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Thirsty Thursday: Tequila-Spiked Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. And what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Here are our thoughts on how to drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Since you’ll likely be firing up the grill this weekend for burgers, steaks and smoky ribs (a.k.a. Dad food), try pairing this meal with a summery beverage too (a.k.a. a little something delicious for everyone)? While you’re waiting patiently for those ribs to become meltingly tender, pull up a lawn chair and slowly sip on this Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade. Word of caution: It’s spicy, so go slowly.

This refreshing summer treat has just enough bite to make Dad love it. While pureed jalapeño adds the spicy dimension, blended watermelon sweetens the deal. Add an additional jalapeño if you dare. Though it’s best with a splash of tequila, the original version is booze-free.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Dinner Rush! “Shore Dinner” Mussels

If you’ve spent any time on a New England beach during the summer season, you’ve likely heard of — or even been to — a “shore dinner.” Along the lines of clam bakes and oyster roasts, alfresco shore dinners are when a group of people get together on the beach, start a campfire and make a seafood-centric one-pot dinner under the summer sun. They’re blissful.

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Frozen Friday: Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

 

Nothing forms close bonds like ice cream, sweat and tears… right? At least we’ve got the first one covered. This is the first of a summer-long series called Frozen Friday, featuring various ideas for ice-cold goodies, from grown-up snow cones to easy icebox cakes.

Today, we gift you with four gourmet ice cream sandwich recipes as well as a stellar guide to an ice cream sandwich party we can only regret we didn’t enjoy as kids and can now put on our to-do list as kids at heart. These glorious sandwiches are new and improved blasts from the past.

 1. Blondie Confetti Ice Cream Sandwich:  Sprinkle Bakes folds rainbow jimmies into a vanilla ice cream then sandwiches the colorful mix between two buttery blondie bars (pictured above).

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Thirsty Thursday: Blueberry Ginger Mojito Pitchers


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.

It’s Grilling Week on Cooking Channel, so if you’re planning to have friends over for some fired-up meat, plan to mix up a pitcher of cocktails that will keep guests happy  while keeping you free to tend to the food. For something pretty, purple and party-sized, these Blueberry Ginger Mojitos should do the trick.

The ginger simple syrup adds a sweet and spicy kick, with muddled blueberries and crushed mint leaves really bringing the full flavor to the drink. This stunning take on the classic mojito takes advantage of summer berries at their peak of freshness.

Bottoms up, folks!

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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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52 Weeks Fresh: Preparing the Garden (While Watching Television)

I love to eat (and I eat a lot).  More than 20 years of gardening have shown me how to grow amazing, delicious, healthful food at a fraction of market prices — and how to preserve the surplus to use all year long.

My garden in Bedford, N.Y., (about an hour north of midtown Manhattan) isn’t huge — about 3,000 square feet (pictured below) — but it provides abundant sustenance year-round. Over the course of this growing season, I’ll share what’s popping up, provide recipes, and come up with gardening tips and ideas. Curious about quinoa? Come along. Interested in dry beans? Those are growing too. Herbs for tea? I’ll also cover those.

At the end of each post, I’ll include a produce report to update you on what’s going into the ground, as well as thoughts on what you can harvest now.

Let’s get started.

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The Best Labor Day Food

Get recipes and tips to make the most of the last drops of summer.

Thirsty Thursday: Sgroppino (aka A Boozy Sorbet Punch)

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.

Sgroppino is a traditional palate-cleansing Italian cocktail versatile enough to be served as an aperitif, with dessert or as a brunch beverage. This cocktail is a slushy mixture of prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet, with chopped fresh mint as garnish. Flawlessly bubbly and lemony, this four-ingredient mixer’s simplicity and its bright and clean flavors make it an ideal cocktail for summer sipping.

The mixing method is simple: pour chilled prosecco and vodka into glasses, and drop a melty scoop of sweet lemon sorbet to float on top. The sorbet will slowly relax into the fizzy mixture, creating a frothy, chilly punch perfect for enjoying on hot afternoons.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Dean and Tori Know How to Throw a Summer Party

There are few better ways to celebrate the height of watermelon season and those perfectly ripe peaches at the market than by highlighting real farm-to-table eating. Dean McDermott’s advice for planning a delicious menu is, “Buy vegetables with dirt on them, because that tells you how fresh they are.” For a lesson in hosting a beautiful backyard dinner party, tune in Friday, August 23, at 8pm ET for the Cooking Channel special, Dean and Tori’s Backyard Bash.

When Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling go with their four children to Underwood Family Farms, they are inspired by the pick-your-own strawberries they gather in the field and the colorful produce that lines the market shelves.  From blush-hued peaches to plump watermelon, Dean grabs what inspires him and begins creating a menu.

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Summer Entertaining Week on Cooking Channel

Late summer is a great time for entertaining guests, and nothing brings people together better than good food. When produce is this good, and when the weather is perfect for grilling, there’s really no better time for summer entertaining.

Start tonight, August 18, at 8pm ET with a special episode of Unwrapped as Marc Summers takes you on an exploration of America’s favorite summertime treats. Then start thinking outside the grill, so to speak, on Tuesday, August 20, as Chef Roger Mooking teams up with grilling expert, Chef Elizabeth Karmel to create a smoky, fire-kissed menu featuring Grilled Duck with Spicy Watermelon Glaze (pictured above), Buffalo Burgers, Baked Bean Bruschetta, Grilled Garden Greens and much more. On Wednesday, August 21, Kelsey Nixon turns to the slow cooker for an easy summer menu that won’t leave you tied up in the kitchen while trying to entertain guests.

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