AlcoHOLidays | 4th of July | Patriot Punch

As promised, here is the second part of our 2-week Independence Day extravaganza! This week’s cocktail comes to us courtesy of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey (which we reviewed last month) and they are doing their level best to show us all the ways to include darker spirits in our summer entertaining. By combining the whiskey with juice and champagne is really a great way to lighten up a traditionally winter liquor. Kilbeggan Patriot Punch 2 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey 1 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy 1 part Cranberry Juice 2 parts Champagne Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced) To Serve As A Cocktail: Build all ingredients over
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Review: Slimmer by Harry Papas

***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of Slimmer by Harry Papas for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no further compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Normally I wouldn’t review a book that focused on a weight-loss diet, but I was intrigued by the chance to read more about the famed Mediterranean diet by an actual dietitian from Greece. I mean, when you want answers you go to the source, right? And this particular diet (as in the lifestyle studied as part of the 1960s Seven Countries
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AlcoHOLidayss | Independence Day | Cruzan Independence Sparkler

In honor of those founding fathers’ stand for freedoms from tyranny, we’re going to feature Constitutional cocktails for 2 weeks instead of 1. We’re going short and sweet without any preamble this week! Courtesy of our friends at Cruzan, today’s cocktail features two of their rums because, hey, twice the rum, twice the fun, right? Cruzan® Independence Sparkler 1 half of a Lime, cut into quarters 6 Basil leaves 1 Tbsp Sugar 1 oz Cruzan® Strawberry Rum 1 oz Cruzan® Aged Light Rum Soda Water Method: Muddle lime and basil with sugar in a tumbler. Add rums and ice, then
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Harvest Native Ingredient Classes – Loews Resort, Tucson

  Have you ever wondered what it was like to harvest dessert foods like prickly pear and barrel cactus fruits without a bloody finger mess? Fear not, as the knowledgeable chefs at Loews Ventana Resort will demonstrate as well as give you a hand-on experience.  And about those mesquite pods???   Here’s the schedule:   June 21 – 2 pm – Learn how to make a specialty dessert using barrel cactus fruit   July 5 – 2 pm – Harvest mesquite pods and make some yummy appetizers with mesquite flour     August 30 – 2 pm – Harvest prickly
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Early Bird Tickets-2 Tucson Culinary Festival Events

Early Bird Tickets for 2 Tucson Culinary Festival Events You know you want to go and will go — take advantage of these early bird deals by June 20! $100 gets you into both events — now that’s a deal! TASTE OF TUCSON Saturday, October 5th, 6-9pm @ Plaza Palomino Enjoy the food and company of Tucson Originals Chefs along with samplings from an international array of wines, spirits, specialty cocktails and more. (Regular price: $75) WORLD MARGARITA CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, October 25th, 6-9pm @ Tucson Museum of Art The World Margarita Championship is an unforgettable evening of spirited cocktail competitions,
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Cookbook Review: Delish Just Four Ingredients Fast

I love the idea of this book. It’s summer. I’m lazy. It’s too hot to cook too complicated fare. I like the idea that I can create something delicious with only four ingredients. Of course, knowing me I will always add some spices or hot sauce or salsa but you don’t have to. The book has more than 150 recipes broken down to different categories: Hot off the Grill—healthy ways to cook everything from fish to veggies to steaks Lunch on the Run—quick & easy meals to pack up and eat on the go Weeknight Standbys—dinner on the table with
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Local AZ Wine Tasting at Whole Foods Markets – Tucson – June 23

This is a great way to sample many Arizona wines. Not only can you sample them but you can rate them and vote for them.Support the Arizona wine industry. Individual tickets to the event are $10 online or 2 for $15 when purchased at any one of the three locations. from the press release What’s happening in Tucson from the press release Whole Foods Market® Arizona Announces the 4th Annual Arizona Wine Awards Phoenix, AZ – The fourth-annual Whole Foods Market Arizona Wine Awards will be held June 22 and 23 at Whole Foods’ Scottsdale, Chandler and Tucson/River Road locations.
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Downtown Tucson Chefs-Best Chefs in America

Many of us know that Downtown Tucson’s dining scene is exploding but here’s one for the record books: Best Chefs of America has just recognized two Downtown Tucson chefs: Chef Addam Buzzalini (Maynards Market & Kitchen) Chef Janos Wilder (Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails) Congratulations! The word “kitchen” seems to be popular in the naming of a restaurant. Best Chefs in America is a peer-reviewed guide of U.S. chefs who were chosen after extensive interviews with several chefs and Best Chefs analysts. This honor brings national attention to our local culinary scene. “It feels wonderful to be included in Best Chefs
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Baking the Low-FODMAP Way

As someone who very much enjoys cookies, cakes and other confections (I was a pastry chef, after all) this whole no wheat thing really had me concerned–especially when so many gluten-free baked goods are gritty or crumbly or just plain miss the mark. And since we started the testing portion just after Thanksgiving, I wanted to make sure I could make desserts and sweets that family and coworkers would enjoy that were also safe for me. It was, thankfully, a lot easier than I thought it would be, and it’s mainly due to a book I’ve mentioned before: the Favorite Brand Name
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Food Recall: See’s Candies: Milk and Dark Raisins

In a nutshell: Undeclared nuts & eggs found in milk and dark raisins; possible life-threatening reaction to one or both; nationwide distribution from the press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 14, 2013 – See’s Company of San Francisco is recalling all Milk and Dark Raisins because it may contain undeclared tree nuts and eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (e.g.: almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews) and/or eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Product was distributed nationwide through See’s Candies Retail Stores, Licensees and Mail Order.
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