There’s nothing that says “summer” to me more than a backyard barbecue—I absolutely love them. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have any outdoor space, so I have to rely on the few people I know who actually do have access to a grill—usually on a rooftop, very occasionally in a yard. So when a friend recently invited me to a […]
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This Friday, June 3, is National Donut Day—another holiday apparently invented to give us an excuse to binge on our favorite bad-for-you treats. But actually, National Donut Day—celebrated on the first Friday in June–was created in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army to commemorate women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Sweet, no?
Dunkin’ Donuts is getting in on the action by offering customers a free donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage on Friday. You can also score a free donut at Krispy Kreme this Friday, as well as at other local donut shops across the country—check your favorite neighborhood spot to see if they’re participating.
After a couple weeks of rain and cloudy days, this weekend is supposed to be beautiful—perfect barbecue weather to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Are you firing up the grill, and if so, what are you making? If you’re thinking burgers, try these 10 new recipes for easy ways to dress them up (sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and sauerkraut, feta and mint—yum!). Or take your typical hot dog to new heights with these three creative topping ideas. And of course, you can’t forget the sides—potato salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw are must-haves for your backyard bash.
Last time I posted about favorite spring foods and my personal favorite, asparagus. I mentioned one of my favorite recipes, which includes asparagus, chickpeas, maple syrup, and salmon. Since there were some requests for the recipe, here it is—it’s from this humble little cookbook I got years ago and still cook from quite often, called Simply Shrimp, Salmon, and (Fish) Steaks by Leslie Glover Pendleton. The recipes are really easy and straightforward but give you great ideas for delicious new ways to serve seafood.
After a long, freezing, snow-filled winter, spring has finally arrived in NY. Trees are blooming, sidewalk cafes are filling up, and open-toed shoes and sandals are making their debuts. And I’m seeing those eagerly-anticipated spring vegetables on restaurant menus and farmers’ markets everywhere—ramps, asparagus, fava beans, and more. I know that in other parts of the country, strawberries, radishes, and rhubarb are starting to pop up as well. After months of eating potatoes, acorn squash, cabbage, and cauliflower, it’s always a treat to indulge in something fresh that’s a sign of many more weeks of abundant, exciting produce.
Like Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays many of us celebrate simply because it gives us an excuse to eat and drink. And really, what’s wrong with that? Nothing, I say—and any occasion that calls for margaritas and chips and guacamole is just fine with me. Here are some recipes to get you in the mood for a fiesta, whether you just want to raise a cocktail or have a full-on Mexican feast.
I recently helped judge the North Carolina Sweet Potatoes Recipe Contest, which was a delicious task, and with three finalists in each of three categories (kid-friendly, sugar-free, and vegetarian), a pretty filling one, too. We sampled everything from sweet potato cheese straws (a great party snack) to sweet potato mango cake to sweet potato “pasta.”
Here were two of my favorites, which also happened to be the winners in their respective categories.
Believe it or not, April is Grilled Cheese Month (yes, there really is a holiday for everything). Think about it—warm, gooey, savory cheese paired with toasted, buttery bread—why shouldn’t it get its very own month? And best of all, that means there’s plenty of time left for you to celebrate. To help you kick things off, here are some recipes and ideas for making the ultimate grilled cheese.
I recently met a lovely woman named Noelle, the voice behind the blog GreenLemonade.com. Her blog is focused on wellness—cleansing your body and your life—but without resorting to extreme dieting, fasting, kooky rituals, or bizarre beauty products. Noelle started GreenLemonde.com after trying a liquid-only detox for several days and hating it. “I missed chewing,” she told me. So she started sharing easy tips and tricks for living a cleaner, feel-better life that women could incorporate into their everyday routines.
I’ve toyed with the idea of doing some kind of intense detox (remember the Master Cleanse and the BluePrint Cleanse?), but honestly, I just can’t see myself blocking out several days of my life to drink water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I mean, my job is all about food. Heck, my life revolves around food. Plus, I’m not convinced that a drastic detox is necessary or even beneficial.