Family

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After 21 years on the Food Network, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis reflects on the cooking empire she has built, where she’s going next, and how it all started at home.

BY KENZIE MASTROE

Letter

From Our

Editor

Letter

From Our

Editor

If you’re like me, as soon as it’s warm and sunny enough to be comfortable outside, you try to do as much outdoors as possible, including eating, entertaining, and just hanging out and relaxing. Somehow, inviting a few friends or family over for a meal al fresco just seems easier — a little less fussy and a lot more fun. Our cover star of SheKnows’s first-ever Summer Entertaining Issue, chef and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis, feels the same. When it comes to hosting friends this time of the year, De Laurentiis says, “I try to do a couple of dishes that are ready to go that I can make in advance that you can eat at room temperature, and then leave the rest to the grilling outside, because you want to spend as much time outside as possible.” In Family Style, the celebrity chef and mom of one reveals to Senior Food & Lifestyle Editor Kenzie Mastroe more about her “uncomplicated” style of whipping up “fabulous” dishes that will leave you plenty of time to actually enjoy yourself.

 

And that’s what we’re bringing you with this issue — inspiration for beautiful, easy outdoor entertaining and summer fun that will let you not just host, but have fun, too. In addition to De Laurentiis’s tips, we have actress, mom, and stylemaker Brooklyn Decker sharing her favorite tequila cocktail; barbecue side dishes that aren’t pasta; disposable dinnerware to make cleanup a cinch; the best places to buy patio furniture online; the best floats for a pool party; and more.

 

We hope this issue sets you up for a summer of fun. And for those days when it’s too hot to even entertain outside? We like to hit the movie theater — and this summer we can’t wait for Flamin’ Hot (out June 9) starring Annie Gonzalez, whom you can read more about in this issue as well.

EUGENIA MIRANDA RICHMAN

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ON THE COVER

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Features

Feature

Annie Gonzalez Is On Fire

THE 30-YEAR-OLD LATINX ACTRESS IS STARRING IN THE EVA LONGORIA-DIRECTED FEATURE FILM FLAMIN’ HOT, RELEASING JUNE 9.

BY GIOVANA GELHOREN PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATT SHOUSE / BUTTER LA

Feature

Brooklyn Decker Is Using Tequila In Creative New Ways & Your Summer Menu Will Never Be the Same

THE 30-YEAR-OLD LATINX ACTRESS IS STARRING IN THE EVA LONGORIA-DIRECTED FEATURE FILM FLAMIN’ HOT, RELEASING JUNE 9.

BY KENZIE MASTROE

Recipe

Sun Beam Fizz

1.5 oz Astral Tequila Reposado 3 oz Lemonade 1 oz Red Ruby Grapefruit Juice Top with Club Soda Garnish: Grapefruit Wedge with Chili Lime Seasoning
Instructions: Add all ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass and stir. Top with club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and chili lime seasoning.

SK EATS

SK EATS

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Giada De Laurentiis Summer Cocktails & Dishes We’ll Be Making All Summer

 

BY KENZIE MASTROE

SK EATS

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Giada De Laurentiis Summer Cocktails & Dishes We’ll Be Making All Summer

 

BY KENZIE MASTROE

Q

We asked 10 food influencers: What’s your favorite store-bought summer entertaining hack?

SK SHOPS

SK SHOPS

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Eco-Friendly Disposable Dinnerware To Make Summer Entertaining Easy

BY KENZIE MASTROE

SK SHOPS

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The Best Places to Buy Patio Furniture Online — For Every Budget

 

BY KENZIE MASTROE

SK SHOPS

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The Pool Floats You Need for Your Pool Party

 

BY KENZIE MASTROE