Letâ€™s face it: no summer is perfect. Chances are at least once this season your fabulous beach party or backyard BBQ has been ruined by unexpected dark clouds (especially poor rain-soaked New England this year). Suddenly, youâ€™re stuck with a guest list and no plans. What do you do?
First off, donâ€™t panic! Scan your DVD shelf or get thee to a Blockbuster — couch-potato movie parties are easy to throw together and easy to enjoy. Just check out the tips for a last-minute movie party after the jump! –Katie D. (more…)
I’m a breakfast eater. I know there are a lot of people out there who skip this mini-meal, but I always partake in morning eats. I go through phases with breakfast foods — right now I’m on a cold cereal kick, but sometime during the winter months I’m sure I’ll swap my cold cereal for hot. I don’t always stick to traditional breakfast fare, either. When my leftovers from dinner are looking good, I’ll serve up a smaller portion for breakfast. On weekends, I’ll indulge in more decadent treats like pancakes, cheese-filled omelets, French toast or the much loved breakfast burrito. While my choices vary greatly, one thing remains constant: I never miss this meal. What about you? –Erica P.
Summer food is usually fresh and light, and for good reason — look at all of the beautiful produce out there this time of year. But sometimes I want something a little heartier, even as the weather is warming up. After a trip to our local farmers’ market last weekend, I came home with a bag full of delicate peas, still in their bright green pods. I could have made a salad or something equally virtuous, but no, I went in the opposite direction, adding them to a rich carbonara with bacon, parmesan, and mint. Bathing suit season be damned! This pasta, adapted from Jamie Oliver, is worth every calorie. –Lisa C. Click for the carbonara recipe! (more…)
Thanks to my sudden abundance of mint, I’ve had to come up with a few creative ways to use my new herbs (besides mojitos, I mean). Lately, Iâ€™ve been freezing the recently plucked leaves in ice cubes and plopping them into freshly brewed iced tea. To make sure that your mint leaves freeze in the middle of the ice cube rather than the edges, fill your ice cube tray halfway and freeze. Once you have a whole set of half cubes, place a mint leaf underneath the ice and fill the tray with water the rest of the way. The half cube will float to the top, but the mint will be trapped underneath it and remain stuck in the middle to be slowly enjoyed! â€“Katie D.