Sara Kate’s New Kitchen Garden

One of the biggest joys of blogging is following reader projects and getting inspired to take on a project myself. We learn so much from one another. One of the favorite projects I'm following is this sweet cottage renovation by John Baker and Juli Daoust up in Canada. So, I'm super pleased to be able to share my own big project this spring.

This is the biggest I've undertaken in years — a new garden for Sara Kate (you might remember our old one).

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Picnic Salads & Beyond: 15 Recipes for Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

Memorial Day weekend is on the horizon — bringing with it the promise of warm summer days, laid-back weekends, and vacation days with friends and family. The Memorial Day holiday is of course one of the prime picnic days of the year, so we're thinking ahead about food we'd like to serve. Fresh grain salads and flavorful pasta salads are at the top of the list! Here are some favorite recipes, along with some equally yummy sandwiches and a couple of sweet treats that are great for a picnic. Read Full Post

A Guide to Latin Grilling for Your Memorial Day BBQ

2011_05_26-LourdesCastro.jpgAs long as you're pulling your white pants and straw hats out of storage this Memorial Day weekend, you may as well brush up on some grilling skills, too. While I know most of us grill year-round, there's something about summer that makes me want to launch some kind of special season-opener with my barbecue, a recommitment of sorts to the flame. Thanks in part to a gorgeous new book by Lourdes Castro, this year I'm reinvigorating my grilling repertoire with a kick of spice. Read Full Post

Get Messy! 5 Tips for Hosting a Crawfish Boil

Nealey, our Southern recipe columnist, just threw a huge crawfish boil for her boyfriend's birthday. It reminded me of my own favorite annual gathering, which also involves eating pounds and pounds of crawfish, on newspaper instead of plates, elbow-to-elbow with friends and strangers. It isn't easy or cheap to pull off, but if you can manage it, crawfish boils are the ultimate outdoor bash. Here are five tips from my friends' Annual Crawfish Boil.



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A Toast to Summer: A Grill-Centric Memorial Day Menu

2011_05_27-ToastSummer.jpgA couple months ago, something fun happened at my house: Two professional florists showed up and set my table with armfuls of flowers and expensive glassware. It was a shoot for a local magazine, and I made a summery, grill-centric meal of steak with zucchini relish, grilled melon with prosciutto rosettes, and more. I wanted to give you a peek, since the recipes are just right for a glammed-up Memorial Day party.



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