We have entered the dog days of summer, and barbecue season is (blissfully!) upon us. What's in your bag of tricks to keep cookout guests happy? Is it a killer salad recipe that leaves burgers and dogs in the dust? Do you swear by a spice rub that transforms everything from skirt steak to pork chops to a side of salmon into a grilled masterpiece? What about a lemonade recipe that quenches the thirst of an army of horseshoe players? Join in July's Supper Club by sharing Your Best Cookout Secret and you could win this super-chic portable charcoal grill for impromptu beachside picnics! Our second prize winner will keep the grill fun rolling on rainy days and into winter with a ridged grill pan.
To Join Us:
1. Write a blog post, on Shine or elsewhere, telling us about your best cookout secret. Be sure to include a photo and a recipe.
2. Mention and link to the Shine Supper Club in your post: http://shine.yahoo.com/supper-club/
3. Tweet @yahooshine with a link to your post and include
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Shine Food – Mon, Jul 2, 2012 1:27 PM EDT
We have entered the dog days of summer, and barbecue season is (blissfully!) upon us. What's in your bag of tricks to keep cookout guests happy? Is it a killer salad recipe that leaves burgers and dogs in the dust? Do you swear by a spice rub that transforms everything from skirt steak to pork chops to a side of salmon into a grilled masterpiece? What about a lemonade recipe that quenches the thirst of an army of horseshoe players? Join in July's Supper Club by sharing Your Best Cookout Secret and you could win this super-chic portable charcoal grill for impromptu beachside picnics! Our second prize winner will keep the grill fun rolling on rainy days and into winter with a ridged grill pan.Read More »from July Supper Club: Your Best Cookout Secrets (Plus a Grill Giveaway!)
Melty Chocolate Ice Cream ConeOn a sweltering, fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk summer day, only two things can be counted on to cool you off: a dip in a pool and an ice cream cone. (Had in quick succession, it's the stuff February daydreams are made of.) But part of the fun is the quick work of it. Sometimes, no matter how fast you lick, the chocolate-vanilla-strawberry drips down the cone and onto your hand--a sticky, delicious mess. It's a quintessential summer moment FiguerasPhoto captured beautifully in this photograph and these simple words: "Summer just wouldn't be summer without a melty chocolate ice cream cone." We couldn't agree more, and neither could you. Shine readers chose this entry as the best embodiment of the First Bite of Summer in June's Supper Club. Now, please pass the ice cream.Read More »from Shine Supper Club Winner!
Curious about the Supper Club? Check back at noon PST on July 2 to learn the new theme and join us in our next eating adventure. Word has it there'll be a prize!
Thanks to everyone who participated, and congrats to
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Shine Food – Fri, Jun 29, 2012 10:36 AM EDT
Summer! I can't stop jumping up and down about drippy ice cream cones, ripe strawberries, outdoor cocktails and everything else the season has to offer. In the Shine Supper Club, we've been celebrating our First Bites of Summer all month long. You told us you love watermelon more than anything, that you wistfully recall--or are still lucky enough to have--an ice cream truck, and that it's not summer until you've eaten fresh local peaches and sweet corn. We hear you! Now it's time to vote for who best captured the ripe, relaxed tastes of the season.
Snowy Strawberry Fields CakeRead More »from Shine Supper Club: Vote for the Best First Bite of Summer
Summer Berry Cobbler Ramekin Pies
Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Salsa
Lightened-Up Chicken Salad
Easy, Breezy 7-Layer Dip
Rustic Peach and Plum Tart
Chocolate Ice Cream Cone
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Shine Food – Wed, Jun 20, 2012 12:59 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: A general view of the Golden Arches of McDonald's fast food restaurant in Times Square on March 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images) Guess many McDonald's customers aren't lovin' it. McDonald's finished last in a ranking of its restaurant peers in a report released Tuesday by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Fast food restaurants Papa John's, Subway and Taco Bell all scored better than the burger giant. Among restaurants specializing in burgers, Wendy's led the pack, followed by Burger King.Read More »from McDonald's Ranks Last in Customer Satisfaction Index
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The ranking isn't new territory for McDonald's, which serves 68 million customers per day. Except for 2009, when McDonald's edged ahead of of KFC and Burger King by a percentage point, McDonald's has consistently placed last in the ranking since 1995.
But Mickey D's is steadily improving. Its 73 percent satisfaction score in 2012 is a substantial gain from its all-time low of 59 percent in 2000.
McDonald's issued a statement in response to the findings: "At McDonald’s, customer satisfaction has, and continues to be, a top priority. We take all customer feedback
Peanut Butter and JellyLike bread and butter or french fries and ketchup, peanut butter and jelly are a match made in flavor heaven. They belong together, like Angelina and Brad.Read More »from Why Do Peanut Butter and Jelly Go Well Together?
So when did they first meet? There's some dispute about when peanut butter and jelly were first sandwiched together. One popular theory suggests that as army rations during World War II, soldiers spread jelly on top of peanut butter to make it more palatable (peanut butter apparently had an even worse tendency then to stick to the roof of your mouth). Others claim that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches had been packed in kids's lunches all throughout the 1920s and '30s, ever since peanut butter brands Peter Pan and Skippy were available on grocery store shelves. Either way, the PB&J sandwich is an enduring classic. In 2002, it was estimated that the average American child eats 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school, reports TIME.
But why does this pair complement each other so well?
"PB&J checks all our
by Sarah McColl, Shine staff
We have a tradition at my house of New Year's Day lemon bars. My husband keeps an index card in a bent and wrinkled file folder labeled "recipes." Written in his blocky cartoonist scrawl is a short recipe for lemon bars we've now come to swear by. They're nothing fancy, just butter (lots of butter), lemon, flour, eggs and sugar, but they're the dessert I look forward to more than any other. We eat them cold from the refrigerator on the first day of the year: crumbly, rich butter crust, sweet lemon filling, and powdered sugar on top. It's become our annual reminder to make the most of whatever comes our way. And, of course, our excuse to eat lemon bars for breakfast. This June, celebrate National Lemon Month with a dessert that will serve as a reminder to make the best of whatever life throws your way. Or at the very least, let it be your excuse to have lemon bars for breakfast.
Read More »from When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Dessert
Sometimes a perfect summer food is as simple as a ripe red cherry...When it comes to summer, I get as excited about iced coffee and grilled hamburgers as I do about wavy beach hair and swimming holes. Summer is all about pleasure, and the meals we eat every day offer a delicious gateway to delight, from something as simple as a bowl of ripe red cherries to a raucous filled-with-friends-and-family barbecue. So tell us: what summer food can you never wait to eat, as soon as summer rolls around?Read More »from What's Your Favorite Summer Food?
Want to tell us more about your favorite summer food? Join the Shine Supper Club!
Robert M. Peacock/Here's a summer homework assignment, in honor of National Iced Tea Month. (Don't panic, there's no sentence diagramming necessary.) Brew some iced tea, and carry it outside. Plop yourself down--preferably in a hammock--put your feet up, and slowly sip. Repeat all summer long. Iced tea begs one thing: that we slow down--waaaay down--and enjoy sweet, simple summer pleasures. Yahoo! Shine spoke to Denise Gee, author of Southern Cocktails, Porch Parties, and the forthcoming Sweet on Texas to learn the secrets of brewing a perfect glass of iced tea and having a perfectly sweet summer.Read More »from How to Make Perfect Iced Tea
Related: Tell us what your first bites of summer will be
SWEETENED OR UNSWEETENED?
There's a saying below the Mason-Dixon line: "Sweet tea is the house wine of the South," says Gee. Expect unsweetened ice tea and prepare to be disappointed: "It's like you're a vegan at a barbecue restaurant," quips Gee. Despite regional traditions, dyed-in-the-wool Southerners and Yankee tea-drinkers alike are increasingly
On Sunday, I sat on a bench outside an ice cream parlor. The sun was on my face, my feet were in sandals, and I was dipping my spoon into a swirl of dutch chocolate and vanilla soft serve. Once I had that first bite, it didn't matter what the calendar said: summer had begun.
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day has only inspired more ice cream-driven thoughts. There are moments for ice cream cones eaten on a hot patch of sidewalk and pints pulled from the freezer, eaten on the hottest day directly in front of a whirring fan. But for barbecues and simple family dinners when you want a little something more, these easy ice cream (and sorbet and sherbet) desserts are just the ticket. We're not talking hand-churned here. This is store-bought taken to a whole 'nother level. We can all scream for that.Read More »from Easy Ice Cream Desserts to Make All Summer Long
- Each month, the Shine Supper Club presents a theme for your cooking inspiration. June's theme: The First Bites of Summer. Join us: Tweet @yahooshine #shinesupperclub with a link to your dish (it could be on your blog, Instagram, Flickr, wherever!). One Supper Clubber will be featured on the homepage of Shine!
WHAT: The First Bites of Summer
WHY: Because it's not really summer until you've eaten it, and once the weather gets warm you can't wait until the sweet moment when you have. That creamy, cold, luscious, ripe, refreshing treat is never as good any other time of year as it is in a hammock, on the beach, or at the swimming pool. Summer has officially arrived.
WHERE: Wherever you like to get creative on the web! Post to your Tumblr, a blog on Shine, to Pinterest, Instagram, the Supper Club Flickr group... Anywhere on the web that gives you a public link.
HOW: Tweet your original Supper Club contribution link to @yahooshine (and @sarahmccoll if you want to say hey!) with the hashtag Read More »from First Bites of Summer: Shine Supper Club