• Self-described "publican" Sarah Pederson--who says a great beer and cheese pairing has been known to make her "feel like turning on the Clash and setting off some fireworks"--owns Portland's Saraveza craft beer shop and tavern. And Brandon Tebbe, a Master Sommelier, still craves thought-provoking reds (and a flavor challenge like this one) even after a long day guiding wine fans to exciting bottles for Synergy Fine Wines in Denver. Use their spot-on pairings to drink outside your beverage box this summer.

    Fried fish and tatar sauceFried fish and tatar sauce
    Baja Fried-Fish Tacos

    Best beer: Nectar Ales Nectar IPA. "The citrusy hops make the tartar sauce pop," Pederson says. "And the light malt flavor gives the fish a hug, instead of overpowering it."

    Best wine: Pacific Rim 2011 Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling (Horse Heaven Hills; $24). Tebbe's take: "It refreshes your palate after every bite with notes of lemon-lime."

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    Applewood-Smoked Spareribs

    Best beer: Uinta Anniversary Barley Wine. "At 10.4 percent, the

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  • The Five Biggest Vodka Myths

    The Five Biggest Vodka Myths - Liquor.com

    While vodka is usually associated with Russia and other Eastern European countries, it's actually America's favorite spirit. (We drink more vodka than gin, rum, tequila and cognac combined.) But despite its popularity, it's still pretty misunderstood. To clear up some common misconceptions, we asked Tony Abou-Ganim, an all-star bartender and author of the recently published Vodka Distilled, for help. Here are the five most common myths he hears, along with the truth. Cheers!

    All Vodka is the Same.
    Not even close. The spirit reflects where it comes from and what it was distilled from. "Traditional-style vodkas, primarily from Eastern Europe, are much more assertive, robust and celebrate their raw ingredients," says Abou-Ganim, while "the West produces a much softer, more approachable vodka."

    More Distillations = Better Vodka.
    We hear this from a lot from both brands and consumers. But according to Abou-Ganim, this isn't true. For one, each company defines exactly what

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  • Dessert made on the grill? Yep. Chef and host Megan Mitchell shows you how to make a delicious ten-minute summer dessert by grilling peaches and plums. When this lands on the table, you’ll be the grillout’s favorite guest!

    Culinary Tips

    --This is a delicious and easy summer dessert that can be made in about ten minutes!

    --Substitute any of these fruits for other stone fruits like apricots or nectarines

    --Whip the cream to "stiff peaks". This means the cream will stand up on its own when the whisk is removed from the cream.

    Grilled Easy Summer Dessert

    Grilled Stone Fruit with Grilled Biscotti and Bourbon Whipped Cream

    Serves 4-6


    2 peaches

    2 plums (or nectarines/apricots)

    Vegetable oil, for oiling grill


    1 cup heavy whipping cream

    2 tbsp. powdered sugar

    1 tbsp. bourbon


    2 biscotti cookies

    2 sprigs mint, stems removed



    Preheat grill to medium high heat (375°). Clean and oil the grates.

    In a bowl whip the cream, powdered sugar and bourbon until stiff peaks form. Place in the refrigerator until needed.


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  • Are you looking for something fresh and new to take on your next outdoor adventure? Why not try blending up this super-healthy gazpacho? Served chilled, this cool soup highlights summer produce at its peak. Today, we're preparing a mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich to take along as well -- it's a classic combination of flavors that's always satisfying! This simple meal is great for groups, so make it for your next outdoor party.

    Tomato Gazpacho with Prosciutto-Mozzarella Sandwiches

    Related: Fast, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

    2 pounds plum tomatoes
    1 1/2 cups tomato juice
    1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
    3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1/2 baguette, split horizontally
    4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
    4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced

    Related: 15 Kitchen Shortcuts That Will Change the Way You Cook

    1. Dice 2 tomatoes, and set aside for garnish; core and quarter remaining tomatoes. In two batches, purée quartered tomatoes

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  • Blissful MomentsBlissful MomentsAny engaged couple will tell you that the period before your wedding is a time to pinch pennies; in order to save up for the big day, the honeymoon, and all of the postnuptial bliss that lies ahead, it may be necessary to hold onto spare cash a little tighter than usual.

    On the flip side, those in a new relationship may be looking to impress someone new with a cozy night in - perhaps proving their cooking chops.

    Romantic Rendezvous: 5 Romantic Destinations

    No matter if you've been dating for two weeks or have been together for 40 years, staying in for a night is a fantastic (and inexpensive) substitute for a night on the town, so we've compiled a list of at-home dates that are perfect for any couple, at any age, at any time.

    Kids Menu

    Make a night filled with all the foods you crave from your childhood!

    13 Most Romantic Food Vacations in America

    Build the List

    Create your ultimate bucket list. Whether it's an individual list or a combined list, start mapping out your goals

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  • Ready for the Oval Office.Ready for the Oval Office.During the Kids' State Dinner, President Obama revealed his favorite snack food: broccoli! Generations of kids have grown up pretending the vegetables are little trees, downing them one after the other. Some people think the President was stretching the truth when he extolled broccoli's virtues, but we don't think anyone could resist this cheesy recipe!

    Baked Broccoli and Cheese

    2 tablespoons butter
    1/4 cup flour
    2 1/2 cups whole milk
    salt and pepper
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 cup grated white cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    1 large head of broccoli, about 1 pound, cut into individual florets
    1 slice white bread
    1 clove garlic - minced
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

    Related: 25 veggie-packed recipes you'll crave - a healthier pizza, confetti corn quesadillas, and more!


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • BFresh peaches and aromatic basil add a sweet note of contrast to an otherwise typical salsa.y Woman's Day Kitchen

    When you want to impress guests and you have only 15 minutes, this peach, red onion and basil salsa will do the trick. The sweetness of the peaches and kick of the basil make this a lot more flavorful than your average dip.

    Serves: 6
    Yields: 6 servings (cost per serving of $0.42)

    Total Time: 15 min
    Prep Time: 15 min

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

    Calories: 48
    Total Fat: 2.5g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 164mg
    Total Carbohydrate: 7g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Protein: 1g
    Photo by Johnny Miller

    Related: Try 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.


    1 small red onion, finely chopped
    jalapeños (seeded for less heat, if desired), finely chopped
    Kosher salt
    pound(s) plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    pound(s) peaches or nectarines, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice
    tablespoon(s) olive oil
    1/2 cup(s) chopped fresh basil


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  • There's a case to be made for the tried-and-true -- a warm blueberry muffin spread thick with butter fills a space in the soul that no dessert du jour can intercept. Sometimes, though, a desire to broaden the palate or delight the senses calls for something more unusual. If you're tired of washing down the same old sweets with your morning cuppa, give these next-level baked goods a try.

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  • Layer the FlavorsCelebrity chef and Top Chef contestant Sam Talbot gives us the recipe for one of his favorite summer dishes and shares his best cooking tricks.

    1. How To Chop An Onion Without Tears
    "The key to chopping onions-whether it's a red onion, a white onion, a shallot, or even garlic-is to set a glass of water out in front of the onions. I don't know the science behind it per se, but if you're cutting the ripest or teariest onion known to mankind, and you have a glass of water, there will be no more tears. It's like an Ozzy Osbourne song."

    2. Use Coconut Oil to Make Your Dishes Healthier
    "Coconut is one of the miracle fruits that we have been blessed with. For example, coconut milk is a great alternative to a dairy product or any sort of fat that you would use. There is coconut vinegar, which helps raise your metabolism and alkalizes your blood. There is coconut meat and dried coconut. I even use it as deodorant. To make a peppermint-based deodorant, add a touch of essential oil to

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  • Flickr/Gloser_ChivasFlickr/Gloser_ChivasPut down the burger, and back away from the french fries, America. You've been replaced by Mexico as the most obese country in the Americas, according to CBS News.

    The Ultimate American Fried Chicken Roadmap 2013

    With a 32.8 percent adult obesity rate, Mexico barely passes the United States' 31.8 percent rate - but it does, by a whole 1 percent.

    It's not just rice and tacos that are expanding stomachs and raising obesity rates in Mexico. Convenience, less manual labor, and large consumption are a few likely contributors to the spread of the disease.

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    The poorer and younger classes are particularly affected, according to Abelardo Avila, a physician with Mexico's National Nutrition Institute. "In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children," he says. "The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It's a very serious epidemic."

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