team 9 comments

We caught up with Tom Colicchio earlier this week to chat about summer entertaining. With two little munchkins at home under the age of two, he likes to keep things real simple with cured meats, cheese, and olives—instant appetizer platter. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time hungry guests show up. More

Cookie-Stuffed Cookies

Sweets Adam Kuban 88 comments

Have you seen the Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies that have been going around the web? We went one better with Nutter Butter–stuffed chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and since we had Girl Scout cookies on hand.... More

7-Layer Dip Showdown

Adam Kuban 40 comments

Where do you draw the line when it comes to fancying-up comfort foods? Sometimes iconic dishes benefit from a studied take, careful technique, and some high-quality ingredients. But what about, oh, I don't know ... 7-layer dip? More

Classic From-a-Can 7-Layer Dip

Serious Eats Adam Kuban 1 comment

Two different 7-layer dips, stacked. In the top dish, my wife's Classic From-a-Can 7-Layer Dip, as detailed here. In the bottom dish, my fancypants cheffy dip. This easy 7-layer dip recipe, adapted from Allrecipes.com, is the one my wife made... More

All-From-Scratch 7-Layer Dip

Serious Eats Adam Kuban Post a comment

This dip, adapted from NYC chef Joaquin Baca's recipe in New York magazine, is undeniably delicious. But, boy, is it labor-intensive. After having made it straight through over the course of a Saturday afternoon (as part of a husband-wife 7-Layer... More

Drink the Book: Champagne Cup

Serious Eats Marleigh Riggins Miller Post a comment

The Champagne Cup is one of six champagne punches featured in Esquire's Handbook for Hosts. Combining the fresh tang of pineapple, cucumber, orange and cherry with the rich flavors of cognac and Benedictine, the Champagne Cup underscores the wine without overwhelming it. More

Cheers! Sparkling Wine for New Year's Eve

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

You can't ring in the New Year without bubbles. (Go ahead and toast with sparkling cider or a non-alcoholic punch dosed with club soda—it's the fizz that counts.) If you're not shelling out for real Champagne, there are a dizzying array of options. Luckily the Serious Eats team has sorted out the delicious from the drainpours and now present to you our top choices in bubbly for ringing in 2011. More

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