Need to perfect your grilling technique? Take the guesswork out of summertime grilling and serve up the tastiest, juiciest dishes every time.
Plus, get more summer grilling recipes and tips!
1. Flavor It
When it comes to backyard grilling, there are several ways to add extra flavor to your food. The quickest way is with glazes, which are syrupy coatings often made with honey, maple syrup, or molasses that are brushed on during the last few minutes of grilling. Similarly, wet and dry rubs require little preparation time. Apply these blends of herbs and spices (wet rubs incorporate moist ingredients, such as oil, mustard, and yogurt) up to a few hours before cooking to create a savory crust.
To more deeply infuse foods with flavor - and tenderize them, too - immerse them in marinades that are made with acidic liquids, such as lemon juice, vinegar, and wine.
2. Add Smoke
Whether you grill over gas or charcoal, use hardwood logs, chunks, briquettes, or chips to impart a smoky flavor to
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Go green and get healthy! These brand-new bikes cruise with old-school flair. They're perfect for riding around the neighborhood, making quick trips to the grocery store or cruising along the beach.Read More »from 5 Amazing Summer Bikes
Plus: Check out our cute summer craft projects!
Pendleton - yes, the blanketmaker - blazes an unexpected trail with a speedy stunner that sports the brand's 1927 Chief Joseph motif. Each bike is handcrafted and sure to get you noticed. ($749; pendleton-usa.com)
An easy-to-adjust seat makes Huffy's bargain ideal for sharing with family members. Of course, the cheery robin's egg blue color is perfect for summer, too! ($90; walmart.com)
Want more? Check out 12 more ways to have fun this summer!
Also available in mint, this two-wheeler's twice as earth-friendly, since it comes with a reusable mesh shopping bag-perfect for summer trips to the farmer's market. ($410; giant-bicycles.com)
This dreamboat's got it all: a wicker basket, cherry-red spokes, a
Reinvigorate tired items around the house with these clever projects that let you get a little crafty. The best part? They cost next to nothing.1. Charming Bookmark
Jewelry designer Andrea Singarella fashioned these bibliophilic baubles for just a few bucks each.
To assemble your own, cut velvet ribbon ($1.59 per yard; mjtrim.com) into nine-inch lengths. Purchase ribbon clamps the same width as your ribbon (from $1.50 per 10 pack; artfire.com), then use flat-nose jewelry pliers to affix clamps to both ends of each ribbon. Finish by attaching charms, trinkets, or vintage earrings (from 25 cents each; eebeads.com) to the clamps with jump rings ($4.12 per 100 pack; amazon.com).
Plus: Cute Summer Craft Projects!
2. Decoupaged Light
Reveal a lampshade's inner beauty with this idea from Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir's new book, Rediscovered Treasures ($15.95; New Holland).
Create a pattern with kraft paper as a stencil for your pretty paper of choice (wallpaper, giftRead More »from 6 Super Cheap Craft Ideas
Whether the occasion calls for a laid-back lunch or a romantic dinner, one of these outdoor entertaining ideas is sure to please everyone. With these ideas, you'll host a soirée that no one will forget!
Plus: Get more summer party ideas!
With blues and greens reminiscent of a rambling river, plus camp-inspired accessories (metal plates, classic lanterns), this tablescape is sure to reel guests right in.
For the centerpiece, an old fishing creel, brimming with dill and Queen Anne's lace, finds new use as a planter, and a vintage store display gets reborn as a menu holder. An camp blanket doubles as an unexpectedly lovely summertime tablecloth.Once the sun goes down, fire up these iconic lanterns to inspire a few after-dinner ghost stories.
Guests will angle to RSVP when they receive this balsa-wood card nestled in a fly-fishing tin.
The Place Setting and Party Favor
Metal dishware plays up the rustic vibe, as does a laminated fishing Read More »from The Ultimate Summer Party Guide
Everyone knows that some of the best bargains are found on the web. But between the daily deals and endless e-commerce sites, online shopping can be a little overwhelming. That's why we're revealing our favorite thrifty sites for great deals-to prove that you don't have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks!
Click here for 50 finds under 50!
Cute Tops"Spool72.com's distinctive clothing looks like it should cost a lot more than it does." -Natalie Warady, Style & Market Director
(Dixie Blouse, spool72.com, $44)
Decorative Hardware"Urban Outfitters isn't just for 20-something hipsters. Their wall-hooks are often 1/3 price of other sites which will remain nameless...and they're just as cute." -Sarah Gray Miller, Editor-in-Chief
(Branch Hooks, urbanoutfitters.com, $20)
More: Refresh any room in a flash!
Affordable Art"20x200.com is the place to buy affordable art. I got this $50 Paula Scher print there after falling in love with her (very pricey) Read More »from Shopping Secrets of Country Living Editors
Farmers' markets are lush with the first round of summer fruits and veggies. From squash to strawberries, summer produce is some of the most flavorful and colorful. Discover the best ways to use these summer gems with our creative recipes, sure to please all palates.Read More »from 10 Delicious Ways to Use Summer Produce
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Basil is heady stuff - highly aromatic, super prolific, and simple to grow. Bring on the tomatoes, the mozzarella, the chicken, the pasta, the shrimp: by growing basil in your garden, your cooking is about to take an inspired leap.
Learn more about growing basil.
Pasta e f-- ioli with Pesto
Use fresh, locally grown ingredients for very tasty fare. Pesto adds robust flavor to this one-dish pasta supper.
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We make this divine Italian classic with fresh mozzarella and hand-torn basil leaves.
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Crisp, sweet, and delicious, this humble vegetable manages to capture the essence of the season in a single, satisfying bite. Use corn in
Fire up that grill! For the ultimate no-fail hamburger that delivers delicious flavor in every bite, follow these tips and tricks from some of America's best chefs.
Plus, get more tips on building the perfect burger.
For Michael Romano, the former executive chef of New York's Union Square Cafe and Shake Shack, it's all about the bun. His choice: a soft, compliant brioche. "I've never been a fan of putting burgers on English muffins...too stiff upper lip. To me, that's like putting starch in your sheets," Romano says.
If you don't want the bun to get soggy, he says, don't leave the meat on it too long before eating. Romano also includes yellow Cheddar for "bite and the iconic look it gets when it melts."
Michael Romano's Ingredients
- Brioche or other soft hamburger bun, brushed with butter and toasted
- Raw red onion
- Fresh tomato
- Sharp yellow Cheddar
- Fresh ground chuck (80 percent lean, never frozen)
- Country Living | Work + Money – Thu, May 19, 2011 7:48 PM EDT
Even though jetsetting of to an exotic locale may be appealing, sometimes it's just not possible. If you can't make it to a white sand beach or a secluded mountain retreat this year, follow our tips to have a "staycation" that you'll never forget.If you can escape for a week or two, check out our favorite historic hotels, inn, and B&Bs.
Host A Wine And Cheese TastingDon't fret if you can't make it to Napa Valley this summer! Peruse the wine and cheese aisles of your local market for exciting regional finds. Make a complete tasting platter with four or five cheeses of varying firmness and pungency.
Create A Cozy BedSpend the day reading in the comfort of your own bed. With the right sheets, blankets, and pillows, you might never want to leave - and you might even forget that you're at home!
Follow our guide to make the most comfortable bed.
Relax In The TubPick out your favorite bath salts and books, pull the curtains tight, and relax in a cool bath. Add Read More »from No Budget For A Summer Vacation? Stay Home (And Have A Blast)
School is out and fun is in! In between summer vacations and trips to the beach, get rid of summer boredom with our fun summer crafts that anyone can do. These easy crafts are a great way to beat the heat and discover a little summer creativity.Read More »from 4 Kid-Friendly Summer Crafts
Plus: Make it a picnic with these delicious summer sandwiches.
1) Turn paper doilies into drink umbrellas.
Dress up your lemonade with blogger Olivia Kanaley's adorable accents. To re-create these, you'll need card stock, a glue stick, doilies, and wooden skewers - and of course, a pitcher of your favorite summer refreshment.
See the rest of the instructions here.
2) A piñata that will leave party guests abuzz.
Add some buzz to your party with crafter Kirsten Field's irresistible papier-mâché hive. Made for just $10, including bees, this honey-sweet project is sure to be a hit.
See complete instructions here.
To populate your hive with bees, hot-glue a one-inch black pom-pom to a two-inch yellow pom-pom.
Cut 2 two-inch-long pieces of
Timing is everything, according to Mark Di Vincenzo, who literally wrote the book on seasonal sales: Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon.
Check out more great deals- all under $50! Here's what he says you should shop for this month (besides ketchup) and beyond:
What to Buy in May
Replace your fridge. Since new appliances often debut in the summer, you'll spend hundreds less toward the end of spring, when stores clear their stockrooms of older models.Bonus: Get inspired with our ultimate guide to kitchen decorating.
What to Buy in June
Build up the toolbox. During the weeks before Father's Day, hardware chains tend to offer promotions on drills, saws, and more to lure gift-shoppers. Get Dad started with these DIY ideas.
What to Buy in July
Swap out your sofa. As retailers make way for fall furniture, discontinued styles go for a fraction of their original costs. Want a real steal? Opt for a floor sample. Can't afford a new couch? See how our editorsRead More »from Secrets to Summer's Best Sales