It’s rare – and perhaps with good reason – for two of the nation’s most-highly anticipated drinking events to converge on the same day. But the gods of inebriation have spoken, and that’s the reality we now face.
In case you forgot, tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, the commemoration of Mexico’s 1862 victory over imperial France at the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., the holiday has morphed into a more generalized celebration of Mexican-American culture fueled by chips, “guac,” and a deluge of half-priced margaritas.
Here’s the conflict: The 2017 Kentucky Derby, Louisville’s annual horse race, also kicks off tomorrow afternoon – which means mint juleps will be as ubiquitous this weekend as the event’s famously flashy spring fashions.
This leaves us with one question: As revelers line up at their local watering holes, which drink order will keep bartenders the busiest? Will it be the mint julep, a perfect marriage between fresh mint and the honeyed taste of bourbon? Or the margarita, with its invigorating flavor collision of salt, sugar, lime and – of course, tequila?
Here at Food Network, we’ve reached an impasse, so we’re calling on our fans to settle this one for us:
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Since 1977, these words have sparked our imaginations and fanned our love for the stories of the Star Wars universe. And thanks to a pun, the internet has given us #StarWarsDay. Whether you’re dressing up as your favorite spacefaring hero (as Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar once did, donning the white garb of Princess Leia) or sitting through a 17-hour movie marathon today, here are some space-inspired treats worth enjoying.
The galaxy tastes like chocolate, at least according to Raiza Costa on The Sweet Side of Life. Watch her build a tart, with a rich chocolate ganache and buttery chocolate shortcrust (with the help of a few droids and time travel), inspired by the solar system.
While the Kentucky Derby is an exciting time for horse racing and julep sipping, in recent years the Kentuckian holiday has become somewhat of a national celebration — and, thus, more difficult for locals to attend.
To be on the safe side, it might be best to consider going out and eating your favorite restaurant meal sooner rather than later. If your go-to local eatery follows the example of the big fast-casual chains and advice from the restaurant-management service Upserve, it will dramatically scale back the number items offered on its menu. How dramatically? By around 70 percent.
We know you’ll be thinking about margaritas come May 5 (and we’ve got a pretty genius recipe for them below!). But that’s not the only dish that is served well by tequila. With these ideas for cocktails, main dishes and desserts, you can celebrate tequila’s unique flavor throughout an entire meal.
For a margarita with the perfect slushy consistency, grab your ice cream maker (you know, the one that’s been gathering dust since your wedding). It’s a great party trick, and if you chill the base ahead of time, the cocktails will be ready even quicker.
When it comes to innovation, you have to give credit to Credito Emiliano, a bank in northern Italy that accepts cheese as collateral for a loan. It has done so since 1953. Whey cool, right?
Based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, an area that is the sole official source of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese we all know and love, Credito Emiliano — or Credem, as it is also known — provides the region’s cheese producers with low-interest loans and accepts, as collateral, wheels of freshly produced cheese.
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his food-blogging wife Audrey are hitting the highway on a culinary road trip of a lifetime, discovering the most delicious and unbelievable dishes across the country on the new series Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams, premiering on Monday, June 5 at 10|9c. The husband-and-wife duo have decided to take advantage of Jeff’s touring schedule, and when the comic is not on stage, will be turning their time on the road into an unbelievable food adventure. They’ll discover some of America’s most-mouthwatering meals and meet the mastermind chefs that create them.
Throughout each of the six half-hour episodes, the couple takes viewers on a culinary adventure visiting restaurants and sweet shops in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Along the way they are joined by some of Jeff’s most-loved characters while enjoying some over-the-top edible creations. Whether it is a yard-long sandwich stuffed with everything you can imagine including cheeseburger patties, Philly cheese steak, mozzarella sticks and more (yes, all in one sandwich), or deep-fried tater tots smothered with just about everything in the kitchen, or homemade soft serve ice cream on top of a sugar-coated doughnut cone, the Dunhams learn how local chefs are pushing the limits of culinary creativity to make the most taste bud-tantalizing food.
Fans can follow the Dunhams’ culinary journey and find out where you can taste their fascinating food finds at FoodNetwork.com/IncredibleEdibleAmerica. Online fans can share their favorite restaurant recommendations using #IncredibleEdibleAmerica.
Though tacos and margaritas may get most of the spotlight at Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the highlight of any feast for sweet-toothed diners is dessert. Here are our favorite classic and creative takes on Mexican-inspired recipes for the dessert course.
This impressive Mexican dessert pairs chocolate cake with flan for a fun and deliciously layered treat. The cake batter and flan mixture are poured into one pan and separate into two distinct layers during the baking process.
Hey, moms and dads: Tuesday, May 9 is Teacher Appreciation Day. Looking for simple but sweet ways to tell the teachers in your kids’ life how much you care? We’ve rounded up go-to recipes, each of them easy enough for kids to help with but sophisticated enough to feel special. Don’t forget to put the kids to work making a tag or card so the teachers know who’s behind it all.
Recipes Featuring Apples, Because Of Course
“Apple” Cake Pops (pictured above)
Don’t be fooled! These may look like adorable apples, but these cake pops are full of Oreos.