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3 DIY Party Activities to Entertain the Kids While the Grownups Play Poker

Time to keep the kids straight entertained

When you think about summer party planning, backyard barbecues probably come to mind, but there are other fun themes you can try, too. When it really heats up, try staying in the air conditioning while playing a friendly game of poker with your friends.

While the adults are wheeling and dealing, it’s important to keep the younger crowd out of the way. One of the easiest ways to keep the kids busy is making a fun game like cornhole or something interactive like DIY Play-Doh. Check out some of Good to Know hosts Laurie March and Dan Pashman’s best tips below.

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Get Creative with Strawberry Shots!

Boozy strawberries are an easy dish to make for summer parties, and fun to experiment with if you have some time! To make them, you simply hollow out fresh strawberries and fill with an alcoholic gelatin (so each is basically a Jell-O shot inside a strawberry). We decided to adapt Victoria Belanger’s champagne version for a fish taco barbecue, creating a margarita shot with tequila and Triple Sec, and a loose interpretation of the pina colada with RumChata (see photo above).

Below we broke down Victoria’s recipe, with our adaptations for the margarita and pina colada versions. We definitely recommend this as a fun summer afternoon activity to do with friends. Plus, it’s pretty hard to screw up (we promise).

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Watch Malaysia Kitchen Online

Chef, cookbook author and Malaysia’s Food Ambassador to the U.S. Christina Arokiasamy wants you to bring the spices, food and flavors of Malaysia to your kitchen. On Malaysia Kitchen, she shows simple twists to traditional Malaysian recipes so you can taste the tropics at home. Missed the premiere this week? You can watch the full episode after the jump:

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Claps and Apps: Summer Music and Food Pairings

When you think about a good party, the first things that come to mind are great food and drinks, but the next-best part is memorable music. There is nothing worse than a dull shindig with no music or an obscure Spotify playlist on in the background, so when you plan your next party, try to match excellent seasonal bites with equally fantastic summer jams.

On the June 24 episode of Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Rev is having a music-centric DJ’s dinner, which inspired us to think about what songs — both throwback faves and current hits — would pair well with passed appetizers and small plates. With these six duos, you can dance, drink and eat all at the same time.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s “Pretty Girls” and Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Sometimes you just need a dish to Instagram, and these Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon are “just so pretty!” This appetizer will be as big of a hit as Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s song.

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Watch Every Episode of Heat Seekers If You Can Handle the Fire

The age-old saying “if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen” doesn’t apply to Heat Seekers co-hosts Roger Mooking and Aarón Sánchez. The spicy-food-loving hosts test their limits with some of the most-fiery food across the country, eating insanely hot foods like Inferno Soup with eight kinds of chiles and Habanero Mad Mac. If you’ve missed any of their heat-seeking adventures, don’t worry — you can watch full episodes of Heat Seekers online for free.

The entire series is currently streaming on Cooking Channel, and for even more of Roger and Aarón’s shenanigans, check out hilarious candid photos of them diving face first into spicy food. The struggle is real, and you may cry laughing while watching them try to beat the heat.

While you’re at it, you can also watch Roger’s other show, Man Fire Food, and Aarón’s road-tripping on Taco Trip.

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6 Compound Butters to Flavor Any Dish with a Little Decadence

Health nuts may want to look away for this one, because butter really does make anything better. We’re not just talking about a pat of any ol’ butter from the grocery store, though — we mean compound butters packed with flavors that will elevate whatever you make. This applies to breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch thanks to sweet and savory ingredients like strawberries, garlic, herbs and cheese (well, maybe not all of those mixed together).

So next time you want to add a little decadence to your dishes, soften up some butter and let your imagination take over. But if you have a difficult time deciding what to throw in there, we have six dynamite flavor suggestions for any occasion.

The Perfect Brunch: Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter

One of Bobby Flay’s favorite brunch hacks is to make a quick flavored butter. His Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter takes strawberry waffles to the next level, but you could also use it on pancakes, French toast or even regular toast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even make your own butter by shaking around cream in a jar and then adding berries — see Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s instructions for berry homemade compound butter.

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Eat Your Way Across the Country with Summer Dishes from Every State

When traveling, the first thing we look for is delicious food. Whether it’s great barbecue in Texas or succulent seafood in Maine, one of the best parts about roving across the country is chowing down. But if you’re stuck at home this summer, don’t worry — you can easily re-create some states’ signature dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.

We’ve highlighted seven of our favorite summer recipes below, ranging from the classics (Key Lime Pie from Florida) to the adventurous bites (Salmon Candy from Alaska). For the full list of all 50 states’ recipes, click here.

Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes

The combination of salty and sweet fried green tomatoes is so great that it inspired a movie starring Julia Roberts. Try serving them with green chile mayonnaise for an extra kick.

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You’re Eating Summer Wrong, But Don’t Worry — It’s an Easy Fix with These 5 Food Hacks

You may not realize it, but you’re eating your favorite foods the wrong way. Sure, they’re delicious, but there are much easier solutions to getting bites from your plate to your mouth. Thankfully You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman is here to solve your problems, particularly for summer treats like perfectly cut watermelon, non-drippy ice cream cones and less-messy corn on the cob.

Check out some of his best food hacks below, and watch all of his videos here.

1. Take your corn off the cob.

There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of corn stuck in your teeth at a barbecue. Cut the corn off the cob and mix with any seasonings you like — Dan is a big fan of going Mexican with Cotija cheese, chili powder, lime and cilantro.

Watch the You’re Eating Corn Wrong video.

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Clean Out Your Spice Cabinet with These 8 Genius Recipes

When you open up your cabinets, you probably have at least a few dozen spice bottles staring at you. How many of them do you really use? Instead of letting them collect dust, it’s time for a spice purge, and we have the perfect recipes to do it.

FYI, spices last about six months once opened, although some brands claim you can keep them up to three years. Even though old bottles may not be spoiled, they lose flavor over time. So let’s get to cooking with everything from Italian blends to that allspice you use only twice a year.

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6 Gourmet Camping Foods to Make Your “Glamping” Trip Deliciously Fabulous

If the idea of the great outdoors is terrifying and you don’t want to sleep anywhere near bugs, you’re probably not well-suited for camping. However, you can still have your fun out in the wilderness if you play your cards right. On Saturday’s premiere of The Real Girl’s Kitchen (June 13 at 1pm ET), Haylie Duff is taking her friends “glamping,” which means there will be running water, delicious food and comfortable beds.

To help inspire your next glamorous weekend retreat, we’ve come up with some gourmet twists on camp food, from skillet cornbread infused with bacon, beer and cheddar to fish baked in foil (sorry, hot dogs) to classy s’mores in jars. Still nervous about pitching a tent? We also have great menu ideas for camping-movie viewing parties if you’d rather stay in the air conditioning this summer.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix

Instead of making Jiffy Pop on the campfire, you can eat this sweet and spicy popcorn while watching a movie on an iPad in your tent (or your cabin).

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