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.
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
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!
1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 cups milk
2 egg yolks
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Whipped cream, for serving
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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).
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
The Le Creuset dishes I’ve accumulated over the years get a lot of love in my kitchen, from the classic 5 qt. oven to my treasured tarte tatin pan. So when I was invited to visit the Le Creuset foundry, in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, the birthplace of this iconic cookware, where all of the company’s cast iron products have been produced since 1925, I jumped at the chance!
Paul Van Zuydam, the Chairman of the company, bought Le Creuset in 1987 at a time when it was unclear whether or not the company would survive. Not only did he bring it back to life, he managed to turn it into one of the most prestigious cookware companies in the world.
After a 2 hour drive north out of Paris (and a lovely lunch with Paul Van Zuydam of quiche, salad, cured meats and local cheeses), we entered the lobby, complete with a mini museum with some classic pieces since retired, like these yellow beauties from 1945-1955.
Frédéric Sallé, the most affable plant manager, gave us the tour of the foundry, which recently expanded just in time for the company’s 90th anniversary. I was so impressed by how he warmly interacted with the workers like they were family.
Our first sight upon entry to the factory was bins full of Dutch Ovens and skillets. Be still my heart! We were all a bit floored when we found out they were seconds, soon be melted down and re-cast.