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Citrus Punch – Party Favorite!

October 10, 2012
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Looking for the perfect party punch?  Check out this tested and approved Winter Citrus Punch, a spinoff of classic sangria, which can be made up to three or four days in advance in big batches. While the official name is Winter Citrus Punch, it can be enjoyed anytime of the year. We found the recipe from chef Bradley Odgen’s cookbook, Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden.

Winter Citrus Punch With Spiced Pomegranate Ice

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 star anise, crushed

2 cups pomegranate juice, freshly squeezed
2 cups tangerine juice, freshly squeezed
8–10 peppermint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 cups pineapple juice, freshly pressed
2 cups blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
2 cups orange juice, freshly squeezed
½ cup Meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed
8 shots of rum or Cointreau (one per person) or sparkling wine or champagne to taste, optional

To Make
1 In a small noncorrosive pan, combine the pomegranate juice, star anise and peppermint leaves and heat to a high simmer. 2 Turn down the heat and steep for 15 minutes, then strain. 3 Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. 4 Combine the remaining juices and refrigerate until needed. 5 Place juice and frozen cubes in a large punch bowl with slices of fruit on top or serve in individual glasses over the frozen cubes of pomegranate ice. 6 Garnish with peppermint sprigs. 7 For holiday cheer, add desired spirit.

EZ-DiY, Holidays, Recipes

Fleet Week Recipes

October 5, 2012
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Screenshot from bettycrocker.com

Having a Fleet Week party?

Here are some fun Go America! Recipes gathered from around the web.

From Good Morning America U.S. Marine’s Barbeque Chicken. This recipe comes from a cook off between the U.S. Navy. We tried this one and it was delish! If you make it be sure to mention it’s a U.S. Marine favorite.

  • 3 1/2 pounds chicken (broiler fryer), cut up into 8 portions.
  • 4 ounce bottle chili sauce
  • 1 16-ounce bottle tomato catsup
  • 4 ounces cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 ounces prepared mustard
  • 2 tsp. cayenne
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the chicken on a shallow baking pan with space between the pieces. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir with a wire whisk until completely smooth.

Reserve half of the sauce for dipping. Spoon the sauce over the chicken; reserve 1/4 cup to spread over the chicken for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Bake in the oven until nicely browned and cooked through, 50 minutes to one hour.

Place on a serving platter and serve the sauce along with the chicken.

We also suggest Texas Caviar and make your own potato chips!

For dessert bettycrocker.com has a slew of cake type recipes (as seen above), our favorite is the angel food with berries (of course!).

Gotta have the signature drink! From one our favorite sites on the art or drinking, Drink of the Week here are their picks for five blue drinks:

  • The Aviation: Since it’s San Francisco and our bartenders are way into old-timey cocktails, prohibition and pre-prohibition era cocktails, try this yummy and delicious cocktail with crème violet that turns a pretty shade of blue.
  • The Blue Hawaii: For some reason, this drink makes me think of Top Gun and Top Gun makes me think of the Blue Angels.
  • The Red, White and BlueThey are our men in uniform. Need we say more? They bleed red, white and blue.
  • The Blue Moon: A pretty awesome drink. Give the boys in blue (or white) something new to try.
  • The Blue MotorcycleAgain, it brings back images of Maverick from Top Gun, which makes me think of the Blue Angels.

Have we missed one of your favorite recipes or Fleet Week party ideas?  Let us know ;)

Nourish, Recipes

Recipe: Spicy Tofu Bites

August 24, 2012
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We’ve got a tasty vegan recipe for your weekend munching needs — and with only three ingredients it’s easy and doesn’t break the bank!

Spicy Tofu Bites

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Cut Firm Tofu into even squares

3. Toss Tofu with your favorite spicy buffalo wing sauce.

4. Sprinkle whole wheat bread crumbs and toss.

5. Lay evenly on foil lined and nonstick sprayed cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 45 minutes.