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3 Cocktail & Sparkling Water Soda Syrups We Love

I’ve talked at length about my daily fruit-inspired spa water drinks and, for the evenings, the infamous white wine spritzer. No matter if you take your water fizzy or flat, or you’re craving a creative cocktail, what about those times you want a little more of a flavor boost? Skip those cheap mixers and syrups […]

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Mint Condition Cocktail Favorites: Brighten Up Classic Cocktail Recipes with Fresh Mint for a Summer Sensation

Throwing a midsummer’s eve cocktail party or simply serving drinks with dinner? Surprise your guests with these updated versions of favorite cocktails flavored with fresh mint, the “hospitality herb.” Fresh mint — and fresh is nonnegotiable in these cocktails; don’t be tempted to use the dried stuff — adds a sweet, lively, aromatic element that […]

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“Conversation Starter” Tea: An Earl Grey Cocktail

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When I’m enjoying a cup of Earl Grey tea, I tend to go for a London fog (e.g. Earl Grey latte).  But did you know that Earl Grey makes a fabulous cocktail base?  Much better than those sugary, preservative-laden cocktail syrups. Try this easy-peasy Earl Grey cocktail recipe that is just perfect for a dinner […]

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Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail and Sorbet

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Fall is apple cider time! Here are two recipes that make the most of the season’s apple cider — be sure to get freshly pressed cider if possible. The Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail is a cold cocktail featuring the addition of pumpkin spice tea. It’s extra autumn-y! You’ll want to use the cider reduction that […]

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Hot Toddy Recipe Basics: Warm Up With This Medicinal Cocktail

The hot toddy has a reputation as a medicinal, go-to-when-you’re-sick kind of beverage. While it can still be great for that (it’s sort of history’s version of NyQuil — but tastier), today’s more modern twists make it a terrific cold-weather cocktail. Here’s how to whip up some hot toddy goodness for yourself in three easy […]

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Let’s Get Mad! How to Throw a Swanky Mad Men Cocktail Party

Do you love Mad Men? Do the set designs, fashion, culinary delights, and libations of that time delight and excite you? If you share this love with me, break out your cocktail shakers and martini glasses to host an early 1960s-inspired cocktail party with retro hors d’oeuvres, classic cocktails, and period-perfect attire. Setting a Mid-Century […]

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Harvest a Collection of Great Seasonal Pumpkin Cocktails

’Tis the season for pumpkin picking, carving, and … cocktailing? Maybe you’ve never had a cocktail featuring this bright orange fall favorite. It’s high time to change that. Here’s a sampler of cocktails that utilize pumpkin puree (make your own or use store-bought) to bring autumn’s harvest to your next cocktail party! Pumpkin Pie Olé […]

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Spicy Orange Champagne Cocktail

I recently attended the Portland launch party for ZICO’s new beverage line of chilled juice blends. I was really intrigued by the concept, because I don’t like to drink straight juice — too acidic, too much sugar, too much. Love the idea of pairing it with some coconut water. Love the idea of pairing it […]

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Novel Idea Tea Cocktail Recipe

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Our Reading Nook Blend tea was the first Plum Deluxe tea, and has always been a best seller. It’s just a fun, floral black tea. It’s also the tea Plum Deluxe gets the most requests for using in recipes. Today, I’m sharing a creative tea cocktail that’s great for happy hour regardless of the season; […]

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Peach Pomegranate Fizz Cocktail

If I’m going to have friends over for cocktails, vodka is usually my preferred choice.  It mixes easily, has a wide selection of flavors, and is usually the easy-to-please ingredient on your home bar cart. While there are plenty of vodkas out there to choose from, I encourage you to choose Fou-Dre.  Pronounced “FOO-DRAY,” which is […]

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Tea-Infused Pomegranate Celebration Cocktail

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Get ready to celebrate with a fun and festive Pomegranate Celebration Cocktail! Our new favorite way to toast friends and loved ones is a blend of gin, tea, and winter-time fruits, with chilled Prosecco floated on the top for a bubbly finish. It’s both sweet and tart, with hints of blueberry and pomegranate and herbal […]

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Cocktail Casual: Fun Twists on Old Classics

In the cold winter months I love hot toddies and mulled wine, but come spring and summer I crave a sweet cocktail laced with fruit and cream. The fun thing about cocktails is they’re so easy to play around with, substituting one liqueur for another, changing the fruit or herb, switching out white wine for […]

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3 Arnold Palmer Drink Recipes With a Cocktail Twist

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Step aside, sweet tea! The Arnold Palmer is teeing up to be the go-to summertime punch. What’s an Arnold Palmer, you may ask? It’s a blend of iced tea and lemonade named after the famous professional golfer, who was known to order the drink at country club bars. We are utterly besotted with them, especially […]

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Cocktail DIY: How To Make Your Own Flavored Vodka

Vodka has the uncanny — and rather well-known — ability to leech flavor and color from anything steeped in it. And flavored vodka is good for a great many things, from cocktails to cooking to generally just impressing your friends. To make your own, all you need is a little imagination! (Ok, you’ll need a […]

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A Freshly Minted Cocktail for Year-round Enjoyment

When we first blended our Evergreen Mint Tea, I was blown away by its extraordinarily minty — yet well-balanced — potency. But I confess, I don’t normally drink mint tea straight up, so I decided to do a little experimentation. The results? My friends, this tea makes a Really. Good. Grasshopper. (Teahopper? Mintyhopper?) The creme […]

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3 Crispy, Crunchy, and Delicious Gluten-Free Crackers for Your Next Cocktail Bash

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Whether or not you avoid gluten-containing products in your diet, you’ll love this trio of easy-to-make gluten-free snack crackers! If you’re searching for a gluten-free cracker that doesn’t taste like cardboard to serve with your cheese platter, try the Herbed Amaranth Crackers. When you’re craving a salty snack you don’t have to sneak, whip up […]

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Miguelito: Italian-Themed Beer Cocktail

If you’ve spent any time here at Plum Deluxe, you know that beer cocktails are very en vogue. The same can be said for classic Italian cocktails or anything with Campari. That’s why we were so intrigued when we saw the Miguelito cocktail recipe from one of our local mixologists here in Portland. This drink […]

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Celebrate Negroni Week: Negroni Cocktail Recipes with a Twist

It’s Negroni Week, a nationwide event where bars offer signature negroni cocktails, with a portion of each cocktail sold going to charity. A negroni, if you aren’t as familiar with your Italian cocktails, is simply equal measures of campari, gin, and vermouth. To celebrate, we’re bringing you a couple of negroni cocktail recipes with a […]

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Holiday Cocktail: Egg Nog White Russians

Okay, I have a confession to make.  I really want to love egg nog, but I just can’t enjoy it.  Unless it has booze in it. *hangs head in shame* I know that I am not the only one who enjoys an egg nog cocktail – my favorite these days is the wonderful egg nog white russian.  Here’s […]

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Relax, Baby: The Best Brunch Cocktail Recipes (with a Twist)

Why is brunch the best meal of the week? Because you can’t get it wrong. You can wear pajamas or pearls. Want dessert with your eggs? You got it! Want a cocktail or two with your French toast? Super! Brunch understands. Brunch just wants you to be happy. And that’s why brunch rules. Spiked and […]

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Apple and Spice and Everything Nice: 3 Cocktails for Autumn Sipping

It may be time to bid farewell to the frozen margaritas of sultry summer nights, but don’t despair. This trio of cocktail recipes featuring the favorite fall flavors of lush ripe apple, warm cinnamon, and sweet apple pie will help make the transition to chilly nights and falling leaves considerably more enjoyable. Three Apples Cocktail […]

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Piece of Cake Cocktails

Craving a cocktail but saving your calories for dessert? Girl, stop — life’s too short! You can kill two birds with one delicious stone by making up some of these cake-themed cocktails. Celebrate a birthday with a Cake Batter Martini or mix up some Chocolate Cake Shots for your next girls’ night in. Go on…have […]

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Be Bubbly! 3 Trendy Twists on Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Nothing sets a mood like a chilled glass of sparkling wine. Sparkling wines can easily elevate any occasion or turn a moment romantic, as well as whet your appetite before dinner. If you’re looking for a few unexpected twists to liven up your bubbly, look no further. Let’s explore three new ways to create or […]

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Spice Is Nice: Three Perfect Chai Cocktails

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It’s my favorite time of year: chai season! Actually, if you know anything about me you know I think any time or season is perfect for chai, but the crisp air and spicy scents of fall make the autumn months even more so. To celebrate, I thought I’d share some of my very special, very […]

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Spirited Infusions with a Twist: 5 Favorite Tea Cocktails to Try at Home

Tea is rich in antioxidant benefits, naturally sugar-free (a teaspoon of tea brewed with water only contains 2 calories), contains the calming amino acid L-theanine, and is quite impressive when it comes to its lustrous history, deep cultural roots, and veritable characteristics. It is the most widely drunk beverage in the world beside water. Here […]

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A Taste of the Caribbean: 3 Cooking Tips & 2 Recipes

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This feature was brought to you in collaboration with Elite Island Resorts. When I travel, I’m not one to bring home many souvenirs (except for the “consumable souvenir“), but what I often bring back are recipes, or at least concepts that I want to try for myself in the Plum Deluxe kitchen. After reading our […]

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Winter Warmers: Locally Inspired Holiday Cocktails

This time of year it seems certain types of drinks come into fashion, and the most popular of course, are warm cocktails. Personally, I think when done well, a tasty winter warmer (even if cold by temperature) can be the perfect thing to warm up a chilly afternoon, a great start to the night, or […]

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Three Easy Snacks to Bring to a Party

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We have all had that moment: You’re headed out to a party and suddenly it dawns on you that you’ve completely forgotten to bring any kind of dish to share. Now, it’s always ok to show up with a bottle of wine to share as well, but sometimes you just need a last-minute party snack. […]

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Roasted Pear Bruschetta with Chèvre and Serrano Jamon

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I always think of summer as bruschetta season; there’s no better way to eat fresh tomato than with a little mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and basil. It’s freshness personified. In fact, the bruschetta is incredibly flexible, so you can use it to highlight whatever fruit or vegetable is in full season. I’ve been […]

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Sophisticated ‘Hooch’: The Ultimate Guide to Legal Moonshine

The word “moonshine” conjures up images of backwoods, moonlight at midnight, bathtubs, and maybe even car radiators. But this liquor has recently happened upon a renaissance, since many states have relaxed liquor laws long on the books. Much more refined than its wayward predecessors, moonshine brands are now looked upon as top shelf liquor, and […]

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Spicy Guacamole Shrimp Cups

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We are always on the hunt for creative, delicious, and, of course, easy to share appetizers. We want something that is not only easy to eat and make but can also really catch your eye and tantalize your taste buds. These spicy shrimp guacamole cups are just the thing that really checks all of our […]

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3 Hair of the Dog Cocktails for Celebratory Recovery

Hair of the dog cocktails are not to be confused with brunch cocktails. The primary difference? While brunch cocktails are civil and mannered, encouraging enthusiastic dining and convivial conversation, hair of the dog cocktails aim to facilitate basic speech and the ability to make eye contact without crying. Simply speaking, they offer more of the […]

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Pop the Bubbly: A Foodie’s Guide to Champagne Pairings

Mostly, we think of champagne – or, for purposes of this piece, I should say sparkling wine, as a special occasion drink, to be popped to toast the best of circumstances. If you’ve read our free book, How to be an Everyday Epicure, you’ll know that we’re all about celebrating the little things every day, […]

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Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Sangria

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As summer temperatures soar each afternoon, a tall glass of iced tea sangria is a luscious way to bid farewell to the heat of the day and beckon a balmy summer evening. A delightful blend of wine, sweetened tea, and fresh fruit, iced tea sangria is not only a refreshing drink, it is beautiful to […]

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Caramelized Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

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This classic fall soup is wonderfully flavorful, creamy, and comforting. The use of root vegetables — which are just ready to be harvested at this time of year and stored to be used all winter long — means that you can recreate this caramelized carrot sweet potato soup recipe for months to come. By roasting […]

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites

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Who doesn’t love spinach artichoke dip? It has been a staple at many restaurants and home gatherings for generations. The combination of the tangy and flavorful vegetables with the mixture of cheeses creates the perfect storm of comfort food that is enjoyed by so many. So we think you’ll go nuts for these spinach artichoke […]

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Three Elegant Prosecco Cocktails

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Prosecco is such a convivial drink, laid back and sprightly, the perfect thing for an alfresco lunch or a posh dinner. Especially as spring days warm up and you get your first chance to sip a glass of bubbly whilst sitting in the garden or on a sun-drenched veranda. While Prosecco is lovely on its […]

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Ways to Use Loose Leaf Tea

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Here at Plum Deluxe, any time is tea time! But did you realize there’s more to it than just the beverage? As our resident tea fanatic, I am happy to provide you with a bazillion (okay, 42) ways to use loose leaf tea, arranged in alphabetical order for your pleasure. Some are for drinking, some […]

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The Perfect Vanilla MarTEAni

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I don’t know about you, but as much as I love a good cup of tea, as soon as 5:00 hits I’m ready for something a bit… stronger. Yes, dear readers, I am talking about vodka, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. If you, too, are ready to turn […]

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How to Make Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea

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Few things feel so good during warm weather as a nice, cold glass of iced tea. Just sipping it brings back memories of my mom’s sun tea, which was brewed by the gallon all summer long. Whether you’re an iced tea veteran or a beginner just exploring the world beyond the tea pot, this is […]

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Coconut: A Summer Indulgence for Cooking and Health

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Unless a localvore lives in a tropical climate, coconut will not be on their plate. With the love of all things local trending (which tickles me pink), we’ve gotta make wiggle room for some things, don’tcha think? Indulgence is necessary (someone noteworthy must have said that), and coconut seems to fit the bill. It’s the […]

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3 Beer Cocktails to Set Your Summer Scene

Beer: it isn’t just for hipsters and microbrew mavens anymore. This trio of recipes will introduce you to the alchemy that happens when you mix a brewski with various other ingredients you might never have thought compatible. You can use your favorite beers in these cocktails, but remember that their flavors will be layered with […]

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After-Dinner Delight: Set Up a Coffee Bar that Will Make You a Legend Among Hosts

You’ve nailed the appetizers. Your entrée brought water to the mouths of angels with its heavenly aroma. The craft beer and wines you paired with both showed absolute genius. Now, how are you going to finish off your epic feature of culinary quintessence? The after-dinner coffee bar, of course. Your guests will rave, and you […]

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Good Things Come in Threes: An Awesome Autumn Party Platter

This feature was brought to you by Hillshire Brand Company in collaboration with Pollinate Media Group™. I don’t know about you, but each year I find autumn to be quite hectic; summer is over, and we try to fit in as many regularly scheduled activities as humanly possible before the holidays hit and schedules go […]

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We Want Some More! S’mores Recipe Roundup

There are few foods that transition as well from childhood to adulthood as the s’more (whose name literally means, “some more.” Coincidence? I think not.). From summer camping trips to backyard firepits, the s’more is simply expected to make an appearance. But with fall upon us, it’s time to think about bringing the s’mores indoors. […]

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Summer Switch: Cold Versions of Favorite Hot Drinks

When the temperatures start to rise and we pack away the jackets and long sleeves, we also replace our warm, winter drinks with summer thirst quenchers. Here are some refreshing cold counterparts to our favorite hot beverages. Cold-brewed Coffee Cold-brewed coffee (also called toddy coffee) is new to me, but I’m hooked. As a fan […]

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5 Micro-Distilleries You Have to Visit (And What to Wear)

America is loving a rise in artisanal craft distilleries. From the Hudson Valley to the Pacific Coast Rain Forest, the opportunity to visit and taste some of the best spirits being made since the prohibition era are numerous. Here’s a rundown of five of the most popular for you to consider visiting this year. Normally, […]

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A Boozy Guide to the 10 Best Bars in Amsterdam

Understandably, my roundup of the best food in Amsterdam was a huge hit. And I’ve also covered day trips from Amsterdam. But everyone knows I loved living in Amsterdam, and I keep getting emails asking about the hottest places to grab a drink. Ok, you ask, you get – here are my personal recommendations for […]

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How Appetizing: Pear Brie Bites

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As the cooler temperatures start to make their appearance, all those favorite summer appetizers like chips and guacamole are starting simply not to cut it any more. This time of year we start craving something a little warmer, creamier, and decadent. However, we still aren’t looking for something quite so heavy as cocktail meatballs or […]

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Coconut Cherry Macaroons

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Coconut cherry macaroons are a classic holiday cookie that we think should make an appearance year round. Not only are they delicious, but they are also traditionally pretty easy to whip up, making them a convenient choice for more than just the holidays. The combination of sweetened coconut and fresh cherries in these cookies make […]

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Two glasses of sparkling iced tea with green tea and lemonade are garnished with lemons and fresh basil.

Carbonated Tea Recipe: How To Make Sparkling Iced Tea

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As far as drinks go, iced tea is a pretty classic choice that we love — but as you know we sometimes we like to add a little something special to standard recipes. In this case we are opting for a carbonated tea recipe for our little something special. We will show you how to […]

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Coconut Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

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The perfect summer cookie his here and ready to party. These laid-back coconut lime cookies are reminiscent of those fine-feeling beachy cocktails that we are all familiar with — but of course a little sweeter. Lime and coconut are a classic combination that are nearly as old as time, and for good reason, since they […]

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Baked Apple Casserole with Chocolate Oat Topping

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There’s something supremely comforting about apples baked with spices and brown sugar. On a cold winter’s day, baked apple casserole with chocolate oat topping takes comfort to new levels of deliciousness. Baked apple casserole is simply sliced apples mixed with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon then baked with a crunchy topping. It is lovely served […]

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We decided to take this classic and dress it up to make a fancy mac and cheese recipe just for adults with a blend of creamy cheeses, paprika, and bacon.

Fancy Mac and Cheese Recipe for Your Grownup Party Needs

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Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? It’s an age-old classic that many of us have fond memories of from childhood. But who says that mac and cheese has to be relegated to the kids table? We decided to take this classic and dress it up to make a fancy mac and cheese recipe just for […]

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Where to Find Tea Like Teavana

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It is a specific kind of disappointment when a product you like gets discontinued and you can no longer find it on the shelves or in stock. When that happens, you have to embark on a trial basis with similar products, hoping one of them is the right fit for you. Maybe this is all […]

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Pumpkin Scones with Spiked Orange-Pumpkin Iced Tea

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Pumpkin and spice and everything nice make this pairing of Spiked Orange-Pumpkin Iced Tea and rich, tender Spiced Pumpkin Scones a perfect combo for fall brunch or tea time. You can make the tea in advance and let it cool overnight, saving you prep time. Scones are always best made the day they’re served, but […]

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How to Create a Build-Your-Own Bruschetta Bar

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While you all know we love a good party, throwing an entire dinner party can be a lot of work! Sometimes we just want to invite “our people” over for some company and good food. The options to make this happen are to either cook everything yourself, which can be a bit grueling, especially in […]

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22+ Creative Uses for Hot Chocolate Mix

We recently launched our new “Comfort Cocoa” hot chocolate mix to much fanfare.  The simple, creamy raw cocoa base, paired with a pinch of sugar and spices, makes for such a comfortable and comforting beverage (as the name implies).   Since it’s dairy-free & gluten-free, it’s also a great gift or to share with guests. But […]

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Summertime Watermelon Tea Refresher

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The heat is beating down, and it’s prime time for cool sips and summer fruits. If you’ve been salivating over sun-kissed watermelon and Southern sweet tea, then this Summertime Watermelon Tea Refresher is the tea drink you’ve been waiting for — and it comes as a tea cocktail, too! It’s perfect for picnics, family gatherings, […]

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Garden Grove Green Tea Sangria

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Looking for the perfect accompaniment to your warm weather cocktail hour or backyard barbecue? This green tea sangria recipe makes use of seasonal fruits and sweet, light rosé wine to invoke the feelings and flavors of summer. Any kind of icy cold green tea works wonderfully to make a refreshing sangria, but we thought we’d […]

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How to Make Infused Lemonade

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When the hot days roll around, my interest piques for lemonades and Arnold Palmers. Even on a cooler, grey day, there’s something about an infused lemonade that brightens the mood — and even better if you can share with a friend. I have a slight serious obsession with lavender lemonade. And I have opinions on […]

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The Best and Easiest Chai Monkey Bread Recipe

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Monkey bread is one of those things that brings back delightful childhood memories of sticky fingers and full-bellied bliss. Growing up in my house, holiday mornings were not complete without the warm, sweet, and sugary presence of Monkey Bread straight from the oven. Now as an adult I am a firm believer that every get-together […]

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Fancy Tea Ice Cubes to Chill You Out

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Welcome back to summer! Or, as we like to call it, iced tea season. This year, we’re taking our iced tea (and other chilly drinks) to a whole new level, and we’re inviting you along for the ride. So let’s talk details. Let’s talk about your ice cubes. Fancy Ice Trays First things first, you’ll […]

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Get Fruity With It: Simple Fruit Syrups for Sublime Flavor

With the bounty of spring and summer fruits only a couple of months away, now is a great time to use up the last of the frozen fruit still tucked away in the freezer. Fruit syrups are a simple and delicious way to capture the flavors of the warm seasons without spending hours rolling out […]

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Yummy Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

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Few flavors pair so beautifully together than mint and chocolate. There’s hot chocolate with mint tea. Or a chocolate mint cocktail. And need I mention mint chocolate ice cream?! Your dinner party guests will be thankful for your hospitality when they see this beautiful mint chocolate cheesecake recipe come out of your kitchen at the […]

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Elegant Eggplant Rollups Recipe

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Eggplant is one of those recipes that I’d like to use often, and yet, whenever I decide to prepare it, all I can think of is eggplant Parmesan. How unsatisfying. Just this past weekend I was eating an Egyptian sandwich (to clarify, a sandwich from an Egyptian food cart here in Portland), and noticed inside […]

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Fizz Whiz: 3 Soda Syrups to Make on Your Own

Is soda your guilty pleasure? Not anymore! Mix up a few batches of these delectable soda syrups and ditch the guilt. Enjoy your fizzy favorite sans high-fructose corn syrup and chemicals. You can use one of the new-fangled soda machines to provide your carbonation, or simply add syrup to store-bought club soda or seltzer water. […]

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Pretty, Good Eats: Edible Flowers for Cooking, Baking, and Drinking

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For a moment, let’s skip the talk about locally grown vegetables and fruits. Instead we’ll find a bit of inspiration in what’s blooming, maybe in your own backyard. Let’s chitchat about edible flowers. Flowers add rich colors, subtle to spicy flavors, have diverse uses, and will add a bit of magic to summer entertaining. You […]

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A Canadian’s Guide to Maple Mastery (Food Pairings & More)

There is little compensation for a Canadian winter, but the promise of fresh maple syrup in the early days of spring keeps me going through months of snow and ice. Visiting a maple sugarbush was a favourite activity of my youth, one that I’ve continued to love well into adulthood. And as I’ve grown up, […]

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The Love of Cookies (Recipes, Tips, Pairings)

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To celebrate the holiday season, the Plum Deluxe editorial team has worked together to bring you a free download to help in whipping up some wonderful memories in the kitchen:  The Love of Cookies. Inside this free guide, you’ll find: 4 cookie recipes (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Flourless Peanut Butter Kisses [gluten free!], Pete’s Lace Cookies, […]

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3 Baked Cheese Recipes to Delight Dinner Party Guests

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Ah, cheese — staple of good parties everywhere. If you’re hosting guests, chances are you’re considering putting out some kind of cheese plate. But don’t stop with a simple block of cheddar or wheel of brie! With a few extra motions, you can create a baked cheese that’s sure to impress. Baked cheeses look good, […]

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4 Fab International Holiday Cocktails

’Twas the month before Christmas and all through the world, people were mixing their favorite holiday cocktails in hopes of making spirits merry and bright. Here’s a sampling of international cocktails that will light the star on your tannenbaum. Gluehwein — Germany Germany’s version of mulled wine is spicy, sweet, and lushly festive. Enjoy this […]

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Even MORE Lemon Recipes

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A few weeks ago, Amanda shared with us a most excellent lemon recipe roundup. We know you liked it – we saw the photos on Facebook – and so did our friends at Limoneria, who sent us a whole box of lemons of various shapes and kinds, with a kind note and a challenge to […]

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Sangria Sampler: Four Luscious Sangrias You’ve Never Tried Before

Sangria, a wine punch famous as a hot-weather cooler in Spain and infamous as a popular way to get rid of the leftover dregs of post-party bottles, is worth getting to know regardless of the season. The name “sangria” derives from the Spanish word for blood, sangre, and it earns that name with the ruby […]

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Reclaiming Summer: 4 Frozen Treats for Adults Only

Remember how summer used to be? A time of freedom, fun, and icy treats? We didn’t have an ice cream truck in our semi-rural neighborhood, so my mom would make juice pops and my dad would crank up the ice cream machine. My siblings and I, along with select friends, indulged in frozen fruit punch […]

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The Art of Saké: Everything You Need to Know to Fall In Love with Saké

The first introduction that many have to saké is not usually the best: a bottle of hot saké forced upon them in a Japanese restaurant. I know because I used to work in one and served bottles of that stuff all day. The smell of it still haunts me. What most people do not know […]

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