As the end of summer approaches, take advantage of all the delicious produce (and your outdoor grill!) with these five fresh and fast weeknight recipes. You’ll have dinner on the table so fast, there will be plenty of time afterwards for s’mores around a bonfire.
Monday, August 25
No matter the time of day or day of the week, we always love a good ice cream sandwich. But now that it’s the weekend (TGIF!), we’re in the mood for something truly decadent, delicious and reminiscent of our childhood. So grab your mixer (no ice cream maker necessary!) and that bright red food coloring and get to work on some Red Velvet Meltcakes. Seriously, they’re worth every bit of effort.
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Happy Thirsty Thursday! Relax this evening with a drink that’ll quench your thirst and put a smile on your face (queue Pharrell’s “Happy”). The best part? This four-ingredient cocktail won’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen (but don’t tell your guests — this drink is so impressive, they’ll think you’re a master mixologist!).
Last month we heard the exciting news about four new Lay’s Do Us A Flavor chips soon to be hitting shelves. Today, the Every Day with Rachael Ray staff got their hands on three out of the four flavors, and the results are in.
Wasabi Ginger (our fave) had a nice kettle-cooked crunch and was reminiscent of wasabi peas, with the perfect amount of heat.
Cappuccino had a very potent artificial sweetened coffee smell, but there’s just something about coffee beans and fried potatoes that didn’t sit well on our palates.
Mango Salsa, though it smelled less offensive, tasted like mango bath soap. The fake flavor lingered for far too long.
Anyone try the Bacon Mac & Cheese yet? Let us know your thoughts!
Get your Italian on this week with five delicious recipes inspired by Rach’s favorite vacation spot. These meals are quick, easy and full of flavor, guaranteed to be loved by your whole family. So dust off your red and white checkered table cloth and load up on the garlic and EVOO for five recipes that scream, “buon appetito!” (But don’t forget to save room for gelato!)
Monday, August 18
Ah, the weekend. The time of the week where traditional daily schedules are meant to be broken. You can wake up at 1 p.m. and not be judged for eating breakfast. You can spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something fabulous for dinner, and not have to worry if it’s on the table right at 6 p.m. sharp. You can snack all day on whatever your heart desires. And snacking is what we’re encouraging today! Our Instagram #SnackAttack is well under way, as our staff shares photos of their favorite sweet and salty cravings. But during the weekend when we have more time to spend in the kitchen, we like our snacks to be homemade. Here’s a fun, fast and healthy idea: Try making our Spicy Veggie Sliders. You can nibble on one or two without feeling guilty, but they’ll keep you full until dinnertime. Plus, you can make extra and save the leftovers for Meatless Monday!
There’s nothing quite like a tart, crisp pickle on a hot summer day. And while we could just run out to our favorite sandwich shop to pick up a sliver or two, something about making them ourselves sounds so much more appealing. So this weekend, grab some cucumbers, mason jars and a few pantry ingredients and you’ll have freshly pickled– well, pickles, in just three days! Try classic Bread & Butter Pickles to layer onto burgers, hoagies or to chop and stir into egg or tuna salad. They’re easy-breezy!
Besides delicious, brunch should be a few things: easy to make, fun for the whole family and stress-free. While we love a good Bloody Mary or sangria bar in the early afternoon, sometimes you just need a simple cocktail to wash down your pancakes. That’s why we love this Pineapple 75, a light and fresh champagne cocktail, that’s not-your-average-mimosa. The best part? It only requires 4 ingredients!
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons gin or vodka
Chilled sparkling wine
1 cup ice (freebie!)
In a cocktail shaker, shake ice, pineapple juice and gin until thoroughly mixed; strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Using a vegetable peeler, cut a strip of lemon peel and curl over rim.
You already know that August is National Sandwich Month, but not every sandwich is created equal. According to Yahoo! Search Trend Expert Lauren Whitehouse, these four sandwiches ranked as the month’s most-sought-after: chicken salad sandwich, egg salad sandwich, Reuben sandwich and Monte Cristo. But rather than your average run-of-the-mill sammie, turn things up with some truly unique and delicious recipes. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Say buh-bye to boring chicken salad! These 10 twists will keep your lunch lively
Looking for an exotic egg salad? Try our Curried Egg Salad Sandwiches
Swap out rye bread for potato pancakes in our Latke Reuben
Crunchy bacon and sweet cranberry sauce makes this Turkey & Bacon Monte Cristo so much more decadent than the original
You tell us: What’s your favorite twist on a classic sandwich?
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Besides being a positively delicious experience, dining out is meant to be relaxing and stress-free. From making reservations to finding out previous diners’ favorite dishes, Open Table is always finding a new way to enhance your restaurant experience, and now they’ve taken it to the next level.
Photo via First We Feast
1. Make a reservation at any participating restaurant on Open Table
2. Click to view your check once you are ready to leave
3. Choose your tip and slide to pay — your receipt will arrive via email
Easy as 1, 2, 3! We can’t wait to try this out at some of our favorite restaurants.
You tell us: Pay by your phone or waiter/diner interaction: Which do you prefer?