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Margarita Madness for National Tequila Day

Posted by Tori

Friday, July 24, 2015

As if you needed another excuse to sip on margaritas this summer, today is National Tequila Day! The unofficial (yet entirely necessary) holiday is celebrated annually on July 24th. With no history or evidence of establishment, it seems that National Tequila Day was born out of a sheer desire to honor the distilled spirit (I’m not complaining).

Since the margarita is responsible for tequila’s popularity in the United States, enjoying the iconic cocktail is the most appropriate way to celebrate. While the standard combination of tequila, triple sec, and lime with a salted rim will always be enticing, the versatility of the margarita yields some unconventional flavor combinations. From spicy chile salts to herb infusions, bartenders and at-home tequila aficionados are shaking up this Latin drink.

Pom Pom Pink Margarita

The grand occasion of National Tequila Day calls for extra experimentation (it only comes once a year, after all)! As you settle into tonight’s happy hour,...

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Three Sweet & Spicy Fruit Salsas

Posted by Natalie

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Once in a blue moon, two completely different flavors come together to form something extraordinary. As an amateur cook, I can tell you that if you experiment with different tastes, you will come away with either a wonderful new creation… or something completely inedible. But a few failed cooking escapades are well worth the risk. I mean, someone once took a risk and discovered the magic that is fruit salsa! Who would have thought that this traditionally spicy chip-topper would be so delicious with the addition of sweet fruits like mango, pineapple, strawberries, and watermelon?

Fruit salsa takes your taste buds on a journey. It begins with the cool and juicy texture of the fruit, which fills your mouth with sweetness. Then the pepper kicks in, and as the flavors mingle you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well the two sensations complement each other. It’s sweet, spicy, and fresh all at...

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Simple Shortcuts for Classy Camping Cuisine

Posted by Tori

Monday, July 20, 2015

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There are two different types of camping folk. Those who make do with simple hot dogs and hamburgers, accompanied by bags of chips—a mediocre meal eaten dismally for several days of the trip. Then there are those who know how to camp. I’m talking about those who meal plan weeks before, who utilize their campfire for its smoky flavors, who make their neighbors envious with their several-course gourmet camping meals. This summer, you don’t have to watch those people with dismay while roasting your hot dog on a sad little twig. You can be those people.

I grew up in a fairly camping-savvy family, and through the years I have gleaned the tricks of the trade.  It’s not about splurging on the fanciest outdoor cooking gadgets. The key to a delicious campfire meal is planning ahead. By prepping meals before departure as much as possible, you can spend more time...

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Easy, Freeze-y, Beautiful: Homemade Popsicles

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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We’ve all been there. It’s a sweltering summer afternoon, the air feels thick and heavy, and it seems like there’s no escape from the heat. All you want to do is climb into your freezer and hang out there for a while. Since that’s not physically possible for most of us, the next best option is to munch on something frozen. What could be better than a sweet, refreshing popsicle to cool off?

I’ve loved popsicles ever since I was a kid. After a long day of riding bikes and running through sprinklers, my siblings and I would come home craving the frozen treats. We would open the freezer like a treasure chest and find the holy grail sitting inside: a rainbow array of ice pops, just waiting to be eaten. They hit the spot every time.

Despite being (quite) a few years older now, I’m not ashamed to admit that...

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