5 Tips for Making and Serving a Better Party Salad — Tips from The Kitchn

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Why don't we make salads the center of our party table? It seems like an obvious idea once you get to thinking about it — especially in spring when the season is gifting us with tender greens, edible flowers, and ripe berries. But salads are too often sidekicks rather than scene-stealers when it comes to party food. Are we worried they will seem fussy? Or perhaps too insubstantial? All that is easily remedied with a little forethought and the right balance of flavors, textures, and ingredients, plus a little strategy for serving.

So, how do you make and serve a party salad that your guests will crave? My five tips for making a salad will have your friends and family begging for a recipe — or at least asking you to bring the salad next time too!

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The 10 Things to Register for at West Elm — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

If you love West Elm almost as much as your betrothed, you might want to consider registering there. Especially because the design shop goes so far beyond furniture and decorations — it's got plenty of cute and useful stuff for your kitchen and dining room.

Here are 10 things you should register for. (Or at least the things we'd register for if we were doing it all over again!)

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15 Signs You’re Better at Cooking than You Think You Are — Life in the Kitchen

Hey, you.

Yeah, you.

Stop putting yourself down. No, really. The world is hard enough on you; you don't need to be that hard on yourself. Your hair is shiny enough, you are good enough at your job, and you're a better cook than you think you are.

You didn't go the Le Cordon Bleu? Your dad taught you how to defrost a pizza, but not how to make beef Wellington? You have a limited budget and you learn most of your cooking skills from YouTube videos?

No matter. Chances are, you need to give yourself a break and you're a better cook than you think you are. Here are some ways to see if you're a little more Iron Chef than you used to imagine yourself.

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No Grill? No Problem! You Can Still Make S’mores Outside! — Party Tricks

The party problem: You want to make s'mores, but you don't have a grill or a fire pit.

The party trick: Use a terra-cotta planter to toast all the marshmallows.

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Here’s the Healthiest Way to Cook Mushrooms, According to Science — Food News

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Ever wonder the best way to prepare mushrooms without sacrificing their nutritional content? A few scientists from the Mushroom Technological Research Center in La Rioja, Spain did and they have the answer for how to best prepare the fungus.

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10 Way to Use Your Slow Cooker for Your Next Potluck — Recipes from The Kitchn

Whether I'm hosting a potluck or attending one, I always feel like I'm scrambling to assemble the one dish that's required of me (among the hundreds of other things I need to do). Luckily, if you reach for your slow cooker, this mad-dash approach to cooking can pretty much be avoided. The appliance has the ability to churn out mains, sides, desserts, and even appetizers that will feed the whole crowd. Here are 10 great recipes to consider.

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