Some holiday parties require every serving dish you own -- and then some. Improvise a bread basket with a large rectangular cloth napkin or dish towel, preferably starched linen (the stiffer the fabric, the better it will hold its shape). Lay the fabric horizontally on a table. Fold the longer side up, slightly more than halfway. Fold the top half down in the same way, so the two edges overlap by an inch. Turn it over, and fold the shorter sides in to meet. For extra security, pin in place. Flip over again, and place rolls or a sliced loaf into the opening.
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- Pepper Jack cheese
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Sliced white onion
- Sliced pickled jalapenos
- Soft goat cheese
- Garlic mayonnaise
- Flat-leaf spinach
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced red onion
- Barbecue sauce
- Coleslaw or shredded cabbage
- Sweet pickles or pickle relish
- Cooked bacon
SourceEveryday Food, July/August 2007
Potatoes make satisfying side dishes in all seasons, summer included. What would a picnic be without potato salad? Opinions on which ingredients are essential to potato salad can vary (maybe your must-include is hard-cooked egg, or diced onion, or sweet pickle relish). Regardless, the starting point must be a basic recipe that promises a good outcome every time. My stripped-down method does just that -- all the salad needs are creative additions to make it your own.
SourceEveryday Food, June 2007
Folks enjoy this satisfying Louisiana gumbo during winter, particularly when they're trying to recover from months of rich holiday foods. Each cook has his or her preferred version. I like mine with a small amount of meat added for flavoring, and I love the combo of collards and mustard greens. The story goes that for each type of green in it, a new friend will be made in the coming year, so feel free to throw some of your favorite greens into the pot and make some more friends!
Text by Emeril Lagasse
SourceEveryday Food, January 2009
Sweet meets heat in these colorful fruit cups inspired by a popular Mexican street-food snack. With a squeeze of lime juice and a dusting of chili powder, slices of papaya, cantaloupe, mango, watermelon, and pineapple take on a new depth of flavor. They're a cinch to make for any celebration.
Individual portions of fruit are easy to serve and eat. Clear old-fashioned glasses (Crate & Barrel) show off the sherbet-y shades.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2010
A minimalist motif gives these canapes maximum charm: Thinly sliced scallions and snipped chives make stems for salmon-caviar blooms. Spread plain or smoked-salmon cream cheese onto soft white sandwich bread. Trim to desired shape, and arrange the chives and roe into single stems or a field of flowers.
Fishing for Caviar
Salmon caviar, or roe, is a luminous bright orange and tastes of the sea. A relatively inexpensive type of caviar, it can be found at specialty-food stores or ordered from russanddaughters.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
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