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

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? More

Serious Entertaining: A Light, All-Chilled Spanish(ish) Menu

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.

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Serious Entertaining: A Thai-Style Tapas Dinner

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. More

Serious Entertaining: A New England Seafood Dinner

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.

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Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

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. More

Serious Entertaining: A Spring Grilling Menu

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. More

Serious Entertaining: Early Spring Dinner

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. More

Serious Entertaining: Easter In a Flash

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. More

Serious Entertaining: An All-Pie Menu for Pi Day

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. More

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