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Thirsty Thursday: Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita

by , August 7th, 2014


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Margaritas — a staple summer beverage if there ever was one — are just meant to combat the hot, sticky dog days of summer. While a classic margarita is perfectly delicious in itself, there is also so much potential for adding other exciting flavors.

Take, for example, this Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita. The traditional fresh lime juice and silver tequila are mixed with savory slices of cucumber and fiery halved jalapeños. The intensity of the spiciness is up to you: the longer it sits and chills, the spicier it becomes. Perhaps this is what it means to fight fire with fire.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thanksgiving Dessert of the Day: Paula’s Pumpkin Bars

by in Holidays, November 11th, 2010
Pumpkin Bars
Paula's Pumpkin Bars make a great take-along Thanksgiving treat.

Paula’s Pumpkin Bars are the perfect Thanksgiving treat to take to a friend’s house or an office party. They’re quick and easy (see how Paula makes them), yet full of that pumpkin-y goodness that’s so essential during the fall season. The best part about these pumpkin bars is the rich, buttery frosting (using a whole stick of butter and a package of cream cheese!). Do not skimp on the frosting. Slather it on to make this pumpkin dessert completely irresistible.

Browse more Thanksgiving dessert recipes from Food Network chefs, to find the perfect finale for your feast. And for hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Creative Caramel Apples

by in View All Posts, October 28th, 2010
Making Caramel Apples
A fresh caramel apple taking a spin through the toppings bar

I became addicted to caramel apples while visiting my parents’ fall festival, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, last weekend. In three days, I ate more caramel apples than I care to admit: for breakfast, for late-night snacks and just for fun! Nothing satisfies cravings for sweets better than crisp, juicy apples dipped in luscious, buttery caramel. It’s the perfect Halloween treat.

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Michelin Stars

by in View All Posts, October 7th, 2010
Michelin Guide 2011
The Michelin Guide, 2011

Highly coveted Michelin Stars for 2011 were recently awarded to a group of amazing New York City restaurants, including the highest three-star rating for Daniel, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se, and Jean-Georges. Originally started in France in 1900, the Michelin Guide sets the worldwide restaurant standards. The 2011 Michelin Guides covers U.S. restaurants in New York, San Francisco and, for the first time, Chicago.

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