Need to perfect your grilling technique in time for the 4th of July?
No worries! 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.
Test this tip with our delicious grilled flank steak recipe.
2. Add Smoke
Whether you grill over gas or charcoal, use hardwood logs, chunks, briquettes, or chips to impart a smoky flavor to foods. Different wood varieties add subtle nuances; try applewood
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You might like to cook with classic techniques and old-school ingredients, but these iPhone and iPad applications bring high-tech tools into the kitchen, direct from some of the best chefs around.Read More »from The Best New Cooking Apps
Need great recipes? Try some of our summer favorites.
Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me
Videos show Ramsay demonstrating how to master 56 recipes, including the proper way to chop chilies, caramelize sugar, and zest a lemon.
($7.99; Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me)
Build on Jamie Oliver's free basic app (which offers 13 recipes) with additional sets, like 10-Minute Meals and Classic Comfort Food; each includes step-by-step photos for 10 to 12 recipes.
($1.99 per set; Jamie's Recipes)
Host the ultimate summer party with our guide.
Nigella Quick Collection
A smart, voice-controlled feature keeps sticky hands off the touch screen as you work your way through 70 of Nigella Lawson's creations.
($7.99; Nigella Quick Collection)
Mario Batali Cooks!
Handy countdown clocks pop up throug
In need of a new summer time accessory that won't break the bank? Stitch up a spiffy clutch - for less than $8!Read More »from Sew Your Own Super-Cute Clutch
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Step 1: Print two copies of our template and cut out. Leave one template intact; cut the other along the dotted line (as shown) to create a total of three patterns. Click here for the template.
Step 2: Use the resulting patterns to cut three shapes from half a yard of oilcloth ($8.99 per yard; fabricdepot.com). Place the largest oilcloth shape on a table, right side up. Twist a hair elastic into a figure eight, with the bottom loop larger than the top (as shown). Center and tape the elastic atop the oilcloth. Baste in place a quarter inch from the edge; remove tape.
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Step 3: Align the two smaller oilcloth shapes atop the larger one (as shown), right sides facing down; tape in place. Stitch around the outer edge, leaving a quarter-inch seam; remove tape as you go.
Step 4: Use scissors to make small slices about
These fun and flattering retro-inspired suits blend the best of the old with the best of the new.Read More »from 6 Retro Swimsuits You'll Love
Want more retro suits? Click here to see our other favorites!
Yellow Skirted One-Piece
This polka-patterned swimsuit evokes the cheery styles of the 1950s. It's perfect for a day in the sun whether or not you cruise the boardwalk. ($178, dianesbeachwear.com)
Beach Blanket Bingo Swimsuit
This design is named for our favorite Beach Party film from the 60's, but its classic roots are even deeper: the flirty ruching and polka dot print add even more vintage flair! ($89.99, ModCloth.com)
Plus: saddle shoes make a comeback!
Miraclesuit Rialto Suit
Be a bathing beauty in this sapphire-colored suit, accented with a shirred front and a sweetheart neckline, which was all the rage in the 60's. ($116, EddieBauer.com)
Red & White Gingham Swimsuit
This timeless suit evokes memories of the 50's, with its classic gingham pattern and skirted front. ($75, unique-vintage.com)
Need a summer beach cruiser
Spice up summertime parties, planned or impromptu, with these delicious fruity cocktails! We've got simple ideas for all your favorite fruit, from raspberries to pomegranates to pineapple. With some crowd-pleasing serving tips, these beverages are perfect to pair with easy and delicious summertime food fare.
Plus: Plan the Ultimate Outdoor Party
1. Raspberry Rickey:This drink - mixed with red raspberry-infused vodka or not - quenches most thirsts on a balmy summer evening. Sip while savoring our strawberry-tomato salsa.
Complete How-To: Raspberry Rickey
Party Serving Tip: Chill cocktails with frozen fruit. Icy berries or grapes give sweet drinks the look of swanky martinis.
2. Pomegranate-Apple Cocktail:This versatile drink has several variations - serve it hot or cold, with or without alcohol.
Complete How-To: Pomegranate-Apple Cocktail
Party Serving Tip: Put your kitchen sink to work as a beverage cooler. Whether it's carafe or pitcher, bottles or cans, Read More »from 4 Refreshing Cocktails and How to Serve Them
There's no picnic fare more traditional than the deviled egg-that's why we created 10 updated versions that everyone is sure to love.Read More »from 10 New Takes on Deviled Eggs
Plus, more great summer sides!
Classic Deviled Eggs with Malt Vinegar
This easy version (pictured, right) is sweet and tangy thanks to sweet pickles and malt vinegar in the filling. Get the recipe.
Crème Fraîche and Pea Deviled Eggs
A spring pea puree and light and creamy crème fraîche add a fresh burst of flavor to this old picnic food favorite (pictured, center). Get the recipe.
Sour Cream and Bacon Deviled Eggs
Sour cream and bacon make everything better. Try this recipe for deviled eggs for your next picnic or summer party, which incorporates both into the eggs' fluffy filling (pictured, left). Get the recipe.
Check out our ultimate outdoor party guide!
Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs
Reminiscent of the classic brunch drink, these creatively flavored deviled eggs (pictured, top) are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Get the recipe.
Curried Deviled Eggs
A little bit of TLC before washing can go a long way when you're doing the laundry. Say buh-bye to stains forever.
1. Body oils rub onto shirt collars and attract dirt, leaving them grimy and worse for wear. Reverse the damage by grabbing your shampoo and a clean paintbrush and paint a line over the soiled collar before washing.
2. Soaking clothes overnight in
a tub of water really helps loosen
dirt and grime and can be especially effective when your clothes have
that dingy-all-over look.
3. To keep brights their brightest
and blacks from fading, turn garments inside out and choose
the coolest temperature setting that will get them clean.
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4. For stubborn food stains, such as coffee, soy sauce, or mustard, blot the troubled area with foam shaving cream and allow it to sit for half an hour. Repeat the Read More »from 10 Simple Laundry Prep Solutions
This Father's Day, give the gift of food! Dad is sure to love these simple, man-friendly dishes-and you will too.Read More »from 5 Father's Day Dishes Dad Will Love
Want more? Try our best summer recipes.
The invention of placing a cooked ground-beef patty between a toasted bun is viewed as genius by many. America's favorite sandwich might even be considered a national treasure. Give Dad this burger and ice cold brew and you're sure to melt his heart.
Click here for the recipe!
Chicken Pot Pie
This comforting dish is filled with chunks of tender chicken, mushrooms, carrots, and peas, all topped with flaky biscuits-a few of Dad's favorite things.
Click here for the recipe!
Plus: check out America's favorite sandwiches!
Steak with Peppers and Onions
Once Dad tries our steak with peppers and onions, he'll want leftovers every night!
Click here for the recipe!
Rich Chocolate Layer Cake
Pre-made ingredients in this decadent chocolate cake help cut cooking time, so you can spend more time with the man of the hour.
A fresh coat of paint is the ultimate cheap, quick, and dramatic way to liven up the décor of any room. Families spend too much time in the kitchen to leave the room out of design plans, and with these ideas major change is possible. All you need is a roller or brush and some buckets of the colors that inspire you.
1. Bring Charm to the Inside of the Pantry
For some fun and whimsy, consider uncommon colors and patterns for walls such as the red and white checkerboard pattern pictured.
2. Try Painted Flooring
Add color and texture to a kitchen by painting a plank floor. Here, the muted checkerboard pattern is eye-catching but not overbearing.
3. Create Pasture-Inspired Animal Mugs
To dress up plain dishware, use templates of your favorite petting zoo animals. Place each shape on a small piece of contact paper and outline it in pencil. Cut alongRead More »from Decorative Paint Ideas for Your Kitchen
Planning a bridal shower for a friend? Host a laid-back soiree perfect for a lazy June Saturday. With these ideas, you can put on a lovely summer celebration without losing your cool.
Go for a Farmhouse Picnic
Perfect for a slow and sweltering summer day, guests will have fine time at a covered picnic. For country-fresh tablecloths, use sheets, cotton yardage, or oilcloth. Plop cushions on hay bales or benches, and suspend paper or fabric "flags" from lengths of twine.
Drinks and Dessert Station
Guests are kept hydrated and happy - before and during the party- with a nearby beverage and dessert station. Frozen Raspberry Cake, anyone?
Easy Table Linens
Linens needn't be ironed. Lay the cloth in the morning, and let the summer humidity gently smooth its creases.Read More »from Ideas for Hosting a Relaxed Bridal Shower