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15 Kid-Friendly Recipes to Keep Them Busy All Summer

Keeping the little ones busy in the kitchen doesn’t have to be a disaster of floured floors and spattered walls. Keep the tasks simple and focused and know when to step in, and everything should be cool. Having a good recipe is key—these 15 are a good place to start. READ MORE

Drink Outside of the Sangria Pitcher: 9 Grand Marnier Recipes

As if Bastille Day weren’t enough to celebrate on July 14th, it’s also National Grand Marnier Day, a holiday you shouldn’t let pass without a cocktail. A delightful blend of cognac, essence of bitter orange, and sugar, Grand Marnier makes everything it touches taste just a little bit more festive. READ MORE

Do You Know the 5 French Mother Sauces?

At pretty much any cooking school, one of the first (if not the first) things that students are taught is how to make the five French mother sauces. For some, learning the sauces is akin to studying trigonometry in high school: in the same way that sines and cosines seem to have little relevance when you don’t aspire to be a professional mathematician, the sauces come off as a bit tedious if your sights aren’t set on working in a Parisian luxury hotel.

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11 Gazpacho Recipes for When the Weather Heats Up

With the weather starting to hit the triple digits, it’s getting harder and harder to justify turning on the oven (or even the grill). Luckily, there is one easy to make dish that has no cooking involved - gazpacho. READ MORE

7 Couscous Recipes for Every Day of the Week

Couscous is one of the most versatile grains out there. It can be made ahead of time or to order. It is delicious when prepared vegan, meaty, or even as dessert. READ MORE

9 Recipes Perfect for Snacking by the Pool

Summer vacation used to mean days of lying by the pool and sneaking endless ice cream cones and French fries from the snack bar. Some of us have to work these days, but you can still relive those long, hot pool afternoons with these classic snack bar recipes.

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The 7 Cardinal Rules for Making the Best Potato Salad

Potato salad is an American classic. It’s loved by parents and kids alike, can be made ahead of time, and is as delicious on the kitchen table as it is on a picnic blanket. READ MORE

8 Mojito Recipes to Make All Summer Long

A traditional Cuban drink, a classic mojito is white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint leaves. But why stick to tradition when there are so many summer renditions of a mojito that will impress your guests and keep them coming back to the bar? READ MORE

13 Ways to Get Your Ratatouille Fix

If there’s one essential truth about ratatouille, it’s that it has to be built around the summery trio of eggplant, summer squash, and tomato. Beyond that, everything is fair game. No two chefs can agree on how precisely to make it—Julia Child insisted on sauteeing each of the ingredients individually before baking them casserole style, while Joël Robuchon prefers to simmer them in a pot. Plus, from brunch-worthy recipes with eggs to inventive takes like ratatouille grilled cheese, it’s hard to say exactly which is the best way to eat it. READ MORE

Meatball Sliders Are Perfect for a 4th of July BBQ

Hamburgers are great and all, but this 4th of July, why not make meatball sliders for your backyard (or even rooftop) barbecue? Watch Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop in New York City, share their favorite meatball recipe for summer entertaining, in a video from our friends at TV Guide. READ MORE