Everyone loves to cook out and host a party in the summer, but sometimes it can seem pretty overwhelming to your budget when you happen to invite a big crowd. This is especially true if you want to be able to do this several times over the summer. Luckily, they are plenty of great options available to you so that you can have a fantastic summer barbecue where everyone will enjoy the food and you don’t have to spend a fortune each time. MyRecipes.com has put together some really helpful hints and tips so you know just what to do and how to plan for your next summer party. Check it out!
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Everyone gets tired of having the same old thing when it comes to chicken, pork chops, steak or fish. A great way to change things up without going crazy is to use a brine, rub or marinade. They can add great flavor to anything you are cooking and make even your most regular meal seem extraordinary. Bon Appetit has put together 31 recipes for different rubs, brines and marinades that you can try. Check it out!
While I have been out of the dating scene for a very long time, there are occasions when you are dating where you want to be able to invite someone over to share a meal and relax. Dating can be stressful and nerve-wracking enough, but when you then have to decide on something to cook that you know you can pull off well it can make things even worse. Chowhound looks to help you with all of that with these 46 different recipes to cover everything that you need to make a nice meal that is creative but without a lot of stress to impress your date. These meals are great not just for those dating, but for married couples that want a nice meal or just when you are having a friend over for a meal. Check it out!
Rotisserie chicken can be a great weeknight dinner savior. You can pick them up at nearly deli counter or supermarket today and all you need are a couple of easy side dishes like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, French fries, some veggies or a salad and you are good to go. But what about leftovers? Sure, there are bound to be leftovers from the chicken and the great things is there are lots of good things to do with all of them besides making yourself some sandwiches or chicken salad. Bon Appetit gives you some guidance on what you can do, right down to using the bones from some great stock. Check it out!
If you are looking to go traditional with a meal on Christmas Eve, there is nothing more traditional than The Feast of the Seven Fishes. The custom of this meal comes from Southern Italy and is a meal that uses at least seven different kinds of seafood. New Your Times Cooking has put together 29 different seafood recipes, some very traditional and some a bit more adventurous, that you can try for your own feast. Check it out!
When it comes to the holiday dinner on Christmas or for any large gathering, a ham can make a great centerpiece for your meal. You have many different types of hams to choose from and each can require a different method of cooking to make sure it comes out fantastic. New York Times’ Cooking editor Sam Sifton has put together a great guide for you so you can get help choosing the right one to cook for the holidays, getting it prepared and then carving it just right. Check it out!
Source: How to Cook Ham – NYT Cooking
Not cooking Thanksgiving dinner yourself this year? While that may relieve you of a lot of preparation time and cooking in the kitchen, if you are going to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving this year keep in mind all that they have to do to prepare for the day. You may want to offer to do what you can or bring something of your own to the festivities. Bon Appetit has some great ideas as far as host gifts, side dishes, wine, drinks and other ideas about what you can do or bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Check it out!
Since your Thanksgiving turkey is a critical component of the meal you want to make sure it is properly thawed and ready for cooking come Thanksgiving so you do not fly into a panic about the bird still being frozen. Epicurious gives you a few helpful hints and reminders regarding thawing the bird so you can be sure to thaw it safely and properly, allowing you to cook dinner, make a great turkey and not worry about your guests leaving with more than just some leftovers. Check it out!