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Bridget Shirvell

How-To: Host a Rum Tasting Party
How-To: Host a Rum Tasting Party

Rum is a spirit to which everyone gravitates during the summer. Few, however, buy sipping rums -- a run to the local liquor store for rum means that a bar is set up at home ready for a Mojito, a Dark 'n' Stormy, or a Classic Daiquiri. One look at the liquor shelves reveals many choice rums including light rum, gold rum, dark rum, spiced rum and even flavored rum.


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How to Plan the Perfect Beach Picnic
Plan the Perfect Beach Picnic

Maybe it’s the sun, or the salt air, or the water, but whatever it is there is something about the beach that always leaves me starving. Concession stand curly fries and ice cream are great, but sometimes you just need something more, such as a Latin food feast that allows for snacking throughout the day. Dining a la beach presents a unique set of challenges, most of them involving sand. The key to planning the right beach picnic is having the right menu, the right supplies and picking the right location.


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How to Pack the Perfect Picnic
How to Plan the Perfect Picnic

Ahh, the sweet and tranquil word: picnic. Alone, it conjures up images of wicker baskets packed with food, red and white checkered tablecloths, and trying to tie the dog up far enough away from the food.


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Say "I Do" to Latin Food Stations
Say "I Do" to Latin Food Stations

Flowers, fancy clothes, delicious food, wedding season is about to go into overdrive. Whether you’re newly engaged (congrats!), just starting to plan your reception, or heading to the altar next weekend, there are simple ways to incorporate a love of Latin food into your reception through food stations. 


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How to Pick the Perfect Scallop
How to Pick the Perfect Scallop

Scallops, mollusks with a fan-shaped ribbed or smooth shell, were once described to me as Poseidon’s truffles, and I think it’s the perfect way to describe the sweet, tender taste of a scallop.

Seafood lovers appreciate scallops pan-seared and quickly popped in the mouth, as a main ingredient in paella and even baked in parmesan. Scallops are one of those foods that are fairly easy to cook, even for those that can’t tell an oven mitt from a catcher’s mitt. The key is in picking out the perfect scallops for the dish you’re making.


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Summer Grilling: Veggie Lovers
Summer Grilling: Veggie Lovers

Memorial Day is fast approaching, May celebrates National Barbecue Month, so it follows that all our thoughts have turned to one thing: delicious backyard BBQs.


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