Guilt-Free Dish: Lemon Basil Pasta from the Blog Love and Lemons

It’s February. And the idea of keeping some kind of resolution… well, let’s just say, I’ll become a morning person just as soon as the Boston sun rises at 5AM. As for diet, thanks to a myriad of food blogs – including one of Rue’s personal favorites, Love and Lemons – it’s easy to put in a valiant effort.

Tonight? Pasta. A personal splurge. But this one’s chock-full of uber-healthy veggies like asparagus, peas, spinach, and basil. Also known as easy, simple, and delicious.

Love and Lemons Pasta Dish

Photo by Jeanine Donofrio

“Despite starting this meal way too late, it comes together super fast,” writes Love and Lemons blogger Jeanine Donofrio. “The lemon and olive oil highlight the crunchy spring vegetables in a bright but simple way. And especially if you’re using homemade pasta, the flavors don’t overwhelm the taste of the fresh noodles.”

Sold.

Next year’s resolution? Making my own pasta. (We’ll see.)

Before you pull out the ingredients? Check out our Sunday Supper: Fast, Fresh, & Healthy Cooking Boutique on Sunday, February 9, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2014

How to Throw an Authentic Chinese New Year Party

On January 31, residents of Chinatowns from coast to coast – as well as Chinese populations around the world – will hit the streets in celebration of the New Year. The holiday, also known as Spring Festival, marks the first day of the year on the Chinese calendar and is a time when families gather in celebration of their ancestors and the gods alike.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll look at this as a learning opportunity – and, of course, a reason to host a party. Follow our festive advice for an authentic Year of the Horse fete. Don’t have lion dancers on speed dial? We’ll let that slide.

Chinese New Year Party Ideas

Set the table with chopsticks. Serve up homemade dumplings – boiled, not fried or steamed – with traditional Chinese dipping sauces.

Make your own Spring Festival cocktail. Head to your local Asian market and pick up a Chinese beer (Tsingtao is popular). Combine equal parts beer, prosecco, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

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January 26, 2014

Throwing a Girls’ Night? Break Out the Bourbon

This just in – there’s more to bourbon than an old-fashioned or mint julep. Colorful, refreshing, and oh-so-citrusy, this mix from Love and Lemons will be your next soiree’s signature cocktail.

Blood Orange & Bourbon Recipe from Love and Lemons

Photos by Jeanine Donofrio

Enter: Blood Orange & Bourbon with freshly squeezed juice, a few drops of bitters, and mint to garnish (tip: slap the mint in your palm to release its flavor). This drink gives an old go-to a new, refreshing twist. Just top it with club soda. Or, finish it off the Rue way – with champagne.

Check out Love and Lemons to print the Blood Orange & Bourbon recipe card.

Then shop our Sunday Supper: Girls’ Night In Boutique on Sunday, January 19, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 19, 2014

Winter Warm-Up: Savory Mushroom Fondue by Chantal

Whether you hit the slopes like a Sochi champ this weekend or went straight from bunny hill to lodge, you’ll want to warm up with a steamy supper. Made with mushrooms, cream, corn flour (cornstarch), and butter, all simmered until thick and then served with cheese and sausage for dipping, this recipe from cookware label Chantal is guaranteed to soothe your insides.

All that’s missing? Friends and a few hot toddies.
Savory Mushroom Fondue Recipe

Click the recipe card to download and print.

Then grab your fondue essentials in our Sunday Supper: Après-Ski Boutique on Sunday, January 12, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 12, 2014

Just Say “I Do”: A Recipe for Engagement Chicken

If you like it, put a ring on it. Okay, so I’m not positive Beyoncé was singing about chicken, but stranger things have happened. The gist? Make this recipe for a friend or loved one, and someone will propose. It’s been proven effective on more than one occasion. No, really. We wouldn’t kid about such things.

This citrus-and-herb recipe earned its title from Kimberly Bonnell, a Glamour magazine editor back in the 80s. She passed out the dish to a couple of colleagues, whose significant others just happened to propose post-feast. Maybe it was coincidence. Maybe it was the delicious simplicity of this five-ingredient meal. Or maybe, just maybe: Magic. Is. Real.

You’ll just have to try it and report back.

Engagement Chicken RecipeClick the recipe card to download and print.

Our Sunday Supper: Engagement Chicken Boutique opens Sunday, January 5, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 5, 2014

On the Brunch Menu: 3 Holiday Recipes from Expert Matthew Mead

Thanksgiving was a full week late this year. Which means the next big meal is around the corner. Cease your frantic recipe search. If a December 25 brunch is in the works, stylist and Rue Living Inspirer Matthew Mead has sweet and savory covered – from spinach strata to maple syrup–filled muffins. So click, print, and pour the eggnog. It’s time to prep.

Savory Stratta
“It’s easy to make and bake. Serve in slices with a crumble of feta cheese for extra piquant kick.”

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December 8, 2013

Play Host: How To Shop for Your Cocktail Essentials

Rue Living Inspirer and author of What's a Hostess to Do? shares her tips

 
You’re throwing a party. The menu is set, the décor nearly done. Now, for the best part (some might say): the liquid refreshments. Estimating whether guests will guzzle or sip? Far from easy. Susan Spungen, Rue Living Inspirer and author of What’s a Hostess to Do?, breaks down what – and how much – to stock up on.

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First things first – the hard stuff:

  • On average, assume your guests will have 2 drinks per hour (10 guests x 2 drinks x 2 hours = 40 drinks).
  • There are approximately 5 glasses of wine per bottle.
  • Most mixed drinks are made with a 1-ounce shot of liquor. A 1-liter bottle of liquor contains enough for 32 drinks.
  • Mixers are usually poured in 4-ounce portions. One liter of mixer will make 8 drinks.

 
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November 3, 2013

On the Menu: Curried Sweet Potato Soup from the Blog Love and Lemons

The leaves have turned and the temps have dropped. Meaning? It’s time to make the stockpot a permanent fixture on the stove. Warming us this week? Curried Sweet Potato Soup. Blogger Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons dishes, “We’ve been eating this one all week. It’s so hearty, warming, and surprisingly easy.”

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Photos by Jeanine Donofrio

We’re convinced. With a hint of spice and a few handfuls of the season’s freshest veggies, this cilantro-topped side (or main) dish hits the spot.

Our Sunday Supper: Serve Up Fall Flavors Boutique opens Sunday, October 27, at 11AM ET.

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October 27, 2013

Comfort Food (with a Fall Twist) from Two Peas and Their Pod

Our go-to foodie bloggers, Maria and Josh from Two Peas and Their Pod, have taken one kid-favorite recipe and transformed in into a fall dinner-party must-have. Enter: Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

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Photo by Two Peas and Their Pod

“If you are a little skeptical about adding butternut squash to your mac ‘n’ cheese. Don’t be,” Maria writes. “Josh roasted the butternut squash before pureeing it to bring out the best flavors. He used aged white cheddar and sharp cheddar cheese. He also added in chopped fresh rosemary and topped the mac ‘n’ cheese with whole wheat breadcrumbs.”

Creamy and filling, serve it on any fall evening or turn it into a tradition at Thanksgiving dinner.

Our Sunday Supper: Cook Up Comfort Food Boutique opens Sunday, October 20, at 11AM ET.

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October 20, 2013

For the Win: Game-Day Queso Dip from Two Peas and Their Pod

It’s game day. And whether it’s your new flat screen or your magnetic personality, there are hordes of belligerent footballs fans invading your space at this very moment. Don’t hyperventilate. We have just the recipe to declare living-room peace. From Two Peas and Their Pod, we give you: Queso Dip.

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With two types of freshly grated cheese as the star ingredients, this totally-worth-the-calories concoction of cooked onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and tomatoes is guaranteed to put everyone at ease – for at least as long as a commercial break.

Our Sunday Supper: Bites for Game Day Boutique opens Sunday, October 13, at 3PM ET.

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October 13, 2013