Since today is National Tequila Day (cheers!), I thought I'd share my latest obsession with you. While I'm a huge fan of the classic margarita combination of tequila and fresh-squeezed lime juice, it pales in comparison to the delightful pairing that is watermelon juice and tequila. I'm so crazy about this dynamic duo that I've already made three different cocktails with it. The one seen here — my current fav — is a mixture of watermelon, tequila, mint, blueberries, and lime juice. With its sweet, minty flavor, refreshing thirst-quenching quality, and beautiful blushing color, this cocktail is almost perfect. I say almost because it's far too easy to drink. A problem that's quickly solved with a generous float of tequila. To get the party, or the weekend, started, make this drink tonight
Posts for July 24th 2009
- Main Dishes
- North American
1 pound dry fettuccine
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, smashed
4 Italian sausages, preferably spicy, casings removed
1 pint red or yellow cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1 cup arugula, torn
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook about 5 minutes, using a wooden spoon to crumble it. Add the tomatoes and cook until the skins burst, about 8 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Add the cooked fettuccine, basil, and arugula and toss gently to combine. Serve in bowls and top with the Parmesan.
- Main Dishes, Pork
- North American
8 hot or sweet Italian sausage links, quartered crosswise
1 green bell pepper, quartered lengthwise and halved crosswise
1 yellow bell pepper, quartered lengthwise and halved crosswise
1 sweet onion, quartered lengthwise and halved crosswise
1 large head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Two 1-pound bags frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- Thread the Italian sausage, bell peppers, onion and three-quarters of the garlic cloves onto 8 skewers. Brush the kebabs with 3 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-high. Grill the kebabs, turning occasionally, until slightly charred, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the remaining garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until warm, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Serve the kebabs with the spinach.
It seems like the Fourth of July was just yesterday, but the end of the month is already in sight!
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Although this delectable chicken looks like he's running away, he's actually perched atop a beer can! Grilling chicken on an aluminum can is an excellent way to ensure that the meat stays moist and succulent. While it cooks, the beer evaporates and flavors the chicken's inside cavity. There's lots of ways to season the outside of a beer-can chicken, but I think the most satisfying is a classic spicy-sweet barbecue rub with a finger-licking good homemade sauce. My dad has a metal can holder that makes grilling a little easier, however, this tool is not necessary: one can cook the chicken on the can alone. To learn the technique to this campfire favorite, read more
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With a few simple touches, you can turn a grassy knoll at an outdoor concert into a welcoming party space. Cover the ground with a plaid picnic blanket. Unpack the picnic basket and use this as a small table to set out the food. Keep a cooler close by for easy access to the drinks. Wrap the apricot tarts in parchment paper and pack the salads in Chinese take out containers. Don't forget paper plates, napkins, utensils, and plastic tumblers for the sangria! When hosting a picnic, what do you pack to make it extra special?
Bored by the basic all-American burger? Take a trip to the Caribbean with this innovative recipe.
The beef patty is seasoned with jerk sauce and bread crumbs. Instead of the typical tomato, lettuce, and pickle condiments, the burger is topped with a quick mango, pepper, and ginger salsa. A ciabatta roll replaces the bun and Monterey Jack cheese finishes off the scrumptious burger.
Throw in plantain chips and a daiquiri and you've got a meal that's ideal for impromptu entertaining. To kick-start your weekend with this dish, read more
The other day, my guy and I were seeking something to eat late-night, and I suggested Thai or Italian delivery. He immediately turned it down, saying he's not a fan of dialing out for delivery, because it's easier to pick up takeout. How do you feel about it?
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- Before she was the hostess of Top Chef, Padma starred as an alien princess on Star Trek.
- Before she was the hostess of Top Chef, Padma starred as an alien princess on Star Trek. — Eat Me Daily
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