Supermarket prices are on the rise, and consumers' time has a monetary value as well, which means it may often make more financial sense to dine out than to cook at home, according to The Fiscal Times. The writers compared the cost using sample meals from several restaurant chains including Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden and The Cheesecake Factory.
Grills may be the most popular way to cook outside, but Melissa Clark recommends outdoor deep-frying. You can enjoy deep-fried delights like crunchy soft-shell crab, green tomatoes, even hot dogs and candy bars. The best breading for the crunchiest treats, by the way, is the classic flour-egg-bread crumb method, according to Clark.
Drink menus across the U.S. are featuring homemade ginger ales thanks to the interest in natural foods and artisanal products. Wow Bao in Chicago serves plain, green-tea and pomegranate flavors, and sells 1,000 cups each week.