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If you're throwing a Labor Day bash this year, your guests will need a few beverages to cool off with after all those smoky, charred dishes from the grill. In addition to the unavoidable beer and wine, a good summer cocktail or two makes a refreshing treat. Here are recipes for 31 of our favorites, both boozy and alcohol-free.
When it comes to bruschetta, there's no hiding mediocre tomatoes behind presentation or technique: The toasts will be only as good as the tomatoes. That means using fresh ones only when they're at the peak of their season, and switching to a delicious oven-roasting method for canned tomatoes during the rest of the year.
Labor Day is almost upon us, which means that summer is fast coming to an end. But, rather than wallow in despair at the changing of the seasons, we recommend that you use the holiday as an excuse for one last, pull-out-all-the-stops backyard cookout. To do Labor Day right, keep reading for a whopping 35 of our favorite recipes for satisfying cookout main dishes.
We need only the slightest of excuses to cook outside in the peak of heat-wave summer. Turn the stove on? Ah, no, thank you. Making a quick-marinated chicken dish that we can throw on the grill is an ideal solution. And, if we can use the Mediterranean heroes of the summer vegetable garden—tomatoes and basil—so much the better.
Cherry tomatoes are almost always sweeter, riper, and higher in pectin than larger tomatoes at the supermarket. All of these factors mean that cherry tomatoes are fantastic for making a rich, thick, flavorful sauce. Even better: It takes only four ingredients and about 10 minutes, start to finish—less time than it takes to cook the pasta you're gonna serve it with.
Over the last five years, craft-brewery acquisitions have been on the rise. Yet beer lovers still routinely throw around the fanciful negatives they're sure will soon characterize the formerly independent breweries. What's really been going on since these acquisitions—for better or for worse? And does anything actually improve when Big Beer buys you?
My new favorite use of agave spirits: this frozen Paloma cocktail, which is bright and tart like a margarita, but not too sweet. The soft, floral side of fresh grapefruit juice comes forward, along with perfectly balanced bitterness. The mezcal is what makes it truly great, adding a subtle savory quality and an herbal layer.
In the catalog of easy, cheaty pizza recipes that start with some form of pre-baked bread base, flour tortilla–based pizzas have historically ranked pretty low on my list. But all that has changed, and I'm now going to take the position...Show More Summary
Just how do you get into Turkish cooking beyond the kebab? The surest way is to buy a good cookbook, stock your pantry, and make it at home. Happily, everything you need to cook Turkish food at home can be purchased online; at your nearest Middle Eastern, Turkish, or Armenian grocery; and/or at many specialty food purveyors. Here's the ultimate shopping list to get you started.
For those of us who grew up on Pudding Pops and Klondike Bars, this dessert hybrid is the ultimate frozen treat.
I recently tested a whole slew of skewers to find the best ones for grilling, and since then, this has been the summer of grilled-things-on-a-stick. And I'm not through poking-and-grilling yet. This time, it's sweet-and-savory Thai-style chicken satay with a tamarind-peanut dipping sauce. Show More Summary
Fresh raspberries are wonderful in fruity desserts and beverages alike. If you're drowning in your garden's berries or just picked up a few pints from the farmers market, read on for 12 of our favorite recipes for raspberry desserts and drinks.
A native’s guide to truly old-school Brooklyn restaurants and eating experiences, from Williamsburg and Greenpoint to Coney Island.
Japan's omurice, which also goes by the names omumeshi and omuraisu, is an addictive dish of fried rice with an omelette. It's surprisingly easy to make at home. Here are two recipes—one with ketchup, the other with okonomiyaki sauce—to get you started.
The best quick and easy recipes to help you get dinner on the table fast.
Mussels are already winners for quick cooking, sustainability, and flavor; they also pair well with a wide range of other ingredients. Here, we bring Thai inspiration with a spicy red curry coconut broth and a shower of fresh herbs. Serving it with quick-cooking rice noodles brings the whole meal together in under 20 minutes.
For several weeks, my fridge was packed to the gills with leftover smoked meat, and there were only so many neighbors I could pawn it off onto. Luckily, that smoked meat is not just great as the star of the show; it's also great as a supporting actor, adding its characteristic flavor to this pot of barbecue beans.
On this week's episode of the Special Sauce podcast, restaurateur Danny Meyer relates how his iconic fast food joint Shake Shack, now a global phenomenon best known for its burgers, started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park. Show More Summary
Ice cream is the classic choice for dessert in the summertime, yet it's not necessarily the best. Its dairy-laden heaviness means you might have to go easy on your main course to ensure you've got plenty of room afterward. But lean, bright, tangy sorbet—now there's a sweet treat that was made for these sticky days and nights. Show More Summary
Spaghetti with cacio e pepe (Pecorino Romano and black pepper) is a classic Roman dish, and one of the simplest pasta dishes around. But it can be a little confounding until you get the hang of it—that Pecorino has a nasty habit of clumping up if you don't do it right! Our video will show you how to get perfectly creamy, cheesy results every time.