Dorm Room Bar: Watermelon Margaritas

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Summer eating and drinking should be easy, never fussy. With so much in season, a well-stocked fridge makes it possible to mix up a deceivingly simple, yet tasty concoctions. If you’ve tasted a drink made with simple syrup, or have had the patience to make your own, you’ll appreciate the sweet yet not cloying way it makes drinks taste. But let’s face it—do you really want to turn on the stove when it’s 90˚ outside and stand over a sugary pan, which you’re too lazy to wash, will attract flies? The carton of lemonade in my fridge sealed the deal: …

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Recipe Round Up: Red, White and Blue Treats

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Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Another post about the Fourth of July: recipes for apple pie, mayonnaise-loaded salads and corn on the cob, right? Try Paula Deen for that, SKC has pulled together some twists on summer festive favorites. If you already have a Pinterest board of recipes you’re dying to bring to our nation’s birthday party, you might want to add these.

Alexia Detweiler is a locavore and foodie based in Lancaster, Pa. She loves road trips but hates fast food.

**SKC Picks**

I’ve never had a mojito I didn’t like and I don’t think this one …

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Dorm Room Bar: Watermelon Bomb

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Watermelon. Soaked in alcohol. What could be better? Well maybe planning in advance, but we’ll get to that later. A friend had brought one  for a party once before and since it’s now summer break, I take any and all excuses to combine alcohol and fruit.

Here’s a little convo that went down once I decided that I wanted to try out what I’ve dubbed the “watermelon bomb.”

Me: Ohmygoodness, I have the best idea EVER. I’m going to make an alcohol-soaked watermelon for her party tonight!

Friend: You know that takes like 24 hours to work and taste good, …

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You’re Invited: Summer Luau Party

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The only thing I really want to do when it’s hot and humid outside is jump into the cool, refreshing ocean and swim until my fingers look like my great-grandmother’s. We are officially in the midst of summer so the hot and humid weather is not going away anytime soon. With extra time on our hands and plenty of available friends, what could be better than throwing a summer party? Except maybe throwing a summer party by a pool, beach, or lake. AND, why not add to all that craziness and make it a themed party – the ultimate summer …

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Food Matters Project: Open-Faced Mini Panini

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This post is part of the Food Matters Project, a cooking collaboration among participating bloggers. Each week, we will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating. Follow along with us!

This week’s original recipe for Chocolate-Cherry Panini was selected by Margarita of Let’s Cook & Be Friends. Having studied abroad in multiple countries where Nutella on toast with tea was my go-to breakfast, I know the tastiness of a sweet sandwich. Sweet panini are the grilled cheeses of the dessert world: hot, delicious, melty and oozy with …

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Dorm Room Bar: Birthday Bellini

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True Life: I’m a sucker when it comes to celebrations of all types. I love throwing a party for any and all occasions. My apartment hosted a Thanksgiving feast in the fall, and I have been known to scour Google for obscure holidays, just to have an excuse to throw a party and bake something fantastic. (Get ready for Eat Your Vegetables Day on the 17th, and Waffle Iron Day on the 29th.) Birthdays are no exception to this obsession. In fact, a birthday may be my favorite holiday out of the year. Getting to celebrate the fact that someone …

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Pouring Now: Sparkling Wines

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Did you know that champagne is only one form of sparkling wine? True (legally speaking) champagne comes from the Champagne region of France, but there are many different types of sparkling wines. Different countries and regions each have their own variety! Sparkling wines tend to have a lower alcohol content, and many of them are sweet, best enjoyed with dessert or a light dinner. While not comprehensive, the following is a brief overview of a few common types that can be found on U.S. shelves.

**Sparkling Wines for Summer**

Moscato. Muscat refers to a type of grape, often used for …

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Dorm Room Bar: Blackberry Margarita

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When school is finally out for the summer, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from college students everywhere. For undergrads, this is a time to celebrate a few months of freedom from all-nighters in the library, and to make a toast to your hard work throughout the past year. For recent graduates, like myself, this is a time for slight panic, withdrawal from your college friends, and bouts of crying while listening to “Graduation” by Vitamin C. Either way, I think we all deserve a drink.

To welcome the beauteous warm weather that’s finally upon us, …

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You’re Invited: Graduate’s First Office Party

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In case you didn’t know, small talk now means others semi-jokingly frowning upon your newly acquired Liberal Arts degree. Laughable choices range from least useless: Communications (whatever that means), to most useless: tough choice here, but I’m gonna go with Philosophy. “What can you do with a Liberal Arts degree? Har har har!” I have a whole rant about how critical and creative thinking is what you can do, but something along the lines of  ”respect my life choices, goshdarnit” about summarizes it. Sorry for using the “g” word.

But yeah, “go time” is pretty much upon us, …

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What’s On Tap: Whistle Stop Amber

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Brewery: Johanssons Dining House
Beer: Whistle Stop Amber
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Draft
Price: $3.25 (during Happy Hour)
ABV: 5.3

A lot of people wouldn’t take me as a beer girl. They would look at me, in my over-sized pink sweater and Audrey Hepburn cigarette pants and think, “Oh, she’s a vodka-and-soda girl,” or “Oh, she’s a gin fizz girl.” And honestly, I’m all of those girls. However, I became a beer bunny while abroad in Dublin, Ireland. One small sip of Guinness and I was a goner. I started looking for interesting brews …

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