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Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Root Beer Float Cupcakes Awhile back I did one of the darnedest things. You may recall. I made this root beer float. Let me rephrase that. Even though root beer has never really tickled my fancy, I’ve developed something that some may call an… addiction. See that frosting up there? I’ll say it again in because I can’t really believe it either. Root beer frosting. Root. I don’t want to lead you astray, so I’m going to tell you a little secret. We’re friends right? The root beer flavor doesn’t come from just root beer. Then I tried some more. It was then that I caved. Contrary to what Mr. I made my way to the spice aisle and spied what I’ve longed to pick up in the past, but could never bring myself to shell out the $6 for: root beer concentrate. However, perhaps now is when I should mention that one should not taste root beer concentrate on it’s own. But enough about me. It’s time to talk cupcakes. Then I made hot fudge peanut butter stuffed cupcakes. But these beat them all. Root Beer Float Cupcakes 1 egg

Frozen Butterbeer for the Deathly Hallows Premiere - Cook Like a Champion There’s something you might not know about me. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and movies. I wasn’t always, but once I watched one movie, I was hooked. I was devastated when I found out Eric and I were moving away from Orlando before Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Luckily, we were able to fly back over the summer and use our season passes one last time. Even though it was incredibly hot and crowded, it was totally worth it to be able to experience a small part of the Harry Potter world. Butterbeer, for those who don’t know, is a favorite drink of young witches and wizards. Looking for more Harry Potter recipes to celebrate the premiere of Deathly Hallows this week? Frozen Butterbeer for the Deathly Hallows Premiere Ingredients For the butterbeer: 1½ cups cream soda 6 tablespoons butterscotch schnapps 2 cups ice For the foamy topping: 6 tablespoons heavy cream 1 tablespoon butterscotch schnapps Directions Source Cook Like a Champion original

Pancakes Pack on Pounds of Muscle Many strength athletes struggle with diet. Their goal is to clean it up, but not go on an ultra-strict bodybuilding diet. Protein pancakes are the perfect alternative and they taste great! They’re extremely nutritious, are a great source of protein and contain high, good carbs. Thus, giving the strength athlete the energy they need to train hard. Serving Size: 1 large pancake Ingredients 3 Egg Whites 1 Whole Egg 1 Cup of Oatmeal 1 tsp of Cinnamon Optional Ingredients 1⁄4 Cup of Blueberries 1 Ounce of Walnuts 1⁄4 Cup of Sugar Free Pancake Syrup To Make… Blend egg whites, egg, oatmeal and cinnamon together. Nutritional Value No Nuts, Berries or Syrup Calories: 418 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 55 Protein: 28 With Syrup Only Calories: 453 Carbohydrates: 67 With Syrup and Walnuts Calories: 653 Fat: 30 Carbohydrates: 70 Protein: 33 With Syrup and Blueberries Calories: 468 Carbohydrates: 71 Be Sociable, Share! About the Author Josh Bryant is one of the fastest rising names in the fitness industry.

50 Drinking Games Guaranteed to Get You Hammered What’s more fun than hanging out with your friends, getting plastered, and making an ass of yourself? Playing drinking games, hanging out with your friends, getting plastered, and making an ass of yourself. I’m sure in your years of wisdom and experience, you’ve come across a few drinking games. Here are some of your favorites and most likely some you’ve never seen. 1. Across the Bridge You need: A deck of cards and 2 or more people Deal ten cards face down in a straight line. 2. You need: One quarter, a pitcher, beer (of course), 8+ people (2 teams) Pour beer into the pitcher. 3. You need: One deck of cards and 4 people The play: Start by dealing out all of the cards. Ranking system: The four players are ranked as follows for each round played. - President: The first person to go out - Vice President: The second person to go out - Secretary: The third person to go out - Asshole: The last person to go out Ranking Privileges: 4. Don’t worry. 5. Place a deck of cards on an empty bottle. 6. 7. 8.

Drunk With Power: Scotland Uses Whisky to Create Energy - Environment We always suspected that whisky was part of the solution. The famous Speyside region of Scotland is home to half of the country's 100 distilleries. They supply Scotland (and the rest of the world) with great whisky, of course, but that distilling process also results in lots of spent grains. Now that byproduct of the whisky-making process is going to keep the lights on as well, thanks to a new biomass plant in the village of Rothes that just got the go-ahead. The plant will take spent grains from 16 of Speyside's distilleries—including Glenlivet, Chivas Regal, and Macallan—and burn them with woodchips to create electricity for the region. The 7.2-megawatt Rothes plant is expected to be up and running by 2013 and will provide as much electricity as two wind turbines—enough for roughly 9,000 homes. The could have just built a few whiskey distilleries in Cape Cod instead of that controversial offshore wind farm. Image of the Glenrothes distillery (cc) from Flickr user yvescosentino

Alicia’s Awesome Crab Rangoon I invented this recipe many years ago… when I was in high school. I loved eating crab rangoon at Asian restaurants, and of course there were none of those in my hometown of under 1,000. Like a lot of recipes I come up with, this one was invented out of necessity. And it was awesome . Thus, I christened it: Alicia’s Awesome Crab Rangoon. I’ve matured (slightly) since then, so I considered re-naming them, but the fact of the matter remains… they’re still awesome. I’ve only tweaked it a little here and there, and it just gets better every time. Since the crab in the filling is already cooked, I’ve even made the filling and served it as crab dip. You can also make these ahead of time and freeze them uncooked. Here’s the details… And here’s the recipe… Alicia’s Awesome Crab Rangoon Mix together all ingredients except wontons. Makes about 30 rangoon, or 2 cups of filling.

Roy G. Biv Smoothies I’ve had a few requests over the last few weeks for some smoothie recipes because I let it slip that Betsy and I generally just have a big smoothie for breakfast everyday. Turns out our daily smoothie recipe is a mix between yellow, red, and indigo, but that’ll make more sense to you later. Smoothies can be so varied I really struggled for awhile on how to present a wide spectrum of recipes in one post. Anytime I think of a rainbow, I can’t help but think of the mnemonic device for remembering the order of the colors: ROY G. After some tinkering, I present to you, the ROY G. Pretty. Each of the recipes I used are below, but before that, there are a few quick notes on smoothies that I think are important. First, smoothies are all about balance. Second, whenever possible try to use frozen fruit instead of fresh. Third, keep some juice (orange, apple, cranberry, pomegranate, etc) on hand as well as some milk or yogurt. So let’s take a trip through Roy G. The Red Smoothie. Delicious. Roy G.

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich month and that was all the excuse that I needed to try out some new grilled cheese sandwich recipes! Not too long ago, while I was devouring a batch of the ever so addictive jalapeno popper dip, I was thinking about other ways to enjoy that amazing flavour combination and the idea that stuck was the one for a jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich. As soon as I had that thought I knew that I would have to try it and this was the perfect time! The basic idea was to incorporate the flavours and textures of jalapeno poppers in a grilled cheese sandwich and the first step was the jalapeno peppers themselves. This jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich turned out even better than expected! Don't have time to roast some fresh jalapenos? Bacon makes a fabulous addition! Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich Servings: makes 1 sandwich Prep Time: 34 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Printable Recipe Ingredients Directions Similar Recipes:

Mixologist's Recipe: Harry Potter Sorting Shots | Castles & Cooks Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II is coming out soon and that means reason to celebrate (or mourn) so down a flagon of homemade butterbeer ! Throw back some fire whiskey. As the fandom continues to get older though, there seems to be more of a reason to celebrate in adult ways. So I’ve taken it upon myself to craft four shots, one of each house, that embodies the colors and spirit of each house! The shots need to be layered otherwise they will look rather boring. Each shot is two layers. {*style:<b> </b>*} the house of snake 1/4 Kahlua 1/4 Green Creme de Menthe 1/2 Vodka First add the Kahlua to shot glass. {*style:<b> </b>*} the house of lion 1/2 Cinnamon Aftershock 1/2 Goldschläger First layer the Aftershock, then layer the Goldschläger on top. {*style:<b> </b>*} the house of raven 1/2 Blue curacao Use the blue curacao as the base, then layer the chilled vodka on top of it. {*style:<b> </b>*} the house of badger 1/2 Creme de Banana 1/2 Jägermeister

Whiskey versus Whisky From the New York Times stylebook. I’m looking out there for the one person who apparently was not offended by the spelling of “whiskey’’ in my column on Speyside single malts. If you are that person, allow me to explain. Whiskey is a word with an alternative spelling, whisky. whiskey(s). But clearly, definitively, and somewhat aggressively, people from Scotland and many fans of Scotch have informed me of their preference for whisky over whiskey, judging by the flood of comments and emails I received yesterday. Graham Kent of London wrote: “I cannot pass over the unforgivable use by a serious writer on wines and spirits of ‘whiskey’ to refer to Scotch whisky.’’ Well, allow me to say in my defense, I never claimed to be reputable! Meanwhile, Margaret Tong wrote: “Last year I sent you an email to inform you that Scotch whisky has no ‘e.’ “Glorified yellow water?” By solecism, he means, according to my dictionary, a nonstandard usage or grammatical construction and a violation of etiquette.

Green Bean Fries A couple of weeks ago I was emailed by a reader to try Green Bean Fries, like the ones at T.G.I. Friday’s. So I went to the source and tried them. They were good, but mine might have been sitting around for a while as they were a little mushy. I served the green bean fries with a side of ranch dressing. Green Bean Fries 1 pound green beans1 cup flour1 egg1/2 cup milk2 cups panko bread crumbs2 tsp garlic powder2 tsp Hungarian paprika1 tsp onion powderKosher saltpepper Rinse and then trim off the ends of the green beans by snapping the ends off. Fill a medium/large pan with a couple of inches of water and place the pan over high heat on the stove . When the time is up drain the beans and place them into a bowl of ice cold water. Next set up three dishes for the breading process. In the first dish add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Now using the fork pick up the egg washed green beans and place them into the panko bread crumbs.

Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters Margarita Jell-O Shooters ~ A fun farewell to summer and a festive edition to your Sunday football tailgate party or gatherings. For another Jello shooter variation like this one, check out my Lemon Drop Jello Shooters cut into the shape of lemon wedges and my Rocky Candy Shooters shaped just like the rock candy you loved as a kid. Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters As many of you know, my Lemon Drop Jell-O Shooters are my issued dish from my girlfriend who holds the annual tailgate kickoff amongst our friends. Now that we can finally make the next one in two weeks, she has again requested Jell-O shooters. That being the case, I opted to try what you see here. Besides how cute and fun are these? Printthis recipe Saveto recipe box Yield: Makes 24-30 Shooters Ingredients: 24-30 Strawberries Margarita Mix 1 box Strawberry Jell-O8 ounces tequila, preferably reposado or blanco6 ounce CointreauSalt for garnish Directions: Strawberry Prep: A few notes: Leave a Comment

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