S’mores Please

The recipe is one we all know: Sandwich a toasted marshmallow and a hefty square of chocolate between two graham crackers. Eat and repeat. Craving one already?

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But how did this campfire delicacy come to be?

It was nothing less than an “Act of God” and a bunch of girls with a sweet tooth….

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Three Cheese Tomato Tart

Here’s a retro tomato pie (with a little makeover).  A frozen puff pastry is just the solution to cut a few minutes from the recipe.

This makes a perfect summer appetizer, but you can enjoy it as a special lunch all on your own. This is one of those recipes that just takes you aback the first time you have a bite. You just won’t believe how delicious (and easy) it is! And then you find yourself standing in the kitchen, shoveling eating slices without even getting a plate. And that’s when you know you’ve had success, right?

tomato 3 cheese tart

Serves 4 as entrée, 8 as appetizer

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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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Simple Summer Squash Soup

Here’s a recipe that takes very few ingredients (most of which you probably have on hand) and that relies on warm spices instead of the all-too-common Italian spices that so many people rely on when cooking with summer squash — herbs like oregano or thyme. This soup freezes beautifully if you want to make a large batch and store some for a weeknight when you simply can’t be bothered.

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Serves 5-6

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