Weekly spaghetti dinners with a rotating cast of friends and family started as an easy solution for working parents who missed having a social life. We had no idea it would tap into something much deeper.
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Make outdoor entertaining easy with this fill-your-own taco brunch.
What to do if you're hosting a dinner party and your friends insist on opening a bag of chips right before dinner.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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?
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...
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...
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.