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Man wearing a tie and apron barbecuing steaks on an outdoor grill.

Beyond Father’s Day: The Story of the Backyard Barbecue

Posted by: Rachel Gordon

Marking Father’s Day with a cookout is as American as apple pie. As I was thinking about how to organize this most traditional of celebrations for Sunday, June 18th this year, I wondered about the custom itself.  What’s the history of grilling, and of the backyard barbecue? When and why did “the man of the …

Two women and a girl seated at a table set for afternoon tea

A Celebration Tea For Mother’s Day

Posted by: Rachel Gordon

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, falling on Sunday, May 14th in the U.S. this year. If you’ve already cycled through giving flowers, chocolates, and similar traditional gifts, why not hold a Mother’s Day tea? Like many British people, I grew up experiencing a mid-afternoon tea break as a widespread institution at home and at work. …