Keeping it Hot - Pirate's Bite Salsa

Keeping it Hot – Pirate’s Bite Salsa

Keep it HOT this summer! And what better way to stay hot then to celebrate National Hot & Spicy Food Day. Take today to dedicate yourself to the eating of spicy foods…and make sure you have a glass of milk on hand! If you could live off nothing but spicy food, we have some delicious ways for you to heat things up…

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5 Teas to Help You Power Through Your Next Workout

5 Teas to Help You Power Through Your Next Workout

5 Teas to Help You Power Through Your Next Workout

Jesse Silkoff

When you’re in the groove, your workout can be exhilarating—nothing makes you feel more powerful and strong than crushing those reps! But there are times when you could use a little pick-me-up: a natural, safe cure for the workout doldrums. That’s where these teas come in. 

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Southern Iced Tea

Southern Sweet Iced Tea ~ 6 Ways To Add Your Favorite Flavor Twist

The perfect cup of tea for the summertime. A day out in the garden. A relaxing day poolside. A quick morning run along the beach. With the sun beating down, the scorching heat of the summer requires a little extra effort to stay cool. Luckily, a cold glass of refreshing Southern Iced Tea can do the trick! 

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Quick Broiled Catfish

Quick Broiled Catfish

Back in 1987, President Reagan designated June 25 as National Catfish Day. The idea was to “celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.” I’m glad he did. It gives me a reason to develop some new recipes and approaches to a fish that’s become one of my go-to’s. Catfish is just so versatile. It’s an all-American favorite that summons images of lazy afternoons cane-pole fishing on a meandering stream. Very Huck Finn. Very satisfying. Read more about Quick Broiled Catfish

Simple Spiced Onion Rings

Simple Spiced Onion Rings

When I was a kid, I regarded the onion ring with suspicion. A deep-fried vegetable? I had my doubts. It wasn’t until I realized that said vegetable was wrapped in a thick, savory batter (and that it sure smelled good, even from across the table) that I decided to give it a go. Wow! The onion ring—the ultimate comfort food. Read more about Simple Spiced Onion Rings

National Martini Day

National Martini Day




The famous elixir of Madison Avenue’s glam ad men and femme fatales, the martini may pack more mystique than any other American cocktail. You just can’t drink a martini without feeling stylish, polished, and a little bit naughty. June 19’s “National Martini Day,” with its mid-summer arrival, is the perfect cool antidote to hot days […]






Slow Cooker Awesome Homemade Ketchup

Slow Cooker Awesome Homemade Ketchup

You say “catsup,” I say “ketchup”! What’s the difference? Turns out, none at all. Both spellings refer to the same condiment, a tomato-based sauce that has its roots in the Chinese word “kê-tsiap.” But no matter how you spell it, ketchup is a go-to foundation in most kitchens and has been a part of our lives since we first reached for that red plastic squirt bottle when we were kids at a summer cook-out. One estimate reports that Americans purchase 10 billion ounces of ketchup annually. No wonder we have a special day to commemorate this awesome sauce: June 5, National Ketchup Day. Read more about Slow Cooker Awesome Homemade Ketchup

Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

The mint julep is the traditional drink of the horseracing derby culture, and it’s easy to see why…what’s better than a sporting event paired with a traditional Southern cocktail? Of course, the juleps don’t stop when the race is over. The mint julep is a warm weather favorite for all kinds of entertaining—or even for just sitting on the porch for a spell. Read more about Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

In my experience, nothing says summer’s coming like the mouth-watering aroma of freshly-smoked beef. One whiff and you’re ready to knock off work, open a beverage, pull up a patio chair, and settle in. Smokehouse briskets take time—which is a huge part of the appeal. You can’t rush smoked brisket, but you can bring the great taste (and smells!) of the traditional outdoor smokehouse indoors with this clever slow-cooker recipe. Read more about Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket