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How to Build a Bloody Mary Bar

How to Build a Bloody Mary Bar

The Bloody Mary cocktail is made for day drinking. Don't drink it at night. That's just weird. (Although we do like weird.) This official drink of brunching champs who find mimosas cloying is also a sunshiny, spicy, outdoorsy kinda drink whose accessories can get pretty wild. For advice on designing your own killer Bloody Mary bar, Diane Mina is your woman. Mina has mixed, created, and consumed Bloody Marys for over 20 years, since she started tailgating at San Francisco 49ers football games with her husband, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina — whose Mina Group runs over 25 award-winning restaurants nationwide and in Dubai. She's concocted her own unique blend, Diane's Bloody Mary mix, expected to hit retails stores by spring 2017. READ MORE

Go Beyond the Grill: 15 Ways to Gourmet Up Your End of Summer

Go Beyond the Grill: 15 Ways to Gourmet Up Your End of Summer

Quick! Squeeze in some more summer sweetness — something delicious, outdoors, and wonderful. Make the most of these warm sunny days while they last. Invite some friends over. Cook something. Whip up a batch of cocktails. But it doesn't have to be the standard barbecue with burgers and beer. Oh, no. You are anything but average. READ MORE

Ultimate Guide to Using Different Types of Kale

Ultimate Guide to Using Different Types of Kale

  Kale has grown so trendy (thanks, Brooklyn), that it still gets the royal treatment nearly 10 years after its renewed popularity — including massages. Oh yeah. Those of us unafraid to get intimate with our food, we give the dark, bitter, hardy green a good, vigorous rubdown before chopping it up for a raw salad. Now take your hands off it and take a breath. This extensive guide returns the favor for your extra efforts, revealing the details of seven kale varieties and the recipes to go with them, so you never get bored. And you always leave the table satisfied. READ MORE

Spiralizing Zucchini Is Going to Change Your Cooking Game

Spiralizing Zucchini Is Going to Change Your Cooking Game

Pasta is so not what it used to be. Semolina? For adventurous eating amateurs. These days, you've got so many more incarnations of pasta made from quinoa, rice, kamut, spelt, and here, it's the green summer squash we all love called zucchini. It's a way to revamp your pasta dinner into something healthier, lighter, and just as delicious. You don't have to be on a Paleo or low-carb diet to enjoy it either. With one simple tool, you can turn zucchini (and other vegetables) into perfect pasta-like strands. From there, add any flavors or sauces you like. Here’s how to do it: READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Tofu and Tempeh?

What’s the Difference Between Tofu and Tempeh?

It doesn't matter if you lust for a bloody burger once in a while. Soybeans can satisfy a different kind of craving when you need some protein, and you want it fast and cheap with no remorse. And two soybean products don't have to be mystery meat to you. Tofu is like the popular kid in school with many trendy outfits, and tempeh is the nuttier kid on the fringe who doesn't change for anyone. READ MORE

How to Close Out Summer with a Memorable Lobster Feast

How to Close Out Summer with a Memorable Lobster Feast

If you’ve finally recovered from the dog days of summer and are trying to plan one last hurrah before breaking out your fall apparel, there’s no better way to celebrate than by planning an epic lobster feast for family and friends. A Labor Day lobster feast is the perfect occasion for going all-out with top quality crustaceans, a decorative table setting, and mouthwatering seasonal side dishes that threaten to steal the show. READ MORE

Does the Color of an Egg Yolk Indicate How Nutritious It Is?

Does the Color of an Egg Yolk Indicate How Nutritious It Is?

Yolks can range from pale yellow to deep orange. READ MORE

For the Caffeine Obsessed, 15 New Coffee and Tea Items

For the Caffeine Obsessed, 15 New Coffee and Tea Items

You might be riding the Third Wave coffee and tea movement if you can discuss the aromatic nuances and mouthfeel of your preferred region of coffee bean or tea leaf, if you've made your own cold brew at home, or if you own anything decorative that extols the virtues (and necessity) of coffee or tea. READ MORE

9 Slushy Cocktails for Hot Summer Days

9 Slushy Cocktails for Hot Summer Days

Remember those things you weren't allowed to do as a child? Well, if you want dessert before dinner, no one can stop you now. You can take ice cream from strangers. Being an adult lets you do things only grown-ups can do, with a whole childhood’s worth of inspiration to give you ideas. Take the cocktail. It’s the defining beverage for being an adult, and when it’s hot out, you can combine it with the defining beverage of your childhood summers, the 7-Eleven Slurpee, and nobody will tell you no. If you chill the liquors before using them, your slushies will stay frozen longer. But if you don’t have the time, just be sure to drink them before they melt. READ MORE

Salute Summer with these 15 Gin and Tonic Variations

Salute Summer with these 15 Gin and Tonic Variations

The tinkle of its ice cubes signals refreshing cocktail relief — something cool, dry, and clear. A gin and tonic is everything we crave in the muggy, hot summer doldrums. Why is that? READ MORE