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5 Horror and Sci-Fi TV Show-Themed Halloween Bites

It’s easy to fall back on your fifth Hocus Pocus Halloween party in a row, but this year, ditch witches for other horror and sci-fi fun. To help narrow down the genre’s options, we’ve picked five TV shows for inspiration. How about a Stranger Things-themed bash featuring Eleven’s favorite food — waffles, pictured above, that you can make in less than 30 minutes — or a Walking Dead party where you serve a zombie cocktail?

Check out more Halloween recipes and ideas below.

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Recipes to Get Apples Into Every Meal

It’s said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but that’s only one reason to embrace fall by using the fruit as a core ingredient for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kick off the season with Bobby Flay’s Belgian Waffles with Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Butter and Sauteed Cider Apples (pictured above), and then move on to juicy pork chops, butternut-apple soup and more savory and sweet apple harvest recipes.

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How to Put New Twists on Trendy Food: Poke, Matcha and More

Technology hasn’t advanced enough that you can reach into your phone and grab food from your Instagram feed, so it’s time to take matters into your own hands.

Instead of just re-creating versions of trendy dishes and drinks at home, take it a step further with new twists like matcha-infused Green Tea Chiffon Cake (pictured above). Check out three more trendy food ideas below.

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Get Bowled Over by These Spiked-Punch Recipes

We’re in peak grillin’ and chillin’ season, and the best way to get a party started is with an abundance of booze. Go ahead and spike the punch. It’s perfectly acceptable at an end-of-summer party — unlike when you’re at prom. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spiked-punch recipes.

Try the Sunrise Punch (pictured above) — a rum-based drink that is slightly creamy from coconut milk and stays ice-cold thanks to frozen pineapple and strawberries — and get more ideas for your party with our collections of fruity alcoholic drinks and our best summer cocktails.

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6 Sweet Ways to Booze Up Your Watermelon

This summer, be a melon baller by adding booze to your watermelon. Sip on a Watermelon Martini (pictured above) — made with freshly pureed watermelon cubes and melon liqueur — or try one of the other refreshing recipes below.

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A Make-Ahead Game Plan for the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

This Cinco de Mayo, give your friends something to taco ’bout with a festive Mexican fiesta. Unlike a Thanksgiving turkey or an Easter ham, the food for this holiday doesn’t take all day to cook — in fact, you can even start to prepare the feast a few days in advance.

Check out our game plan for an easy Cinco de Mayo party with the best Mexican recipes, from tangy margaritas to creamy guacamole.

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Drink Pink for St. Patrick’s Day

Wild Irish Rose

by Ben Schaffer

This St. Patrick’s Day, like every year, the streets will run green with misguided alcoholic effluvia. But if we act fast, we still have a chance to rethink and update our strategy for the drinking holiday. Fortunately, the masterminds behind New York’s celebrated Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, can show the way. This year, eschew kelly-colored plastic derby hats and bright-green buttons proclaiming your kissability. This year, pour yourself the Wild Irish Rose, which is undeniably, unashamedly pink.

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You Won’t Need the Luck of the Irish with These St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

There are very few holidays that revolve solely around drinking — no, Christmas doesn’t count — so when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, you have an excuse to double (or triple) down on booze. But to host a St. Paddy’s party that will make even leprechauns green with envy, you can’t have an all-liquid buffet.

Plan your shindig around our St. Patrick’s Day recipes like corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and much more to soak up the alcohol from all those whiskey shots and big mugs of green beer. Get your game plan below.

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Recipes for Every Type of New Year’s Eve Party You’ll Go To

Resolutions and finally following through with that get-healthy plan are coming in January, but before you commit to a new diet and fitness routine, finish out the year with all the food and booze you can handle.

New Year’s Eve parties are often filled with midnight cheers with champagne and plates of appetizers, but not all shindigs are created equal. If you have classy friends, you may end up at a cocktail soiree, but if you got snowed in during your Christmas visit home and have to attend your parents’ boring “party,” it may be a different story.

Below, we’ve rounded up five types of New Year’s parties you may end up at and the perfect dish — or drink — to bring with you. Let the countdown begin.

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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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