American Summer Classics for 6

Published June 1, 2010.

Enjoy the delicious bounty of Summer with our recipes for Charcoal-Grilled Lobster, All-American Cornbread, and Fresh Sour Cherry Cobbler.

Fresh Sour Cherry Cobbler

Picnic for 8

Published June 1, 2010.

Take the feast outside with a meal that's built for easy transport: Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw, Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella, Spice-Rubbed Picnic Chicken, and Salty Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies.

Spice-Rubbed Picnic Chicken

Cuban Grilled Pork Dinner for 8

Published June 12, 2009.

A customary mojo sauce—with notes of garlic, cumin, vinegar, and orange—nicely complements our barbecued pulled pork, as do traditional sides of black beans and rice and mango and avocado salad. Be sure to save room for our tender coconut layer cake.

Black Beans with Ham Hocks, Cilantro, and Lime

Tropical Dinner for 8

Published June 1, 2009.

Brighten even the dullest of days with this light and refreshing menu of pan-seared sesame-crusted tuna steaks with avocado-orange salsa, sweet-and-tart cucumber salad, and rice salad with pineapple, jicama, and pumpkin seeds.

Boiled Rice for Rice Salad

Middle Eastern Vegetarian Dinner for 8

Published June 1, 2009.

This traditional menu spotlights the best of Middle Eastern cuisine. Our favorites include: grilled baba ghanoush, chickpea fritters, also known as falafel, and pita bread salad or fattoush—all perfect recipes for the dabbling home cook.

Restaurant-Style Hummus

BBQ Ribs Cookout for 6

Published June 1, 2009.

This is casual, summer entertaining at its finest. From authentic barbecue pork spareribs to creamy coleslaw to a sweet slice of strawberry cream cake, our classic cookout menu is sure to please all in attendance.

Strawberry Cream Cake

Easy Barbecue Dinner for 10

Published June 1, 2009.

Pulled pork is the perfect vehicle for our spicy chili rub. Pair with our quick bread and butter pickles, Southern-style cornbread, and buttermilk coleslaw for the perfect barbecue menu.

Spicy Chili Rub

Southern Dinner for 8

Published December 1, 2008.

Find comfort in our down-home menu of braised beef short ribs, cooked greens and black-eyed peas, and buttermilk biscuits. Finish with a slice of our light and citrusy lemon layer cake.

Southern Dinner for 8

Mexican Night for 6

Published December 1, 2008.

With bold flavors at the forefront, this menu of fresh margaritas, chunky guacamole, and turkey mole is sure to please all. For dessert, indulge with our smooth and creamy flan.

Chunky Guacamole

Holiday Ham Dinner for 12

Published December 1, 2008.

With traditional holiday fare in mind, we paired an easy glazed, spiral-sliced ham with mashed sweet potatoes, simple broiled asparagus, and buttermilk biscuits. For dessert, impress your guests with our appealing and tasty lemon layer cake.

Glazed Spiral-Sliced Ham

Comfort Food Dinner for 6

Published December 1, 2008.

Traditional and enduring flavors rule this menu—from glazed meatloaf to mashed potatoes to simple broiled asparagus. Be sure to save room for our sweet and tart apple-cranberry pie.

Meat Loaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze - Loaf Pan Variation

Italian Supper for 8

Published December 1, 2008.

Our classic recipe for hearty meat lasagna is complemented by a light green salad and buttery garlic bread. Complete the meal with our flavorful and never soggy tiramisu.

Simple Lasagna with Hearty Tomato-Meat Sauce

Favorite Cookies

Published November 1, 2008.

This menu features some of our favorite cookie recipes, including brown sugar cookies that get their complex nuttiness from browned butter and thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies that bake up lightly crispy on the outside, and rich, soft, and tender on the inside.

Chewy Hazelnut Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

Southern Favorites for 6 to 8

Published December 1, 2007.

This is Southern food at its finest—rich, satisfying, and flavorful. Oozing down-home comfort, our crab cakes, Creole-style shrimp and sausage gumbo with rice, and biscuits are pleasing and easy to prepare.

Creole-Style Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Italian Pork Roast for 6 to 8

Published December 1, 2007.

For this Tuscan-inspired menu, we played with herbs and spices to create the perfect garlic-rosemary roast pork loin. Finish with a creamy panna cotta with berry coulis.

Tuscan-Style Garlic-Rosemary Roast Pork Loin with Jus

Italian Dinner for 6

Published December 1, 2007.

For those who long to taste the very best of Italian cuisine, we developed this menu with you in mind. Our menu features a wilted spinach salad, braised beef, creamy polenta, and a classic panna cotta.

Classic Panna Cotta

Multinational Tapas Menu

Published October 15, 2007.

Tapas—small tasting plates of food that can be very simple or very elaborate—are served in Spanish bars along with the before-meal sherry. We've adapted this idea to create a hearty appetizer menu that includes a tapas-type specialty from different countries.

Scallion, Parmesan, and Black Pepper Gougères

A Sweet Dessert Party

Published April 1, 2007.

We like the idea of a party where all the food can be made ahead of time, and all of it is sweet. Our grasshopper pie pairs a chocolate crust with an airy mint chiffon filling, and our tropical carrot cake uses coconut to give carrot cake an exotic twist. A surprise layer of meringue adds crunch to strawberries and cream, and our chocolate cake boasts layers of rich chocolate pudding.

A Sweet Dessert Party

Lemon-Lovers' Dinner Party

Published March 21, 2007.

Lemons brighten everything from simple soups to complex dishes. This menu exhibits their versatility, livening up the stuffing in our thick-cut pork chops as well as their accompaniments: garlic lemon potatoes and asparagus with a lemon-shallot vinaigrette

Coconut Icing

Afternoon Tea

Published March 21, 2007.

We've added a variety of savory and sweet dishes for this traditionally late afternoon meal. If you don't want to make the two side dishes to serve with the gravlax (onion relish and cilantro cream), you can serve it with capers, minced red onions, and chive-flavored cream cheese.

Raspberry Squares

Dessert Party

Published October 4, 2006.

This menu of sweet-tooth favorites includes a colorful fruit tart that tastes as good as it looks and a maple pecan pie with a silky smooth texture, rich pralinelike flavor, and a crisp crust.

Chocolate Chai Masala Truffles

Spanish Tapas Party

Published October 4, 2006.

This menu was inspired by the Spanish "tapas"—a collection of small, savory tidbits that go with drinks before a meal. Our simple recipes offer a variety of flavors that can be combined to make a full meal.

Grilled Peppers with Sherry Vinegar, Green Olives, and Capers

Make-Ahead Hors D'oeuvres Menu

Published September 15, 2006.

Too often, appetizers require more work than they’re worth. All of these dishes can be prepared well before the party starts, so you can spend time with your guests instead of in the kitchen.

Make-Ahead Hors D'oeuvres Menu

Snow Day Menu

Published September 15, 2006.

Most of these recipes can be prepared ahead and kept warm while you are outside enjoying a fresh snowfall. These dishes, including our deep, complexly flavored beef stew accompanied by mashed sweet potatoes, will warm you up no matter how cold it is outside.

Beef Stew with Tomatoes, Cinnamon, and Cloves

Indoor Clambake Celebration

Published June 5, 2006.

This menu brings the clambake indoors in case the weather isn’t cooperating or the beach is too far away. A refreshing cucumber salad and corn chowder accompany our classic clambake, and our chewy brownies provide a sweet finish.

Indoor Clambake
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