Cooking for a Crowd

5 Make-Ahead Casseroles You Need in Your Life

I don’t know about you, but meal planning has saved my sanity on many occasions. You can’t beat the security of having an extra meal (or two…or more) in your freezer for those super-busy weeknights. And with cool weather approaching, I’m stocking up on fall recipes that feed a crowd—because the only thing better than pulling out a pre-made, hearty dinner is having that dinner produce leftover meals for the next day or two. Continue reading

All-Time Favorite Labor Day Recipes

The thought of trading in flip-flops for boots and sand for fallen leaves makes me realize that I’m just not ready for summer to end yet. While there’s nothing that will make the warm, sunny days never-ending (except maybe a move to Southern California?), I can make sure I squeeze every last drop of fun out of festive barbecues, fresh-cut grass, dips in the pool and all the rest. With that in mind, I’m sharing my most unforgettable, all-time favorite Labor Day recipes. They’re a mix of traditional—potato salad, Watergate salad—and new recipes—zucchini fries, peanut butter s’mores bars—and some others in between, but they’re all guaranteed to make this Labor Day the best in recent memory!

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Top 6 Memorial Day Recipes: Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw & More

Ahh, the Memorial Day cookout: Your annual chance to reconnect with family, enjoy the magical late-spring weather and flex your grilling muscles in preparation for the (hopefully many!) summer cookouts to come. And while burgers and hot dogs might be default Memorial Day entrées, that just gives side dishes and dessert more room to shine! I’ve gathered a few traditional-faves-with-a-twist, including potato salad, macaroni salad and my very favorite fruity (yep, fruity!) cole slaw recipe, to help up your patio-party game.

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How to Have a “Ball” on Game Day

It’s been a while since I’ve touched a basketball. My athletic career peaked in middle school, back when the number of sweatbands you wore was just as important as your skill level. While I never learned to spin the ball on one finger, my ball-handling skills have managed to improve since then—in the kitchen, that is. And if you think ball hogs only exist on the basketball courts, you haven’t seen my party guests when I bring out the cheese ball. Here’s my winning roster for the best ball-shaped recipes.

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Starch Swap: Potatoes Are Out. Cauliflower Is In!

Introductions to new dishes are like first dates. They both begin with hopeful anticipation: “Will this be an amazing experience or a disappointment?” When a new dish exceeds our expectations, we bring it around our friends and family, hoping that they will enjoy it as much as we did. But when a dish falls short of our hopes? Well, let’s just say we’re not taking it home to meet the folks anytime soon. That is, unless we can change it for the better. Continue reading