Posts Tagged ‘playlist’

Summer Potluck Playlist

The potluck. You never know what you are going to get.

When you follow these great recipes for classics like The Ultimate Paella and Five-Layer Mexican Dip, you are sure to please your guests. Not sure if we can say the same for what others are bringing.

It’s best not to leave the music up to chance, so we pulled together a fun mix of eclectic songs from different genres — all in keeping with the theme of summer.

Get our full Summer Potluck Menu.

Get more easy summer entertaining tips.

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Music for Valentine’s Day Lovers and Haters

Love it or hate it … it’s coming. Valentine’s Day.

Whether you are setting the mood for a romantic evening, or hating on that absurd flying baby with an arrow, we’ve got your playlist covered.

Valentine’s Day Lovers

Lucky enough to have found that someone special?

Instead of going out to a crowded overpriced restaurant, stay in with the one you love and prepare our best Valentine’s Day dishes. Add in the tunes from our LOVE Valentine’s playlist above and your night is set.

Valentine’s Day Haters

Nobody special this year and don’t want to resort to pulling a Manti Te’o? Just broke up that someone not-so special? Don’t fret.

Pick one (or three) of our best devilish chocolate dessert recipes, crawl up on the couch in your sweatpants and play our HATE Valentine’s playlist.

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Get Our Thanksgiving Post-Turkey Coma Playlist

Thanksgiving is hectic (driving long stretches in brutal traffic, re-engaging with in-laws, dealing with screaming kids and then in many cases stopping for a 15-minute sprint to stuff ourselves silly.)

That’s why in our family, who take our music as seriously as we take our food, we try to take a deep breath, sit down and really listen. We have a post-meal Thanksgiving tradition, as we revel in our food comas: We listen to and talk about the music that inspires us to be grateful. Some of us who are more musically inclined may even perform a song on the guitar or piano. Mostly, though, we’ve just taken to bringing out our iPods and playing songs that reflect our feelings of gratitude toward each other, remembering aloud what we are thankful for and in some cases calling up favorite songs that help us enjoy even more the food coma.

I’ve put together the perfect soundtrack for the Thanksgiving “food coma.” Put this list on, chill with the family, be thankful … and pass out.

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Get 20 Free Latin Tracks to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Tequila Lemonade

While many will be recovering from their tricks and treats, those south of the border (and north) will be preparing for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  The Mexican national holiday is a celebration when families and friends get together to honor and celebrate those who have died.

So on November 1, if you are up for a second night of devilish fun, we’re here to help.

As a special treat to go along with these great cocktails and bites, our good friends at Nacional Records, an amazing label that has the best new sounds of Latin music, are offering our readers a FREE download collection of 20 of today’s best and cutting-edge Latin tracks.

Download them now.

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Get Our Apple-Themed Playlist

Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart

The apple harvest inspired our apple-themed playlist. Enjoy!

Caramel Apples – “Lost” – Coldplay & Jay-Z

Caramel Apples

Only Coldplay’s Chris Martin & foodie wife Gwyneth Paltrow could get away with naming their daughter Apple. Is it because they are crazy for Caramel Apples? I think so. Take a listen to this great track with a guest appearance by Jay-Z, and try your best not to get your hands sticky with this great recipe.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Apples
Hear the Track on Spotify: “Lost” – Coldplay & Jay-Z

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Musical Tastes: Oktoberfest Playlist

While many will be turning up the accordion polka jams for their Oktoberfest celebrations, we thought we would treat your ears with a little more sympathy, so we dug up these fun “German”-inspired tracks for you to listen to while preparing some savory traditional recipes for your Bavarian bash.

Nico – “These Days”

Nico was a German model, actress, singer and songwriter who’s most well-known for her collaboration with the Velvet Underground, with whom she recorded the album The Velvet Underground & Nico, featuring the legendary banana cover designed by Andy Warhol.

Listen to Nico’s ghostly cover of Jackson Browne’s “These Days” while making the Potato & Beer Soup pictured above.

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Thirsty Thursday: Our Summer Cocktail Party Playlist

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.

The essential component to any summer cocktail party isn’t the right balance between tequila and salt, but the musical ingredients that create the perfect soundtrack. We enlisted expert musical programmer Andrew Wintner of The Beat Advisory, who curates musical experiences for dozens of restaurants, bars and hotels across the country, to round up a an eclectic collection of tunes that will make your soiree a memorable one. Here’s a taste:

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