Four-Ingredient Bourbon Cocktail

No 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 impress guests with our four-ingredient sipper. Your friends will think you’re a master mixologist (trust us) when you make this Bourbon Cocktail!

 

 
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It’s National Hot Dog Day!

Summer and hot dogs go hand in hand, so it’s only appropriate that today, in the heat of the season (pun intended), is National Hot Dog Day! Whether you like a straight-up ketchup-and-mustard classic, or you like to be more adventurous with your toppings and preparation, one of our 10 most popular hot dog recipes is sure to suit your fancy for franks. The best part? These recipes are so quick and easy, you’ll be able to make ‘em tonight for dinner before the sun goes down!

 

Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

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The Ultimate Picnic for a Park Outing

Looking for a fun, after-work idea? On a nice summer night, treat yourself (plus your sweetie or friends) to a concert in the park! Make one portable dish and buy the rest for an easy summer feast, because, what goes better with music than a delicious meal and a cool beer?

 

 

Make it: Grilled Pork with Rice & Quinoa Salad is easy to pack in individual portions, which means no extra serving utensils or platters required!

 

Buy it: Pickles, beer, fruit tart, heavy cream and crystallized ginger.

 

Semi-homemade: Jazz up a bakery tart or cake with a dollop of cream whipped with chopped crystallized ginger.

 

Pack smart: Each Kip It Cutlery To Go set gives you two handles and mix-and-match heads. Snap on a fork, knife, spoon — or chopsticks! ($6 for a set, surlatable.com)

Save room in your cooler by packing your beers in a Chill It six-pack freezable bag. ($15, chillitbags.com)

 

 

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Top That!

Salads get an instant upgrade with five new supermarket finds that add flavor and crunch. So long, boring croutons!

 

 

 
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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 21

 

Pesto Tortellini Salad

 

 
 
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What to Buy at the Farmers’ Market: Cherries

To us, there are a  number of thing that signal the beginning of summer. The smell of the grill, the sound of the Mister Softee ice cream truck, and the sight of beautiful, vibrant cherries. The are the earliest tone fruit to reach harvest and although they are perfect eaten as a snack, we love to add them into sweet and savory dishes all summer long.  While you’re shopping at the farmers’ market this weekend, look for full, glossy cherries with a deep color and green stems. They’ll last in your fridge for 4 to 5 days, which will give you plenty of time to make all of our favorite cherry recipes!

 

Perfect for a dinner party appetizer: Cherry-Mozzarella Crisps

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What to Make this Weekend: Sweet & Smoky Ribs

 

Sweet & Smoky Ribs

 

 

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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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