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Memorial Day Mint Julep


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Some drinks are just meant to be slowly sipped on a warm summer day, and since Memorial Day is unofficially the calendar kick-off for summer, start your extra-long weekend with this classic, cooling Mint Julep. With smooth bourbon finding its herbaceous counterpoint in the soft sweetness of fresh mint, it makes for a refreshing addition to summer’s first backyard cookout.

Mint-infused simple syrup is combined with Southern whiskey, and the mixture is frozen until it has a slushy consistency. When ready to serve, rim each glass with sugar for a frosted appearance and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip a chilled glass of this summertime tipple at this weekend’s Memorial Day ‘cue.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Summer Fest: Cucumber and Mint Lemonade

A trip to my mom’s house in Westchester, N.Y., means stocking up on all of the great produce she grows in my childhood backyard. When I arrived this past weekend she was waiting to let me pick one of her prized Asian cucumbers. The variety is very long and sweet with a thin skin.

Inspired by the sweetness of this beauty, we decided to turn the cucumber into a refreshing summer lemonade. We picked up lemons at the store (no lemon trees in our backyard) and gathered mint from a neighbor’s garden.

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Kentucky Derby Watch 2011: Mint Julep Madness

Frozen Mint Julep Recipe, Food2.com

Though not a classic prep, we love Food2's killer Frozen Mint Julep Recipe

Don’t put away your big hats just yet — The Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend and is sure to draw out plenty unique toppers. In honor of the race, we’re serving up our best mint julep recipes. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to do a taste test and find your favorite.

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Missing: A Harbor Bar Summer

Harbor Bars -- the ultimate summer cookie and ice cream treat?

Harbor Bars from Down East, Maine credit: Kim Post Phinney

Over the weekend, during an unusually hot fall Saturday, I dug into my freezer and unearthed a single, lonely Harbor Bar.  This last vestige of a long, bountiful summer served as a lonely indicator that the party was indeed over… 

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Picking: Blueberries and Raspberries

blueberries and raspberries basket_picnik

You can pick your friends. You can pick your berries. But you can’t pick your friends’ berries.

Unless you have a friend named Patty who owns a huge u-pick berry farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Or a friend like her.

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Spice Goddess — 7 Things To Know

Spice Goddess, Bal Arneson, prepping a dish

Spice Goddess, Bal Arneson, prepping a dish

Beginning in July, Cooking Channel will be rocking a brand-new Spice Girl.  Her name is Bal Arneson and she is our Spice Goddess…

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Cooking the Channel: Chicken Burgers

Chicken Burger with Lemongrass and Lime from Bill's Holiday

Chicken Burger with Lemongrass and Lime from Bill's Holiday

We’re blazing our way through Cooking Channel recipes, one show at a time. Hope you’re cooking along! Leave links to your blogs and post pictures to Facebook.

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Craving: Radishes; Some of Yours, Some of Ours

White on Rice Couple - Todd and Diane

White on Rice Couple - Todd and Diane

Welcome late-spring, a time when you can rip your dinner out of the ground, rinse it, and eat it raw. Or you can roast it, dress it with olive oil and mint, bake it in a gratin, or pile it on a sandwich.

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Picking: Strawberries

In the strawberry farm at Johnson's Corner Farm

In the strawberry field at Johnson's Corner Farm

It’s strawberry season! Last weekend I discovered an early patch of local strawberries, visiting Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, NJ. But over the next few weeks, berry farms across the country will be opening for business, fresh fruit ripe and ready in the fields.

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