• A St. Patrick's Day Picnic

    There are many reasons to celebrate this Saturday: it's the weekend, it's St. Patrick's Day, and it's the beginning of spring. Dust off those baskets, those blankets, and those sunglasses -- and grab a few beers. You deserve a long, leisurely picnic out in the sun; an afternoon nap is optional, but recommended.

    • Need more picnic-worth salads? Check out our recipes here.
    • Browse through our sandwich recipes for some more picnic ideas.
    • Got a question in the kitchen? The Food52 Hotline is here to help!

    Mom's Flapjacks by Londonfoodieny

    Mom's Flapjacks

    Probably not the sort of flapjacks you have in mind, these are what all granola bars aspire to be. Chewy, crispy and rich with butter, these oatmeal squares (or wedges, like ours) are made with golden syrup (the British answer to maple syrup, only milder), rolled oats, and a variety of seeds (pumpkin, sesame and sunflower). - Amanda & Merrill

    Serves 9-20 depending on greediness
    1 cup butter
    2/3 cups sugar
    heaped 1/3

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  • Fresh ways to decorate an egg this springFresh ways to decorate an egg this springLooking up ideas for egg decorating has totally put me in the mood for Easter and spring. It must be all of the bright colors and creative ideas people have done to embellish these simple shells of calcium carbonate (yeah, I did my research). If you have a love for the classic look take it a step further by making your own natural dyes out of veggies. If you're itching to jump into Easter and spring, check out these 10 fresh ways to decorate an egg…

    Melted CrayonMelted Crayon1. Melted Crayon

    Using melted crayons is a fast and easy way to turn your eggs into works of art.
    Get the tutorial

    Related: 14 adorable Easter crafts to do with your kids

    Leaf PrintLeaf Print2. Leaf Print

    Use reverse stenciling to get these cool leaf designs.
    Get the tutorial

    Paper-Napkin DecoupagePaper-Napkin Decoupage3. Paper-Napkin Decoupage
    Who knew napkins could be so artsy? This is a great egg decorating project for families on a budget!
    Get the tutorial

    With Chalkboard PaintWith Chalkboard Paint4. With Chalkboard Paint

    Using chalkboard paint turns eggs into an artistic activity - great for little hands!
    Get the tutorial

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  • The dip is perfect with some warm pita and grilled tomatoes.

    Lemon & Feta Dip

    Adapted from Sweet Paul
    8 oz of feta
    1 tbs grated lemon zest
    2 tbs lemon juice
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    6 tbs of olive oil, plus extra for serving
    fresh thyme

    Serve with: tomatoes, pita, chicken

    1. Place feta, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth.
    2. Spoon into bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme and ground pepper.
    3. Serve with grilled tomatoes and warm pita bread drizzled with olive oil, sea salt, and thyme.

    * I used leftovers as a spread on sandwiches and it was awesome!

    For more recipes, style, and fun check out my blog:
    Love U Madly

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  • JELL-O Banana Cake Balls are easy to make and sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

    When you're looking for a simple dessert that can be served at the dessert buffet table or just want to put together a platter of bite-sized treats for the kids, make up a batch of Banana Cake Balls made with JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding. These cake balls taste like they're made from scratch and can be decorated in dozens of different ways. They're a great addition to any party menu and you can make them hours ahead of time. If you're watching your waistline, just a couple of these will curb that sweet tooth without derailing your diet.

    Here's a simple recipe and guide for making JELL-O Banana Cake Balls:

    What You Need:

    ½ cup cold milk

    1 package (3.4 ounces) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding

    1 small fully ripe banana, mashed

    1 package (10.75 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed, crumbled into fine crumbs

    3 packages (4.4 ounces each) milk chocolate bars, chopped

    2 tablespoons multi-colored sprinkles


    Stir milk and pudding mix in a

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  • by Carolina Santos-Neves, Epicurious.com

    For many of us, it's just not Easter without a chocolate bunny in our basket. With all the options in the supermarket, we wanted to find a hollow milk chocolate bunny that would satisfy both kids and adults-without breaking the bank (this isn't the year for $100 mail-order bunnies). We purchased eight brands, with and without foil. All are available at drugstores or supermarkets, with the exception of Godiva (sold online or at its boutique stores). Prices ranged from $3.29 to $23.50.

    Related: The Epicurious Guide to Easter

    Methodology: In the blind taste test, nine judges compared the appearance, flavor, and consistency of the bunnies. We then ranked them according to the standard Epicurious four-fork rating system. One Epi Top Pick emerged from the group, earning a three-and-a-half-fork rating.

    Best Overall

    Epi Top Pick: Lindt Milk Chocolate Bunny
    ($4.50 per 3.5 oz. bunny)

    Pros: Dressed in intensely yellow-gold foil and a red bow, this bunny

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  • Whether you're hosting an Oscar bash or simply looking for a unique party theme, these fun and festive ideas are perfect for celebrating just about anything, anytime.
    By Krissy Tiglias

    Nicole Hill GerulatNicole Hill GerulatChick Flicks: The Décor
    Time to get the girls together for an evening filled with a little glitz and a whole lot of glam. Embellish clear glass vessels with sparkly washi tape, attach silver pom poms to garland strands and drink toppers, and hang a banner to greet guests as soon as they arrive.
    Hollywood banner, banterbanner.com.

    : Create a Floral Table Runner

    Nicole Hill GerulatNicole Hill GerulatChick Flicks: The Invite
    Since this get-together is probably long-overdue, make it extra special with an invitation that will have everyone talking. As for the guest list, this is strictly a girls-only affair...with the exception of a few of our favorite guys. Cue Jake, Leo, George, Ryan.
    Invite, shepaperie.com.

    Related: Quick 20-Minute Party Appetizers

    Nicole Hill GerulatNicole Hill GerulatChick Flicks: The Menu
    When it comes to what to serve, make it a feast for the eyes

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  • Making a parade of Easter crafts is easy with these festive, fuss-free creations: Just cut, paste, and celebrate.

    More from Good Housekeeping:

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  • Amazing One-Hour Dinner Party
    We cooked up a tasty spring menu for eight happy people-and included the tips and game plan to pull it all together in 60 minutes.
    By Ann Taylor Pittman

    Before you decide that preparing an elegant three-course dinner, plus signature cocktail, from start to finish in 60 minutes is too good to be true, consider this: Many home cooks make an entire meal in that amount of time most weeknights, deftly and intuitively moving from side dish to entrée and back again, from oven to stovetop to salad spinner. I simply decided to extend those skills to the challenge of the classic dinner for eight.

    This isn't to say that a lot of fiddling and retesting didn't go into this menu. It did. We tested the whole game plan three times, tweaking recipes and choreographing to make sure it all came in at less than an hour. I rearranged the order of tasks; I gussied up a few smart convenience products (bagged salad greens, precut potatoes, frozen lemonade); and I introduced bold flavors from pickled

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  • Celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil Haman, Purim is the perfect Jewish holiday to whip up these tasty treats! Inspired by Haman's three-cornered hat, we rounded up our favorite triangle-shaped recipes to celebrate the holiday:

    1. Hamantaschen
    These traditional Jewish cookies were named after (and shaped after!) the evil character Haman and his three-cornered hat. Purim celebrates his demise - and the saving of the Jewish people!


    For the dough
    2 cups flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons lemon zest
    8 tablespoons butter, shortening, or margarine
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 egg
    1/2 - 1 cup ice water

    For the filling
    1 1/2 cups pitted prunes
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1 cup water, plus more if needed
    2 tablespoons lemon zest
    pinch salt

    Related: Pump up the Purim! 10 recipes for your Se'udah


    For the dough
    In the bowl of your food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking

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  • Photo by Chris GentilePhoto by Chris Gentileby Kelly Senyei, Gourmet Live

    Farm-to-table fare and eco-friendly decor are all the rage, but right now we're going green-literally. Celebrate the luckiest holiday of the year with five tips for how to entertain with ease this St. Patrick's Day.

    See also: Gourmet's Top 10 Timeless Recipes

    • Bring the Outdoors In
    If you aren't lucky enough to be experiencing spring in all its glory just yet, bring the party indoors while evoking the Irish countryside. Seasonal flowers that will make it look like you splurged-without actually having spent the big bucks-include daisies and Bells of Ireland (also known as Moluccella laevis), tall, lush plants with a bright green color and delicate white blooms. Bells of Ireland are usually used as inexpensive filler flowers, but they make elegant arrangements on their own without being too stuffy or rigid. A tray of wheatgrass also makes a fun base in which to store place cards or parting gifts.

    • Sweet as Shandy
    Harness your inner mixologist by

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