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Delish!The Jewish holiday Purim celebrates Queen Esther's denunciation of the evil Haman, thereby saving the Jews of Persia from destruction. There are many food traditions associated with this particularly festive spring feast known as Se'udah Purim. Because Esther ate only grains, seeds and legumes to keep kosher while living with King Ahasuerus, legumes and poppy seeds are traditional foods. Triangle-shaped foods are popular, as they recall either the hat or ear of Haman. And drink is also an important part of the holiday; (age-appropriate) celebrants are urged to, well, get a little tipsy.Read More »from 6 Purim Recipes for Your Se’udah
However your family chooses to celebrate their Se'udah, we've got an array of traditional and family-friendly recipes for your feast. Chag Semeach Purim (Happy Purim)!
Challah is a popular food for many Jewish holidays. During Purim, the Challah is formed into a long, elaborate braid to symbolize the rope used to hang Haman.
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A guide to imbibing without embarrassmentIn recent years, the world of wine and its champions have made impressive strides to overcome that harsh, nagging stereotype that wine lovers are snobby and elitist.Read More »from The Complete Guide to Ordering Wine
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We're lucky, really, to be living in such an age of drink super-geekdom that has given rise to a wealth of unique venues, companies, and brands. These are genuine passion projects run by folks more than eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge, lively wine tastings where people won't give you a glaring side-eye if you don't spit after every taste, and wine bars that feel as relaxed and casual as your favorite local dive. Take Corkbar in Los Angeles, for instance, whose owner, the appropriately named Caleb Wines, notes "It seemed like most of the 'wine bars' here were just glorified restaurants or really esoteric and intimidating, where if you didn't know the latest Eastern European varietal you were made to feel like an idiot."
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The McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat RecipeThis is probably the only time you'll ever find me imitating a recipe from McDonald's. I generally steer clear of all fast food restaurants, except in March. The minute the Shamrock Shake hits the menu I am in the drive-thru faster than you can say "shake." In fact, I once attended a formal dance in high school in March, and we took the limo through the drive-thru just to get Shamrock Shakes before we were dropped off at home! I don't know what it is about the mint green shake - it is just so darn delicious that I can't get enough of it. It is also the best way I know how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day when you are not Irish!Read More »from The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe
There are tons of copycat recipes on the web, and I've been experimenting with my own. I like to go heavy on the ice cream so that it is extra thick. Sometimes I don't use green food coloring since it only adds color, not flavor. No matter how you serve it up, I guarantee it will be a hit at home.
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JELL-O tie-dye cupcakes are easy and delicious.
"Who wants to make tie-dye cupcakes?"--The words aren't even out of my mouth before my five and seven year old daughters are making a mad dash for the kitchen and helping me rustle up the ingredients. Nothing gets those girls moving like dessert. Would JELL-O tie-dye fruity cupcakes measure up to their high taste standards?
The ingredients to make these cupcakes were inexpensive and easily obtainable from the grocery store (I sent my husband and he came back with everything we needed!). You'll need any white cake mix and the ingredients to bake the cake as directed. My cake, for instance, required three eggs, a cup of water, and a quarter of a cup of vegetable oil. Purchase three JELL-O Flavor Gelatin packages-lime, lemon, and strawberry. Finally, you'll need paper cupcake holders, a whipped vanilla frosting, and one small plastic bag to use for piping.
After making the cake mix as directed on the box, I evenly distributed the batter intoRead More »from JELL-O Tie-dye Fruity Cupcakes
By Sayward Rebhal, Networx
The 21st century world is a very unnatural time to live in. And for the most part, that's just peachy keen. The Internet, for example, is one modern invention I'm pretty fond of. And I'm glad we have, you know, like . . . doctors, grocery stores, fire-resistant roofing materials and robotic vacuum cleaners that do all the work for you!
Yes, postmodern living has its perks. But there's a dark side, too, in this hyper-processed wonderland. Medicine is fine and dandy and robots are just plain awesome, but what about eating? What about health? What the heck has happened to our food?
The truth is that synthetic replacements just can't stack up the real thing, and science doesn't always have the answers. That's probably why we're seeing a widespread resurgence of natural living; a return to a holistic lifestyle.
All of our needs can be met using real, ground-grown produce instead of laboratory engineered products. (Passionate gardeners from Dallas toRead More »from 8 Ways to Make Organic DIY Food Coloring
Grapefruit MeringuesI'm hosting a party for a dear friend who can't have dairy. Of course, homemade sweets are essential to any gathering, so I've planned a dairy-free spread of desserts. Rather than use dairy-free substitutes for the real thing, I prefer to bake treats that taste better without any dairy. Here are 5 delicious ones:Read More »from 5 Delicious, Dairy-Free Desserts
1. Angel Food Cake: Egg whites give this cake its ethereal lift and ground hazelnuts add a delicious richness. A dusting of confectioners' sugar makes it pretty enough for the party.
2. Wine Poached Pears: I love the deep burgundy hue of the pears. To serve, I place each one in a dish and serve with scoops of different shades of pink sorbets (strawberry, raspberry, peach).
3. Grapefuit Meringue Nests with Mixed Berries: Sweet red grapefruits make all the difference here. The aromatic zest is in the meringues and the juice flavors the berries.
4. Crunchy Chocolate Biscotti: Our Food Director, Susan Westmoreland, created this crunchy cookie recipe for her dad. Chock full
By GalTime DIY Diva Malia Karlinsky
Make your own Easter memories
It's almost springtime and that means eggs, baskets and candy. Of course you can buy some pricey Easter decor-- but why not make some yourself... and use up some of last year's plastic Easter eggs in the process?
DIY Painted Easter Eggs
Supplies: Modge Podge, plastic eggs, letter stamps, Staz-on Ink, acrylic paint, scrap material (canvas, cotton or even light colored ribbon would work). Optional: Stickles or glitter.
1. Channel your inner child and paint the plastic eggs with the acrylic paint. It may take up to 4 coats, but the paint dries quickly. If you like things sparkly, you can use Stickles or glitter to sparkle up the eggs.
2. In the meantime, stamp some sentiments on your scrap fabric. Some happy little words I used: Tweet, Chirp, Cheep!, Swoon, Glee, Spring, Delight, Bloom, Grow and Fly. Cut out the words and glue them on the eggs with Modge Podge.
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These cocktails skimp on calories--not flavor. Try one of them tonight for a healthy way to kick back and relax after work.
Randarita1. Randarita: On February 13, 2012 country singer Miranda Lambert tweeted about her love for a cocktail she calls a "randarita" (which is a concoction of Bacardi and Crystal Light). She even made Lady Gaga a fan.
One Twitter follower replied with her own touch: with vanilla Bacardi and pink lemonade Crystal Light. @Jaymidann tweets that it "tastes like cotton candy!"
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Ginger Elixir2. Ginger Elixir: Ginger is an ancient Asian remedy for digestive problems and can ease an upset stomach. At La Costa Resort and Spa, their Ginger Elixir, a non-alcoholic "ayurvedic cocktail" from the Legends Bistro and the Spa Café, is best served before a meal.
Blend one cup of ginger juice, one cup of lemon juice, one cup of water, and one-fourth of a cup of honey and serve!
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Honey-Bourbon Glazed HamCooking your own Easter ham might seem like a bit of an endeavor. With family running around, brunches to attend, and all the Easter sides and desserts to make, fussing with baking a ham might be the last thing you want to do. Buying a store-bought ham is an easy shortcut. You can find them smoked, honey-baked, bone-in, boneless, and in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. Just add a few special touches to create an impressive Easter spread with very little effort.
Related: How To Cook a Perfect Easter Ham
Where To Buy Your Easter Ham
You can find precooked Easter hams at many specialty stores and larger stores such as The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Heavenly Ham. Many local country clubs offer Easter hams and sides that you can order, and some churches sell them as fund-raisers.
You can also order your Easter ham from small Southern producers that have specialized in curing ham for decades with time-honored methods and traditions. Here are some of our favorites:Read More »from Easy Fixes for Store-Bought Easter Ham
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