Three Recipes to Indulge in for National Crème Brûlée Day, July 27

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Consider the noble crème brûlée; in its individual ramekin, fortressed against the world with its flambéed shell of sugary glass jealously guarding the wholesome custard from thine whetted mouth. Ah... with the stamina such a dulcet surprise would promise one could be rather steadfast in the composing of poesies in the name of such a splendid and sweet end to any meal.

My father, a gentleman of jolly disposition and good breeding, in a bout of fancy took my family to France in the summer of my sixteenth year. A Francophile byproduct of French colonialism via Lebanon, my father is a French-speaker and lover of French culture and a gourmand of imposing knowledge and exemplary tastes.

On this trip we had the pleasure of lunching at the Au Pied de Cochon brasserie in les Halles, just a short skip from the Rue du Louvre. A fantastic meal by any standards and thoroughly French; slow and multi-layered. While I've never been one for sweets or rather, for ruining such savory splendors with the vulgarity of dessert, I was becoming rather annoyed by the old man's insistence that I "make room for dessert."

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with these Five Tasty Variations You Can Make at Home!

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Growing up in Latin America, one of the most anticipated moments of my life, not unlike Coronel Aureliano Buendía greeting ice for the first time, was vacationing to the US during the summer and enjoying "American" treats like hamburgers and hot dogs. Much like Gabriel García Márquez's latter-day personal politics, hot dogs were, well, a bit of a disappointment.

Whether grilled or boiled, the simple charm of mustard and ketchup on a cold bun was lost on my discerning third world palate. Where were the toppings? The gravity-defying towers of crisp accoutrements and flowing rivers of sauce? Where was the flavor? The joie de vivre?

Why would such a progressive and advanced country like the United States sit around so peacefully accepting such bland fare? Had they finally gone full Brit? This was, after all, the '80s and the massive hordes of largely unwanted Latinos had not quite rooted themselves as deeply as they have now, bringing with them their many-splendored flavors into the culinary siege of America.

But fear not mis queridos gringos, for National Hot Dog Day, we have five tasty variations on your favorite form of tube meat that you, yes you, can make at home this Sunday. Fun for the whole family! Your taste buds will thank you.

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July Is National Grilling Month: Grill the Perfect Steak

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Photo courtesy of Abe & Louie's
When the weather heats up, most of the country (and northern hemisphere) heads outside to fire up the grill.

While it makes more sense for us to run for cover -- or air conditioning -- this time of year, South Floridians have found plenty of ways to keep on cooking outdoors regardless of the rain. Hey, it's good for the electric bill anyway.

We may have figured out how to avoid getting soaked, but few of us know how to properly cook a steak. Executive chef Pat Bouffard of Abe & Louie's gives us some tips for grilling the perfect steak.

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Chef Shares Recipe for At-Home Bastille Day Cooking

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Today is Bastille Day, the French national day that marks the beginning of the French Revolution. A significant French holiday similar to our Independence Day, it's makes for the perfect opportunity to appreciate French culture through its cuisine.

Baguettes, crepes, cheese, crème brulee, pates: the list goes on and on, for the list of foods we can thank the French for perfecting.

If you're looking for a French dish to cook up as your own way of celebrating Bastille Day, Chef Todd Lough from the Pelican Grand Beach Resort shared a recipe for Rouille, a traditional accompaniment for bouillabaisse, a French seafood stew. The rouille should be spread onto a baguette slice and dunked into the soup.

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Memorial Day Coming Next Week: Try These Lamb Recipes on the Grill

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Get ready to fire up those grills this weekend. Memorial Day is on the way.

All right, in an area blessed with mild winters and sunshine 365 days a year (yes, even those rainy summer days see at least a bit of light), we don't really have a grilling season like the rest of the country. We have more of a barbecue way of life.

Still, as is the case in places with less outdoor cooking time, it's easy to get stuck in a rut.

Between hamburgers, turkey burgers, tuna burger, heck, even black bean burgers, you have to hit a point where you're over the same old patties and hot-dog-type options.

Why not try something a bit more exciting? How about lamb?

Right now, the Australian Lamb Board is making a big push for spring, and it's pulled together recipes from some of the top restaurants in the country that can spruce up your Memorial Day party -- you can always pretend you made it up.

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DeliverLean Prepping for Bikini Season With Light Meal Plans (Recipe)

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Pool season is almost here
Unlike our northern brethren (many of whom are currently expecting buckets of snow), South Floridians are privy to beach days throughout the year.

Even so, it gets a bit chilly -- and lately rainy -- through the winter month, which sends many of us slightly-weathered-sun-worshipping-skantliy-clad-folks indoors for weeks on end.

FYI: if it's below 70 degrees, we do wear clothes (mostly).

With mid-February here, we've hit the halfway mark to warmer sunnier weather, which means the bikinis and board shorts are about to come out again.

You should probably do something about that winter beer belly.

DeliverLean is now offering three-day Spring Forward Meal Plans designed with 1,200 to 1,400 calories to help stimulate your metabolism and increase weight loss.

We got them to divulge one of their light recipes for coconut shrimp cakes with pineapple salsa for you to make at home.

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Super Bowl Party: Create This Epic Edible Stadium

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Edible stadiums are a thing.
Are you a serious Super Bowl party host or hostess? You may think so, but if you're just serving chicken wings and burgers, you're not.

Serious football fans serve their guests an epic football stadium -- all edible, of course.

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The Great Chicken Wing Hunt: Movie and Recipe in Time for Super Bowl Sunday

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One man's obsession with wings.
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. May we suggest subbing out the pre-game show with a movie?

Actually, it's not just any movie. It's a movie about one man's search for the best chicken wings in America -- our favorite kind of movie.

The Great Chicken Wing Hunt is the story of journalist Matt Reynolds. While on assignment overseas, it seems the Upstate New York native missed chicken wings....badly.

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Drink Warm Beer On Purpose This Holiday Season (Recipe)

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Simmer down, now.
Warm beer. No, I'm not talking about that can of Pabst that's been sitting on the counter for days, but an honest to hops notion of serving a beer this holiday season that has been warmed. I am referring to the imbibing of a mulled beer - to warm and add spices and sweetening to it.

Now wait, before you storm off in protest, claiming that 'ice cold is the way beer is meant to be served', let me say that until modern refrigeration, beer was made and kept in beer cellars, where temperatures fluctuated depending on the time of year - people drank beer at whatever temperature it was served at, not giving it a second thought.

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