Easy Steps for Memorable Outdoor Entertaining

(Family Features) Make your next outdoor party a memorable one with these simple steps. With all bases covered for creating a remarkable event – from mood music to signature drinks – these ideas will have your guests wondering when your next soiree will be. No matter what the reason for the gathering, find your inspiration from the splendor found outdoors. Picture a rustic table set under the olive trees in the Italian countryside or warm, gentle breezes rustling through a gorgeous garden in the South of France. Nature draws you in, invites you to sit down and encourages you to savor special moments. Create the same experience for your guests at your home. Set a wooden table under shaded trees or a covered patio then gather several chairs around. Keep decorations simple and let the natural elements set the mood. There is something about flowers that instantly makes any gathering feel special.  Place several large sunflowers into a vase for the center of the table – or trim the stems off your favorite blooms and float them in a large serving bowl. For another simple centerpiece, line several glasses or small bowls down the center of the table and place a … Continue reading →

Score Big With Pork, Your Game Day MVP

Cuban Pork Adobo Chops (Family Features) Football season is around the corner, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to tailgate. With competition on the field heating up, you’ve probably already chosen your favorite team. When it comes to deciding what to eat at your tailgate before kick-off, there are plenty of meats to choose from – and this year, the clear MVP is pork. No matter what team you’re rooting for, the secret to tackling your next tailgate is serving a meal that’s tasty, filling and easy to cook. With pork as the game day all-star, you won’t have to spend time stressing at the meat case or over the grill about what to serve or how to cook it: Newly released pork cut names and labels now reflect the names of familiar cuts of steak and they include cooking recommendations to make sure the pork is as juicy, flavorful and tender as possible. With cuts like the New York Pork Chop and Ribeye Pork Chop that can be incorporated into plenty of great-tasting recipes – like kabobs, sliders and sandwiches – you can’t go wrong. Grilling pork on game day is easier than you think. … Continue reading →

Smoky Hot Chili

Fall means football, tail gate parties, bonfires and chili. Chili is considered a requirement for tail gate parties in some parts of the country. Chili is one of those versatile foods that can be made to satisfy almost every individual taste. I’m sure if you search long enough, you’ll find as many chili recipes as you find chili cooks. You may even more recipes than cooks. It seems that the basic ingredients for chili include tomatoes, meat and seasoning. You can add many interesting ingredients to create a chili that tempts your family. I like my chili full of beans, hominy and corn. My husband prefers no beans. My son likes chili that is spicy enough to light his insides on fire. My daughter isn’t a big fan of spice. I developed this recipe to satisfy all of us. Print Smoky Hot Chili Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes Yield: 12 servingsServing Size: 1.5 cupCalories per serving: 336Fat per serving: 19 Ingredients2 lb roast 32 oz can tomatoes 16 oz enchilada sauce 1 TB cinnamon 1 TB oregano 1 TB black pepper 1 TB chili powder 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables ¼ cup chopped banana peppersInstructionsCut the … Continue reading →