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Dinner Party Theme Ideas

Want to throw your own dinner party? These themes are easy to customize for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party, a fancy dinner party, or a “just because” affair. With adult support, these are ideas that kids can help bring to life.

Francis Lam on Stir-Fried Eggs

Recently I found myself feeling a sudden, irresistible craving for Chinese Stir-fried Tomatoes and Eggs. I’ve known this dish—savory, sweet-tart tomato sauce folded around soft-scrambled eggs—my entire life. A version of it was my younger brother’s favorite food when we were growing up—and by “favorite food,” I mean it was basically the only thing he would eat for the first eight years of his life. When I worked in Chinatown, it was a staple of every $4 buffet in the neighborhood.

Lively Leftovers

As we know, after any family gathering, party, or the holidays there are leftovers that take up space in the fridge. What should you do if you do not want to eat the same thing again, but also do not want waste? Use your leftovers! You can make multiple new creations!

Sally's Soups

Sally is famous for her soups for a reason. These six recipes come straight from Sally’s stovetop. Add Mushroom and Sausage Soup, Roasted Winter Borscht, Broccoli, White Bean and Basil Soup--and more--to your soup rotation, and we promise your winter will warm up in no time.

Introducing Gail Arnold

Gail Arnold, known as Chef Gail to kids in the Test Kitchen, has been one of our fabulous Test Kitchen teachers for some time now and has been teaching our Edible Alphabet classes this year.  Gail has been cooking professionally since she was 18 years old (!) and in addition to cooking in restaurants, was director Steven Spielberg’s personal chef. This month we’re celebrating her cinematic connections with our Movie Night Cooking Class. 

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER RECIPES

We love holiday traditions, but if you’re looking for ways to change it up this year, borrow a recipe from Sally’s kitchen. Whether it’s Christmas Tamales, Wild Mushroom and Fennel Soup, or Cranberry Apple Crisp, you’re bound to fall in love with a new dish.

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER RECIPES

No matter how big our guest list, we always seem to have extra turkey leftover after the holidays. And though we love turkey sandwiches, we’ve come up with even more versatile ways to use the last of the bird. These four recipes--Turkey Stew Sausage, Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash, Turkey Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Bacon, and Turkey Risotto with Cranberries--will change the way you think about leftovers. 

Avocado

Delicious, creamy, healthy; that sounds just like an avocado to me!  Avocados offer nearly 20 minerals and vitamins. These vitamins help fight off diseases, control your blood pressure, and have many other excellent benefits for the human body. Avocados can be used as a healthy substitute for oil, butter, shortening, sour cream, mayonnaise, and cream cheese in many recipes. Avocados can also be used to make countless delicious recipes.

Dairy Alternatives

Do you have an allergy to dairy? Do you like to cook? Have you ever found cooking with your allergy hard to do? Well, it doesn’t have to be. There are many alternatives! So many people in this world have allergies to dairy including my sister. Since my sister has a dairy allergy, I have had to use substitutes in my recipes. Almost all of the alternatives listed below I have used in my recipes. I hope this table helps you change your recipes so you can eat them.