Lauren Katz

4 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

What does it take to make a winning weiner? Pair the newest franks and condiments with fun, fresh toppings. Your crowd will give these top marks!

 

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Cool Crunch

Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dog ($6.49) + Frank’s RedHot Slammin’ Sriracha ($3.49) + cucumber + onion rings

 

Hawaiian Twist

Hillshire Farm Jalapeño & Cheddar Smoked Sausage ($4.99) + Slawsa Spicy (kicky slaw meets relish; $3.99) + pineapple + scallions

 

California Club

Ball Park Applewood Smoked Chicken Frank ($5.79) + Hidden Valley Cucumber Ranch ($3.59) + avocado + red onion + bacon

 

Chili Bowl

Oscar Meyer Chili Cheese Dog ($3) + French’s Twangy BBQ Mustard Sauce ($1.99) + Fritos corn chips

 

 

Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Five 30-Minute Dinners for Summer

We know life can get a little hectic in the summer– that’s why Rachael’s 30-Minute Meals are the best thing to happen to dinnertime since sliced bread. We’ve selected five weeknight meals that are perfect for the end of July: they’re flavorful, fresh and easy to prepare. You’ll have plenty of time to spend outside!

 

Monday, July 20th

Farro Spaghetti with Buttery Tomato Sauce & Farm Spinach

 
 

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4 Cocktails to Keep You Cool

The dog days of summer are upon us, and while we’re all about keeping hydrated,  sometimes you need something stiffer. These cocktails are refreshing, delicious and super seasonal– you may even forget how hot it is after all!

Cucumber Gin and Tonic

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5 Flavor-Packed Meals to Enjoy This Week

Are you ready for a week full of meals that are jam-packed with flavor and fun? These five dinners are quick to put together and oh-so delicious. And whether you’re cooking for two or ten, your dining partners are sure to ask for seconds.
 

Monday, July 6

Happy Fried Chicken Day! Do-Ahead Fried Chicken

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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

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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

 
 

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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.

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

 
 
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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

 
 

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