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Spike It: Frosty Lemon Limeade Margaritas

by in View All Posts, June 9th, 2016

Spike It: Frosty Lemon Limeade MargaritasFrom the moment years and years ago when I first saw my mom and aunt drink a frosty margarita at the beach, I couldn’t wait to have one. I was obsessed with the grown-up slushie that it appeared to be, studded with fruit and served in a glass with a salt-covered rim. It wasn’t about having a glass of alcohol or anything; it was about drinking one of those super-fun, girly drinks with an umbrella plopped inside.

For years, I plotted what my first taste would be — a strawberry daiquiri? A grasshopper? (No, not the insect, but yes, the chocolate-mint drink.) A Creamsicle cocktail? Rum punch? They all looked so lovely, and as a massive fruit lover, I had no idea how I’d ever decide.

Until it came down to my love for all things Mexican food and Tex-Mex-inspired cuisine. Margaritas were the obvious answer for me — not even frozen margaritas, not even fruity margaritas. I ended up having a regular fabulous lime margarita on the rocks with tons of salt. Never thought it would be something I’d absolutely love, but I fell hard for it.

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7 Delicious Teacher Gifts Kids Can Help Make

by in Family, Recipes, View All Posts, June 6th, 2016

Rosemary BreadBefore your kids start chanting “no more pencils, no more books,” remind them they’ll need to thank their devoted teachers before the school year officially ends. A homemade gift is a nice touch — but an edible gift that your kids can help make is even better. Try one of these thoughtful (and easy!) ideas this year.

Rosemary Bread in a Flowerpot (above)

What better way to thank a teacher for helping students “bloom” this year? Kids can help mix, knead and shape the dough, which bakes right in a flower pot to a crusty finish.

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8 Red, White and Blue Dishes to Whip Up for Memorial Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, May 26th, 2016

Berry TrifleMemorial Day, the year’s first formal celebration of summer, is the perfect opportunity to make seasonal dishes in a patriotic palette. Kick off grilling season with the American spirit in mind when you try these sweet and savory recipes.

Patriotic Berry Trifle (above)

Sunny Anderson’s towering pile of cake, whipped cream and berries is a showstopping dessert that’s a little more rustic than the traditional flag cake.

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Find Your Flavor [INFOGRAPHIC]

by in View All Posts, May 25th, 2016

The Pioneer Woman’s 5-Star Sausage Gravy — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in View All Posts, May 22nd, 2016

Sausage GravyCereal and toast. Fluffy scrambled eggs. Even a stack of buttery flapjacks. These go-to breakfast dishes are comforting and classic, of course. But when it comes to the ultimate in morning-meal indulgence, look no further than biscuits and gravy. The Pioneer Woman’s Sausage Gravy, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, calls for only a few ingredients, including your choice of breakfast sausage — either hot or mild. Ree Drummond serves this fan-favorite recipe atop warm biscuits for a hearty, decadent breakfast.

For more stick-to-your-ribs recipe inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

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8 Fun Recipes for the Stir-Crazy, Dog Days of Winter

by in Recipes, View All Posts, February 26th, 2016

Watercress SaladIt’s that time of year when winter just isn’t a novelty anymore. The buzz of the holidays is long gone, first-snow excitement has given way to the agony of filthy and slushy puddles, and, frankly, we’re just cold. You could tough out the coming weeks with a blanket and a slow cooker (a totally valid choice), or you could combat the lingering chill with some fun in the kitchen. These recipes are a great antidote for even the grayest day.

Watercress, Avocado and Orange Salad (above)

True, we’re still a few months away from enjoying warm days spent sipping lemonade on the porch. But citrus actually shines brightest in winter, and a tangy salad can make a dull day feel downright tropical.

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How to Make the Perfect Party Dip [INFOGRAPHIC]

by in View All Posts, February 15th, 2016

Three Hot Food Trends

by in View All Posts, December 13th, 2015

Three Hot Food TrendsFrom Our Sponsor S.Pellegrino

Food lovers around the country are expanding beyond the upscale for the authentic, both old and new. They want to eat traditional street food with their hands, lick fried chicken off their fingers and try cutting-edge desserts. You know you want to too. Here’s how.

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Best New Twists on Thanksgiving Traditions

by in View All Posts, November 15th, 2015

Best New Twists on Thanksgiving TraditionsThe best part of traditional Thanksgiving dishes is that they take well to seasonings from around the world — where all Americans come from! To get a taste of America in your feast, start by getting your ingredients from local farms if you can. Then, incorporate the flavors of your heritage and those you’re celebrating with.

One way to experiment with turkey is to change the way you cook it. Take a cue from the American South and try smoking or deep-frying the whole bird. For an extra-juicy turkey, try steaming the turkey in the Chinese tradition. Caribbean-style jerk cooking will ensure that every bite is full of big flavor. So will hot sauce. You can stick to roasting the bird and spice it up with store-bought hot sauce. Fiery blends come from all over the globe: Louisiana’s Tabasco, Asia’s Sriracha (made in California by a company founded there!), North Africa’s harissa, Mexico’s salsa. Mix just a bit with a lot of softened butter and spread it under the skin of the turkey. As the bird roasts and is basted, it’ll be infused with just enough fiery heat to make it extra tasty. If you’re serving a table full of chile-heads, you can even add a dash or two of hot sauce to the gravy.

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There’s Such a Things As a Wheel of Fortune Cookbook

by in View All Posts, November 4th, 2015

There's Now a Wheel of Fortune CookbookBy Lauren Haslett

After reading that headline, you may be wondering, “Why?!” (I wrote it, and I’m still wondering that.) What does Wheel of Fortune have to do with food?

It might seem like an odd idea, but this collectible cookbook is full of fun recipes with quirky, playful titles and classic, comforting flavors — like the Vanna Banana Pudding, Wheely Good Mac & Cheese and the Stacked Spin-tacular Party Cake. And the names don’t just sound cute; the banana pudding recipe is actually a family favorite straight from Vanna White herself, and it’s only one of many that she contributed to the book. Are you interested yet?

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