Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! I hope your weekend was fab. Mine was filled with much-loved relaxation & sunshine that I sure hope carries over into this week.

Here’s what’s cooking:

  1. NY Deli & Meatball Subs (#40 & 20) from Food Network Magazine
  2. Leek Fritters from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
  3. Slow-Cooker Barbecued Ribs from Betty Crocker

What are you making this week?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! After a few weeks away, I sure am glad to be back in my own kitchen!

Here’s what’s cooking this week.

  1. Easy Beef Stew from Chow
  2. Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwich from Life Tastes Good
  3. Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms from Two Peas & Their Pod
  4. Spicy Tortilla Soup (#11) from Food Network Magazine

What are you making this week?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope your week is off to a good start.

We’ve got the last of the Valentine’s Day posts coming this week, which means the day is almost here!

For now, here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Chocolate Chia Smoothie from Gimmie Some Oven
  2. Warm Pasta-Bean Salad from  Food Network Magazine
  3. Breaded Chicken Cutlets from Martha Stewart
  4. Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade from Curtis Stone
  5. Blood Orange Curd from Cupcake Rehab

What are you making this week?

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4th of July | Party Menu

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Hey Party Babes! I don’t know about you, but I love any excuse to decorate, dress up, & entertain. Luckily, Independence Day is a very worthy excuse. So invite your crew over & warn the neighbors, because it’s about to get crazy in your backyard!

No one likes being held hostage in the kitchen while all the fun is happening outside, so here’s a pre-preped & grill-friendly menu of BBQ faves.

Chips & Dip • Punch • Beer • Hamburgers • Hot Dogs • Corn on the Cob • Potato Salad • Baked Beans • Green Salad • Jello-O

The Day Before:

  • Make this potato salad
  • Make these Jell-O parfaits, but hold off on adding the toppings

The Morning Of:

  • Make a boozy Sweat Tea punch
    • Simmer 1½ cups each sugar & water until the sugar dissolves; let syrup cool. Mix 8 cups chilled strong black tea, 1 cup each lemon juice & bourbon, & the syrup in a punch bowl. Add some lemon slices. Serve over ice. (Recipe via Food Network Magazine’s 50 Party Punches)
  • Make your favorite green salad
  • Make/ buy your favorite salad dressing (this ranch looks easy enough)

Right Before:

  • Put out cups, plates, silverware, & napkins
  • Put out the punch, beer, ice water (you’ve got to stay hydrated!), & any other drinks you’d like
  • Put out your favorite chips & store-bought/ homemade dip (I love Ruffles w/ Onion Dip)
  • Put out the potato salad
  • Put out the salad & dressing (serve the dressing on the side to keep the lettuce crisp)
  • Put out the Jell-O & top with Cool Whip & Strawberries
  • Plate your burger & dog toppings & condiments
    • The Classics: American, cheddar & swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, relish, ketchup, yellow mustard, mayo
    • The Contemporary: crisp bacon, blue cheese, arugula, avocado, jalapeños, grilled onions, Sriracha, Dijon mustard, aioli

During:

  • Dump your favorite canned baked beans into a saucepan & place on the grill to heat through
  • Grill the corn, season it to your liking (this sounds delish) & serve it with these
  • Grill the hamburgers (here’s a helpful video)
  • Grill the hot dogs
  • Toast the buns, if desired
  • Stab these into the burgers & dogs & let your crew dress them to their liking
  • Eat & drink too much in perfect reflection of American excess

And there you have it. Now hang your Star Spangled Banner, crank up your 4th of July Jams, & fire up that grill!

What else are you babes cookin’ up tomorrow?

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