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Pot-Roasted Chicken
A whole roasted chicken is a dish that is so simple and basic — easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but also elegant enough to serve for a Saturday night dinner party. It is also a starting point for making a variety of other dishes for nearly any meal of the day, be it chicken salad or a chicken broth-based soup. Yet, the whole bird is often...
We all love parties — we love going to them and some of us love hosting them, but prepping for a party, with all the prepping, cooking, and planning, can be a hassle. If you have a hectic schedule, a stressful job, or have a house full of kids, it can be difficult to stage a social soirée if you don’t have the time to get everything together...
When the gang is together and the grill is going, why should you have to worry about dirty dishes and cleanup? So here's an easy solution — nix the forks, the knives, and the big platters, and serve your menu items entirely on skewers. Think about it — no muss, no fuss.  All of the skewers can be built in advance, and whether they need to be...
Whether you’re a kid or an adult, ice cream is something that's easy to love. The cold treat can be enjoyed in many forms — cups, cones, chocolate, or vanilla — but none, however, is as fun or creative as the ice cream sandwich. Ah, yes, the sandwich. Your favorite ice cream flavor nestled between two delectable and rich cookies. What a dream....
According to Cornelia Guest, her new book Simple Pleasures "contains wonderful recipes that are easy, affordable, fun to do with kids, and an opportunity to introduce people to the wonderful bounty that Mother Nature gives us and to show that vegetables can be delicious."  Guest only creates menus that are vegan. Her idea is to enlighten guests...
So you’re a fan of cupcakes? Join the party. While the trend just keeps going and going, new flavors, new sizes, and even more themed cupcakes are popping up everywhere. If you’re curious to make your out-of-the-box cupcakes look like the real deal, take a cue from Maria Nitti of Isabella’s Creations, she’s a pro on the sweet stuff and is doling...

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Our Readers' Go-To Party Recipes

Within the next few months, party season will begin full force — spring will turn into summer and that means outdoor hosting, passed hors d' oeuvres and finger foods, and exciting menus. We know what we’re cooking up here at The Daily Meal, but we’re wondering what’s going on in your kitchen.

Last week, we reached out to you — our...

Easy Party Buffet Ideas

When it comes to feeding a crowd, build-your-own bars can be a lifesaver. If dining with the family, the fun factor is instantly upped when kids are given the chance to make their own salad by adding their pick of toppings onto the lettcue, or are allowed to customize their bowl of pasta. It's the same when hosting a crowd of friends to watch...

Healthy Ideas for Easy Family Meals

It’s 5:30 p.m. You’re exhausted from a day at the office. Both you and the kids are hungry, but you are too crunched for time (not to mention low on energy) to prepare a home-cooked meal. Sound familiar?

In a last-ditch effort for food, some families might pick up the phone and call in pizza or Chinese for delivery, ditching their...

Chickpea salad

By now, most of us have experienced the blazing hot heat, humidity, and sun of summer. Think back to those days — now what did you have for dinner? If you’re like me, you probably found yourself trying to come up with a quick, cool, and refreshing dish you could put together without getting near the toaster or stove… or you may have found...

Picnic table

This spring, be inspired by the natural world when throwing your next party. Entertaining in an environmentally sensitive way doesn’t have to be devoid of style. In fact, it can be just the opposite!

Think about repurposing everyday items, like glass jars and empty wine bottles, or reusing vintage china plates and bowls you might find at...

Cheese plate

Whether it’s your college roommate who calls as she’s driving through town, or dear mom and dad who spring a surprise visit on you one weekend day, there are often quite a few unplanned visits from friends or family during the holidays.

With busy work schedules, energetic kids, and hectic holiday planning, we often neglect to have...

8 Quick and Easy Party Appetizers

Move over, cheese plate. There is another quick and easy appetizer this year — and it’s homemade.

Savvy hosts know that party foods don’t have to be made completely from...

Char-Baked Zucchini, Tomato and Eggplant

When it comes to entertaining for friends and family during the holidays, catering to people’s dietary restrictions, favorites, and traditions can make determining your holiday menu a challenge in and of itself — without even stepping foot in the kitchen.

However, Lucinda Scala Quinn, the author of “...