Four Ingredient Cocktails: Vanilla Pear-tini

 

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Here’s an idea that’s a lighter, fruity twist on a classic martini: a cool and creamy Vanilla Pear-tini!

 

 

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Taking Chips to a New Level

Potato chip fanatics are in for a real treat today. Today, Frito-Lay announced the four finalist flavors that’ll be hitting shelves for the second annual “Do Us a Flavor” contest. The flavors include Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Mango Salsa, and will be available nationwide later this month until October 18th — meaning there’s plenty of time to sample all four! Then, you can vote for your favorite flavor, and the creator of the most popular pick will win $1 million.

 

Image courtesy of Frito-Lay

 

 

Lays hopes this contest will help them keep up with America’s changing taste perferences. There have been many Asian- and Hispanic-inspired flavors added to their offerings, including Sriracha, a finalist from last year’s contest, fajita-flavored Tostitos, and two new Lays Stax flavors of Korean Barbecue and Thai Sweet Chili. Which flavor do you want to try most?

 

Now that we’ve got you in the mood for chips, check out our homemade chip recipes to satisfy your cravings until the new flavors are released!

 

Via Yahoo!

 

 

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From Chilled to Grilled

 

Give your oven the summer off! Use your grill to heat up your favorite frozen foods and add smoky flavor, too.

 

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Use Your Noodle!

No matter the time of year, we love a good pasta dish, but after a long day at the beach, piping hot spaghetti and meatballs doesn’t seem like the thing for dinner. Instead, we’re opting for noodle dishes that can be served hot or cold, coated in a light and flavorful sauce that won’t weigh us down. Just make sure to make a double batch– you’ll definitely want to enjoy these noodle salads for lunch the next day!

 

Soba Noodles with Sesame-Lime Dressing

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Weeknight Meal Planner

There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!

 

Monday, July 14

Eggplant Sloppy Joes

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What to Buy at the Farmers’ Market: Squash

You may associate squash with winter, but the summer season has its very own category of squash, too! Summer squash have rinds that are more delicate, so you can eat the entire thing, raw or cooked! They’re a great addition to any meal, chilled, grilled, baked or fried, and their bright colors remind us why we love summer. So while you’re shopping for produce this weekend, pick up a pattypan, zucchini or yellow summer squash! Then throw them into one of these delectable summer recipes:

 

Broiled: Squash & Ricotta Pizzette

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Stirring Up Change

The new collaboration between Rach’s charity, Yum-O! and FoodCorps, an organization that’s the culinary version of the Peace Corps, is creating quite the buzz. It sends young folks out for the yearlong stints around the country to help educate kids about healthy eating. Why is that so important? Because one in four children in the U.S. struggles with hunger and one in three is obese — largely because their families don’t have easy access to healthy food. Let’s change that, people! FoodCorps has a hands-on approach: Its service members teach kids about gardening (in the garden!) and cooking (in the kitchen!). Here’s how Yum-O! played a part in this important mission — and how you can, too.

 

 

1. Yum-O! and FoodCorps

Yum-O! donated funds to help promote FoodCorps’ growth and expansion across the U.S. Next Year, they’ll add two more locations to their current list of 15, as well as 55 more service members, for a total of 180.

 

2. What’s Next?

This fall, Yum-O! is helping launch an award program with FoodCorps. The money will go to the community served by one stellar service member. Stay tuned!

 

3. Get Involved

It’s easy! You can support FoodCorps by donating online or even volunteering alongside service members. To find out how you can get involved, go to foodcorps.org.

 

 

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What to Make This Weekend: Mixed Berry Lattice Cobbler

A summer dessert that’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to eat? Easy. A beautiful and delicious summer dessert that’s also healthy? Not so much. But have no fear! Our Guilt-Free Summer Fruit Dessert Booklet from our July/August issue is here to save the day. While many of the desserts require just a few ingredients and minutes to put together, this show-stopping dessert is worth a weekend in the kitchen: Mixed Berry Lattice Cobbler.

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Cocktails: Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Do you like to add herbs to your cocktails? How about a light and refreshing Blueberry-Tarragon Sparkler?

 

 

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A Last Nod to Brazil

 
As the FIFA World Cup comes to a close this weekend, we wanted to pay tribute to the host country of Brazil by cooking up a feast of traditional Brazilian fare. Whether you’re looking for a comforting dish and cocktail to replace the lost hope of a Brazilian victory, or you’re just looking to get a true taste of what it would be like to be at the World Cup, here are some native dishes to suit your fancy:
 
 

Feijoada is a gut-busting black bean and pork stew, like the chili of Brazil

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