Mandarin Elderflower Mimosa-13946
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Mandarin Elderflower Mimosa

If you’re an avid follower of the site, then you know I’m a sucker for reinventing the old. With the accessibility of the digital age and the advent of such heavenly websites as Pinterest, you don’t have to look too hard to find competent classic recipes. Want to make a traditional tasting apple pie, you’re set. That is why I like to play with a good thing and you will often find unusual twists on foodie classics in this forum. So, with that said let us dive into a fresh take on the incomparable mimosa. The timeless drink is 50% …

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How to Shuck an Oyster

It’s the middle of June and so comes the seaside adventures. As the weather heats up, you’re probably finding yourself eating a hell of a lot more seafood than usual. From blacked fish tacos to miso brazed salmon, it’s an absolutely delicious time of the year to eat as much of the ocean’s fare as you can get your hands on. But there’s one elusive dish that can often pose a major challenge for the inexperienced seafoodie… oysters. Personally, when an oyster dish is placed on a table in front of me, I avoid it like a 16th Century city-dweller …

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Sweet Meets Spicy

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review You know how most people associate a song with a memory? Like whenever the “Macarena” comes on the radio, you are instantly transported back to the devastation you felt as your pimply-pre-pubescent self messed up the choreography at the middle school dance? No? Too specific? Well, you get the gist. Besides a few nightmarish memories triggered by melody, I tend to actually equate memories with food instead. I will always think of special father-daughter breakfasts when I eat chocolate chip pancakes. …

Mascarpone Banana Ice Cream-13891
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Mascarpone Banana Ice Cream

Some of my fondest childhood memories begin with a simple tune – ice cream truck music. You’re hearing it in your head right now, aren’t you? If I caught even a solitary note on the heels of a soft breeze, I ran like hell to the front yard. I then would proceed to flag down the ice cream man, like a shipwrecked survivor seeing their first airplane in years. If you were lucky enough to catch him, then came the difficult decision. Oh, the choices – orange creamsicle, no, chocolate covered drumstick, no, the handlebar bomb pop. But in the end, what kid could resist …

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Cheesecake Mousse

When you’re planning a large fete, it can be a bit overwhelming making enough food for the guests. With your plate already filled with tasks like cleaning, decorating, and hosting the event, you often need quick and easy solutions to the night’s bites. When I find myself in these situations, I like to turn to my trustworthy friend… mousse. The delectable dessert is easy to make in large quantities and a sure bet for a yummy treat. Plus, the versatile sweet can be topped with your hearts desire and served in anything from a shooter glass to a teacup. Take …

Pink Flamingo Cocktail-13855
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Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Most cocktails at a party are like broken records. You keep seeing the same classics over and over again – Coke & Rum, Mimosa, Manhattan. It’s time to change things up. How about adding a fun (and a bit cheeky) signature drink to your next event? Take for instance, this fabulously retro Flamingo themed backyard party. Colorfully kitschy, this shindig calls for an equally tongue-in-cheek libation. So, try out our inspired Pink Flamingo cocktail and take a gander at this addictively fun affair. Photographer Marc Edwards walks us through all the immaculate details: PINK FLAMINGO    INGREDIENTS 1 ounce Organic Pink …

Fresh from Florida-13822
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Fresh from Florida

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Have you ever been wandering through the aisles of a market and found yourself wondering where the produce came from? In this day in age, farmers’ markets and local produce shopping is the exception not the rule. Most people simply don’t know where their food comes from or even which country it originated from. It’s a bit sad when you think about it, right? Humans went from hunter-gatherers to subsistence farmers to uneducated mass consumers. Of course, there were thousands of years between those transitions, …

Backyard BBQ Bar Essentials-13784
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Backyard BBQ Bar Essentials

It’s almost June and that means that you’re probably dusting off the grill and preparing some epic outdoor get-togethers. But barbecuing is one of the easier things on the to-do list for a backyard shindig. One of the harder things to gauge is how much booze you need for the bar! And I’m just going to come out and say it… nobody is going be happy unless there are enough drinks to go around. So, do yourself a favor and print out my (bare-minimum) essential list below and then check out today’s beautiful outdoor wedding for inspiration. Oh yeah, and …