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?
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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.
Grilled meat is the centerpiece of a classic summer cookout and this menu expands that to include a meaty appetizer, salad, and even dessert. We've given you some traditional choices and some with a little more character, but none are short on flavor. It's the perfect menu for a summery feast with friends.
A vegetarian cookout is a lighter alternative to a usually carnivorous meal. You get the same joys of firing up a grill and spending time outdoors, but this time it's a bit more colorful and healthy. Here's a vegetarian cookout menu that will leave you satisfied on a day where the only place you want to be is outside.
Here's a seafood supper that is easy to make, mostly healthy, and completely delicious.
Here's a (somewhat) healthy, delicious brunch menu showcasing the fruit bounty of mid-July that will cool and refresh both your palate and person.
I love early summer evenings, with sunsets so late that you feel displaced from time. Until, that is, all of a sudden you're sun-soaked, hot, and...hungry. It's a genuinely distressing phenomenon. I can actually think of few worse feelings than opening your deliciously cool fridge, looking inside, and finding nothing on the shelves but everything-that-needs-to-be-cooked. And, as all actions have equal and opposite reactions, there are obviously few better feelings than opening that fridge and discovering a glorious meal, awaiting consumption at a precise(ish) 36 degrees.
Here's a light, refreshing meal composed exclusively of chilled, Spanish(ish) dishes for your hot weather enjoyment.
Father's Day is many things. Some of them sweet and sentimental, yes, but also a whole lot of holy-crap-what-do-I-DO anxieties. Worry not! You can never go wrong with a gorgeous meal, and we culled the Serious Eats team to see what special occasion meals they'd serve their dads this Sunday. See the full menu after the jump!
I know the French like picnics, and if The Sound Of Music taught me anything, Austrians like picnics so long as there is music and matching outfits. But do Italians like picnics? They must, right? Here's what I'd take with me if I were planning an Italian-themed picnic (which, as it turns out, I guess I am!).
I love to tapas Thai food. Not only does it make a stunning sight, laid out in a lavish and colorful spread, but the boldly sweet, sour, and spicy notes seem to physically lower my body temperature—even when the dishes themselves are fiery-hot. These particular recipes are quick, easy, and hot weather-friendly. Many also call for the same ingredients, so don't be daunted by the volume—once you've gathered staples like citrus fruits, herbs, and fish sauce, the rest of it's a breeze.
I was born in Boston and was raised New York as a kid before going back to live in Boston for another 10 years during and after college. Whenever convenient, I like to consider myself a New Englander. That time is usually in the summer, when the rocky beaches are at their drizzliest and the coastal clam shacks fire up the boilers and fryers.
I still make it a point to make at least one or two New England road trips every summer so that I can get my seafood fix. But even when I can't get up to Yankee-land, I'll do my best to get my fix right at home. You can do it too with these recipes for clam chowder, lobster rolls, blueberry pie, and more.
This Mother's Day, get off your butt, order some flowers, and pamper your mother or perhaps the mother of your children or even the mother of your puppies like she deserves. Here's a menu to help you out.
I can't claim to be from Kentucky or any state south of the Mason-Dixon (southern California doesn't count right?) but I've been to a few Derby parties in my day. I've worn a few wide-brimmed hats. So let's waste no time and start with mint juleps, then move on to beer cheese, Kentucky Hot Browns, bourbon balls, and more for your Race Day spread.
You know what spring means? Grilling season is upon us. That means quiet weeknights on the deck scarfing down grilled pizza and sipping on beer with the dogs and wife, or long lazy Sundays grilling burgers with friends. Getting yourself a menu and prepping a bit in advance will help to ensure that those Sundays are as lazy as they can possibly be. Here's how I do it.
Some friends are coming over for brunch. Oh, and they invited a few more friends. How to feed a biggish crowd for brunch? Here are some recipes that are delicious, filling, and require very little attention once they're popped into the oven.
Dang, was it hot on wednesday! The perfect excuse to spend a day out of the office to dive head first into recipe development for the upcoming grilling season. I can't help it. When the weather is nice. I WILL be out on my deck with a fire lit. It's not quite hot enough yet to break out the burgers and beers for a full-on deck party (for some reason, it needs to be either sweltering or snowing before I really want to grill burgers), but spring is the ideal time for a casual al fresco meal with some close friends and loved ones.
Though it's still basically marshmallow-coat weather in New York, our west coast friends have been enjoying spring for a couple weeks now. "Strawberries!" our Bay Area-based Drinks editor Maggie said today when I asked her what spring produce had sprung at her local markets. Hey, even if you can't find strawberries yet, that doesn't mean you can't eat like it's spring.
You think easter and you think lamb, peas, spring vegetables, chocolate eggs, and ok, maybe bunnies. And while the Easter feast doesn't have quite the same reputation for being an all-day affair as, say, Thanksgiving or Christmas, the prospect of roasting a leg of lamb or glazing a ham is still a little intimidating. Here are some ideas for a quick Easter dinner that comes together quickly, but is still dressed to impress.
March 14th is International Pi day, though if math were truly a universal language as they say it is, we'd be better off calling it Universal Pi Day. You know what else speaks to everyone across cultures, borders, and even species? Pies. Nobody doesn't love pie. At least, nobody worth inviting to your next dinner party. In the spirit of International Pi Day, we offer you an entire, soup-to-nuts, all-pie feast.
My Irish eyes are smiling whenever there's a Guinness or, better yet, a Murphy's within reach. But they smile even bigger on St. Patrick's Day, when that dark stout tastes a wee bit merrier. Everything on this hearty corned beef and 'tato menu pairs nicely with a pint and that shamrock headband springing around your head.