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Devon O'brien's Blog

May 23, 2017 - 9:17am

 

Growing up, I had one goal and one goal only in the summer: attend as many parties as possible that would feature a big ol' ice cream cake. Well that, and draw the largest chalk town on the street to scooter through before it rained again. But back to the cake—layers of ice cream separated by crunchy cookie chunks was my jam. And now that I'm "all grown up," I still crave those luscious, frozen layers as soon as the...

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May 1, 2017 - 9:43am

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This month I'm taking on EatingWell's salad-a-day challenge. That's right—every day for the next 31 days I will be eating salad for lunch. (If you want to hold me to my word, follow me on Instagram to see my progress and delicious salad solutions.) But I'm not one of those people who packs the same thing for lunch every day. I get bored easily—when I'm cooking for myself, I never choose recipes that make more than 2 servings, because I only want to eat the leftovers once. Introducing the salad trend that's changing my life: spiralized...

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April 28, 2017 - 9:50am

There's a lot to love about a classic margarita. Hey, it's classic for a reason, right? But juicy grapefruit, mango or blood orange margaritas sound pretty good too. This margarita formula allows you to mix up a pitcher with whatever fruit flavor you're in the mood for. We use just a touch of simple syrup and add fresh fruit juice for sweetness, flavor and color. Plus, these margaritas taste so good no one will miss the cloying sweetness of a restaurant-style or premade-mix margarita—which can have 10 to 15 teaspoons of added sugar. You'll save about 150 calories and 40 grams of added sugar per cocktail with this skinny margarita recipe.

With this simple formula, you can make endless flavor combinations. Stir it all together and it's party time.

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February 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Champagne Cocktail Bar

Nothing says celebration quite like a refreshing and fizzy glass of Champagne. But for all the glitzy occasions in your life (I'm looking at you Galentine's Day and The Oscars) step up your game with a do-it-yourself cocktail bar. I like to set out all the fixins for a great cocktail but let my guests be their own mixologists. Everyone has a fun time coming up with their own signature cocktail and it takes the pressure off me to be mixing and serving all night long. Here's what you'll need for a dazzling Champagne cocktail spread plus four festive drink ideas to try.

The Bar Necessities

• Cocktail Shaker
• 2 oz. Shot Glass or Jigger...

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February 10, 2017 - 9:27am

Valentine's Day is cool and all, but this year, I'm all about Galentine's Day.

The day before Valentine's Day, AKA "Galentine's Day," is a day designated by parks director Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation to celebrate all the leading ladies in your life. I'll let Knope explain, "Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

Amen, sister. My girlfriends and I relish in this opportunity to celebrate our friendship and all around female bad-assery. Not to mention literally any excuse to make Leslie Knope (world's biggest waffle fan) proud with our mean waffle-eating skills. Though the perfect Galentine's Day brunch...

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