As the summer grilling season kicks off, it’s time to talk burgers.
Americans love hamburgers … and we enjoy them most eaten hot off the grill. The sizzle when the meat hits the hot flame, the aroma drifting through the air, and the familiar charred taste are simply irresistible. Easy to cook and easy to eat, hamburgers are also a great way to serve a crowd.
This summer, consider serving up a twist on plain patties with cheese. Why not get inventive with toppings and build your own burger bar? Here’s what you’ll need.
Start with good-quality meat, preferably freshly ground at the butcher. Well-marbled and full-flavored ground chuck, made from the shoulder, has a near-perfect ratio of meat to fat (80% to 20%.) You can also experiment with other meats – short ribs, brisket, sausage, turkey – for more variety. Plan on ¼ lb. of meat per person for standard size burgers or ½ lb. for more generously sized patties.
Tips: Group toppings for each type of burger together and consider making little placards to identify them. (See the Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Burger below, as an example). Our Super Chill insulated bowls ensure all the fixings stay at the proper temperature.
The Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Burger:
hickory-smoked bacon bits, caramelized onions, bourbon-smoked pepper and cheddar
bacon, red onion, tomato and American cheese
jalapeno peppers, white onion, chili-lime hot sauce and Monterey jack cheese
The Greek Squad:
sun-dried tomatoes, red onion and feta cheese
Top it all off with an array of crisp lettuces – from iceberg to arugula – pickles and relish. Your guests will savor every bite of their out-of-the-ordinary burgers!
Tell us. What’s your favorite burger?
Get your space in party-ready shape with inspiration from our All-American Pinterest board.
When a summer afternoon finds you playing badminton on the lawn, cooling off at the 19th hole, or simply dipping your toe in the pool, you need a daytime cocktail that’s light and fruity without being overly sweet. One that you can savor all afternoon.
Days like these call for gin. Refined without being overly fussy, this clear liquor is made from grain (some combination of corn, barley and/or rye) that’s infused with juniper berries. These small, bluish berries give gin its distinctive flavor – that piney taste that’s as crisp and cool on the palette as a mountain breeze.
Of course, when you’re at Wimbledon (or simply watching the telecast across the pond), the gin drink of choice is the Pimm’s Cup. Spectators love to sip this truly English cocktail and will quaff nearly 230,000 of them at this year’s event.
If you’ve never experienced Pimm’s, it’s gin-based liqueur infused with citrus and spice. Invented by London bar owner James Pimm in 1823, it is now the quintessential English summer afternoon drink (and the traditional drink of Wimbledon). Pimm’s Cups are traditionally made with lemonade, lemon soda, ginger ale or ginger beer and are garnished lavishly with cucumber, mint leaves and fruit.
This recipe makes a sufficient amount to fill a pitcher. Serve in a pint glass, like our Dimple Pint Glass with Chill Insert. It’ll keep your drink cold, but not water it down.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
1½ cups Pimm’s No. 1
1 navel orange, cut crosswise into thin slices
1 lemon, cut crosswise into thin slices
¾ cup firmly packed mint leaves and tender stems
1½ cups cold ginger ale or lemon lime soda
1 cucumber, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
About 3 cups ice
1 apple, quartered, cored, and cut into thin slices
In a large pitcher, combine the Pimm’s, the orange and lemon slices, and the mint. Chill for about 10 minutes. Stir in the ginger ale.
Put two cucumber wedges, standing on end, into each of four 1-pint glasses. Fill halfway with ice. Pour in the Pimm’s mixture. Push the mint down into the drinks, and divide the orange, lemon and apple slices among the drinks.
For more traditional Wimbledon entertaining favorites, check out our strawberries & cream recipe for a perfect summer treat!
Dads weren’t meant to spend all days indoors. Not in meetings. Not hunched over a computer. Come summer, most guys are all about the great outdoors. That’s why on weekends, you find so many of them outside. Grilling, golfing, fishing, restoring old cars … or just kicking back in a hammock with something cold at hand.
Whether you’re celebrating your own dad or acknowledging your husband for all he does for the family, this Father’s Day, give Dad a gift that will make his day … and maybe even his summer.
After a long work week, Dad deserves to hang out at home, enjoying some R&R. If an afternoon nap is on the agenda, give him a taste of the good life with a generously cushioned tufted hammock.
If Dad’s into cool gadgets, he’ll love unwrapping a drone. Dad will find every excuse to shoot aerial video, whether it’s at the family reunion or to see what’s stuck up on the roof.
… for a smartly styled watch with innovative features that satisfy any dad’s inner techie. And with all the sophistication of a precision crafted analog timepiece, Hercules has forged timeless style with modern advancements for any avid golfer. Just flip the watch face to reveal highly accurate, GPS-powered measurements to the pin.
A simple and inexpensive gadget, the iGrill is a pocket-sized meat thermometer that lets Dad step away from the grill and partake in the fun while still keeping on eye on dinner.
Speaking of partaking in the fun, Dad becomes a master mixologist with a simple push of the button, whipping up those frozen concoctions that you’ll all enjoy.
As the sun dips below the horizon, dads love to build a big fire, stacking log upon log, setting it ablaze and basking in its warm glow. With its oversized basin, the Copper Fire Pit lets him revel in a satisfying fire all night long.
Still searching for the perfect gift? Explore more of our favorite Gifts for Him.
Written by: Canyon Ranch Staff
Using sunscreen shouldn’t be something you do only when you’re spending the day at the beach. It is a ritual most people need to make a part of their daily routine, especially if you live in warmer climates or spend a lot of time outdoors (time in the car counts). Yes, the sun’s warm rays can be restorative and comforting, but overexposure to ultraviolet light (both UVA and UVB rays) can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.
Get answers to common questions about this healthcare essential from our Canyon Ranch experts.
No—everyone needs sun protection, no exceptions. This includes people who have dark skin and people who have no family history of skin cancer. Remember, you can’t feel or see a burn until after the fact, and skin can be damaged even without a visible burn.
No. When it comes to protecting your skin, using any sunscreen is better than nothing at all. However, not all sunscreens offer the same benefits. That is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that a sunscreen’s label can only state that it helps prevent sunburn and reduces the risk of skin cancer (and early skin aging) if it has an SPF of 15 or higher and is broad spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB light. Remember, these benefits only come with proper, consistent use, so be sure to read the instructions on any sunscreen before you apply.
Yes and no. An SPF 15 sunscreen filters about 93 percent of rays, whereas an SPF 30 filters 97 percent and an SPF 50 filters up to 98 percent. These small differences can mean a lot, particularly if you’re prone to burns. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, but don’t bother searching for SPF 100. The FDA has no sufficient data to show that an SPF higher than 50 provides greater protection, which is why sunscreen labels may no longer tout a specific SPF above that number. Unfortunately, no product can actually shield you from 100 percent of the sun’s rays—which is why the use of the term “sunblock” is also prohibited.
Every day. UV rays penetrate cloud cover and most glass, so it makes sense to wear sunscreen even if it’s overcast or cool, or if you spend a lot of time driving, indoors near a window or under a skylight. Sunscreen works best when it has had time to be absorbed. Apply it 15 minutes before going outdoors, and don’t forget to take it with you so you can reapply as needed (every two hours, or sooner if you’ve been sweating or swimming).
Most labels will instruct you to “generously” or “liberally” apply your sunscreen, which can mean different things to different people. A good rule of thumb, according to the AAD, is to use one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) each application, though you may need more or less depending on your size. It can be tough to gauge how much of a spray sunscreen you’ve used, but aim to cover every square inch of exposed skin, steering clear of your eyes. Try spraying the product directly into your hands and then rubbing it on your skin; it’s also a good way to avoid inhaling the spray by accident. Don’t forget about your lips, ears, scalp, neck, hands and feet—they’re susceptible to the sun, too!
There is no sunscreen formula that is 100 percent “waterproof” or “sweat-proof,” and these claims are no longer permitted on sunscreen labels. Sunscreens can be water-resistant, however, meaning they retain their SPF for 40 to 80 minutes after exposure to water. But that doesn’t mean you can slather it on in the morning and spend the rest of your day in and out of the pool without needing to reapply. Water-resistant and sweat-resistant sunscreen labels indicate how long the lotion’s protection lasts, so be sure to reapply according to the instructions. (Get out of the water, take a 15-minute reapplication break and get back in, if you have to.) You should also reapply after toweling off.
Yes. The active ingredients in sunscreen break down over time, and can become less effective at keeping you protected. Always check the expiration date on your sunscreen before using, and toss any bottle that is past its prime. Per the FDA, any sunscreen that does not have an expiration date stamped on its packaging has a shelf life of no more than three years, but keep in mind that higher temperatures can also cause sunscreen to break down. So, if you’ve been toting the same bottle back and forth to the beach for the past two summers, it’s probably a good idea to get a new one.
There are two different types of sunscreen—physical sunscreens, which sit on top of the skin (think of the white zinc oxide lifeguards often use on their noses), and chemical sunscreens, which are absorbed into the skin. There has been talk that some chemical sunscreen ingredients may be dangerous—specifically that oxybenzone can interfere with hormone levels, and that retinyl palmitate may generate free radicals, contributing to cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there is no scientific evidence that this is true for humans, and the ingredients remain approved by the FDA for the same reason. You can also opt for physical sunscreens and other barriers, such as UPF protective clothing and swimwear, wide-brim hats and outdoor outdoor umbrellas.
It depends. Vitamin D plays an important role, helping to stave off osteoporosis, heart disease and certain cancers. And it’s best to get your fill from diet (eggs, fatty fish, fortified dairy products), supplements (if recommended by your doctor) and sun exposure. So, many experts recommend that people—especially those more prone to vitamin D deficiency, such as older adults—spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen two to three times weekly to take advantage of the body’s own ability to produce the vitamin when UVB light hit the skin. But for people with very fair skin or a history of skin cancer, even brief unprotected periods in the sun can be harmful. Talk to your doctor about the best way for you to get the right amount of daily vitamin D.
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