Judith Pena

A Star-Spangled Sparkling Sipper

Cocktails, Anyone?

 

Let’s be honest, I’ll drink bubbly anytime, but I find it especially satisfying when a celebration is afoot. So what could be more fitting than pairing the palatial fireworks of sparking wine with an Independence Day celebration? Nothing. Get the tasty recipe below.

 

Star-Spangled Berry Champagne Cocktail

Go red, white and blue with this champagne cocktail from our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection. You’ll enjoy drinking this sparkler all monthlong with its all-American kicker, a homemade bourbon simple syrup!

 

Get the recipe: Star-Spangled Berry Cocktail

 
 

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Summer Watermelon Cocktails

Blackberry Cocktail Cooler

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Red, White and Blue Desserts

Make your summer desserts equal parts patriotic and delicious with three of our favorite red, white and blue sweet treats ranked from easy-breezy to a little more effort.

Berries & Cream Cones

Berries & Cream Cones

These colorful cones topped with homemade lemon cream and berries and have surprising secret–they’re lined with chocolate! Store them upright in skinny shot glasses or champagne flutes until you’re ready to eat them.

Berry Tiramisu

Berry Tiramisu

This berry delicious treat is the perfect canvas for you to be creative with colored berries. Randomly distribute strawberries, blackberries and blueberries for a colorful abstract topping. Or get creative and arrange the fruit into stripes or an American flag design.

 

Berries and Cream Cheesecake

Berries and Cream Cheesecake

This cool, no-bake cheese is a show-stopping dessert everyone will love. Save time by making it a day in advance. If you manage to have any leftovers, skewer them up with fruit and grill as a creative grilled dessert kebab.

 

More Fourth of July Fun:

DIY Foodie Flag Arrangements

Rachael’s Fave Outdoor Patriotic Finds

4th of July Menus and Party Plans

 

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: Theresa L.

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine!

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Grilling season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited, which is why we loved this photo from @Theresamarie_xo showing off her creative “grillz skillz.” Grilling salmon in banana leaves? That’s genius! As we’re all about trying different foods on the barbeque such as watermelon, coleslaw and even doughnuts, we had to choose her as this week’s Featured Cook. Congrats Theresa, we cant wait to see what you cook up next!

Click here for our cool, new grilling  ideas and recipes.

 

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Past RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cooks

 

Meatless Monday: Terrific Tofu Recipes

Mix up your Meatless Monday meal by adding tofu to the menu! Also known as bean curd, tofu is popular in many Asian countries and is an adaptable, versatile and protein-packed main ingredient–one 4-ounce serving is only 94 calories and has 10 grams of protein. Take a look at a few terrific tofu dishes to try this Meatless Monday!

 

Get the recipes:

Nutty Tofu Noodles

Nutty Tofu Noodles

This nutty noodle dish is delicious both hot and cold. Make an extra large batch and serve up leftovers for lunch all weeklong.

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @FreckledFoodBeast

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine!

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This week’s featured cook, Becca van S. got us in the mood to grill out and chill out! We loved her comment on fighting over the dark meat with her hubby and couldn’t agree more with her #foodgasm hashtag more. Bring on the summer grilling!

 

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Meatless Mondays: Awesome Asparagus Eats

3 reasons to get your asparagus fix now–before the peak season is over:

 

1. It has only 5 calories per spear, zero fat and cholesterol, and almost no sodium. Talk about a dieter’s dream!

 

2. It  is one of the most concentrated veggie sources of protein: 1 cup offers about 10% of your daily protein and fiber needs–a one-two punch that helps keep you full longer, so you can avoid overeating.

 

3. It has more glutathione–one of the most powerful cancer fighters–than any other fruit or vegetable. Glutathione also helps your body absorb nutrients and slows down the aging process.

 

Asparagus

Photo by Lisa Hubbard

 Shopping Tip: Look for bunches with tightly closed buds on top–and eat them right away, because the nutrients fade fast.

 

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I Heart Watermelon Cocktails

Pink cocktails are my guilty pleasure. They simultaneously appeal to my inner girly-girl and taste a-maz-ing, and yet, I rarely order them in public. After bartending many years ago on the opening night of the first Sex and the City movie and making over 200 Cosmopolitans, I don’t think I (or any other bartender for that matter) can look at a pink drink in the same way. That being said, I do make an exception for watermelon cocktails. Juicy sweet and irresistibly fresh, watermelon–in juice or puree form– is like putting summer into a glass. So when there’s a watermelon cocktail on a menu, you better believe I’m gonna order it, but since that can get expensive, here’s a few of my favorite watermelon drinks that you can make at home.

 

Watermelon

Photo by Plamen Petkov

 

Get the recipes:

 

 

Watermelon Quencher

Watermelon Quencher

This lovely libation from our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, and her sister, Anne, will put smiles on everyone’s faces. Use a couple drops of red food coloring to tint the sugar-salt mixture for a colorful cocktail rim.

Watermelon-Plum Sangria

Watermelon-Plum Sangria

Two kinds of plums and a half of a watermelon is all you’ll need for this thirst-quenching sip. Use a melon baller to scoop balls out of the watermelon, then plop ‘em into your pitcher. How easy is that?!

Melon Patch Champagne Cocktail

Melon Patch Champagne Cocktail

From our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection, this June-inspired sparkler combines slightly sweet watermelon, botanical-infused gin and savory rosemary to create a crisp, clean and ultra-refreshing concoction.

Watermelon Mint Cooler

Watermelon Mint Cooler

Mint and lime heighten the cooling and refreshing factors in this 4-ingredient cocktail. Make it by the pitcher for the easiest signature party cocktail ever!

 

More Cocktails:

Iced Tea Recipes

5 Easy Party Pitcher Cocktails

Battle of the Citrus Cocktails: Lemon versus Lime

 

#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook: The Sparkle Kitchen

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week!

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This week’s Featured Cook, The Sparkle Kitchen, has delighted us week after week with her tasty food photos of everything from empanadas to ravioli and granola to cupcakes. We especially loved this photo of her “his and hers” meals because it reminded us that half the fun of dining is eating with someone else–even when they’re not eating the same thing as you! While we don’t necessarily see ourselves making two separate meals for dinner anytime soon, we appreciated The Sparkle Kitchen’s carnitas for him and sweet potato, chevre cheese, crushed red pepper hash with cilantro, avocado, tomato and corn for her. Thanks for sharing your photos with us and we can’t wait to see what you cook up next!

 

Click here to find out how you can make your own hearty hash at home! 

 

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Technique Time: DIY Double Boiler

Don’t have a double boiler, don’t worry–you can still cook citrus curds, custards and puddings! Just channel your inner “crafty cook” and make this do-it-yourself double boiler with items you already have on hand.

DIY Double Boiler

Illustration by Emma Kelly

Step 1: Simmer a few inches of water in a saucepan.

Step 2: Stack a metal or glass bowl on top of a saucepan, making sure the bowl fits snugly.

What’s inside won’t burn or stick because the steam from the simmering water will heat the bowl gently and evenly. Just make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.

 

Lemon Daisy Cookies

 

 

 

Try the DIY double boiler out with these Lemon Daisy Cookies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meatless Monday: Edamame

Be a lean, green, protein-eating machine with edamame, one of our favorite meat-free muscle foods! Edamame has approximately 17 grams of protein per cup and is full of heart-healthy fiber, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. You’ve probably seen these green peas as a sushi bar appetizer, but these young soybeans can also be found in the freezer section of the grocery store and are sold shelled or in the pod (just pop ‘em out with your teeth).

 

To cook up these tasty (green) beans for Meatless Monday, simply toss them into your favorite stir-fry. Need a little more guidance?

Try our recipes below:

Pea & Edamame Soup with Grilled Cheese Sticks

Pea & Edamame Soup with Grilled Cheese Sticks

Double Rice Pilaf with Creminis & Edamame

Double Rice Pilaf with Creminis & Edamame

Nutty Asian Noodles with Carrots & Edamame

Nutty Asian Noodles with Carrots & Edamame

Green Alien Ravioli

Green Alien Ravioli

 

More Meatless Monday Recipes: 

Vegetarian Curries

Mushroom Meals

Whole Grain Dinners