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Weekend Menu: Best Ever Guacamole + Pink Lemonade Margarita

What do you get when you combine a hot summer day, tortilla chips, our Best Ever Guacamole and a super-delicious, super-cold Pink Lemonade Margarita? Oh, I don't know... maybe the best mini weekend menu combo ever?! Check out this, and other dips 'n' drinks pairings below, make like it's Friday...

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10 Enviable Dips to Start Your Party Off Right

Dips, schnips. We get it. Dips aren't always the most exciting thing on the table, and some of them have a not-so-great reputation that precedes them (spinach dip haters, get in line). Get ready to change your mind—these 10 recipes will turn up your taste buds and get the party started. Check them out in the slideshow below! Hosting a party? Check out these posts:...

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Balsamic Onion, Heirloom Tomato & Three Cheese Focaccia

The search is over—we've discovered the perfect recipe for entertaining and it may be the most delicious thing we've ever seen! Jessica of A Happy Food Dance's recipe for homemade focaccia bakes three toppings, sauteed balsamic onions, heirloom tomatoes with garlic and basil and three cheese rosemary, right into the dough for incredible flavors. We'd be hard-pressed to choose a favorite here, but Jessica of...

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26 Foods Even More Fun on a Stick

When food is bite size and served on a stick, it's just too easy to pop one (or two or three) in your mouth. Come party time, these 26 skewered sweet and savory bites will be a hit with your guests. Pancakes, po' boys, salad and strawberry shortcake—you'll be surprised at how your favorite foods are even better turned into party perfect pops!

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Homemade Snack Mix

I wanted to share an easy, totally adjustable Food Gift Love recipe perfect for making this weekend. You know, just in time for a get-together with friends, or just in time for binge-watching a season of Jane the Virgin. I came across this beautiful homemade snack mix from...

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Cheeseboard 101

Who doesn't love a yummy cheese plate? They are the perfect kick-off to any dinner party, girl's night, or just because! We all have our favorites (can you say brie?), but building the perfect cheeseboard is remarkably simple and is guaranteed to please. With the help of the lovely Chassity from Look Linger Love, you can...

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Salted Beer Football Pretzels

Beer and pretzels go together like the Patriots and a slightly deflated ball. I kid, I kid. But seriously the only thing better than a classic pretzel is this football shaped treat perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl game. It's infused with beer and goes swimmingly with your favorite dipping sauce. ( Ahem these kicked up condiments will do the trick!) For even more, have a look at our...

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Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Everyone knows the real star of a Super Bowl party is the munchies with the commercials being a close second. The line-up of apps is a much anticipated topic in our household and this year, Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn is the leading contender. Who doesn't love bacon? And mixed with caramel and popcorn – it's enough to make you rethink your current Super Bowl...

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Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

I'm not going to lie, sometimes I have popcorn, and only popcorn, for dinner. I like it that much and my husband doesn't seem to mind so popcorn it is. Put a twist on that buttered yummy snack turned meal with this Rosemary Parmesan version from Jacquelyn Clark of Lark and Linen. Adapted from Taste of Home, this gem has a decidedly gourmet twist. For more tasty...

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Kicked Up Condiments

I remember this french fry place in San Francisco that had like 30 different dipping sauces. Oh the joy of narrowing that down to my top 5 as I placed my order...one delicious dunking tank after another. Well today, we're making our own little dips of heaven. From Bloody Mary Ketchup to Bourbon Honey Mustard, these dips will crank up any dish your cooking. And for those of you looking for the...

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Labor Day Food on a Stick

We all know the standard Labor Day culprits. Hamburgers, hot dogs, maybe a potato salad or two. Delicious, sure. But Pinterest worthy? Meh. So we're having some fun with our food this holiday weekend by stick-ifying our favorite Summer classics. Making the littlest guests feel right at home and gifting our guests with one smile after another because let's face it, everything tastes better on a stick!

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Gazpacho with Shrimp

Inspired by our recent trip to Spain, I created this summery gazpacho. With tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers readily available at every farm stand, it's the perfect late-summer meal. It comes together in minutes. Adding leftover shrimp infuses protein and bulk to your lunch. Serve it with crusty bread and you'll have a great family dinner or a fancy party appetizer! For more, head on over to...

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10 Ways to Eat Watermelon

A few days ago, I headed out on my lunch break to pick up an iced coffee. Much to my dismay, it was absolutely freezing (and by freezing I mean so. not. summery). There was an undeniable crispness in the air that simply couldn't be denied. Fall is on it's way, and I'm just not ready. Lucky, there are still a few summer weeks left , and I plan on taking advantage (starting with all of these watermelon recipes): PS - ...

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Jam & Cheese Crepes

Now that Erin has let us into her sweet Dancing Goat Dairy world, I want to share a ridiculously simple recipe for Jam and Cheese Crepes. This recipe makes Erin's goat cheese shine and can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late night snack! Even better, pack up a stack with a jar and cheese to tote along to a friend-filled brunch this weekend.

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Spicy Watermelon Salad

When choosing a menu that has to withstand the summer time temperatures, I always like to begin with a refreshing, and preferably cool, first course. My spicy watermelon salad is the perfect blend of sweet and spice, plus it highlights one of summer's biggest stars. Just make sure you let your guests decide how much heat they can handle by placing the sliced jalepeños on the side. Enjoy! Truly, MKR Photography: ...

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Spiked Watermelon Salad Bites

Spiked watermelon salad bites... you heard right! Chef Wes Hamilton and chef Kevin Humphreys have taken the idea of the salad and flipped it completely on it's head. And the results? Well they're absolutely delectable. If you're looking to impress at your next summery gathering, this is...

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Fava Bean Toast

On the very off chance that Caitlin Vartanian's, recipes for meringue with fresh berries or summer salad giverny didn't do the trick, I have a good feeling this springtime app with seal the deal. Because...

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Roasted Grape Crostini

With temperatures on the rise, the very last thing I'm interested in is spending a whole ton of time in the kitchen. But with a ton of social commitments on the horizon, I'm afraid it's inevitable! Which is why I'm totally in love with Caitlin Moran's roasted grape crostini. Not only is it totally elegant, but it only takes minutes to whip up, and I'm certain will be a massive hit at any and every summer event...

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Salad Giverny

I fully subscribe to the notion that you eat with your eyes, and if this notion is even half true, then The Abode Kitchen's salad giverny will be the most delicious salad you've ever had. Pair it with a crisp glass of rose, your favourite lady friends and an outdoor patio and you've got yourself a pretty wonderful summery affair! Photography:...

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Meyer Lemon Flatbread

As soon as winter ends each year (or maybe even a little before) I find myself longing for the fresh, crisp flavors of spring. I couldn't be more excited that Megan Doherty is sharing her recipe for a tangy, savory flatbread that's perfect lazy outdoor dinners or toting along on a picnic lunch! I know exactly what's going in my grocery cart tonight...

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