Party Punch

This cauldron effect for Halloween is perfect for parties. It is not that expensive to do, and it looks really sweet when people are coming in to your party. All you need to do this is some dry ice and your punch you are making. It does not matter what you put in your punch, alcoholic or non alcoholic, but the dry ice is the key! It will make your cauldron bubble all night 🙂 Make sure that if you are going to try this, keep the dry ice away from others and make sure no one touches it or
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Pumpkin Cookies

Image by stu_spivack via Flickr It is Fall and with Fall comes leaves, cooler weather, apple cider and of course PUMPKINS! I am not a huge pumpkin fan as far as food dishes and desserts go, but these pumpkin cookies are AMAZING! I am not a big cookie eater, but I love these because they are very moist and the perfect treat with coffee! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups
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Happy Halloween!

Image via Wikipedia Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful weekend. If you still have trick or treaters coming to your house tonight, make sure to stock up on candy and be ready for the festivities. Although I am in college, I still look forward to Halloween and trick or treating. I live off campus in a nice neighborhood and my roommates and I are planning on passing out candy to all the kids tonight. Although I am too old to run around and collect candy, it is still just as fun to pass it
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Tucson Margarita Championship Winners’ Recipes 2010

Image via Wikipedia “El Reyes Del Reyes” Margarita – People’s Choice Winner Created by Pete Hoge of Kingfisher Bar & Grill with Harrison Hammeroff of Bluefin Ingredients: 2 oz. Tequila Semental Plata 1 oz. Patron Citron 2 oz. Fresh Made Sour Mix Juice of 1 medium Persian Lime Smoked Sea Salt to rim the glass Lime Ice Swizzle Directions: Rim glasses with smoked salt. In a mixing glass, combine ice, tequila, and sour. Shake and strain over ice and top with squeezed lime juice. Garnish with lime ice swizzle. Marguerite Nouveau – World’s Greatest Margarita (Judges’ winner) Created by Harold
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The One-Two Punch

So, here it is, the Friday before Halloween, guests are due at some point over the course of the weekend and you’re still not exactly sure what beverage to serve them. Oh, sure, there’s the usual soda and stuff, but maybe you want something a little more festive. Still, there will be kids or others who don’t drink alcohol, and you don’t want to leave them out. But you also don’t want to have to monitor two beverage stations over the course of a night, either! Is there an easy solution to this dilemma? Absolutely. Punch to the Rescue! Vampire
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Winner of the Tucson Margarita Championship Is…

Image via Wikipedia Kingfisher – People’s Choice Award “The People’s Choice went to Pete Hoge of Kingfisher Bar & Grill with the help of Harrison Hammeroff of Bluefin. The winning creation, the “El Reyes Del Reyes” margarita, or “The King of Kings,” seemed simple on the surface yet, resulted in a luxurious, smoky and sexy indulgence.” and Cup Cafe –  Judge’s Award “The World’s Greatest Margarita™ was awarded to Harold Garland of Cup Café at Hotel Congress who created the “Marguerite Nouveau” – a delightful and unique medley with a play on the traditional balanced sour recipe. Harold impressed the
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Tucson: New Restaurant, The Abbey Eat + Drink, Halloween Happy Hour, Food Drive

Image via Wikipedia Tucson: New Restaurant, The Abbey Eat + Drink, Halloween Happy Hour, Food Drive The Abbey Eat + Drink officially opens Tuesday, Nov. 2. But starting Friday, Oct. 29, a limited menu will be available for those Tucsonans who absolutely must be the first in their crowd to try a new restaurant. As a food blogger, local restaurant cheerleader, and bon vivant, I along with a throng of other media types were invited to a cocktail party at The Abbey earlier this week. Here’s an insider’s viewpoint: The decor was rather austere but the finger food* pure fun.
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Pork product recall in Calif. and 8 other states – pork skins

In a nutshell: Thou shall not commit adulterated pork products. From the press release WASHINGTON, October 27, 2010 – Autentico Foods, a Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 54,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork products that it did not produce in accordance with its food safety plan, failing to take the steps it had determined were necessary to produce safe products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The problem was discovered through a review of company records by FSIS in-plant inspection personnel. The review uncovered evidence to show that the establishment’s food safety
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Tucson Culinary Festival 2010 Double Throw Down

Image by WordRidden via Flickr Tucson Culinary Festival 2010 Double Throw Down Along with the margarita tasting championship, the reserve tasting, the grand tasting, and the Copper Chef Challenge at the barbecue brunch is the double throw down. Here’s the skinny on what’s going to happen. BrushFire BBQ will compete against Chad’s Steakhouse for the best barbecue prime rib. Frankie’s Cheesesteaks will compete against Acacia for the best cheesesteak sandwich. Unlike the Copper Chef Challenge which will happen before your very eyes, the throw down restaurants will bring their finished products to the Sunday event for the judges to decide
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Cool Weather. Hot Red! Wine

I received a bottle of wine in the mail the other day as part of a promotion for Spanish wine. The wine, a 2003 Montecillo Reserva, is 100% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta region and as such is dark in color and earthy in tone– perfect for sipping on the first chilly night of autumn here in the desert. They recommend pairing it with game, but we drank it with tacos filled with refried beans and leftover prime rib carne asada style and it seemed to work. Created by the Bodega Montecillo winery, the wine spends part of the aging process
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