Patio Shenanigans: Flirtini

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While the name conjurs images of giggling school girls and Sex in the City marathons, the unfortunately named Flirtini happens to be a perfect patio pitcher drink and easy to make in large batches for a large group...or just yourself. Hey, who are we to judge?

One part vodka

Two parts champagne

Two parts pineapple juice

Mix together in a pitcher. Garnish with pineapple slices or, if making in a pitcher, add frozen fruit chunks to keep cold. This will provide some additional flavor and color to the drink.

Culture Fridays: Yak Butter Tea

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Recipe: take some butter made from yak's milk, mix it with concentrated tea and salt, churn that sucker into an oily masterpiece and drink up to 40 cups a day (if you're a Tibetan nomad).

A traditional drink served in parts of China, Tibet and Bhutan, the rich fat content is suited for the brutal altitudes, where high calorie consumption is a necessity, not a guilt-inducing gluttonfest.

According to Wikipedia, when served to guests, it is common practice to keep the cup filled continuously, topping off every few sips. If you feel like you might "yak," it's best to wait until the end of your visit and drink the whole cup down, so you don't have to deal with the constant refills.

Leftover Easter Eggs?

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​Looking for something to do with those leftover slightly pink, blue, yellow and green hard boiled eggs from the family Easter egg hunt? Here are three easy ways to chop and eat your way out of the pastel remnants.

1) Egg Salad (the obvious choice):

Throw some sour cream, mayo or fake mayo (blegh!) in with chopped eggs, a few squirts of mustard, pickle relish, salt and pepper and smear on crackers, bread or raw veggies. If you get wild and crazy, you can even throw in some chopped celery, cilantro and curry powder for an exotic version.

A Little Brisket Action

If you were looking for that kind of brisket, check out the Eating Our Words blog over at the Houston Press.

This brisket is for a traditional Passover Seder, which is a week away. Even if you don't celebrate Passover, this brisket looks pretty fabulous for any occasion. Roll that beautiful brisket footage...

Chicken Nuggets + Pizza + Macaroni and Cheese

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​In the haze that was our drunken weekend, there may have been discussions on the merits of chicken nuggets. This, of course, turned to delusions of grandeur in which we envisioned how a chicken nugget (preferably from McDonald's) would possibly translate into the perfect pizza topping. While we never fulfilled our chicken nugget pizza fantasy, we were slightly surprised to find an array of chicken nugget pizza experiments peppered throughout the web. Here's our favorite: Chicken Nugget Macizza Recipe. You're welcome.

Margaritas for Everyone

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​Today has been deemed National Margarita Day by, well, someone... So, to celebrate this possibly cold, blustery day (depending on your location of course), grab a blender, some tequila and a few other ingredients and shiver outside on the patio in honor of the occasion.

Since most of the country is a bit chilly today, we're providing you with a recipe for a margarita that will actually heat things up. Cheers! Recipe after the jump.

Elusive Chicken Wing Dip Discovered

Imagine our excitement when we discovered the existence of a Buffalo chicken wing dip. We were blown away with excitement because, a) we are really lazy and would prefer to eat our wings with a spoon as opposed to actually putting forth effort to tear the flesh off an actual chicken wing and b) it's p.e.r.f.e.c.t. for a typically boring and cliché Super Bowl party. We're just depressed we lived well into our 20's before uncovering this elusive recipe.

Warning, if canned chicken makes you nervous, you might want to stop reading at this point.

Recipe as follows (courtesy of

1 can chicken (large size)
1 8 oz. brick cream cheese
1/2 c blue cheese dressing
1/4 c cayenne pepper sauce
1 pkg. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Melt cream cheese over medium heat and add blue cheese dressing, chicken and hot sauce. After removing from heat, stir in cheese, pour into a glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

How to Make the Perfect Mulled Wine

Jane Catherine Collins
As the temperatures dip, the desire for a warm batch of your favorite holiday beverage begins to rise. Even though our recent list of seasonal libations covered most of the essentials, our sister blog Eating Our Words has just published the perfect recipe for mulled wine. The directions are reasonably simple, and the result is a drink perfect for holiday parties, a quiet night with a loved one or even just sitting on the couch wrapped in blankets watching TBS' one-millionth airing of A Christmas Story. No matter what the occasion, it's hard to go wrong with spiced wine.

How to Make the Perfect Pesto

Buying pesto in a store is all well and good, but if you want the perfect pesto you're going to need to expend a little more effort. No off-the-shelf pesto can compete with homemade, and this simple recipe from Chef Paolo Laboa has been dubbed "transcendent." Just listen to the way Marcia Gagliardi fawns all over it in the video's introduction and try to deny you're not just a little curious about whether any recipe can live up to that kind of hype.

We're still a little skeptical, but the end result does look pretty spectacular.


How to Make Zombie Punch

If you're looking for the perfect Halloween party punch recipe, you could certainly do worse than making a giant bowl of zombie punch. This high-powered rum drink packs enough power to make even the most sturdy legged partygoers a bit wobbly, and, to top it all off, the punch has a kick-ass name. Here's how you make it:


2 cups curaçao or triple sec
2 750-ml. bottle gold rum or white rum
2 cups lime juice
2 cups orange juice
2 cups Over proof rum
2 oz. Pernod
1/2 cup grenadine
1 750-ml. bottle dark rum
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup papaya juice or pineapple juice
1 cup passion fruit juice or La Grande Passion
Pineapple slices

Mix the ingredients together in a punch bowl, add copious amounts of ice and chill in your refrigerator for several hours. Garnish the punch with thin pineapple slices, and you've got yourself a perfect Halloween punch.