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Seriously Dude, Buy A Punch Bowl Already

Why punch should be the focus this holiday season
Dec 18, 2014 10:00 am

Long before the cocktail was, well, a cocktail, there was punch. While the word “cocktail” was first mentioned in print in 1798 in London, punch had its first recipe mentioned in 1670. So just how has the big bowl that has become synonymous with insipid fruit juices and bad hooch evolved over the years? And why are we officially declaring it time for a punch comeback? Read on.

6 Stylish Wine Decanters Used By Our Favorite Sommeliers. Here's How To Buy Them.

Form, function and a little extravagance too
Dec 4, 2014 1:00 pm

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, tends to be the oft-sung phrase this time of year, but personally, we're big fans of, let it pour, let it pourlet it pour. Whether you're hosting or gift-giving, you can't go wrong with a handsome, and functional wine decanter. Here are six perfect options, including picks by two of NYC's top sommeliers.

30 Smokin' Dishes To Grill For Your Memorial Day Cookout

Grill meat, chicken, fish and veggies all weekend
May 23, 2014 9:30 am

Welcome to the first big grilling event of the summer! You've been honing your craft for weeks, maintaining a grill so spotless you could grill fish on it. That was a subtle hint. Memorial Day Weekend cookouts are all about barbecuing everything that can be barbecued, from animal to vegetable. Actually that's about it, animals and vegetables. Here are 30 of our favorite recipes for both. 

One For All: A Sleek Communal Tray For Your Tabletop

For your next party spread, just lay it all out
Oct 15, 2013 9:00 am

Naruse Inokuma Architects' minimalist, "One For All" communal tray belongs to that exceptional category of design objects you never realized you needed. Then you see one, and suddently it's the only thing you need. Designed as a complement to the notion of a communal table, the extended plate runs the length of a tabletop, with subtly-crafted grooves and indents in different sizes for various foods and quantities. Check out photos after the jump. 

Dinner Party Question: How Many Shrimp Per Person?

Taking the mystery out of how much shrimp to buy
Sep 25, 2013 1:30 pm

When in doubt, be generous — you invited people over for shrimp. But if you don't want to end up with two extra pounds or not nearly enough, we'll guide you through the details of figuring out how many shrimp per person.

Brie Is Sapping All The Energy Out Of Your Cheese Platter

That wedge claiming to be Brie is ruining the party
Sep 16, 2013 8:00 am

With the long-awaited/dreaded entertaining at home season nipping at our heels, it's time for a cheese platter refresher course. 

10 Tips To Make You A Cheese-Serving Expert

Here's how to present the perfect cheese plate
Sep 10, 2013 11:00 am

Nobody likes a cheese stickler, but there are some basic guidelines you should try to follow when making a cheese plate to show respect to the milk that have been aging for months or even years just for your enjoyment (slow clap for cheese curds). Follow these  guidelines to avoid coming off as a cheese novice when having friends over for hors d’oeuvres.

Brunch Recipes For Your Big Weekend Crowd

Stretch out that long weekend just a little longer
Jul 7, 2013 9:01 am

Long holiday weekends mean guests, it's a fact of nature. We've rounded up a few brunch favorites that are easy to double or triple for a crowd. Nothing fancy here, just the basics, you're not running a dang restaurant. Keep it simple, make large batches and let your inner breakfast hero shine through with these recipes for eggs, pancakes, perfect bacon and more.

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