Kick off backyard barbecue season this weekend with friends, family, and a slew of new summer recipes. While we all love old-time staples like potato salad, coleslaw, and burgers on the grill, it's fun to spice up the menu every now and then. Here are a few new takes on our favorite barbecue classics.
Grilled Burgers, Steaks, and More:
Glazed Bacon-and-Cheese Burgers
For hamburgers, consider adding crumbled bacon to the ground meat, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, or breadcrumbs and beaten egg yolk.
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Grilled Flank Steak with Corn Relish
A simple corn relish spiked with lime, jalapenos, and red onion adds citrusy heat to tender slices of marinated flank steak, one of the most flavorful - and economical - cuts of beef.
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Barbecued Country Ribs with Lemon
Country-style pork ribs come from the loin and are thicker, shorter, and meatier than longer, thin spareribs. Slow braising in a savory tomato-based barbecue sauce tenderizes and flavors the meat.
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- Country Living | Work + Money – Thu, May 27, 2010 6:34 PM EDT
Kick off backyard barbecue season this weekend with friends, family, and a slew of new summer recipes. While we all love old-time staples like potato salad, coleslaw, and burgers on the grill, it's fun to spice up the menu every now and then. Here are a few new takes on our favorite barbecue classics.Read More »from Add Pizzazz to Your Memorial Day Menu: New Barbecue Recipes
Long live lawn games! These midcentury pastimes - from putt-putt to horseshoes - turn any yard into a full-on fun house, and any picnic into a party. These lighthearted, postwar suburban pursuits usually sell for $10 to $100 on auction sites like eBay (which is where we found all the vintage games here). "People are sentimental about what they played with as kids," says Joyce Grant of TimeWarpToys.com, which sells vintage toys. "And since these older sets were made so well, they last."Read More »from Add Whimsy to Your Summer Fun
While themed versions - with bases featuring images of Superman or the Lone Ranger - often command upwards of $150, this sweet and simple 1950s plastic pitching paraphernalia gets game day started for just $20.
This 1950s putt-putt set by Remco includes nine playful, painted wood obstacles--from the clown, lighthouse, and dachshund shown here to a pink elephant and storybook castle. Expect to pay up to $175 for a game in
Now is the time for weekend picnics, beach cookouts, and outdoor parties. It's also the time when farm-fresh fruits and vegetables fill the springtime markets, and the perfect time to start cooking. We've got some tips for choosing and cooking with fresh fruits and veggies.Read More »from Make the Most of Summer's Fresh Produce
To let the freshest fruits and vegetables star in your dishes, be flexible about the ingredients.
To Try: Chicken with Fresh Peas and Sparkling Wine; kernels cut from just-picked corn will add a crisp, sweet note to this casserole.
Since fresh produce has so much flavor, let it shine by keeping it simple; the added bonus here is that you are spending less time in the kitchen on hot days.
To Try: Luscious strawberries and creamy avocado mingle in a honeyed lemon dressing to create this simple and elegant Avocado and Strawberries salad.
Summerize creamed spinach by substituting milk for some heavy cream, and add a little zip with lemon juice and zest. When using fresh spinach, the key to success lies in soaking it
- Country Living | Work + Money – Tue, May 18, 2010 5:47 PM EDT
Looking to keep the kids busy this summer? These colorful (and useful!) craft projects are the way to go. Many of these ideas involve simple supplies - fabric, ribbons, thread, hot glue - and they're easy enough that kids can do a big part. Not only will you have fun collaborating, but you'll end up with a few creative new additions to your home.Read More »from Keep Kids Occupied This Summer: 7 DIY Projects You'll Enjoy Too
Spruce up your dull rubber erasers and even create adorable dry erase board erasers with this super-simple project.
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- Country Living | Mother's Day – Thu, May 6, 2010 6:48 PM EDT
When tea is served to friends in a lovely corner of the yard or garden, something enchanting happens. Women's voices ring in May breezes. There is laughter. And in the dappled sunlight, at a table set with favorite china, delicate confections, and tea sandwiches, affections are renewed. In celebration of mothers - and all the special women in your life - host an outdoor tea party in your own backyard.Read More »from Celebrate Mother's Day with an Outdoor Tea Party
Fanciful, intimate, and simple to prepare, a tea party is a party like no other. Set the scene with fragrant branches of lilacs and vintage china adorned with English rose motifs. Floral-print napkins, tiered serving pieces, and a dash of pastel-colored sugar all add a touch of romantic grandeur. And a chandelier hanging from a tree branch lends the affair sophisticated charm. If you're looking to throw a larger outdoor affair, consider a garden party.
Colorful table settings, such as garden roses, lupines, peonies, and lilacs, set the scene, as do lush
It's fun to take on a craft project, especially when you can put it to good use once you've finished! We've gathered a few of our favorite easy projects that help you organize around your home. Check out 8 more ideas here.Read More »from 6 DIY Projects That Keep You Organized
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It's always fun to pick up a new outfit or two when the weather changes, but you can justify it even more when you know you'll want to wear it over and over again all summer long. That's how we felt when we stumbled upon this comfy dress - and the price tag was just too good to pass up! Find out why we love it and check out the accessories we picked to go along with it.Read More »from A Perfect Summer Dress Under $20
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