Holidays/Special Occasions

3 Labor-Free Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day weekend can be bittersweet: On one hand, it means a long weekend to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. But on the flip side, it means the end of summer. So to curb your end-of-season blues, we’re sharing stress-free recipes to celebrate the beginning of something new: September!

 

Talk about easy prep and clean up! Just throw Carla Hall‘s Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay into a giant pot and onto the grill. Then dump all the yummy fix-ins onto a newspaper-lined picnic table and have guests wrap up their remnants as they go.

 

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Sandwich Month This Week

There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals picked out for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re recommending our five picks for you to make in the upcoming week. But this week is extra special, because it’s National Sandwich Month. Which means it’s time to celebrate in the only way possible: With five of our all-time favorite sammies ever. Dinnertime just got a whole lot more fun!

 

Monday, August 11th

Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches

 

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3 More Questions with Abbie Kozolchyk

The third annual Look Good Feel Better National Beauty Editors Day event at Saks Fifth Avenue is finally here! On Thursday, August 7th our Beauty and Travel Editor, Abbie Kozolchyk, will be hosting her second round of one-on-one consultations. This year, she’ll be partnering with the ladies at the Trish McEvoy counter. Stop by to pick up great makeup and skincare tips, hear about life at Every Day with Rachael Ray or even talk travel with our sightseeing guru. We gave you a little bit of an intro to Abbie before last year’s event, but get to know our #1 beauty gal even better (now!) by reading three more must-know answers from Abbie to kick off the beauty celebration!

 

 

1. What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
AK:
I wish I were that decisive! I have a lot of favorites. But because we’re in the middle of summer, I’m especially focused on sunscreen right now. For a basic running-around-town workday, I like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face Lotion. And for more intense exposure, I’ve sworn by Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream since I tested the formula a few years ago on an island in the Philippines where the average daily temperature was 300 degrees, with 300 percent humidity.

2. What’s your best piece of beauty advice for women of all ages?
AK: Sunscreen. Early and often. And yes, clearly, I can be insufferable on this topic. But here’s why: My very first week at a magazine involved a trip to the New York Public Library, where I’d been dispatched to dig through piles of microfiched melanoma images for a story. And I’ve assigned—or been assigned—at least one sun care story a year in the 22 summers since then. So I have a pretty vivid idea of what failure to protect your skin looks like—and wow. Best not to go there.

3. What’s one thing you’ve learned within the last year that you really want to share on Beauty Editor’s Day?
AK: That Look Good Feel Better, the organization that gets the day’s proceeds, makes a real difference. The whole idea is to boost the self-image of people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and the participants I’ve met during the year are hugely grateful to be involved — as are the people who work with them
Get a full recap of last year’s event here, and be sure to register for this year’s event here!

 

 

The One Thing You Need to Make this Weekend

As the last weekend of National Ice Cream Month approaches (we know, we’re tearing up a little bit over here, too) there’s no better way to send off the sweetest time of year than by whipping up some homemade ice cream! Brrrrr-illiant, no? So whether you like chocolate, vanilla or something fruity, it’s time to schedule a date this weekend with the coolest kitchen accessory: your ice cream maker!

 

Triple Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream

 

 
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Need a Last-Minute July 4th Party Idea?

Happy 4th of July! By now all of your party prep should be done: Hamburgers are ready for the grill, the beers in chilling and the sparklers are ready to be lit. But if you’re looking for a cute and quick way to both decorateand entertain, look no further: DIY flag-inspired food platters!
 
 

You’re a Grand New Flag

Top 10 Most Patriotic Recipes

With the approach of the most patriotic holiday of the year (not to mention, celebrating the American World Cup soccer team), now is the time to crank up that American spirit and host a Fourth of July party that is sure to be remembered. Sick of the old burger-and-hotdog? We’ve compiled our 10 most patriotic recipes, from main dishes to drinks, and red-white-and-blue to the straight-up American classics!

 

1. Spicy Cheddar Burgers with Chunky Blue Cheese Aioli

These burgers hit all the right notes, with just the right amount of heat, creaminess and meaty flavor. We smell America!

 

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A Make-Ahead Grilling Party for Father’s Day

There’s no better way to celebrate dad than to throw a big party around his favorite household appliance: the grill! But don’t wait until Sunday morning to prep for the big celebration. Our make-ahead grilling recipes tips will insure you have a stress-free Father’s Day full of fun, food and family time!

 

 

 

1. Start with a simple salad

Whether you can cook, bake, grill or none of the above, this gorgeous Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad can be made in advance and assembled at the last minute. It’s simple and fresh but still has that “wow” factor that dad will love.

 

 

 

2. Night-before prep is key

It’s a lot easier to cook up some meat and toss it in an already-made dressing than it would be to have one hand on the grill and one mixing up a vinaigrette. You can make the Vietnamese Vinaigrette for this grilled shrimp the night before. Just grill, toss and serve the day of!

 

 

 

3. It’s all in the family

Keep it family style. You can eat at your leisure and guests don’t feel like they have to finish everything on their plate.

 

 

 

4. It’s better with butter

Make and chill a flavored butter up to two days in advance for grilled steak. Be sure to make an extra batch for crusty bread!

 

 

 

5. Keep it cool

Save yourself time and space in the kitchen: It takes about three hours to chill bottles in the fridge, but only 30 minutes in a bucket filled with ice and water.

 

 

 

 

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Mix it up for Memorial Day

When we think of Memorial Day, one of the first things that comes to mind is a smoking hot grill and all the delicious foods that are searing away. But we’re not just talking about hot dogs and hamburgers; did you know you can grill leafy greens, desserts and even cheese? This year, instead of sticking to the classics, we’ll be grilling up some of the wackiest, wildest recipes that are sure to leave an impression– both on the food and on our guests! Did you know you can grill….

 

Coleslaw and even Caesar Salad?

 

Fruit and cheese like Haloumi, watermelon and stone fruit?

 

Forget burgers! You can grill meatballs instead

 

Don’t forget to save room for dessert, like grilled doughnuts or pound cake!

 

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

 
 
 

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Thirsty Thursday Mother’s Day Edition: Strawberry-Prosecco Sparkler

No Mother’s Day brunch is complete without a cocktail that’s as fabulous as mom herself. This year, try something that’s light, refreshing and seasonal, like our Strawberry-Prosecco Sparkler.

 

 

 

HOW TO: Drop a sugar cube into each of 6 glasses and douse with a few dashes of Angostura bitters. Pour prosecco, champagne or other sparkling wine over top; garnish with sliced strawberries.

 

This sipper is both sweet and tart, and will pair perfectly with your spring brunch menu. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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From Our Editor-in-Chief: Lists I Live By

 

 

Weekends are so 2009! Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday (excuse me, lunes) this year, and that plays right into my margarita-mixing, tortilla-chip- dipping hands—because Monday is one of my favorite nights to entertain. For one thing, it makes scheduling a snap. Finding a weekend night when four or five friends are all available? Forget it. It seems the later in the week a get-together is scheduled, the more likely people are to cancel as the snowball of obligations threatens to roll over them. But on Monday nights, everyone seems to be free! Even more importantly, Mondays have a built-in low-key vibe—you’re practically prohibited from making a fuss. Here are my three relax-the-rules rules.

 

 

1. No Elaborate Hors D’Oeuvres

On Mondays, pre-dinner nibbles are anything I can pour directly from a bag, box or jar into a bowl, or unwrap and plunk on a plate: olives, fancy potato chips, cheese and crackers, salted nuts. For a Cinco de Mayo party, the classic is also a crowd-pleaser. Chips and salsa coming right up!

 

2. Serve a Make-Ahead Main Course

The beauty of Monday is it comes right after Sunday, a day I actually do have time to cook. The goal is to make a one-dish meal, like chili or chicken enchiladas, that I can simply heat up the next night when everybody arrives. That way, it’s no big deal if I race home from work at 6:45 and guests are due at 7.

 

3. Put Someone Else on Dessert Duty

I remind whoever it is that we’re on the no-shame-for-store-bought plan. If she gets the urge to bake brownies, fantastic. But if she wants to swing by the store for a few pints of ice cream? Make mine chocolate-chocolate chip, please!

 

My Margarita Musts:

 

1. A salt rim.

I’m easygoing about rocks versus no rocks—ice changes a cocktail’s strength, not its taste. But salt is mandatory to brighten and balance a margarita’s sweet-sour flavors.

 

2. Mid-shelf tequila.

Save the smooth, aged, expensive tequila for sipping on its own. Margaritas are best when they’re a little rough around the edges

 

3. Fresh lime juice.

You’re forgiven if you like your margaritas no-salt, top-shelf or served in a plastic tumbler shaped like a saguaro cactus, but back away from the bottled lime juice. If that’s all you’ve got, switch to beer!

 
 

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