Peaches – White or Yellow?

Peaches are stone fruits, also called drupes, because of the “stone” or pit inside that holds the seed. But to call a peach a stone in any way seems terribly misleading. How many of us remember sitting outside on a hot summer day with sweet peach juice running down our face and dripping off our hands. We didn’t dare attempt to come back in the house until we rinsed off with the hose.

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Back then the only peaches I knew of were Yellow. That’s because

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Oven Baked Ribs

Why Cooking Ribs in the Oven Works

This is one of those recipes that you almost have to try in order to believe. Rib meat is fairly tough, and it needs a long time to break down and become tender. The oven is actually an ideal environment for this kind of slow and steady cooking. Lifting the ribs above the baking sheet on a rack also lets the heat circulate on all sides. After a few hours, the meat is nearly falling off the bone and you’ll be licking your fingers in no time.

One thing that you don’t get with this method is the smokey barbecue flavor. Sad, but true. To capture a bit of that delicious flavor, add some extra smoked paprika to your spice rub or mix some liquid smoke into the mustard before brushing it on.

Can You Substitute One Type of Rib for the Other?

Baby back ribs can be substituted for St. Louis-style spareribs, but since they are smaller, you will need about 1 1/2 times the amount of baby backs as St. Louis-style ribs.

The larger size of the St. Louis-style ribs means that they take longer to cook, so note that baby back ribs take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cook at 300?F, but St. Louis ribs will take 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

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Serves 6 to 8

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Frosty Patriotic Punch

What could be more cute than a layered punch on the 4th of July? These are really simple to make, look adorable and taste great!

The key to making this recipe work is to look at the sugar content on each item you are pouring! You want to go from the highest sugar content on the bottom, to the least sugar on the top in order to keep the layers separate!

When you pour each layer, be sure to pour very slowly over an ice cube or over the back of a spoon. The slower you can pour, the better.

It’s best if these are made just before serving! The layers will stay separated for a bit however the ice will begin to melt.

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Red White and Blue Poke Cake

If you’ve never made a poke cake before, you have to try it! They are easy to make and so good, the Jell-O keeps the cake extra moist!

To make it really quick, this recipe starts with a boxed cake mix but if you have a favorite white cake recipe, by all means use that! Once the cake is done baking you’re going to poke it all over, the more holes the better! I use the end of a chopstick but the end of any sort of spoon will work perfectly! You’ll want your holes in somewhat of rows so you can alternate the red & blue Jell-O as you pour it over. We found it worked best to put the Jell-O in a squeeze bottle (you can grab them on Amazon or even use a ketchup squeeze bottle from the dollar store).

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta Salad

Everybody LOVES spinach dip! Hot and bubbly with cheese, cold and served in a bread bowl, with artichokes or without…. YUM!

You’ll love this easy Spinach Artichoke Dip inspired pasta salad! This delicious dish is actually a take on a favorite cold spinach dip; creamy, delicious and oh so easy to make! This is seasoned with a package of vegetable soup mix giving it a ton of flavor but also keeping it really simple! You’ll want to use a medium pasta noodle for this salad, rotini, bow ties, wagon wheels or shells are all great choices!

If you’re looking to make this dish a little bit more healthy, you can sub in whole wheat pasta, greek yogurt and a lighter dressing for the mayo.

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The Original Hurricane

This year do yourself a favor and sample the original version of this classic New Orleans cocktail. A true hurricane does not contain grenadine, pineapple juice, or vodka. It is not made from a mix. It is not served in a giant plastic cup. The original hurricane had three ingredients: dark rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice. That’s it.

makes 1 cocktail

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Red Wine Sangria

Pull a pitcher from the fridge as guests arrive and no one needs much encouragement to start pouring glasses. It feels fancy and instantly festive, but sangria is also one of the easiest big-batch cocktails you can make. As the party host, it’s a no-brainer.

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Which Wine for sangria?
The primary qualification for the wine going into your sangria? That it be cheap! Any red wine that you enjoy drinking is a good candidate, and it shouldn’t be expensive.

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