Host Your Own Backyard Clam Bake!

No beach? No problem! Here’s how chef Ben Ford builds a classic seafood feast on the grill.

 

Serves 4     Prep 20 min     Cook 50 min

2 live lobsters (about 1 1/2 lbs. each)

4 medium artichokes

4 ears corn

3 sticks butter–1 softened, 2 melted

4 sweet onions, peeled

5 lbs. rockweed seaweed

9 small potatoes

1 lb. fresh Mexican chorizo links

12 unpeeled, deveined jumbo shrimp, preferably head-on

2 1/4 lbs. littleneck clams, scrubbed

 

1. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high. Place the lobsters in the freezer for 20 minutes. Trim the artichoke stems and leaves; slice off the top inch. In a pot, steam artichokes in 1 inch boiling water until crisp-tender, 20 minutes.

2. Pull back the cornhusks and remove silk. Rub each cob with 2 tbsp. softened butter. Pull husks back up to cover corn; tie with kitchen twine.

3. Using a chef’s knife, make two slits in the core end of the onions about a quarter way through, forming an X.

4. Lay half the seaweed on the top grill grate. Arrange the lobsters in the center of the seaweed, then surround with the artichokes, corn, onions, 8 potatoes and the chorizo links. Scatter the shrimp and clams on top; cover with the remaining seaweed. Place the remaining potato on top as a tester. Cover the clambake with the grill lid.

5. Cook until the tester potato is tender, about 30 minutes. Serve with the melted butter.

 

Adapted from Taming the Feast by Ben Ford and Carolynn Carreño, Atria Books, 2014


Our Favorite Vegetarian Recipes for Summer

It’s summer, and while we love a juicy grilled steak or burger, sometimes we’re looking to lighten our dinnertime load with something more Meatless Monday-friendly. The possibilities are endless when you have fresh seasonal ingredients, more daylight to enjoy and one killer cooking source (aka THE GRILL!). Here are some of our favorite vegetarian summer recipes that even the carnivores will love.
 

Summer Corn Risotto

Read more


Five Dinners to Celebrate Picnic Month

It’s only fitting that National Picnic Month falls in July: the sun is shining, vacations are planned and everybody is in full summer mode. But why save some of the best dishes of the season for that special occasion? Here’s how you can turn dinnertime into a picnic of its own with these five delicious meals.
 

Monday, June 29

Green & Gold Quinoa Salad

 
 

Read more


How to Make the Very Best Chocolate Pudding

We love a good chocolate pudding and we know you do too: it’s one of our most popular chocolate desserts ever! In honor of National Chocolate Pudding Day (that’s today!) we’re sharing an updated version of the classic dessert. It’s warm and luscious and just sweet enough. You’re going to want to make extras!

 

 

Warm Chocolate Pudding

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

Pinch salt

3 cups milk

2 egg yolks

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Whipped cream, for serving

 

Directions
In saucepan, whisk 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in milk and yolks over medium heat. Stir in chocolate. Simmer, whisking, until melted. Divide pudding among ramekins; let cool slightly. Top with cream.

 

If you’re looking for something more out-of-the-box, try our slow-cooker version or our Amaretto-spiked version.


Gear We’re Loving from WorldMarket.com

Even if you aren’t lucky enough to win the $5,000 prize pack being offered up by our friends at Porch and Cost Plus World Market, you can still snag a few stylish outdoor pieces that won’t break the bank. There are hundreds of great finds (think: furniture, décor items, dining accessories and more!) on the World Market website—and in stores—right now. Here are some of the things we’re currently lusting after:

 

 

A fun twist on the French bistro chair, this Golden Rod Cadiz Metal Chair adds a pop of color—and style—to any patio. $120 for 2

 

 

You’ll want to use this Blue Beer Garden Outdoor Dining Collection, made from sturdy acacia wood and steel, all year-long, but if you can’t, it folds flat for off-season storage. $230/table, $140/bench

 

 

A beer table (above) is usless without an Outdoor Wood Cooler to hold all your cans and bottles. The sleek eucalyptus wood frame hides a removable plastic cooler. $150

 

By Lisa Freedman

Photos courtesy of Cost Plus World Market

 


Yards We’re Loving from Porch.com

If you’re looking to create the backyard paradise of your dreams, now is definitely the time to do it. We’ve teamed up with Porch and Cost Plus World Market to provide one lucky winner $5,000 to redesign, redecorate and recreate their outdoor space. And whether you’re a porch Picasso or a redesign rookie, Porch has plenty of inspirational projects for you to browse, steal ideas from and drool over. Here are some of our faves this week:
 

This Vienna, VA backyard just begs for a party. With three levels of outdoor entertaining space, it’s the perfect place for graduations, birthdays, cookouts and more. Relax on the hammock on a lazy day or sip on a cold beer over dinner in the screened in patio–you can’t go wrong here!

 
 

Now this is a fire pit. This full-home redesign project achieved the owners’ goal of a “pristine, tailored look.” The black and smoky grey color scheme is complimented by silks and cashmere fabrics to creative a seductive and gracious space. We bet this patio is even perfect in the midst of winter.
 
 

How about this patio with a view? The owners of this Snoqualmie, WA home wanted to make their backyard more functional for their three daughters, complete with a sunning area, covered patio with a grill station and fire pit. The renovation made their space more open and spacious… perfect to catch a mountainside sunset!

 

 

Pool, fire pit, water features, oh my! This Bellvue, WA backyard really has it all. With plenty of seating and tables, the owners can definitely have a barbecue for the entire neighborhood. The only question we have is, “where’s our invite?”

 
 
Be sure to enter our #RRYardMakeover sweepstakes today–contest ends June 30!


Father’s Day Recipes He’ll Love

If you’re still trying to figure out what to cook for dad this weekend, it’s easy: cook him something hearty, preferably grilled, with a ton of flavor and punch. You can never go wrong with a perfect steak or meaty sandwich, rich veggies he can sink his teeth into, and a not-too-sweet dessert to round it all out. Try some of these recipes on Sunday, and don’t forget the beer!

 

Ribeyes with Horseradish Butter

 
 
Read more


Six Delicious Ways to Get Your Fresh Veggie Fill

Did you know today is National Fresh Veggies Day? While we love a good salad, there are plenty of other ways to get your fresh veggie fix. Check out some of our most colorful recipes, perfect for a summer evening. They’re so delicious, even the pickiest of eaters will find one they like!

 

Raw Puttanesca

 
 

Read more


How to Create an Outdoor Living Room–and Get $5,000 to Do It!

Whether you’re craving a cozy fire pit or a calming water feature, our friends at Porch have a solution to makeover your backyard. Our July/August issue features four different yards and advice on how to achieve the look either from the pros or over a weekend on your own budget. While the outdoor living room below could set you back $25,000 with the help of a professional, you can steal the look for much less with our suggested essentials!

 

Photo via AAA Landscape Specialists

 

Take cover under a Portland Pergola; it’s a fraction of the cost of most other kits on the market. $900, newenglandarbors.com

Bring the feeling of the inside out with a weatherproof Tangier rug, which is woven out of recycled plastic. Bonus: It’s reversible! From $37, fabhabitat.com

Made from acacia wood, this Ozark 4 Piece Lounge Seating Group is a modern set that won’t bust your budget. $432, Safavieh, wayfair.com

We’ve got three other transformative upgrades in the issue, and the deal of the summer: Our friends at Porch and Cost Plus World Market have teamed up to give one lucky winner $3,000 worth of expert work and $2,000 to decorate their space.

 

To enter the sweepstakes, click here. And hurry! Contest ends June 30 (and summer ends September 23).


Five Weeknight Dinner Salads You’ll Love

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: summer dinners should be light, flavorful and full of fresh produce. Have you been feeling a bit lacking in the crunchy department lately? That’s where we step in, with five flavorful salads, each one more exciting than the next. Just throw all the ingredients together in a big beautiful bowl and voila! Dinner is served.
 

Monday, June 15

Mexican Chopped Salad


 
 
Read more