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  • Festive Red, White, and Blue Desserts

    Celebrate summer's biggest coastal holiday with an array of star-spangled desserts with plenty of yummy red, white, and blue to go around.

    Red, White, and Blue Cake
    Photo: Becky Luigart-StaynerPhoto: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    1 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 (1-oz.) bottle red food coloring
    1 tsp. vinegar
    2 1/2 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
    1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. baking soda
    3 cups heavy whipping cream
    1 cup powdered sugar
    3 pints fresh strawberries, halved
    2 cups fresh blueberries

    Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl; beat in eggs. Stir in buttermilk and next 3 ingredients.

    Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, stirring until well blended. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans.

    Bake 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack.

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  • Top Coastal Spots to Celebrate the Fourth

    Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fair, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to the fireworks display.Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: Thinkstock

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  • Grilled Smoked Salmon Panini

    Grilled, wrapped, or piled high, seafood sandwiches prove it's what's inside that counts.

    Grilled Smoked Salmon Panini with Red Onion RibbonsPhoto: Becky Luigart StaynerPhoto: Becky Luigart Stayner

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    1 Tbsp. Champagne vinegar
    3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, divided
    3 tsp. Dijon mustard, divided
    1 tsp. minced garlic
    3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 small red onion, halved and sliced paper-thin
    6 oz. cream cheese, softened
    4 oz. soft goat cheese
    1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    1 Tbsp. chopped capers
    1 tsp. grated lemon rind
    1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1 loaf ciabatta, about 7 x 14 inches
    8 oz. hot-smoked salmon, flaked
    3 cups loosely packed baby spinach
    Extra-virgin olive oil

    Whisk together vinegar, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. mustard, and garlic in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in 3 Tbsp. olive oil, whisking constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened. Add

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  • Pucker Up! 15 Ways with Lime

    Try our 15 Ways with Lime for everything from cocktails and appetizers to main meals and desserts.

    White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie
    Photo: Howard L. PuckettPhoto: Howard L. Puckett

    1 cup whipping cream
    1 (11-oz.) package white chocolate morsels
    1 Tbsp. sour cream
    1 tsp. grated lime rind
    1/3 cup fresh Key lime or lime juice
    1 (9-inch) ready-made graham cracker crust or your favorite prepared recipe
    Garnish: lime slices

    Combine cream and white chocolate morsels in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook 5 minutes or until morsels melt, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add sour cream, lime rind, and juice; stir well. Pour into crust. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Garnish, if desired.

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    Maine Crab Cakes with Lime Aïoli
    Photo: Deborah Whitlaw LlewellynPhoto: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

    1/2 pound lump crabmeat, drained
    3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
    2 Tbsp. fine, dry breadcrumbs
    2 Tbsp. sliced green onion
    1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon
    1 1/2 tsp.

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  • Color It Coastal! 5 Bright Palettes

    These colorful palettes are all winners in our book! Whether you want a bright and bold room or a subdued and relaxing room, you'll find all kinds of ideas and inspiration with this guide.
    Photo: Deborah Whitlaw LlewellynPhoto: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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    Red, White, & Blue
    Photo: Debroah Whitlaw LlewellynPhoto: Debroah Whitlaw Llewellyn

    Radiant and bold, this patriotic and nautical palette shouts summer style and adds spirit to any interior. Don't be bashful-go ahead and mix stripes with patterns. Remember: Red will dominate and blues will recede, so be judicious when placing reds throughout your home. Use them as vibrant accents, and let blue tell the story.

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    Photo: Deborah Whitlow LlewellynPhoto: Deborah Whitlow Llewellyn

    From bright purples to dazzling pinks, lime greens to sunny yellows, this color scheme demands hot colors and cool drinks. Try adding punches of color here and there if you're hesitant to use such a bold palette, or go all out and use colorsRead More »from Color It Coastal! 5 Bright Palettes
  • Our Favorite Tropical Ingredient: Coconut

    Try these sweet and savory recipes, made with one of our favorite tropical ingredients.

    Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese FrostingPhoto: Becky Luigart-StaynerPhoto: Becky Luigart-Stayner

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    3/4 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    6 large egg whites
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
    3 cups cake flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup plus 3 tablespoons coconut milk, divided
    1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur
    1 1/2 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut, toasted
    Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

    Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Add egg whites, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add extracts; beat well.

    Combine flour baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with 1 cup coconut milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed

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  • Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

    Serve a beer and fry up some fish for tacos! This recipe tastes like the real deal-straight from the Baja Peninsula.
    Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Baja SauceBeer-Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

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    1 pound firm white fish fillet, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 (12-ounce) bottle Mexican beer
    1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning
    Vegetable oil
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 cup Mexican beer
    1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
    12 fresh corn tortillas, warmed
    1 lime, cut into wedges
    3/4 cup shredded queso blanco or Monterey Jack cheese
    3 cups shredded green cabbage
    1/2 red onion, cut into strips
    Baja Sauce

    Baja Sauce Ingredients and Preparation
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning
    1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

    Combine all ingredients; stir well.

    Place fish in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic

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  • Fiesta-Ready Dishes

    Try these fiesta-ready dishes at your Cinco de Mayo celebration. If you want a quick, weeknight meal try this recipe with rotisserie chicken in place of the fish.

    Chipotle Fish Tostadas

    3 guarts water
    2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    1 medium onion, quartered
    3 garlic cloves, smashed
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, tied with string
    2 pounds firm white fish fillets
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 garlic cloves, pressed
    1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 to 3 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded, finely chopped, and divided
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    2/3 cup mayonnaise
    2 teaspoons adobo sauce from chipotle chiles in adobo
    1 cup vegetable oil
    12 corn tortillas
    6 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
    2 avocados, sliced
    Garnishes: fresh cilantro, lime wedges

    Bring first 7 ingredients to a boil in a 6-quart Dutch oven. Add fish,

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  • Beach Bum Cocktails

    Mix up a tasty concoction that's sure to make you feel like you're at the beach. We asked Colleen Mullaney, author of It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere, to share some of her favorite tropical cocktail recipes for summertime.


    8 lime wedges
    12 fresh mint leaves
    8 ounces (1 cup) mango vodka
    8 ounces (1 cup) mango nectar
    Club soda
    Garnish: fresh mint, chopped

    Muddle lime wedges and fresh mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka and mango nectar. Shake vigorously, and strain into 4 ice-filled glasses. Top with club soda, and garnish with chopped fresh mint, if desired.

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    Lemon Grotto

    6 ounces (3/4 cup) limoncello
    2 ounces (1/4 cup) orange liqueur
    8 strawberries, sliced
    Sparkling wine
    Garnish: lemon peel

    Combine limoncello and orange liqueur in a small bowl. Stir in sliced strawberries and soak at least 1 hour.

    Purée strawberry mixture in a blender; strain, if desired. Pour into 4 tall

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