Chicken Quinoa Salad

An easy to make healthy meal packed with quinoa, chicken, greens and fresh lemon flavor!

Snack Mix

A perfect after school snack for kids that is super quick, easy and fun.

Turkey Cheddar Pinwheels

These easy to prepare pinwheels have a nice combination of flavors and colors that everyone will simply love.

Penne and Meatballs

A make-ahead freezer-friendly recipe delivers delicious pasta and meatballs to your table in no time.


Loaded Carnitas Nachos

By: Lauren Brennan, Lauren's Latest

The only thing better than nachos are Loaded Carnitas Nachos! With a few helpful tricks, you can have this amazing, homemade appetizer on your table in minutes!

Hassle-Free School Supply Shopping

Shopping for school supplies is easier when you know what you’re looking for. Let our lists below—broken down by school year—give you an edge.

Homework Help

Homework is part of daily life during the school year. If you make it as pleasant as possible, you can help improve your child’s attitude about schoolwork. This is where the homework caddy comes in.

Lunchtime Combos Made Easy

Sending lunch to school in a multi-segment box container means no more ho-hum lunches and no lunchtime rut for your student. Keep it healthy and fun with any of these combos:

Morning Routines

Once school starts, those lazy summer mornings are history. To ensure that weekday mornings run smoothly, it’s best to have a plan. Here’s a list to get your kids out the door with everything they need for a great school day. Once they’re on board, you’ll be rewarded with a moment to catch your breath as well.

Snack Stations

Kids are often hungry when they walk through the door after a long day at school. With varied lunchtimes, children are usually ready to fuel up once they get home. Lets’ make it easy for them to enjoy good-for-you snacks by creating an After-School Snack Station.

4 Easy DIY Back-To-School Plant-Based Meals

By: Margaret Chapman, The Plant Philosophy

Back-to-school lunches are here! I’m so excited to be sharing content geared towards vegan kiddos, however adults can have a little fun and make these for themselves too. Really this is perfect for all ages because you can modify each as needed. A little meal prep never hurt anyone.

Pineapple Orange Slaw

Pineapple, mandarin oranges and avocado will make this the best sweet and sour slaw you’ve ever tasted!

Summer Taco Bar

Throw a summer season party for friends and family and have whole array of toppings so everybody can enjoy this taco feast!

Salmon Asparagus Packets

Grilling salmon inside foil makes it incredibly flavorful, juicy and flaky. You are going to love this recipe!

Chicken BBQ Kebabs

Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest, and these kebabs are just that!

Drink Up!

Staying hydrated is always key, especially when summertime heats up. If you’re physically active, you have even more reason to drink lots and lots of water. But let’s be honest: Water, though refreshing, can also be boring. Yet the more appealing juices, sodas, energy drinks and teas can be frighteningly high in sugar. A better bet is to infuse your own fruit-flavored water.

Light it Up!

Outdoor parties are practically essential come summertime and if these get-togethers slide into evening hours, you can easily keep the lights on with any of these lighting hacks.

No Mess BBQ

Summer’s here, which means barbecue season is in full swing! Whether you’re grilling for immediate family or inviting a crowd, these simple steps will make your event—and the clean-up that comes afterward—simple and fun.

Pretty as a Pineapple

Should you be looking for a little “wow” to brighten your summertime table, this pineapple vase is it! Not only is it fun and seasonal, it’s also waste-free as you’ll be using the edible fruit, too. To create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece, you need only an attractive, healthy pineapple, sharp knife and large spoon.

Shrimp Boil

Succulent shrimp, sweet juicy ears of corn, and smoky sausage - all in one pot!

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Moist, flavorful meaty ribs are a summer classic. Choose your favorite level of doneness - fall-off-the bone tender or with a little bit of chew.

Blue and Red Velvet Cake

Moist delicious red velvet cake is a classic. We've taken it to the next level by topping the cake with beautiful fresh fruit.

Firecracker Vodka Lemonade

There's no substitute for fresh lemon juice in real lemonade. A shot of ice cold vodka adds a little extra pop to the flavor.

Tortellini Caprese Salad

All of the flavors of the classic Italian caprese salad are combined in this easy picnic pasta salad. Fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella balls combine with Italian dressing for a winning flavor combo.

Raspberry Lemonade Slush

Lemonade concentrate and carbonated lemon-lime soda combine for a sparkling, refreshing summer beverage. Red frozen pops and blue candy sippers add a fun twist.

Fresh Mango Salsa

Sweet-tart juicy Mango Salsa is a hit at any summer picnic. Serve it with chips, or spoon it over grilled chicken or on grilled burgers.

Grilled Watermelon Pizza

Watermelon heated on the grill takes on a whole new flavor and texture. The sweet smoky flavor is enhanced by the salty feta cheese and bacon.

Raspberry Banana Fizz

Adding carbonation to pureed frozen fruit provides you with a smoothie with attitude! The bubbles add a refreshing fizz to the beverage.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Limeade adds an extra sweet-tart flavor to the fresh fruits of summer and gives the fruits a glossy shine.

Hearty Picnic Baked Beans

Andouille sausage adds a smoky, slightly spicy flavor to thick and hearty baked beans. Baking time helps concentrate all of the robust flavors.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad Bites

Loaded baked potatoes and potato salad are family picnic favorites. We've combined both in these fun little 2-bite appetizers.

Fresh Fruit Tart

This tart can easily be made square, rectangular or round. And feel free to switch up the fruit to use whatever is fresh and in season.

More S'mores!

Summer isn’t summer without s’mores. Whether you’re looking for specific instructions on how to build your favorite campfire treat or a more relaxed mix-and-match approach, your s’more options are many!

Hot Dog Toppings!

Wherever you’re travelling this 4th of July, we have you covered with our regional hot dog and topping suggestions.

No-Sew American Flag Photo Backdrop

Want to send guests home with a snapshot of their time at your July 4th gathering? This lovely DIY backdrop is all you’ll need to furnish a patriotic photo booth.

"Firework" Poppers

Fireworks are fun, but you can shake things up a bit with these kid-friendly homemade poppers.

Bandana Bonanza

Bring red, white and blue outdoors with patriotic and festive centerpieces. These DIY projects are as easy as gathering a stack of inexpensive red, white and blue bandanas (dollar and discount stores are great places to look) and assembling as desired. Wrinkle-free bandanas look best on the table, so you’ll want to iron any that look less than perfect.

Sugar & Spice Rubbed Sirloin

Use this sugar and spice rub that caramelizes on the grill and creates a crackling, burnt sugar char and juicy, rare center.

Chili Rubbed Steak Tacos

Load these tacos with spice rubbed steak slices and lots of toppings for a satisfyingly salty crunch and soft taco. If serving guests, have them join in the fun by prepping and getting all the toppings ready for indulging.

Turkey Cheddar Burgers

These burgers will change your mind about ground turkey! A deliciously satisfying stuffed burger made with change of pace ground turkey, loaded with flavor.

Green Chili Burgers

Spicy and full of flavor, these burgers are sure to please everyone with their varied toppings. Pass additional hot pepper sauce for those who want an extra kick!

Lemonade: 3 Ways

This scratch-made lemonade is perfect to quench those summer thirsts with its tart, sweet and cold refreshment. Try our three variations below!

Piña Colada Shrimp Kabobs

Why limit that fabulous combo of rum, pineapple and coconut to a glass? Piña colada ingredients make a dynamite marinade for shrimp destined for the grill.

Basil Martini

This vodka based martini embraces a perfect balance of ingredients.

Craft Beer Bloody Mary

Try this modern take on a classic Bloody Mary, using your favorite craft beer and spicing things up!

Pink Champagne Bellinis

A quenching froth of fresh peach puree combined with dry pink champagne, which gives those less than perfect peaches a sunset colored cocktail.

Summer Berry Sauté

Enjoy this quick, incredibly easy and delicious dessert…perfect served over ice cream, frozen yogurt, toasted angel food or pound cake slices.

Blueberry Cornbread

Warm cornbread shot through with blueberries create a contemporary sidekick for grilled foods and picnic entrees.

Fruit Pizza on the Grill

A delicious and fun-filled way to end a summer meal, or treat everyone to a sweet snack from the grill, this fruit pizza will have everyone wanting another piece.

Signature Pizza on the Grill

Don’t panic! Making your own pizza dough and sauce is easy…and both can be made ahead of time! so that when it’s grill time, you are cool, calm and collected and ready for all the compliments!

Waffles on the Grill

Breakfast on the grill? Why not! Easily enjoy frozen waffles grilled and topped with fruit and maple syrup…what a way to start the day!

Easy Granola Bars

Granola bars can be simple to make—and you can make them your signature bars by changing the nuts, dried fruits and other add-ins.

6 Tips for the Perfect Backyard BBQ

Backyard grilling is more fun with friends, so call everyone over for the day or just for dinner. There are ways to simplify in order to spend less time working and more time mingling.

Sunny Sangria Bar

Treat your guests to a fun sangria bar. We typically think of sangria as being red or pink, but this bar will celebrate summer with cheerful orange and yellow accents. We’ll use white wine as a base and offer many different choices so guests can mix up their own unique concoctions—from strong to sweet and everything in between.

Beach or Pool Packing List

Hitting the beach, pool or waterpark is a refreshing way to spend a hot summer day. In all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to pack the items you’ll want for a more fulfilling trip.

Summer Skin Care

Our skin has been craving the bright, warm comfort of sunshine and the gentle breezes of summer. We may be anxious to wear our tanks, shorts, dresses and swim suits, but it’s important to take good care of that exposed skin throughout the season. Sunscreen, bug repellant and aloe vera are three summertime essentials you should never leave the house without.

The Favorite Brunch Burger

Build a delicious burger with eggs, lean beef, cheese and mayonnaise on a bun and there you have it: Brunch!

Party Plan: Send Off to Summer

You can feel it in the air…fall is just around the corner! As we wind down the summer season, here are a few recipes to squeeze a little more flavor out of your day.

30-Minute Vegetarian Red Curry

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

I’m almost embarrassed to admit how frequently I eat curry. Home-cooked curry-in-a-hurry makes its way onto the menu in my household every single week. You’d think I’d tire of the dish, but there’s no stopping the salivation when you start talking aromatic spices, coconut milk and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Bruschetta Cheese Ball

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

I love using seasonal fruits and vegetables because I know I’m getting fresh produce. Since we are right in the thick of summer, tomatoes are everywhere, and what better way to use them up than in a Bruschetta Cheese Ball!

Watermelon Granita

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This makes a great dessert for a warm evening!

Easy Turkey Salad Croissants

Created by: Laura Petersen, Pink Cake Plate

I love a good sandwich and if it is on a fancy croissant then it's even better. This Turkey Salad Croissant is loaded with delicious turkey, sweet cranberries and crunchy almonds. It sounds really fancy but it's really simple to whip up.

Margarita Popsicles

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

It’s a hot summer day and you have absolutely nothing on the agenda expect soaking up a little sun. I can’t think of anything more fitting as a snack for these types of days than a fresh batch of margarita popsicles in the freezer. Make and store for weekend lounging, or prepare the night before a backyard party!

Sesame Noodles With Shredded Chicken

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

When the summer heat has me straying away from the oven, this Sesame Noodle is my go-to. It’s a family favorite and comes together quickly, without turning on the oven! It is served cold and is enjoyed equally on the back patio or on a picnic.

Blueberry and Rosemary Jam

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Just four simple ingredients are all you need to perfect homemade jam. In this version, blueberries, lemon juice, plenty of sugar, and rosemary are simmered together until the berries are broken down, the sugar has melted, and the mixture is super thick.

Italian Inspired Pinwheels

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for busier routines with school back in session, lunch options can be a little repetitive. To switch things up from your average sandwich try these Italian inspired pinwheels. Made with a spinach wrap this makes a great lighter meal option and can be made ahead of time.

30-Minute Chicken Tikka Masala

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Chicken Tikka Masala is the first item I order whenever I try out a new Indian restaurant. While I’m a huge fan of Indian food in general and wholeheartedly embrace every last meal on the menu, the masala dishes are my all-time favorite. I tend to gauge the goodness of a restaurant based on the flavor of its masala.

Mason Jar Cobb Salad

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Preparing meals ahead of time can make mealtime easier, quicker and help you stay on track with a balanced diet. Mason jars are perfect for storing soups, salads and trail mix to eat when on the go. Avoid buying fast food on busy days with this mason jar Cobb salad.

Mexican Quinoa Salad On the Go

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

This Mexican quinoa salad is on my menu every single week. It’s simple to prepare with the quinoa being the longest step in the process and just a little chopping in advance, and it has a ton of flavor while still including healthy veggies and fats.

PB&J Trail Mix

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

School will be back in session soon, and that means the return of long days filled with homework, after school practices, and studying. Keep the kids fueled all day long with this easy to make and kid approved PB&J Trail Mix.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken with Vegetables

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

For me, back-to-school means the end of summer with busy hot days ahead. Between teacher meet-and-greets, the start of soccer season and back-to-school shopping, I go from relaxed to frazzled in just a week’s time. During this extremely busy (and hot) time of year, I rely heavily on my slow cooker.

Back-to-School Photo Booth

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

Capturing Back-to-School photos is a tradition I look forward to every year. There's something about capturing the excitement of a new grade and all the possibilities of a new year. I also love to compare and see how much each child has grown from the year before and how their personal style changes and evolves over the years.

Create a Hub for Back to School Organizing

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

If you are like me, sending the kids back to school is bitter sweet. After spending all summer with them, I miss when they aren’t with me all day, every day. However, I certainly do look forward to those kid-free hours in the middle of the school day. It means I have time to focus on the things that I love again and to get things back in order after a summer full of vacations and activities.

Orange Scented Vinegar

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for the busy routines of back to school schedules, I like to take the time to catch up on some much needed cleaning and organization. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your home for the end of school and new school year.

Simple Zippered Tablet or Laptop Cover

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

From laptops to tablets, music players to digital cameras, we love our electronics. Unfortunately, we don’t always do the best job protecting our trinkets. With a few pieces of fabric and a zipper (plus notions!), you can create a zippered cover to fit any device you need.

Baby Shower Oreo Pops

Created by: Erin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Baby showers are a time of celebration for that new bundle of joy that is about to enter the world. Baby will be getting plenty of attention soon enough, so I personally think the shower is a great way to pamper mom.

Berry Blue Parfait

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

One of the easiest themes for a baby shower is to pick a color and plan your menu and decorations based on a specific color. Try a tickled pink shower for a baby girl, full of pink foods and pink decorations.

Salmon Sliders with Baby Pea Pesto

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These salmon sliders with baby pea pesto are the perfect handheld bite for a baby shower! The miniature slider is made with freshly ground salmon and packed with plenty of garlic, mustard and crispy panko breadcrumbs for an updated take on a classic salmon cake.

3-Ingredient Grilled Mango

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

5 Unique S'more Ideas

Although the mix of sticky-sweet marshmallow, crunchy graham cracker and creamy chocolate conjures up childhood memories of camping, s’mores can get old if you never break from tradition.

All-American Ice Cream Float

Scorching summer days call for decadent indulgences like this All-American Ice Cream Float. It's a versatile beverage that doubles as a dessert or a delightful adult cocktail.

7 Ideas for a Quick and Easy Party Cleanup

As a host, throwing parties is infinitely more enjoyable when cleanup is simple, but there's plenty you can do before your guests arrive to lighten the load. With a little preparation, you can minimize the time and effort it takes to tidy up, so you can relax and enjoy your party all the more. 

American Flag Mason Jars

Napping in hammocks, movie nights with the kids and patriotic celebrations all hold a special place in our summer schedules. Fill the quieter moments with creative crafts like these American flag Mason jars.

Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

Choose any color pineapple that has healthy green leaves and feels firm to the touch. It may be too ripe for the grill if it’s too soft or pulpy. The heat brings out the sweetness, tempers the acidity and leaves the all-important char marks. Enjoy it on its own or with a scoop of ice cream.

Breakfast Baked Apples

Breakfast apples baked in the glowing embers of a campfire are a sweet but hardy morning treat. Pack them with sausage and oats to fuel the day’s activities. 

Caribbean Jerk Pork Kebabs

Give a spicy Caribbean twist to Greek souvlaki with a marinade that balances hot pepper flavors with aromatic herbs. 

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Celebrate summer on the grill with this colorful grilled platter bursting with flavor.

Grilled Summer Veggie Orecchiette Pasta

Grilling brings out the natural flavor of seasonal produce, while toasted orecchiette adds enough richness for this salad to work just as well as a main course as a side.

Grilling with the Kids: Keeping it Safe

Grilling is a traditional pastime for dads, but your kids may want to help you too, just like they help mom in the kitchen. Grilling is a little different than cooking in the kitchen, though. While the kids can pitch in on preparation, you need to set some ground rules to keep them safe.

Maple and Sesame-Glazed Pork Ribs

These sweet and tangy baby back pork ribs will have your guests licking their fingers and counting down the days to your next summer barbecue.

Marinated Flank Steak

A flank steak is easy on your budget and one of the most flavorful cuts of beef you can buy. Add a marinade to add depth of flavor and tenderize the meat, and you have a recipe for a successful barbecue.

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Zucchini

A little crispy, a little crunchy – a mix of garlic and Parmesan take grilled zucchini to the next level for a crowd-pleasing summer dish with tons of cheesy goodness.

Patriotic Layered Sorbet

Keep the red, white and blue theme going this summer with this flag-inspired summer sweet that layers a variety of fruit sorbets.

Patriotic Party Cones

Looking for a craft to keep the kids busy during the big summer barbecue? Let their creative juices flow with this patriotic (and practical) activity. After they’ve decorated their party cone with stars and stripes, the kids can fill their holders with sweet treats – a delicious reward for their efforts.

Pesto Caprese Pizza

Pesto caprese pizza substitutes ripe Roma tomatoes for the standard sauce, pairing them with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves, just like in the classic caprese salad.   

Simple Barbecued Chicken

Salt, pepper and olive oil make the flavor of chicken shine. When you add smoky aromas and a bit of charring on the grill, your chicken will taste even better. 

Smoked Paprika Lemon Salmon

With a lemon-wine marinade and a gently-spiced, sweet citrus paste, these salmon fillets come out tender, juicy and perfect for the summer season.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Create a signature drink for your adult guests with fresh watermelon and tangy lemonade at your next summer get-together. 

Sweet Star-Spangled Biscuits

A star-shaped cookie cutter turns biscuit dough into the base for a patriotic dessert! You can make these treats with minimal effort, packaged biscuit dough (sold in tubes in the refrigerated section of your store) along with prepared cream cheese frosting. But if you prefer a homemade touch, feel free to use your own pastry recipe.

Party Plan: Great Graduation Party!

Throw a graduation party to celebrate your grad’s achievement in style! We’ve got everything you need to throw a great graduation bash, from recipes to decorations and more.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

Looking for something this spring that will make graduation parties – or any summer get-togethers – easy and delicious? You can do most of the work for these potato skins ahead of time, so right before the party, all you have to do is layer them up, pop them in the oven and serve a hot and delicious treat.

Black Forest Trifle

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This Black Forest Trifle combines rich, fudge chocolate brownies with tart ruby red cherry pie filling for the ultimate chocolate cherry dessert. Whipped topping provides a light creamy finish to the entire treat.

DIY Graduation Money Balloons

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

What’s more festive than balloons on graduation day? Balloons with money attached to them! Here’s a crafty and simple idea – gift your grads these Graduation Money Balloons. This is definitely a great way to congratulate them for all the hard work they’ve done!

DIY Graduation Globe Guestbook

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

Want a clever idea for a guestbook at your graduation party? Here’s a crafty and easy one – pull out all the stops at your party with this Graduation Globe Guestbook! Wish your grads success and well wishes on this globe, which will be a perfect keepsake throughout their new adventures.

Fizzy Blueberry Basil Punch

Fresh, versatile and fun…this fruit-based beverage is the perfect bubbly addition to your next summer party!

Party Plan for a Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

Sometimes referred to as the “unofficial” start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend is a great time for friends and family to come together. This year, how about trying a few new recipes at your gathering?

Memorial Day Taco Bites

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Bite-size tacos? Count me in. With warmer temps and summer upon us, that means poolside barbecues, games of cornhole and taco bites for the win. This perfect snack for your weekend shindig has all the taco-meets-seven-layer-dip goodness in one little bite.

Party Plan: Mother’s Day

A day dedicated to Mom and all she does…it’s your chance to show your appreciation. While words can express your love, actions can be just as meaningful, and more fun and delicious!

Croque Madame Crepes

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Black Forest ham and nutty Gruyere cheese are nestled into freshly made crepes, and then slathered in a homemade Gruyere cheese sauce. A perfectly runny sunny-side-up egg tops off each package, making these the perfect breakfast to start the day.

Rosemary Lemon Salt Scrub

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Okay, so I have to admit I haven’t tried many salt scrubs and was excited to make one of my own after reading how easy they are. I'm one for a simple DIY project, and this couldn’t have been any easier and quicker to make.

Party Plan: Savor Summer

Taste, smell and relish the flavors of summer with simple yet inspired recipes, décor DIYs & easy-does-it beauty tips.

Cornmeal Fried Green Tomatoes

Created by: Private Selection™

Crispy. Crunchy. And covered in cornmeal. Does it get any tastier than chef Anthony Lamas' Cornmeal Fried Green Tomatoes? The robust taste of Mississippi Comeback Sauce provides a solid kick to a southern standard in this must-make recipe.

Fresh Raspberry Sea Salt Bonbons

Created by: Private Selection™

Take a little salted chocolate, add a few raspberries, and what do you have? Scrumptiousness, plain and simple. Chef Caitlin Steininger's unique Fresh Raspberry Sea Salt Bonbons call for fresh thyme, sea salt, and pure chocolate indulgence.

Greek Yogurt Cupcakes

Created by: Private Selection™

Make your dessert the most coveted dish at your upcoming summer soirée. These Greek Yogurt Cupcakes are made of olive oil-perfumed cake, deep-purple preserves, and citrus-kissed cream.

3 Ways to Serve Healthier Summer Cocktails

Created by: Simple Truth

Be cordial by serving cocktails that are decadent in flavor but light in sugar content. Here are three all-natural substitutes for table sugar, so your calorie-conscious guests can have their cake and drink their mojitos, too!

Prep Shrimp Like a Pro

Created by: Kroger Discover Fresh

Don’t skimp on the shrimp! Whether fresh or frozen, try to avoid shrimp that has been peeled and deveined. The shell protects the meat and the flavor, but peeling and deveining can be a real challenge. Take these quick tips into consideration before making your next shrimp cocktail.

4 Surprising Ways to Enjoy Fresh Blueberries

Created by: Kroger Discover Fresh

You might think of blueberries as the sink-to-the-bottom component of your fruit salad, but this antioxidant-rich fruit can be a foodie’s BFF when paired with the right ingredients. Here are four ways to get the most out of this summer produce staple:

Dietitian’s Corner: How Veggie & Fruit Color Can Affect Your Health

Created by: Allison Kuhn, RD LD

You've probably heard popular catchphrases like "color your plate" and "eat the rainbow." The natural pigments responsible for the colors in fruits and vegetables are divided into several categories. Within each, individual compounds called phytochemicals can contribute to different aspects of human health.

Eat your way across all categories to get the most out of them all!

Food-tivities For a Fun Fête!

Q. What's the difference between a dinner and a dinner party? A. A few games! Try these icebreakers at your gathering to inspire conversation and a few giggles.

5 Clever Décor Ideas for Your Foodie Fête

The theme of your gathering is food, so what better way to celebrate the joy of cuisine than with food-focused décor elements? Here are five easy and elegant décor ideas for your decadent dinner.

Chili-Spiced Popcorn

A smoky chili blend is all it takes to elevate microwave popcorn from ‘good’ to ‘gourmet.’

Party Plan: Mexican BBQ Bash

Spice up your next dinner with friends by serving up a menu that puts a fresh Mexican-inspired spin on all your BBQ favorites. See the full-flavored fiesta.

Hearts of Palm Salad

Toss hearts of palm, tomatoes, and avocado with a simple dressing of cilantro and lime to prepare this breezy side salad.

Cinnamon Dessert Nachos

Give everyone’s favorite finger food a sweet twist with cinnamon sugar dusted tortilla chips, vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of warm chocolate syrup.

Drunken Refried Beans

Mexican beer, RO*TEL® tomatoes, cooked bacon, and a sprinkle of queso fresco mean these refried beans that are always party-ready.

Zesty Grilled Potatoes

Grilled potatoes take on another flavor dimension with the addition of zesty seasoning, tomatoes and cheese.

Caramel-Orange Flan

This Latin-influenced baked custard dessert is topped with caramel syrup and a hint of orange, perfect for the changing seasons.

S’mores Pie

Gather your guests around a campfire of your own making with this warm and toasty reinterpretation of this summer camp staple.

Iced Hot Chocolate

This summer-approved cocoa recipe tastes indulgent, but the fat free milk adds protein and calcium to a sweet treat.

Perfectly Chocolate Cake

A chocolate cake this rich deserves icing that’s just as dedicated to decadence – with a sprinkle of crushed candy, of course.

Hidden Valley Ranch Bread

Depending on where your party’s headed, these crusty, ranch-infused loaves can be toasted under your broiler or right on the grill.

Zesty Salsa Burgers

Mixing RO*TEL® tomatoes and green chilies directly into each patty gives these burgers an irresistible kick with every bite.

Corn and Tomato Picnic Salad

Corn, tomatoes, and bits of smoky bacon come together to create a super simple side dish for days spent on a blanket or nights by the grill.

Veggie salad recipe of corn, tomatoes and bacon combined for a super simple side dish

Grilled Chicken Club Sandwiches

Tuck this grilled chicken breast with bacon bits and melted Swiss recipe into a roll for a piping hot twist on the club sandwich.

Mini Pepper Garland

A handful of mini peppers and some ribbon are all you need to unfurl a party banner that really packs a punch! Try alternating colors, playing with spacing, or adding hanging letters to make it your own – then drape it in a doorway or on the backs of guests’ chairs.

Pepper Salad Bowls

Even serving a salad seems more festive when it is delivered in individual cut pepper bowls that add a fun pop of color to any table.

Lemon Votives

Set the mood for a fabulous evening with friends with sparkling votive holders made from fresh-picked lemons.

Pop of Pepper Vase

Jazz up a regular bouquet of flowers with this effortlessly unique centerpiece that’s sure to attract attention at any fiesta.

Rockin’ Guacamole

Turn up the volume on guacamole with by adding zesty Ro*Tel tomatoes, onion and lime juice to creamy avocados.

Chipotle Hot Dog Roll Ups

Hot dogs on the grill get a little feistier with spicy chipotle pepper spread, salsa, and Monterey Jack cheese.

Grilled Ham & Cheese

Grilled cheese on the grill? It’s amazing we never thought of this before, but adding Ranch dressing is the real stroke of genius.

IZZE Cherry Lime-Ade

A little sparkling soda and a splash of tart cherry juice create an irresistible summertime flavor that’s worth the pucker.

Grilled Steak Baguettes

You don’t need to travel very far for an amazing steak sandwich, just head out to your patio.

IZZE Iced Peartini

Get twice the bright flavor with this spritzer made with pear vodka and pear soda.

Party Plan: Red, White & Blue Bash

Celebrate America’s birthday with a backyard barbecue that’s bursting with creative twists on summer favorites and some sweetly simple décor ideas.


Use red, white, and blue scrapbook paper in fun patterns for a festive and mess–free way to serve snacks to guests.

Bacon Ranch Broccoli Slaw

This colorful side dish couldn’t be simpler, but the fun mix of flavors and textures make it unforgettable for guests.

Party Plan: Fireworks Countdown Cookout

Make the wait for Fourth of July fireworks short and sweet with a pre-show line-up of delicious recipes, colorful crafts, and creative tips to ensure your celebration is an explosive hit.

Berry Patriotic Pie

This refreshing dessert shows it’s true colors with a cream cheese filling topped with a strawberry reduction and fresh blueberries.

Stuffed Mexican Burgers

This amazing Mexican burger has a savory surprise inside – a flavorful mixture of Monterey Jack and green chilies.

HERSHEY’S Firecracker Cake

This patriotic cake is bursting with chocolate, cherry pie filling, whipped topping, blueberries, raspberries and more.

S’mores Brownies

Take a timeless classic and turn them into easy-to-eat bars, no campfire required.


For a sweet July 4th treat, add JOLLY RANCHER candies to your lemonade to create refreshing new flavors.

Summer Refrigerator Slaw

Give your food a kick with this easy-to-make slaw. It complements almost any dish, so have fun creating new combos!


Using TWIZZLERS at to decorate your tables will give your patriotic party some firecracker flare.

TWIZZLERS Dynamite Bundles

This crafty snack does double duty as décor. Use them to decorate dinner plates or stack in a pile for a fun snack that guests can grab throughout your party.

Party Plan: Grilled Pizza Party

Serve up a slice of summertime with an Italian style cookout. From grilled pizza to sweet treats, these recipes are a delicious ways to host a laid back gathering in your own backyard. Explore the full menu.

Italian Chex Mix

A touch of balsamic vinegar tossed with Italian herbs and spices give this classic treat a Tuscan flair.

Grilled Sausage & Pepper Pizza

Get the coal-fired taste of restaurant pizza without the restaurant. Make this recipe your own by adding pineapple, mushrooms, or any of your favorite toppings.

Summer Citrus Fruit Salad

Cool vanilla yogurt and a pinch of orange zest make this fruit salad a creamy and refreshing take on a picnic staple.

Party Plan: Mexican Buffet Bash

Celebrate warm summer nights with a sweet and spicy menu of Mexican-inspired dishes best enjoyed in the great outdoors. This feisty menu has something for everyone, with hearty snacks, seasoned sides and delicious desserts. See the full party menu.

Citrus Spritzer

Fresh citrus like grapefruit and orange juice makes this icy cool spritzer extra summery.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Pie

Bring any party to a sweet conclusion with this easy ice cream pie. Try adding sprinkles and small candies to with the hot fudge drizzle to add a little flair to your creation.

Mexican Chex® Mix

Corn chips and taco seasoning make this popular party favorite a perfect fit for a fiesta.

Thai Basil Mojitarita

A little bit mojito, a little bit margarita – whatever you call them, these fizzy cocktails are sure to leave guests feeling refreshed.

Cracker Jack® Funnel Cake

If your days at the fair were spent deciding between Cracker Jack® and funnel cake, you’re going to love this crowd-pleasing dessert.

Corn Pops

These lollipop-style treats are an adorable way to ensure your kids will eat their vegetables.

Cotton Candy Mocktails

Garnish these fun mocktails with cotton candy for a sophisticated twist on a circus favorite.

Party Plan: Classic Campfire Cookout

Keep the conversation going well into the night with a cozy fireside party that’s filled with fun finger foods, classic cookout fare, and – of course – s’mores. Sample the full party menu.

DIY County Fair Photobooth

Create a simple photobooth area that will be a hit with kids and adults alike. For props on a budget, use old Halloween costumes or glue your own cutouts to sticks.

Barbecue-Bacon Party Spread

This party spread is as easy as it is versatile – enjoy with any barbecue sauce and your favorite shredded cheese and crackers.

Mashed Avocado Cracker Topper

This cracker topper recipe can be as spicy as you wish. Simply remove the seeds and veins from the peppers for a milder flavor.

Best Creamy Potato Salad

For melt-in-your-mouth flavor, add the dressing to the potatoes while they are still warm to allow it to seep into the potatoes fully.

Grilled Parmesan Vegetables

To turn vegetable easily pieces as they cook on the grill, try using a grill basket, or pre-line your grates with aluminum foil.

BBQ Grilled Steak Burgers

Add hearty steakhouse flavor to the burgers on your grill with a brilliant blend of barbecue and steak sauce.

Oreo Ice Cream Cupcakes

This yummy recipe is also a time saver: you can prep it the night before or use a whole Oreo instead of making a crust. You can even freeze leftovers for later!

Lemonade Sangria

Mix up this Sangria any way you like by substituting Crystal Light On The Go Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix or swapping grape juice for the wine.

Dangling Jellyfish Lanterns

Lanterns are a welcome addition to any party, but these jellyfish lanterns start the summer off with a bit of wiggly fun.

Shark Bite Flip Flop Wreath

This tongue-in-cheek wreath is a fun way to welcome guests to a summer gathering – if they dare. Plus it's easy to change up the colors or add pattered flip flops to suit any style.

Paper Plate Shark Jaws

Big smiles are only a few minutes away thanks to this super-simple craft with a big impact.

Mini Aquarium Favors

These miniature aquariums made from repurposed baby food jars are simple project that will mesmerize kids of all ages and give them a fun memento of the day.

Life Savers Utensil Wrap

Having utensils and napkins ready to go makes it easy for party guests to grab everything they need in one step. Floating Life Savers on a sea of blue napkin adds a nautical touch to the table and is practical too!

Darling Doily Banner

Banners are a high-impact way to set the mood for any party. For this DIY banner, rough brown craft paper and pristine white doilies come together to create an atmosphere thats both rustic and refined.

Mason Jar Chandeliers

Add a little drama to your garden party with simply stunning mason jar chandeliers that could not be more simple to make.

Birdhouse Centerpiece

A trio of embellished birdhouses provide a sweet focal point for a garden party table.

Watercolor Butterfly Friends

Watercolor wings and a plastic spoon are all you need to create a fun garden friend for the little people at your party.

Dragonfly Garden Friends

Prepare the bodies of these plasticware critters the night before and you'll have a fun project ready for kids to decorate at party time!

Kids Gardening Station

This hands-on activity is a perfect way introduce kids to the fun of gardening – and encourage them to get their hands dirty for a change!

Gluten Free Peach Blueberry Cobbler

The combination of fresh peaches and blueberries make this summery cobbler a peak-season party treat for those with and without a gluten intolerance!

Party Plan: Vintage Summertime Parade and Picnic

Red, white, and blue are at the heart of this summertime celebration created by Robin Gay from the blog All Things Heart and Home. Find fun ways to dress your Memorial Day cookout or fourth of July celebration with patriotic style – from reusable flag art to easy outdoor games.

The Ultimate Party Planning Timeline

Once the invitations have been sent, and RSVPs are filing in, you're ready to start preparing for your party guests. Our comprehensive cheat sheet lets you check off the to-dos up to four weeks in advance of your next party to make planning less stressful and hectic!

Faded Flag String Art

This sun-bleached string art flag is a festive backdrop for a summertime celebration, and the end result is stunning enough to display in your home all summer long.

Patio Parade Flags and Pinwheels

Keep little ones entertained by preparing a few simple crafts like flags and pinwheels ahead of time. Encourage kids decorate their bikes and wagons for festive parade around the backyard patio or along the driveway.

Rowdy Ring Toss Game

All it takes is a few soda pop bottles and a little creativity to make a quick and easy ring toss challenge the life of your vintage party.

Crazy Cans Game

Even the littlest partygoer in your group will love knocking down cans in this classic party game DIY.

Chocolate Fudge Pie

Add a little sweetness to your good old-fashioned cookout with a chocolate treat that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Party Etiquette Tips for Everyone

Common courtesies make a party more pleasant, whether you're hosting or attending the event. Check out our list of do’s and don’ts to make sure you’re always on top of your party game.

Party Plan: Patriotic Summer Celebration

We’re inviting you to kick summer off the right way with delicious homemade food for the whole family! We’ve got sweet and savory recipes to celebrate summer beginning to end.

Spicy Black Bean Salsa

A spicy, colorful salsa made with black beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, corn, red onion and cilantro

Red White and Blue Dessert Pizza

Serve up this patriotic dessert for your Memorial Day celebration! After you bake the dough, simply spread the pudding mixture and top it off with Twizzlers for a flag full of flavor!

HERSHEY'S S’mores Snack Mix

This quick and easy snack combines the savory flavors of peanuts, pretzels and popcorn with the sweetness of HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bars and marshmallows.