January 2023

How to BBQ and Picnic in Style

If you’re celebrating the 4th of July with a cookout or backyard party, you need certain items to make your soiree complete. We’ve hand-selected the coolest picks for outdoor entertaining this season that your guests will love. Whether you’re heading to a BBQ or picnic tomorrow or any other day this summer, these smart and stylish items will make the most of your summer day.

Hammacher Schlemmer The Cordless Motion Activated Light, $39.95
Keep your party going long after the sun goes down with these cordless and weatherproof outdoor lights.  Light your porch, deck or patio without having to worry about complicated wiring or replacing batteries.

Privet House at Target Wild Appetizer Plates set of 4, $12.99
Melamine tableware is perfect for outdoor dining and Target has a diverse selection.  We especially love these fun and inexpensive zebra print plates!

Black Box Wines, prices vary
Think inside the box with an upgrade from the usual low-brow boxed wine.  Black Box wine is a delicious alternative to a bottle at a great price tag.  It’s perfect for a pool or park where glass is prohibited, plus you don’t need a corkscrew!
Tabletop Cylinder Torch, $19
These gorgeous torches add ambiance and ward off mosquitoes.  These inexpensive additions to your tabletop are also refillable, making them more convenient than regular citronella candles.

Ceramic Drink Dispenser, $39.99
Mix up your favorite summer drink and let guests serve themselves from this ceramic dispenser.  It comes in fun colors to go with any decor. 

Picnic Time Picnic Basket, $66.99
This picnic basket is cute for a summer date.  It comes equipped with wine glasses, a corkscrew, napkins and a cheese board and knife for the perfect outdoor afternoon.

Monogrammed Grill Tools Set with Storage Case, $92
The grillmaster will love having his own sleek, personalized tools.  This high-quality set comes in a convenient carrying case for storage or any guest grilling appearances!

Bodum Fyrkat Green Grill, $59.95
A tabletop grill is perfect for rooftop or beach barbecues.  It’s portable and compact, and totally chic in this green shade.

Personalized Riviera Green Cocktail Napkins, $52 for 100
Personalization makes everything extra special and these summery striped cocktails napkins are no exception.  These also make an amazing hostess gift!

Celebrate Summer with Red-Hot Grilling Recipes

Summer is officially here and it’s time to get hot with just about everything! So, spice up standard summer fare this barbecue season with grill-ready recipes that are smokin’ and spicy. See our fave red-hot mains, sides, and desserts!

-Cait Rohan


Are you a true fan of spicy fare? I’d like to dub AllRecipes.com’s Dragon’s Breath Grilled Salmon a “spicy challenge” for its combo of red-hot jalapeno peppers, horseradish, and garlic, simmered just a bit with mayo on good-for-ya salmon fillets.

Get gourmet—really gourmet—with your burger via Epicurious.com’s Andouille and Beef Burgers with Spicy Mayo and Caramelized Onions (originally from Bon Appetit). Sure, this burger may take a fair amount of prep time, but I can guarantee that the end result, a yummy andouille sausage-beef combo burger, spicy mayo with Cajun or Creole seasoning, and hot pepper sauce for a kick, and caramelized onions, is worth the time spent.

A typical side of baked beans gets a serious boost with spicy mustard, mesquite grilling sauce, and bacon with Food Network’s Mesquite BBQ Beans (courtesy Sandra Lee). All it takes is four easy ingredients and firing this baby up on a grill for 30 for a sumptuous side.

If you want to be in control of just how much spice you add to your dishes, MyRecipes.com’s Spicy Ginger BBQ Sauce is the perfect solution. Fiery ingredients like onions, ginger, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire, cayenne, and more make this the perfect topping for your steak or other barbecue fixin’s.

Making a cake as a barbecue dessert is a given, but surprise everyone’s taste buds with Rachael Ray’s Chocolate-Chile Cake (via contributor Daisy Martinez). A rich medley of espresso or coffee, brown sugar, and chocolate is enhanced by the spicy zip of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

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