Food & Wine
Make & Take

Make & Take

Make & Take

Plan your next spring potluck, picnic, or party with Make & Take magazine. Make a.m. brunches super easy by prepping all the dishes ahead of time so all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you wake up. Tote a crock full of hot and hearty fillings so everyone can assemble their own sandwiches and wraps—or pack a picnic with our favorite stacked and layered heros and hoagies. And just in time for picnic season, choose from four crisp and crunchy fried chicken recipes. Just need a side? We have salads, pastas, dips, cheese appetizers, and hot, bubbly casseroles to keep even the pickiest crowds happy. When it’s time for a sweet finish, pick a new favorite from our cookies, bars, cakes, and icebox desserts. Plus all the tips and tricks you need to take your food on the road and serve it safely.

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2 min.
toting basics

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO CASSEROLES Cover casserole dish with a lid, using heavy-duty rubber bands to secure the lid to the dish (photo, above). If you don’t own an insulated casserole carrier, place casserole in a sturdy cardboard box lined with kitchen towels. Secure in place by tucking rolled or folded towels around the casserole dish. SANDWICHES Tightly wrap uncut sandwiches in waxed paper or plastic wrap and pack in an insulated carrier. Bring along a knife and cutting board to cut sandwiches at the party. For safe traveling with a knife, slide the blade into an empty paper towel tube. BITE-SIZE FOODS To keep small appetizers and desserts from sliding around when being transported, cover a shallow baking pan with a clean kitchen towel and place the small items on top, then cover with plastic…

2 min.
potluck pointers

1 PORTION PLANNING When calculating portions for a potluck, remember that you do not need a full portion for every attendee. People usually take smaller portions when there is a variety of dishes to choose from. Generally, one standard entree portion will feed two diners at a potluck. 2 (FOOD) SAFETY FIRST To make sure food remains free of harmful bacteria, discard any perishable food that has been at room temperature for more than 2 hours (1 hour if the temperature is above 80°F). To avoid wasting food, put small portions of food on the buffet, leaving replenishments in the refrigerator or oven. Replace empty platters with freshly filled platters. Avoid adding new food to a container that holds older food. 3 IN THE KNOW To avoid last-minute confusion at potlucks, let your host know…

9 min.
good morning!

Cinnamon Rolls PREP 55 minutes RISE 1 hour 45 minutes CHILL 2 hours BAKE 25 minutes at 375°F 4¼ to 4¾ cups all-purpose flour1 pkg. active dry yeast1 cup milk1 cup mashed, cooked potato*⅓ cup butter⅓ cup granulated sugar1 tsp. salt2 eggs½ cup packed brown sugar1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon¼ cup butter, softened1 recipe Icing 1. In a large bowl stir together 1½ cups of the flour and the yeast. In a medium saucepan heat and stir next five ingredients (through salt) just until warm (120°F to 130°F) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture and eggs to flour mixture. Beat with a mixer on low 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. 2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in…

9 min.
set up a sandwich station

1 DO YOUR HOMEWORK Split buns, shred or slice cheese, chop toppers, and do other serving preparations ahead of time to avoid extra work at the get-together. 2 SECURE THE LID Using two heavy-duty rubber bands, bind the slow cooker’s lid tightly to its handles. Or secure the lid to the cooker with flexible, easy-to-remove duct tape. 3 PREP THE CROCK Wrap the entire slow cooker in a couple of thick, clean bath towels. Tuck the wrapped slow cooker into a cardboard box or a cooler (without ice). Or purchase a bag made for transporting slow cookers. 4 TOTE Transport the slow cooker on the floor of the car. Carry any toppers or side items separately in grocery bags or coolers. 5 PLUG IT IN When serving food from a slow cooker at a potluck, remember to tuck an…

4 min.
deviled eggs

Deviled Egg Salad START TO FINISH 35 minutes 7 Hard-Boiled Eggs (below)3 Tbsp. mayonnaise1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill1 clove garlic, minced5 dashes hot pepper sauce⅛ tsp. salt6 to 7 cups torn butterhead (Boston or Bibb) lettuce2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved if desired¾ cup chopped red sweet pepper⅓ cup sliced green onions4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled1 recipe Dill Vinaigrette 1. Halve Hard-Boiled Eggs lengthwise and remove yolks; set whites aside. In a small bowl mash egg yolks with a fork. Stir in next five ingredients (through salt). Stuff egg white halves with yolk mixture. 2. On a platter arrange lettuce, tomatoes, sweet pepper, green onions, and bacon. Top with stuffed eggs and drizzle with Dill Vinaigrette. If desired, sprinkle with additional dill. Makes 6 servings (1 cup salad + about 2 egg…

1 min.
perfect har-boiled eggs

1 Whenever possible, use eggs that are 7 to 10 days old. (As eggs age, the air pocket in the shell grows, making it easier to dislodge the shell after boiling.) 2 Place eggs in a single layer in a medium or large saucepan (do not stack eggs). Add enough cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. 3 Bring to a rapid boil over high heat (water will have large rapidly breaking bubbles). Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 15 minutes (18 minutes for extra-large eggs); drain. Place in ice water until cool enough to handle; drain. 4 To peel hard-boiled eggs, gently tap each egg on the countertop. Roll egg on countertop under the palm of your hand. Peel off eggshell, starting at the large end.…