ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT
The pop star—and aspiring cook!—knows the way to a woman's heart is with a great meal
$10 FOR TWO!
SET THE MOOD!
In addition to songs from his latest album, Departure: Recharged, McCartney's romantic playlist includes a mix of up-tempo tunes and standard ballads:
Chasing Pavements, Adele
Let's Stay Together, Al Green
I'll Be There, Jackson 5
First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes
Rockin' That Thang, The Dream
ON THE TABLE
"I always purchase orchids from the farmers' market," he says.
• 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
• 1 ½ lbs. ground beef, formed into 4 patties
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Worcestershire sauce (if desired)
• 4 slices cheddar cheese
• 4 hamburger buns
1. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet (cast iron skillet suggested) over medium high heat. When pan is hot, add burgers seasoned with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Cook 7 minutes, flip and continue cooking for 7-8 more minutes or until done.
2. Place a slice of cheese on each burger while still in the skillet. Cook for an additional minute for cheese to melt. Serve on a bun with your favorite condiments.
• 4 large potatoes
• ½ tbsp. ground thyme
• ½ tsp. black pepper
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut potatoes into strips and pat dry with a paper towel. Place in bowl and toss with thyme and pepper; drizzle with oil.
2. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
3. Sprinkle cheese and salt evenly. Bake for another 10 minutes to brown.
SUMMER GRILLING TIPS
NOTHING'S BETTER THAN CHARCOAL: "I have a gas grill built into the house, but it doesn't taste as good. So charcoal, 100 percent. Light it—and then have your first beer!"
KEEP THE HEAT LOW: "I don't like to cook meat over high heat. I wait until the embers are almost down—that's when I put the steaks on. And by the time I take them off, the coals are too cold to cook on."
USE A DRY RUB: "I can't give out the recipe to my dry rub; it's a secret. But it's got a paprika base and a little brown sugar. Then before it hits the grill, I rub it down with a good olive oil."
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Robert Lee Morris's ...
After designing a jewelry line for the Olsen twins, he unveils a home collection for QVC
MY DECORATING MUST-HAVE
The new judge on HGTV Design Star, Candice Olson, loves Tocca home candles, especially the Feu de Touch fragrance. "Walking into any room with this scent just makes me go, 'Yummm!'" she says.
$16 for 2.85 oz.; tocca.com
See Candice on HGTV Design Star on July 19 at 10 p.m.
PORCELAIN 12-OZ. SQUARE MUG, $21 for set of 4; qvc.com
Bold-colored pieces are "eye candy" in your home, he says.
"ECHOES" SET OF TWO SERVING UTENSILS $27.50; qvc.com
Morris says this pattern "comes from the idea of water."
CANDY BOWL WITH GOLDEN INTERIOR FINISH $46.00; qvc.com
Pieces like this one "add calming moments to your home," he says.
WAVES METAL CHIP AND DIP BOWL $75; qvc.com
Morris says the message of his design is "just simplify and focus."
CONAN O'BRIEN'S MUG
You might never be behind the desk of The Tonight Show, but look the part with this take on O'Brien's mug. $14; nbcuniversalstore.com
- CONTRIBUTORS Antoinette Y. Coulton,
- Amy Elisa Keith,
- with Julie Jordan,
- Elizabeth Leonard,
- Suzanne Zuckerman.