The Epicurious #EpiRecipeClub August 2018 Recipe: We Love It!
If you follow Design Your Lifestyle, you know how much we love Epicurious. We’ve basically had a running love affair with Epicurious for five years, and they’re our go-to destination for recipes, meal ideas, seasonal menus and food inspirations.
We’re dedicated followers of the #EpiRecipeClub – the official interactive hashtag of the Epicurious Recipe Club. The idea is simple – make the same recipe as the fine folks at Epicurious, post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #EpiRecipeClub, and compare how your creation looks with Epicurious followers the world over!
The August 2018 #EpiRecipeClub recipe is for Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad. It’s simple, refreshing, and full of fresh flavors – in other words, it checks all our boxes for a summer recipe! As Epicurious decribes the recipe:
“Marinating sliced tomatoes in salt, pepper, olive oil, and fresh oregano intensifies their flavor and brings out their rich juices. Serve with crusty bread for mopping it up.”
With a perfect 4/4 rating from Epicurious users (and a 100% “Make It Again” status), we feel pretty confident that we’re not alone in our love for this Oregano-Marinated Tomato Salad. Try it out for yourself – but before you eat it, make sure you post a picture of your creation to Instagram with the August #EpiRecipeClub hashtag!
Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over
Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” know that 2 recipe blogs make us salivate like none other – Delish and Epicurious.
Since our inception, we’ve relied on Delish and Epicurious more than any other sources for food tips, recipes, drink recipes, and seasonal menus that always fit the bill and ‘hit the spot’. And boy, has Delish delivered once again with its Memorial Day Recipes feature page.
From the Delish team:
We wanted to make a space that was for everyone — people who liked to eat more than they actually liked to cook. We created a place that was as much about delicious, easy recipes as it was about food as a fun lifestyle and cultural phenomenon. We produce nearly 200 recipes a month, but we’re also creating videos about our favorite brands, restaurants, and stores, or celebrities and their eating habits. Plus, we’re all about telling the crazy food stories you won’t find anywhere else.
How could we not love that mission statement? (And if that’s not enough, check out their Pinterest page – we dare you not to get hungry and make a recipe immediately.)
The thing we love most about the Delish Memorial Day Recipes feature is that it’s drawn from the real world. We’re not saying that some people don’t adorn their Memorial Day dinner table or cookout table with “deconstructed crawfish etouffee” or “artisanal curated something-or-other with lemongrass foam”. We’re just saying that most people eat burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides.
And this is precisely the foundation of the Delish Memorial Day “menu” of recipes. The splashy lead article, “43 Insane-Slash-Brilliant Things To Do With Hot Dogs“, hooked us from the beginning. Simple summer pastas, summer salad recipes, kebabs and homemade condiments follow the charge, and soon you may find yourself like us…
(“Did I really just spend 52 minutes looking at Memorial Day recipes? Yup, I sure did.”)
Vegetarians and vegans, fear not – Delish has you covered for Memorial Day as well, with grilled veggie recipes that are more than satisfying.
So if you’re at a loss for Memorial Day cooking ideas and need some recipes for inspiration, head over to the Delish Memorial Day Recipes site and get searching! (We’ll give you a call in a day or two if you get carried away.)
Epicurious Scores Again With Thai Green Bean Summer Salad Recipe
Epicurious, you have to stop this. We’re starting to develop real feelings for you.
Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a little bit. But Epicurious has long been our favorite recipe blog here at Design Your Lifestyle, and no matter what our trending tastes happen to be, their staff seems to have the right recipe for us.
This time, it’s a summer take on a classic Thai salad that left us scrambling for seconds – and thirds… and fourths…
After a long 4th of July weekend of delicious burgers, ribs, hot dogs and more, we were feeling a bit overstuffed on meat dishes. But no matter how hard we tried, it was difficult to find a vegetable or salad dish that left us feeling completely satisfied.
Enter Epicurious’ Thai Green Bean Salad for Summer. This grilled green bean salad isn’t your usual “light fare” that leaves your stomach growling. Add in marinated tofu, in-season avocados and a zesty homemade papaya-salad dressing with lime and jalapenos, and you have a real winner and crowd pleaser.
We love the texture contracts between the grilled green beans and the tangy citrus of the dressing, and the tofu is surprisingly more than filling – especially when paired with the avocados!
If you’re a fan of Thai dishes and love taking adventures with your home meals, then this is a great recipe for you. All credit to Katherine Sacks at Epicurious for this tremendously inventive take on summer salad and Thai food.
For the full recipe for Epicurious’ Grilled Thai Green Bean Salad for Summer by Katherine Sacks, please click the article.
St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Our Favorite Epicurious Creation
It’s bound (well, snowbound) to be a white St. Patrick’s Day for a lot of us, but it seems the worst weather has passed. So it’s time to put on your green and celebrate St. Patty’s with vigor and spirit!
Hopefully, you’ve already been inspired to “green” your home design. This isn’t just a St. Patrick’s Day trend, but a real design movement based around green spaces and the selection of Greenery as the official Pantone Color of the Year for 2017. Now that your space is properly decked out for the holiday, it’s time to get your St. Patrick’s menu in order!
As followers of Design Your Lifestyle know, we believe there’s no better place to turn for a great new recipe than Epicurious – in our opinion, the finest food and recipe destination on the Web. As usual, Epicurious has put together a wonderful menu for your 2017 St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
From a simple slow-cooker pot roast to corned beef and cabbage, Epicurious has a delightful menu prepared for your St. Patrick’s Day guests. But believe it or not, our favorite Epicurious recipe for this St. Patrick’s Day isn’t even a main course. It’s a soup!
And why wouldn’t we pick soup? After all, with much of the Northeast (and East Coast in general) stuck in an unseasonable deep freeze, there’s nothing better than a rich, hot soup recipe to warm you up and get you feeling the Luck of the Irish.
So here’s a wonderful, hearty recipe for Green Pea, Asparagus, and Parsley soup from our friends at Epicurious (and specifically, contributor Rachel Beller) that’s sure to liven up (and warm up) your St. Patrick’s Day meal this year.
Fall is on the horizon, and we all know what that means – pumpkin spice lattes are back!
The pumpkin spice latte (PSL for short) is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. While pumpkin scents and flavors typically dominate autumn (candles, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread), nothing has taken hold of the American marketplace quite like the pumpkin spice latte.
Of course, with such demand for a seasonal item, prices for the PSL at your favorite coffee chain or barista bar have gone up noticeably. And regardless of your income, spending $5 on a cup of coffee still stings the wallet. So where can you turn to find a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that satisfies the most discriminating coffee lover?
Epicurious once again saves the day – fear not! A subsidiary of Conde Nast and one of the most trusted recipe resources on the Web, Epicurious provides expert staff and community recipes for any and all occasions. They also scour independent food and drink blogs for the best undiscovered recipes – and that is where the PSL comes in.
Epicurious discovered a gem of a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe on Bakergirl (aka Budding Baketress) and shared it with the world. And thank goodness they did, because we’ve been hooked on it ever since!
The recipe is at once simple and sophisticated, and doesn’t put a strain on your disposable income the way many coffee shop pumpkin spice lattes will. Unlike other recipes, Bakergirl’s creation doesn’t rely on instant mixes – instead, a variety of savory spices and real pumpkin puree are utilized in this recipe.
We think you’ll find this pumpkin spice latte recipe flavorful and addictive; we’ve come back to it many times and are always delighted!
Independence Day 2016 may have passed by, but the entire 4th of July week is a great time to gather family, friends and loved ones for a party, barbecue or cookout. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reflect on our independence, what it means to be American, and celebrate our heritage.
July 4th is also a great time (for our friends of legal drinking age) to celebrate with a fantastic cocktail! But how can you incorporate the 4th of July into your cocktail recipe this year? Peter Salerno Inc. has found the best 4th of July drink recipes around!
Leave it up to the fine folks at Epicurious to deliver with their Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes. These July 4th cocktail recipes are sure to please a variety of palates, and they couldn’t be easier to make – or more enjoyable!
The 3 Epicurious sangria recipes for Red (Dubonnet), White (Pineapple), and Blue (Cucumber-Vermouth) range from sweet to savory, and will leave your party guests begging for seconds – or thirds! Try serving a pitcher of each sangria recipe this 4th of July, and make your Independence Day party a hit!
Epicurious Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipes
Red Sangria: Dubonnet Sangria Recipe
1 orange cut into wedges, plus 1 orange sliced into half wheels
1 lemon cut into quarters, plus 1 lemon thinly sliced
2 ounces Cognac
2 tablespoons sugar, plus more to taste
1 (750-milliliter) bottle Dubonnet rouge
6 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
2 cups cold sparkling water
In a large bowl, combine the orange wedges, lemon quarters, Cognac, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, press down on the fruit mixture until the juice is released and the sugar is dissolved. Add the Dubonnet and stir to combine. Strain the mixture into a large pitcher and discard the fruit. Add the orange half wheels, lemon slices, and bitters, if using. Stir gently to combine then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water, then carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Taste and add additional sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
White Sangria: Pineapple Sangria Recipe
1 small pineapple, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cups white wine
2 ounces simple syrup
4 ounces white rum or 2 ounces each of light and aged rum
1 cup coconut water
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 cup cold sparkling water
1 to 2 ounces Maraschino liqueur (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups pineapple, white wine, simple syrup, and rum. Stir gently then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add the coconut water, lime juice, lime slices, and sparkling water. Add the Maraschino liqueur, if using, then carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Garnish glasses with the remaining pineapple, if desired, or add the fruit to the pitcher.
Blue Sangria: Cucumber-Vermouth Sangria Recipe
1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
1 cucumber, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry vermouth such as Dolin
1 ounce blue or orange curaçao liqueur
1 ounce simple syrup or more to taste
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces dry gin
2 cups cold sparkling water
1/2 to 1 ounce Maraschino liqueur (optional)
Mint for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon slices, cucumber slices, and vermouth. Stir gently then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the curaçao, simple syrup, lemon juice, gin, sparkling water, and Maraschino liqueur, if using. Carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Garnish glasses with mint, plus additional lemon and cucumber slices.
Thank you to Epicurious for these outstanding recipes!
Father’s Day 2016: Epicurious’ Perfect Backyard BBQ Menu!
The Perfect Father’s Day BBQ For EDGES’ Perfect BBQ Knife
In our last article, we gave you the inside scoop on the exclusive EDGES custom BBQ knife, the perfect 2016 Father’s Day gift (available exclusively for order from Peter Salerno Inc.). Now that your Father’s Day shopping is squared away, and you’ve placed your order for your one-of-a-kind EDGES BBQ knife, there’s only one thing left to do… grill the perfect meal!
When Peter Salerno Inc. looks for the perfect menu for any event, the search tends to end at Epicurious. Epicurious – which, for our money, is the best food blog on the Internet – is a one-stop source for recipes, tips, full meal menus, and the perfect companion for the discerning home chef.
The Epicurious menu we’re featuring for Father’s Day 2016 is “A Backyard BBQ Menu“, a 5 recipe menu that has you covered from drinks to entrees to dessert. Whether you’re using your new EDGES BBQ knife to entertain new guests, family and friends, or giving dad a chance to try out his world-class EDGES cutlery, you’ll leave this meal feeling refreshed, invigorated, and very (very!) full.
“A Backyard BBQ Menu” starts with an outstanding recipe for Plum Limeade, which combines sweet and savory into one delicious beverage the whole family can enjoy. Two options for meat courses follow, as Spicy Turkey Burgers and Grilled Salmon with Basil Aioli are on the entree menu. Epicurious pairs these dishes with our favorite recipe on the menu: Grilled Zucchini with Black Olives and Mint. For dessert, nothing tops off a great BBQ menu quite like Honey-Glazed Grilled Pineapple.
We can’t stress enough how much we love this menu from Epicurious! For more tips, recipes and menus, be sure to log on to Epicurious for all your cooking needs. And for the best in world-class knives and cutlery, look no further than the EDGES collection. Each knife is handcrafted and guaranteed to be a unique, one-of-a-kind creation. The EDGES cutlery collection is available exclusively from Peter Salerno Inc.