Play your cards right: 5 games to learn—and 20 snacks—for your next night in.
It's safe to say that Food52 staffers like a little healthy competition: We're on soccer teams and bowling teams; we run races and shake cocktails against one another (cooking is a sport too, right?). And, we're card game enthusiasts. That's right—we love a game medium that feeds our competitive sides without taking too much effort to set up boards, assign pawns, and dole out fake money, and the rules are (usually) simple enough to catch on quickly and move forth with beginner's luck.
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And the best thing about game night? You know it, I know it, and your friends know it—the snacks. When I recently polled our editorial team about their favorite card games, let's just say our competitive sides showed. Here are five card games everyone should know how to play, plus snacks to have within arm's reach:
For when there's nothing left to say when you've invited a couple over for dinner (and snacks need to stand in for conversation): Spades
Peperonata by Emiko Davies; Fruit Roll Ups by Miranda Keyes; Corn Dogs by molly yeh; Whiskey Punch, Blue Cheese Potato Chips and Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce by Bobbi Lin; Homemade Pocky by Samantha Seneviratne | Love, Cake; and all others by James Ransom
Which game are you always playing (winning?), and what are you serving alongside it?
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