Summer side dishes are the comfort foods of outdoor get-togethers. Easy to make, filling, and familiar, a classic potato salad or slaw is just the thing to accompany burgers or hot dogs coming off the grill.
But what if your host is springing for Porterhouse or beef tenderloin? Then it’s time to step up your contribution to the party. Try these alternatives:
Planning for summer entertaining, we’re starting to think about tackling outdoor cooking projects, the ones we always seem to put off until another year. Instead of the typical patio party or barbecue, here are three possible projects, from an ancient cooking method to an all-day, all-out extravaganza:
Mother’s Day gift-giving is usually easy. A bouquet of flowers and a brunch reservation are usually all our moms are looking for.
But to nurture the relationship in a deeper way, tackle a kitchen project together that neither of you would attempt alone. A signature dish takes time and attention, both things that will draw you together. You’ll inevitably have more time to bond as you knead, roll, or pipe—and there will be two of you to do the dishes.
We suggest you start with French desserts. French pastry can be intimidating, which makes it the perfect candidate for a day together in honor of Mother’s Day. And at the end, you’ll have a show-stopping sweet to impress the rest of your family.