Since Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer, why not kick off the sunny season with good friends and good food? Whether you're planning a low-key backyard barbecue or an all-out holiday feast, we've gathered some delicious recipes to help you host a fun, festive party for your pals. From tangy ginger-glazed baby back ribs to grilled dessert pizza slathered with chocolate, these tasty dishes are perfect to try on Memorial Day.
Warm Spring weather calls for alfresco dining, so it's the perfect time to bring out your favorite blanket and have a picnic. Whether it's a group affair or a romantic meal for two, a great picnic requires a gorgeous location and a tasty, convenient menu. Not sure what to pack? Here are a few of our favorite picnic picks.
Simplicity is key, so if you plan to pack alcohol, stick to a bottle of wine, beer, or cocktails with three ingredients or less, like the appetite-inducing bicyclette. Add some charm to your meal with striped straws, or consider keeping your drinks in closed mason jars for a cute but practical choice.
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If balsamic is the only variety of vinegar in your pantry, then it's time to expand your horizons. Whether you're looking for a sweet, savory, or tangy taste, you can boost flavor easily with the right vinegar. Not sure where to start? We're breaking down some of the most popular types of vinegar and the best dishes to drizzle them on, so before you grab your standby balsamic, take a look at these must-try vinegars:
- Apple cider: Tan, tart, and slightly fruity, apple cider vinegar works best in salad dressings and poultry marinades.
- Balsamic: One of the most popular vinegars, balsamic can be used in dressings, dips, marinades, sauces, and reductions, topping everything from salads to desserts to meat and seafood. Made with white grapes and aged for several years, traditional balsamic vinegar is both sweet and sour, so it works well with sweet foods and salty dishes — especially cheese.
- Wine: Perfect to drizzle over sautéed vegetables and salads or in meat marinades, red and white wine vinegars are made from different types of wine and vary in quality accordingly. Splash a bit over bitter vegetables like brussels sprouts or cabbage to smooth out the taste, or use it to bring out the fruity flavors in berries and salsa.
- Champagne: Light like Champagne itself, Champagne vinegar is made with the grapes used for expensive bubbly. With a hint of vanilla, it's a great addition to fruity salads, poultry marinades, and sweet sauces.
Keep reading to learn more about different types of vinegar.
Now that strawberry season has arrived, it's time to enjoy sweet and savory dishes that feature the berry front and center. With a mix of cocktails, desserts, and sides, we're highlighting some of our favorite fruity recipes — including a pizza-inspired treat. Can't wait to savor strawberries this Spring? Stock up on the delicious fruit, and then dive into these tasty recipes!
— Additional reporting by Katie Sweeney
With picnic season upon us, now is the perfect time to find a chic yet practical carrier to tote your wine bottles. With a mix of sleek leather options, colorful containers, and a few accessories for your outdoor sips, we're helping you bring style to all your alfresco meals. Prep for sunny lunches by taking a look at these adorable wine bottle carriers!
The standard party buffet is being cleared away in favorite of playful and creative food and drink stations, and we're not just talking about the dessert bar. Champagne, popcorn, and even potatoes are becoming popular food station options, and we're highlighting a variety of fresh ideas to help you personalize your next event.
Whether you love cheese, pie, tea, or coffee, a station that's themed around your favorite foodie picks is sure to please your guests. Wedding season comes with an abundance of brunches, showers, and parties, so before you plan your next event, get inspired by these stylish, themed food and drink stations.
Looking for a lighter version of cornbread for Spring? Running to the Kitchen shows us a fresh, fruity spin on the classic side dish.
Three pounds of strawberries for $3 makes me happy. So do these muffins. They're paleo meets cornmeal, and I just love them — the texture is fun, and the strawberries are sweet.
For more — and the recipe — visit her blog and then be sure to share your food photos via Savory Sights on POPSUGAR Social or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.
Sunny weather brought out plenty of refreshing sips and sweets among famous foodies this week. Chefs like Jamie Oliver and Giada DeLaurentiis shared pictures of their most recent dishes on Twitter and Instagram, and tasty-looking treats like macarons and berry tartlets had our mouths watering. If you missed out on these fun foodie snaps, take a look at the latest photos from celebrity chefs!
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Wishing you were on Spring break right about now? Sip one of these refreshing cocktails to pretend you're poolside. Whether or not you're sitting in the sun, a crisp, cool drink can transport you straight to your favorite beach spot. From sweet daiquiris to fresh and simple sips, these 10 cocktails make any day feel like a vacation.
Did you know that March is National Peanut Month? Let's celebrate the sometimes-creamy, sometimes-crunchy ingredient with some of our favorite peanut (and peanut butter) recipes. From supersweet desserts to one of our favorite snack mixes of all time, here are seven recipes guaranteed to satisfy your peanut cravings.
If you're hoping to cook up some traditional Irish eats for St. Patrick's Day, corned beef should definitely be on the menu. Its association with Irish-American culture makes corned beef a holiday must, but feel free to get creative with your dish. From a morning classic to a salty, cheesy sandwich, here are five delicious ways to serve corned beef on March 17.
- With eggs. Start your St. Patrick's Day with a tasty take on the traditional beef. Corned beef hash and scrambled eggs are sure to get your holiday off on the right foot. Try the canned version or create your own with this simple corned beef hash recipe.
- On a sandwich. Stick to a classic Reuben sandwich recipe or keep things simple by adding slices of corned beef to marbled rye. A few condiment ideas: horseradish, mustard, or a layer of your favorite cheese.
- With potatoes and cabbage. Get in the Irish spirit by serving smoked corned beef with boiled potatoes and cabbage. Need some extra flavor? Add salt, pepper, onions, and fresh chopped dill to kick the savory taste up a notch.
- Over pasta. Get creative with corned beef by serving slices over pasta. Pick a recipe with an extracreamy sauce and let the meat supply a salty accent flavor.
- On a grilled cheese. With Dijon mustard and creamy fontina cheese, you're bound to fall for this corned beef grilled cheese recipe. Add just a handful of sliced sweet onion and toast some buttered rye bread for a dish you'll love year-round.
Do you have a favorite way to serve corned beef? Share your tips in the comments below!
With St. Patrick's Day just a few weeks away but wintry climes still in full effect, 'tis the season to sip Irish coffee! We've created a short quiz to test your knowledge of the creamy, boozy drink. Sure, you enjoy the taste of the beverage, but do you know where it originated, or how to make it? Take this quick quiz to learn more.
Sweet meets savory in this healthy, flavorful biscuit recipe from Running to the Kitchen.
Crunchy, salty bacon makes for a delicious contrast with the creamy sweet potato, and you can top the biscuits with fresh sprigs of rosemary for added flavor.
For more — and the recipe — check out her blog, and then be sure to share your photos in our community or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then join the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.
Peanut sauce is good for more than just pad thai, so if you're a fan of the Asian staple, we're highlighting a variety of ways to incorporate the sauce in different dishes. Whether you prefer to make it yourself or buy it at the store, these ideas are sure to help you come up with new, original recipes. In honor of National Sauce Month, check out these five different ways to use peanut sauce:
- In a wrap: Spice up your next lunch wrap by spreading a thin layer of peanut sauce over the tortilla, then sprinkle crushed peanuts on top for an extra nutty flavor.
- On a salad: Toss basic peanut sauce over your salad for a sweet, creamy dressing, or give it an extra boost by adding fresh ginger, chopped green onions, and dry-roasted peanuts.
- For pasta sauce: Before you top your favorite noodle dish with peanut sauce, try thinning it out a bit by mixing it with chicken broth.
- As a dip: Peanut sauce is the perfect dip for fresh vegetables, crispy tofu, meats, and spring rolls, but you can also venture out with seafood skewers or dumplings.
- In a marinade: Blend peanut sauce with soy sauce, ginger, onions, and a dash of hot sauce for a delicious meat or vegetable marinade.
What do you use peanut sauce for?
If you're getting antsy for the start of Spring break season, you can pretend you're on vacation a bit early, thanks to these tasty pineapple dishes. We're sharing all kinds of recipes that feature the sweet fruit, including a mix of drinks, appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Craving some sand and sun? Transport yourself to the tropics with these delicious pineapple dishes!
Classic baked potatoes get a flavorful Mexican spin with this simple recipe from GraceDickinson.
Stuff baked potatoes with black beans, salsa, avocado, and Greek yogurt or sour cream, then sprinkle with cumin, coriander, and cilantro for added flavor.
For more — and the recipe — visit her blog, then be sure to share your food photos in our community or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.
For cozy comfort food that fills and satisfies, we're sharing flavorful sweet potato dishes for every meal — even breakfast! With everything from a nutty casserole to baked french fries to a smooth, creamy soup, our recipes prove that sweet potatoes can be a healthy, versatile pick. Try one of these tasty options for a sweet indulgence:
Sweet Potato Pone
Purple Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Soup
Fries With Avocado Dip
Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
When it comes to perfect taste pairings, there's nothing quite like chocolate and peanut butter — the ultimate dessert duo. In honor of Peanut Butter Lovers' Day, we're highlighting some of our favorite recipes that combine the two foods for irresistible, can't-resist flavor. Craving something sweet? Take a look at these must-try treats made with chocolate and peanut butter!
With St. Patrick's Day approaching in just a few weeks, now's the time to practice these tasty cocktail recipes with your favorite Irish whiskey! Whether you're into dry, bitter drinks or sweeter sips, we've rounded up a variety of refreshing options to suit your taste. Prepping for holiday celebrations or planning your own? Go beyond the classic Guinness options, and take a look at these creative whiskey cocktail recipes!