All the Labor Day cookout recipes you'll need

By Eric Wright

With Labor Day weekend rapidly approaching, it's time to start planning that annual family cookout—filled with mouth-watering food—and avoid a half-baked spread! Even though summer may be coming to an end and the kids are thinking about heading back to school, there's still time for one big backyard barbecue and all that's left to do is to organize the legendary menu. Without further ado, lettuce begin!

From Southern-style mains and grilled sides to tasty starters and vegetarian options, make your Labor Day weekend 2019 one to remember with these delectable recipes.

1. Steakhouse burgers

A delicious steakhouse burger recipe from Once Upon a Chef.

For many Americans, a juicy burger straight off the grill is the epitome of Labor Day celebrations, and these tender steakhouse morsels are sure to impress. The main ingredient and star of the show here is the 85% lean ground beef, which gets mixed with bread, salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and scallions before hitting the flames. Whether you like your burgers medium-rare or well done, these patties are always packed full of flavor.

2. Spicy buffalo wings and buffalo sauce

A juicy buffalo wing recipe from A Fork's Tale.

If you're looking to sink your teeth into something hot and spicy this Labor Day, you've just found a match made in heaven. These spicy buffalo wings only take around 35 minutes to make, and you can add as many red hot chili flakes to the sauce to get that perfect level of heat. Hungering guests at your summer cookout will be raving about your recipe for months!

3. Corn wheels with hot honey butter

A corn wheel recipe from Good Housekeeping.

The sweet taste of corn wheels dripping in hot honey butter makes them the real side star of any Labor Day cookout with family and friends. With simple ingredients, like unsalted butter, honey, Kosher salt, habanero hot sauce, and, of course, the all-important ears of corn, neighbors and friends alike will be a-maized by the rich flavor.

4. Bacon jalapeño cheese dog

A bacon jalapeño cheese dog recipe from Hungry Doug.

Thick-cut bacon, premium cheddar cheese, spicy jalapeños, and sizzling hot dogs create the heavenly bacon and jalapeño cheese dog, which is sure to be a massive hit at any Labor Day party. Super simple to make and ready in only 30 minutes, you know what they say, "Sun's out, hot dog buns out!"

5. Creamy potato salad

A great potato salad recipe from Inspired Taste.

A large, creamy bowl of potato salad is a must-have on the menu come Labor Day, and with this recipe, you'll have even the pickiest eaters praising your cooking. All you'll need is celery, pickles, sweet red onion, hard-boiled eggs, fresh herbs, and regular household condiments to create this ap-peal-ing side dish—all in just over 30 minutes.

6. Veggie skewers

An easy veggie skewer recipe from The Forked Spoon.

Grilled veggie skewers are an ideal complement to any main dish served on Labor Day, and with a wide range of fresh ingredients, like zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers, and a dash of garlic sauce, it's a super healthy addition, too! The ingredients all have the same cooking time of around 10 minutes, making these perfectly charred skewers an instant hit.

7. Kansas City ribs

Photo courtesy of Kevin is Cooking.

A couple of racks of Kansas City ribs sitting on the table just dripping in a sweet, yet spicy, rub are going to have your friends coming back for seconds and thirds! The thick, sweet, and tangy sauce takes around 50 minutes to make, and once applied to the baby back or spare ribs, the only thing left to do is to grab a cold one and wait for the smoker to do its work.

8. Baileys s'mores

How can you resist these Baileys s'mores from All Recipes?

If sweet treats are your thing, here's the inside scoop on the perfect dessert—this delicious Baileys s'mores recipe. A ridiculously easy dessert to make, yet irresistibly tasty, all you need in the kitchen are graham crackers, large and mini-marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and, of course, that all-important bottle of Baileys Irish Cream.


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Easy-to-make summer recipes while at home or away

By Eleanor Stanesby

Photo from The Gateway.

When temperatures are high, the thought of spending hours in the kitchen is dreaded by most. The already-warm nights are exacerbated by the oven and stove heating up the entire home, creating a flustered cook and sometimes a failed meal. Imagine when you throw in the additional pressure of cooking on vacation for a large group and in an unfamiliar kitchen, too!

Good food can be difficult to get right if you don't have a plan, so we've sourced some summer recipes that are easy, quick, refreshing, and something that the whole group will love, whether you're at home or away on vacation. They'll even leave time for you to ensure that you can achieve your sunbathing, reading, and afternoon napping goals this summer, too!

Dinner

No-cook zucchini noodles

A delicious zucchini recipe from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

This no-cook zucchini noodle recipe is the perfect summer meal. With nothing but prep time, this meal is ready in just 15 minutes, and no cooking means no extra heat from the stove top or ovens. These noodles can be prepared multiple ways, no matter where you are or what kitchen equipment may be on hand, so you can even serve this meal on vacation. It's also a low-carb, low-cost recipe, with only three main ingredients: zucchini, pesto, and tomato—and seasoning, of course—all of which are easy to find, cheap to buy, and healthy! What could be better?

Fish tacos

A fish taco recipe from Foodie Crush.

This blackened fish tacos recipe offers the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm summer evenings and cook outside. The fish can be prepared on an outdoor grill, and after that, all you have to do is add fresh vegetables and seasoning. If you want to add a salsa, too, this recipe has the steps to an awesome, homemade creamy avocado topping. All these ingredients can be served separately, allowing the group to make their own tacos to taste at the table and take some pressure off of the cook. It's the perfect excuse to call up your friends and invite them over for a summer dinner!

Sweet treats

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

A no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe from House of Nash Eats.

Oats, peanut butter, and chocolate—what could be a better cookie combination than these three mouthwatering ingredients? Even better, these cookies are no-bake and can be created in just 15 to 20 minutes. If you're looking for a quick, no hassle dessert, this is the recipe for you, and if you're going on vacation, you don't even need an oven to whip up this heavenly creation. They're sure to be a hit with both kids and adults—the perfect way to end a hot summer's day.

Chocolate-covered watermelon

A chocolate covered watermelon recipe from Delish.

These tasty slices of chocolate-covered watermelon have got you covered when on the hunt for something refreshing to eat while in the heat. This delicious dessert needs only four ingredients: watermelon, chocolate, coconut oil, and flaky sea salt. Coconut oil may be hard to come by if on vacation, so this ingredient can be left out; however it does speed up the process from prep time to indulging. In a mere 10 minutes, you can have the ideal after-dinner snack for the whole group.

Frozen coconut s'mores

A frozen coconut s'mores recipe from Womans Day.

This recipe requires a little more work, but it'll be so worth it in the end. A summer s'more without the hassle and heat of a campfire? Sounds too good to be true! All you need is a freezer to achieve the ultimate frozen dessert. Made in batches, these frozen delights can be served to a large group, with the recipe designed to provide 32 servings, ensuring you won't need s'more once you've polished off this desert! If you love this combination of flavors, making this recipe is the ideal alternative in the summer heat.

Bonus recipe

Pink grapefruit gin slush

A summer drink recipe from David Lebovitz.

No summer vacation is complete without a delicious, chilled drink. This pink grapefruit gin slush is the perfect recipe for that lip-smacking, delicious summer drink. Ice cold, gin-infused, and sweet, there's no better homemade concoction to keep you cool. All you need to do is pour the ingredients together and put it in the freezer⁠! And now you don't have to worry whether your guests prefer their cocktails shaken or stirred.


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Our favorite Memorial Day drinks and snacks

By Mikaela Amundson

Memorial Day is fast approaching—time for family get-togethers and barbecues galore! Potlucks are a popular way to dine for summer holidays, with picnic tables piled high with salads and starters, delicious grilled mains, and a dozen different desserts. If you're wracking your brain on what to bring, let us help you figure out how you'll add to the spread.

We've gathered a list of things that are easy (and tasty!) for guests to bring and hosts to have ready for party time.

Snacks

Crockpot Little Smokies

Recipe courtesy of Dessert Now Dinner Later.

No one can resist cocktail weenies, so you know that Crockpot Little Smokies will be a win-win, both easy for you and popular at the party! This recipe has only three ingredients and tastes like you spent hours slaving away—when in reality you mixed the ingredients in and set the timer for two hours.

Black bean corn salsa

Recipe courtesy of Finding Zest.

Chips and guac are always a crowd pleaser, so why not spice up a classic with a unique, easy-to-make black bean corn salsa? It tastes so fresh that no one will ever guess you made it in less than 15 minutes. What makes this recipe extra great is you can customize it to your favorite flavors! Throw in diced avocados or fresh heirloom tomatoes, and call it your signature salsa. Wowing the party? Check.

Herbed red potato salad

Recipe courtesy of COOKIE+kate.

We love this healthy take on the classic potato salad, an American barbecue staple. With no mayo and plenty of fresh herbs, this light herbed red potato salad is sure to be a hit with party guests of all ages. At under 20 minutes to prepare, you'll have plenty of time to make a playlist for the car, take the dog for a walk, or enjoy a cat nap before the festivities.

Drinks

"Punch For a Bunch"

Recipe courtesy of Clover Lane Blog.

When doing party drinks, being able to prep as much in advance is key. This delicious pineapple "Punch For a Bunch" can be customized with other fruits and add-ins. Added bonus? On the recipe page, you can enter in the number of guests you're making the punch for, and it will convert the amounts and measurements for you!

From cocktail to mocktail

Recipe courtesy of Kirbie's Cravings.

Another crowd pleaser with a short ingredient list, this sparkling raspberry lemonade can be transformed from cocktail to mocktail by swapping out sparkling wine for sparkling water! Killing two drinks with one stone, as we like to say.

Bonus idea for hosts

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray Every Day.

We love this creative idea to keep drinks cold—just use balloons! Fill balloons ⅔ full with water and freeze them the day before the party. Day of, place them in your drink buckets for drip-free drinks, some color for your party, and the opportunity for a water balloon fight at the end of the night.


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Delicious holiday drink recipes

By Marta Gintowt

The holiday season is the perfect time for getting together, lighting up the fireplace, and sharing a warming beverage. A glass of red wine or a chilled beer will always do the trick, but why not use this time of year to get creative and try something new and festive?

Whether you are entertaining a large group of friends or are just trying to impress your partner, we have curated the perfect list of interesting and delicious holiday drink recipes, ranging from simple to complex, to try out this cozy holiday season.

Chai eggnog

Photo and recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

A Christmas cocktail that adults love and kids loathe, this special twist on the classic recipe marries chai tea and exotic spices together to create a more than memorable flavor. Either to be enjoyed without alcohol or combined with a rich whiskey or brandy, this recipe is sure to make those of all ages eggnog converts.

Spicy pomegranate Moscow mule

Photo and recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Christmas time calls for an abundance of winter fruits, like pomegranates and any citrus of your choice, so both novice and experienced cocktail-makers, take note! The traditional Moscow mule is a drink whose popularity is steadily on the rise, due to the tangy ginger flavors and satisfying crushed ice. This spicy interpretation is bound to make a statement with the addition of sweet pomegranate and spicy jalepeños.

Blood orange and pomegranate thyme spritz

Photo and recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.

Continuing on with our love for winter fruits, those who appreciate eclectic, sophisticated flavors will adore this festive beverage. The robust essence of thyme, paired with both rich pomegranate juice and tangy blood orange soda, are refreshing, yet warming—making this a perfect entertaining aperitif.

Glögg

Recipe from The Spruce Eats.

The holidays call for traditions, whether that is getting together with the family or making classic recipes that have been passed down through generations. Mulled wine, or the stronger Swedish Glögg, is a fragrant, noted beverage that is famous around the world and can easily be made at home. Served warm, this Glögg combines wine, spices, fruit, and an optional hard spirit for that extra cozy feeling.

Grapefruit whiskey sours

Photo and recipe from Heather Cristo.

Whiskey is known for it's warming properties, hence it being one of the main ingredients in the cold-combating Hot Toddy. Extremely easy and perfect for either a cozy night in or a holiday party, whiskey sours are a definite crowd pleaser. This recipe suggests adding grapefruit soda and pink lemon wedges (rare, but gorgeous) for a pop of color and a fragrant twist.

Kahlua hot chocolate

Photo and recipe from Damn Delicious.

Once the temperature drops and winter has announced it's frigid arrival, hot chocolate is natural a go-to soul-warmer for those of all ages. This delicious, spiked hot chocolate is especially appealing to adults, due to the addition of Kahlua liquor and salted caramel, for a decadent winter evening treat.


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