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The Weekend Kitchen: Menus and Recipes for Relaxed Entertaining and Family Fun

Sample recipes from The Weekend Kitchen: Menus and Recipes for Relaxed Entertaining and Family Fun

Broiled Pineapple

A light fruit dessert is the perfect way to end just about any meal. And if you're looking for easy desserts, then this Broiled Pineapple recipe couldn't be any easier! Using just three ingredients, this sweet broiled pineapple recipe can be ready to eat within minutes. Although you can serve it as a delightful dessert after a filling lunch or dinner, consider topping it with plain or vanilla yogurt and serving it for a sweet addition to your brunch menu.

(2 Votes)

Country Vegetable Frittata

Nothing says "brunch" quite like a hearty egg dish! This recipe for Country Vegetable Frittata has it all, with plenty of eggs, cheese, and fresh vegetables in the ingredients list. You'll only need one ovenproof skillet to prepare this easy egg dish recipe, which will be great news for anyone who has to wash the dishes after the meal. You'll have a great start to the day when you include this filling and no-fuss frittata in your menu.

(4 Votes)

Wild Blueberry Cake

You've heard of blueberry pie and blueberry muffins, but what about blueberry cake? This recipe for Wild Blueberry Cake uses fresh blueberries and has a decadent crumb topping for a crowning touch. This scratch cake recipe is easy to make and can be mixed and poured in the pan within minutes. It's also the perfect recipe for young bakers to try with adult supervision, of course!

(8 Votes)

Peach Cobbler

This summer, make full use of the abundance of fresh peaches by making this easy Southern dessert recipe! The delightful Peach Cobbler is super easy to make (it has fewer than 10 ingredients) and can be ready to eat in about one hour, so keep it mind the next time you need to whip up a dessert at the last minute. This peach dessert recipe can look even more special and elegant when you include a scoop of vanilla ice cream or yogurt on top of each serving!

(2 Votes)

Portable Nachos

Every tailgating event or watch party needs excellent snacks! Instead of opening a bag of chips and serving pre-made dip at your next get-together with friends, show off your cooking skills with this recipe for Portable Nachos. Cheesy and delicious, this game day recipe has a few components that can be made in advance of your next party. This nacho recipe can be adjusted so that you can make it as spicy or as mild as you and your friends prefer.

(1 Votes)

Curried Chicken Salad

If you've only had premade chicken salad from a deli, then you are in for a treat with this recipe for Curried Chicken Salad! This recipe is easy to make and is one that every busy home cook should keep in mind, as the salad can be made in advance. Simply store the chicken salad in the refrigerator until it's time to eat. You can serve this flavorful take on the traditional chicken salad recipe on your favorite sandwich roll, or serve it on a bed of mixed greens for a unique approach.

(1 Votes)

Herbed Noodles

Easy to make and inexpensive, too, these Herbed Noodles will quickly become a beloved side dish! The Herbed Noodles can be ready to serve within minutes and includes a number of ingredients that you likely already have on hand. What more could you want when preparing dinner on a busy weeknight? This side dish recipe will be the perfect accompaniment to just about any entree in your personal cookbook, including meatloaf, roasted chicken, and even a hearty salad.

(4 Votes)

Smoked Salmon with Avocado

Here's a recipe that will be a delight to serve for a quiet evening at home with friends! With only seven ingredients, this recipe for Smoked Salmon with Avocado will be easy to make and can be ready to serve in fewer than 30 minutes. It boasts a complex flavor profile and will also be a pretty and elegant addition to any meal you have planned. This easy appetizer recipe doesn't take long to prepare, either.

(0 Votes)

Apple Crisp

When it comes to fall dessert recipes, apple pie gets all the press. But if you'd like to make something a bit different for your next potluck or book club meeting, then this recipe for Apple Crisp is in order! The homemade crisp shows off the full flavor of apples in the best way possible and is topped with a delicious crumb mixture. This easy apple recipe is sure to be a hit!

(6 Votes)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Instead of picking up a pre-made cinnamon cake from the grocery store, get baking with this easy recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake! This eight-ingredient coffee cake uses items you likely already have on hand at home, and is the perfect option if you need to make something for an impromptu brunch or get-together with friends. The recipe will taste delicious when served with hot cups of tea or you guessed it! coffee, and will be a hit with your entire family when serving it for breakfast.

(5 Votes)

Tuscan Bean Soup

What can be more comforting than a bowl of Tuscan Bean Soup on a chilly day? With this easy soup recipe, you can warm up inside and out. It's also so easy to make, too if you've never made soup before, then you simply must give this recipe a try. This soup is a vegetarian recipe, but don't be surprised if dedicated meat-eaters slurp up every last bit, too, especially if this soup is served with a slice of fresh bread and topped with grated mozzarella or Parmesan cheese.

(4 Votes)

Celebration Cake

When you're ready to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone, not just any cake will do! This recipe for Celebration Cake is a fun and delicious way to mark any special occasion. Featuring layer after layer of cake and frosting, this delightful cake recipe will wow the crowd at your next big event. If you've never made a cake recipe from scratch before, don't worry. This recipe is easy to follow and won't take long to bake.

(6 Votes)

Greek Salad

Fresh and full of flavor, this recipe for Greek Salad is one you need to keep at your fingertips this summer. Loaded with salad greens, red onions, juicy tomatoes, and plenty of other delicious ingredients, this easy salad recipe also features a homemade salad dressing that ties all of those flavors together. Although you can serve this easy summer salad recipe as a side dish (it would complement a steak on the grill, for example), you can certainly serve it as the main course for a light lunch or dinner.

(2 Votes)

Grilled Seasonal Vegetables

Fire up that grill and get cooking with this delightful recipe for Grilled Seasonal Vegetables! This easy recipe can be served as an appetizer, as a delicious side dish, or even as a hearty main course. Although this recipe is perfect for vegetarians, meat-eaters will find these vegetables to be filling and full of flavor, too. This easy grilling recipe has more than 10 ingredients, but can be ready to cook and then serve within minutes. Don't have a grill? You can still make this recipe using your broiler.

(3 Votes)

Chocolate Cheesecake

Decadent and delicious, this Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is one you simply must try! Every bite is smooth, creamy, and filled with chocolate there's no holding back with this easy cheesecake recipe! From the chocolate wafer crust to the whipped cream and chocolate garnish, this cheesecake recipe is one that everyone with a major sweet tooth will love. You'll love bringing this show-stopper to the table for dessert after just about any meal, so consider making it for your next cookout or get-together with friends.

(7 Votes)

Cranberry Waldorf Salad

Brighten up your holiday spread with this Cranberry Waldorf Salad recipe. A combination of tart cranberries, sweet apples, and savory celery sets this Waldorf salad recipe apart. The best thing about this holiday salad recipe is that it can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until you're ready to serve. This salad is the perfect addition to any meal because its sweetness will balance out other savory dishes. Everyone is sure to take second helpings of this cranberry salad when you make it for your next Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.

(1 Votes)

Calico (Wild and Brown) Rice

Rice is a super easy side dish for practically any meal, but sometimes it's nice to elevate easy recipes. Calico (Wild and Brown) Rice is a simple yet satisfying side dish to serve with chicken, beef, vegetables, and more. The combination of brown and wild rice makes this a hearty dish with great texture, and it's a great source of whole grains. To make this rice pilaf recipe, wild and brown rices are combined with chicken stock. The rice cooks until tender before being combined with parsley, salt, and pepper.

(1 Votes)

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