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7 Summer Cocktail Party Pitfalls To Avoid

Drinks Michael Dietsch 3 comments

Spring is starting to turn to summer across most of the United States, and with summer comes an upswing in cocktail parties. Having co-hosted more than a few parties myself, I have a few tips to offer that will help you host a successful bash. More

Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

Serious Entertaining Erin Zimmer 2 comments

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

10 Cakes To Make For Your Next Party

Sweets Carrie Vasios Mullins 5 comments

Graduations, weddings, engagements, babies, birthdays. Celebration season has started and won't calm down until you put away your summer whites. Looking for an extra-festive dessert, something that will really honor the honored guest? These 10 show-stopping cakes are your answer—now all you have to do is work on your toast. More

Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

Serious Entertaining Erin Zimmer 4 comments

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

How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party

Meredith Smith 6 comments

The Triple Crown kickoff race combines Thoroughbreds, country ham biscuits, and bourbon. Personally I don't care about the big hats, but as this horse race is the only American sporting event that attracts foreign royalty, there must be some reason for them. Some parties are more ambitious than others, but here are a few nearly mandatory elements that are the essence of every Derby Day celebration. More

Negronis For a Crowd

Serious Eats Michael Dietsch Post a comment

For a stress-free bash, I recommend making bottled cocktails in advance. This recipe makes a killer Negroni that will stun and delight millions of people! Okay, maybe just eight people. More

How to Plan and Host a Cocktail Party

Drinks Michael Dietsch 9 comments

So, you're planning a cocktail party? Commendable, friend, commendable. Careful planning and a few tips should help relieve the stress you're undoubtedly starting to feel. Let's start with the essentials: glassware, liquor, mixers, and ice. More

Zombie Cocktail

Serious Eats helenjane 1 comment

[Illustration: Helen Jane Hearn] Zombies are called zombies because they are seriously alcohol laden. According to the original Zombie recipe, there are the equivalent of seven and a half ounces of alcohol in a just one Zombie. This would compare... More

Roast Cauliflower and Spinach Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Serious Eats helenjane Post a comment

[Illustrations: Helen Jane Hearn] This cool roasted cauliflower dish goes well with the highly spiced oven braised ribs from the elegant zombie dinner party not only because it's a mild accompaniment but also because the individual florets resemble brains. Braaaiiins.... More

Spoonbread of Bernie Lomax

Serious Eats helenjane Post a comment

[Illustration: Helen Jane Hearn] Named after the color of the boss risen from the dead in the seminal zombie flick Weekend at Bernie's II, this creamy, sweet, light spoonbread is the perfect accompaniment to to the highly-flavored oven-braised ribs served... More

Serious Entertaining: How To Throw A Zombie Dinner Party

Serious Entertaining helenjane 10 comments

Throwing a dinner party to celebrate Halloween doesn't have to be candy-laden and filled with gummy spiders. This meal imagines our shambling, shuffling guests as perfectly able to enjoy an elegant meal together, great for grownups around Halloween. More

Oven-Braised Pork Ribs

Serious Eats helenjane 1 comment

[Photograph and illustration: Helen Jane Hearn] These ribs require a dry rub the day before, and after that, they bake for three hours. This means you need to plan ahead. That's okay—they're worth it. This dish works well at an... More

Serious Entertaining: An Italian Harvest Vegetarian Dinner Party

Serious Entertaining helenjane 3 comments

I've seen my winemaker friend Massimo grill octopus, make some of the finest Napa Valley wines, and build furniture made of wine barrels. Massimo is an amazing cook, throwing together inexpensive ingredients in a way that always impresses. So when he threw an Italian harvest-inspired vegetarian dinner party, we made sure we attended. More

Serious Entertaining: How to Throw a Lunch Lady Potluck

Serious Entertaining helenjane 13 comments

Remember the smell of gymnasium, drinking out of tiny milks and plastic trays? When the kids go back to school, let the grown-ups enjoy a celebratory potluck. Host a Lunch Lady-themed potluck where guests bring updated versions of lunchtime classics. More

Critic-Turned-Cook Haunted By Ghosts of Christmas Parties Past

Leslie Kelly Post a comment

[©iStockphoto.com/lenta] I recently went to my first frat party. Woo-hoo! Where's the beer pong? Okay, it wasn't that kind of party. It was a Christmas party thrown by the guys of Alpha Sigma Phi for parents and alumni. There was a massive roast beef at a carving station, a raffle, and well-dressed folks bidding on auction items. I didn't stay long, though, because the holiday merriment sent me straight into a "Bah, Humbug"-like funk, dredging up the ghosts of Christmas parties past.... More

Happy Halloween From Serious Eats!

Carey Jones 1 comment

[Photograph: Lee Zalben] The creepiest, spookiest, most sugary day of the year has arrived! Break out the chocolate bars and don those devil horns: it's time for Halloween. If you still haven't decorated, check out our pumpkin-carving tips; if you're still lacking an outfit, create your own food-themed costume. And if you're still menu-planning? Get some inspiration from our recipes and guides below. Happy Halloween! Ghostly Goodies Creepy Meat Hands How to Make Ghostly Eggs Roasted Spicy Pumpkin Seeds Devilish Dinners Black Pepper-Crusted Sliced Steak with Crème Fraîche Sweet Potato Mash Black Sesame Seed and Sea Salt-Crusted Salmon with Wasabi-Lime Sauce Acorn Squash Soup with Brown Butter and Maple Yogurt Pumpkin Turkey Chili Trick-Or-Treats Serious Heat: Spicy Chocolate for... More

Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Carey Jones Post a comment

Cinco de Mayo is here—your favorite excuse to blend a weekday pitcher of margaritas. Need some last-minute ideas for your party tonight? Here are some Mexican (or at least Mexican-inspired) crowd-pleasers. Snacks Stuffed Poblanos with Black Beans and Cheese Chilaquiles Rojos Chorizo, Onion, and Poblano Quesadillas Crusty Tortas with Black Beans and Chorizo Dips Chipotle and Tomatillo Salsa Chipotle-Bacon Salsa Green Papaya Salsa Mango Pomegranate Guacamole Classic Guacamole Tacos Baja-Style Tempura Fish Tacos Turkey Tacos with Mole Ground Beef Tacos with Guajillo Chiles Tacos Al Pastor with Roasted Pineapple-Habanero Chile Salsa... More

Bobby Flay Super Bowl Menu Possibilities

Ed Levine 4 comments

When I think about which celebrity chef would have a kick-ass menu at his or her Super Bowl, my thoughts always gravitate to Bobby Flay. And why not? He's a really good cook, he's a serious sports fan, and his food definitely lends itself to football-watching on TV. So the serious eaters at world headquarters here went through all the Bobby Flay cookbooks we had in the office looking for recipes that we could easily and quickly make for our own Super Bowl parties. His chipotle-honey-glazed wings with toasted sesame seeds and green onion sound delicious even if you have to make them in the oven instead of on a grill (we know it's winter). His wild mushroom quesadillas would... More

Election Night Party Food

Erin Zimmer 17 comments

Photographs from Huffington Post Staring at the screen tomorrow night, watching as states light up red and blue, will require energy. Depending on the winner, it may also require comfort food. Here's some ideas for your election night party menu: Savory "Right Wings" (recipe) Pork Barrel Tenderloin (recipe) Baked ACORN Squash (recipe) War "Hero" Sandwiches (recipes) Obama's Favorite Chili (recipe) Elitist Foods Involving Arugula (recipes) McCain Frozen Foods (more info) Sloppy Plumber Joes (recipe)... More

Throw A Doughnut Party

Lia Bulaong Post a comment

"I love makin' doughnuts. People love 'em, no matter what they say. Every culture fries dough for some purpose, sweet or savoury. This last weekend's donut gathering was a local affair. I invited everyone I knew who lived within 20 miles of my house. I opened cupboards and invited others to concoct sugars of their wildest imaginings." Shuna threw a doughnut party and so can you, with her pate a choux recipe.... More

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