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5 Easy Summer Cocktails

Whilst, undeniably, there is a lot of artistry involved in crafting the perfect cocktail, the most enduring recipes are not only delicious, but also so easy that anyone could make them. All of these summer drinks taste great and are pretty much fool proof- the perfect way to set off a gathering with friends! See which takes your fancy;

Dark and Stormy

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This drink, very popular in Bermuda, is one for the rum fans, pairing the intense complexities and natural spice of a dark rum with the fiery taste of ginger beer. It packs a punch, but it’s still very refreshing. Simply combine one part dark rum with five parts ginger beer. You can shake things up by either adding some fresh lime juice, or by trading the dark rum for white rum to create a ‘light and stormy’.

Lynchburg Lemonade

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This is such a refreshing drink that even those who don’t normally find whisky to be to their taste may want to give it a go. You’ll need a bourbon or sour mash whiskey, triple sec, and sour mix, all of which are used as one part each against four parts of bitter lemonade. Add the lemonade last and stir well. Serve with crushed ice, garnished with a few maraschino cherries.

Mojito

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This Cuban cocktail combines a number of ingredients which come together to perfectly compliment the rum base. White rum is used, along with sugar, mint, lime juice and soda water.

The exact method to follow (and even the exact ingredients that should be used) to make an authentic mojito are subject to much debate, but the following steps should do the trick;

Place four mint leaves in a tall glass and then squeeze in the juice from your lime. Add a tea spoon of sugar and use the back of the spoon to mash the leaves, juice and sugar together. Next, add your rum before topping off with soda water.

Michelada

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This Mexican concoction is something of an acquired taste, but for those who enjoy a bit of spice, it’s the ideal refresher. In some parts of Latin America it’s even used as a hangover cure!

Take a glass, rim it with salt by running lime around the edge of the glass and placing it upside down on a plate with salt spread across it. Squeeze in the juice of a lime, then add a dash of Tabasco, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of soy sauce, before filling to the top with your Mexican larger of choice.

Vodka and Cranberry Juice

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Okay, so this isn’t so much a cocktail as a single spirit with a single mixer, but then it’s so good, why add anything else? Of course, there are a number of ways you can build on this drink. Pineapple, orange, lime and grapefruit juice can all agreeably enter into the equation, and if you want to throw in something a bit weightier, try using peach schnapps as well as vodka.

Will Kerr uses his experience of student life to write on a number of topics, from having a good time on a budget, to revision tips.

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Hollywood Cuisine- Food featured in Movies

Today I’m going to match up my favorite movie meals with a similar MagicKitchen.com dish. Some of these dishes aren’t even on the menu yet, but are coming-see if you can guess which ones!

  1. Goodfellas Pasta – Tommy’s mom makes them a classic Pasta and meatballs dish like our Penne and Meatballs. The boys are there at 3 AM to get a shovel to bury someone who “disrespected” Tommy. Momma wakes up and insists on feeding them a big pasta dinner.
  2. The breakfast in Peewee’s Big Adventure – This is a Rube Goldberg machine of a breakfast. A bird’s beak cracks an egg into a frying pan; a model of a pterodactyl skeleton zips down to drop two slices of bread into a toaster. A tyrannosaurus rex juices oranges into a pitcher and Abe Lincoln flips pancakes onto the ceiling. Our version is a vegetable omelet.
  3. Pulp Fiction Big Kahuna Burger – Just before the carnage hits, the incredibly intimidating Jules eats the college boy Brett’s burger. Then he starts a mock-friendly interrogation including these lines, some of my favorites ever in moviedom: ‘I’m sorry, did I break your concentration? Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What’s the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort.’ We don’t have a Big Kahuna burger, but we have some ground sirloin steaks that will fit the bill.
  4. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! And those creepy oompa-loompahs! Get your chocolate fix with our Chocolate Lovers Bundle.

 

That’s all I can come up with, but let us know your favorite movie meals!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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Ten different cookie flavours worth baking

Cookies. The best comfort food when warm from the oven, soft and warm. Of course, MagicKitchen.com has their gourmet cookies which fill all those conditions when slightly warmed. But you can also bake your own. Here are the ten top cookie flavors and links to recipes.

  1. Chocolate Chip
  2. Snickerdoodle
  3. Dr. Midnight Cookies -warning, these don’t have chocolate like MagicKitchen.com’s!
  4. Oatmeal Craisin
  5. Peanut Butter
  6. Scottish Shortbread
  7. Pecan Praline Cookies
  8. Molasses Spice Cookies
  9. Macaroons
  10. Pumpkin Cookies

What cookie blog would be complete without  Cookie Monster video?

 

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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New Video starring…Me

I wanted everyone to know what the meals look like when they arrive at your door. So I created a video of me unpacking a parcel. And even though I’m appalled at how I look and sound ( a common reaction), here it is!

Video Link to YouTube

I plan to do another one soon, showing me heating up some of the products and how easy that is, and how it looks plated. I am sorry to have to tell you that many of the cupcakes and the double fudge brownies are already gone. Don’t know how that could have happened…

If you just want to look at the photos, check out our flickr photostream here:

Our Flickr Channel

Enjoy!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger.

 

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What we’re up to

It’s that time again, the new catalog is underway and the new products are on the shelves almost ready to go out. This season’s new products are:

Pork Shank in Bordelaise Sauce The meat close to the bone such as this pork shank is the most moist and savory. When it’s simmered for hours in a rich bordelaise sauce, it’s simply sublime! Until it’s available, try our Beef in Bordelaise sauce!
Seared Salmon Rich, delicious, moist salmon with a toothsome exterior. We still have Almond-crusted Salmon on the menu!
Braised Beef Top Blade in Beer & Wine Sauce Tender, tender beef in an amazingly flavorful sauce. Available soon. Meanwhile you can order meltingly good  Osso Buco!
Steel Cut Oatmeal Oatmeal can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes! Try our Gourmet Granola for a delicious breakfast.
Seared Pork Tenderloin for 4 Lean and succulent, pork tenderloin is the gourmet pork cut. Here it’s lightly seasoned and seared. You’ll just have to wait for this one, we have no tenderloin on the menu…yet.
Pesto & Cheese Flatbread Basil, mozarella cheese, freshly made flatbread, all hot out of the oven. Yum. Our Verdura flatbread is very popular (Verdura means Vegetable)
Penne Pasta with Mushrooms & Truffles (Side Dish) Fresh penne pasta with mushrooms and truffle in a rich cream sauce. Until this is available, try our Crustless Quiche Twin Pack
Coffee Cake Bites-family pack The very best moist, sweet, crumbly, delectable coffee cake in bite size bits, perfect for breakfast or snacks. Comes in a tub of 16. Our six-pack of gourmet cupcakes will hold you until these sweeties are available!

Enjoy! Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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Funny videos and 6 reasons to buy our Mother’s Day Gift

Sometimes I just get carried away watching funny videos at night. Here are a couple I found that really amused me.

Now..on to more serious topics.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I just wanted to again mention our special Mother’s Day bundle. Here’s why it’s so great:

  1. I created it myself
  2. It’s enough for two, so mom and dad or grandmother and grandfather can both have the meal
  3. It’s easy to heat up and even easier to clean up
  4. the meals are awesome -chicken and cheese and spinach in puff pastry, creamy lemon risotto, and a crispy vegetable medley.
  5. Dessert is 6 gourmet cupcakes. These are truly gourmet, probably the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten.
  6. There are SIX cupcakes. Mom won’t be able to eat them all!
black tie cupcake
Black Tie Cupcake – Moist cupcake with incredibly delicious frosting.

 

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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So You Think You Can Dance?

As I get a little older,  I am more inspired by all the seniors who are making their lives unique, interesting and delightful. This lady, Dorothy Kloss, take that to a whole other level.

So how do I tie this into a blog about MagicKitchen.com? Good question!  My intent here is to show what a good life we can all have by eating right, exercising and having a great outlook.

We’re all getting excited here about the new menu that’s coming out early next month. More healthy meals are making their way onto the website and into your freezers.

I don’t want to give away the new products just yet, but think tender meats, fresh seafood, and comforting breakfast dishes. Then picture tantalizing pastas and toothsome desserts. That’s what we’re looking forward to!

Now, let’s all get out there and dance!  It doesn’t have to be dancing, but walk, swim, whack a tennis ball, play some basketball, do whatever your body can do that you enjoy.  Studies show that regular exercise, as little as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, can make a huge difference in your overall health.

 

 

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Five Recipes

I love spring and summer, meals are so light and fresh tasting. Here are five more ideas for easy ways to make our dishes into light summer dishes.

Fast and Easy Barley Salad

1- four-serving MagicKitchen.com Barley Pilaf
1- stalk celery, sliced thin
1- green onion, sliced thin
your favorite bottled vinaigrette, such as Newman’s Own, to taste.
squeeze of fresh lemon juice, optional

Thaw the Barley Pilaf and place in serving bowl. Add celery and onion and mix gently. Add vinaigrette and gently toss.
Serves 4-6.

Turkey Caesar Salad

Leftovers from MagicKitchen.com Roasted Turkey Breast
2 hearts of romaine, washed, dried and cut into bite-sized pieces
Caesar croutons to taste
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, minced or put through a garlic press
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)

Place lettuce in bowl, making sure it is dry. Chop turkey into bite-sized pieces, and add to bowl (discard or use skin according to your tastes). Add croutons. Mix remaining ingredients separately, then pour onto salad. Toss and serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

MagicKitchen.com Corn Salad
Serves 4

4-serving MagicKitchen.com Fresh Cut Corn Medley
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
3 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black
pepper
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves

Thaw the Corn Medley overnight. Toss the corn in a large bowl with the red onions, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and
pepper. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.
Serves 4

Mashed Potato Salad
Serves 4

4 servings of MagicKitchen.com Mashed Potatoes, thawed
2 boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 tsp. mustard
2/3 tsp. mayonnaise
1/4 c. bell pepper, chopped
1/4 c. onion, chopped
2 tsp. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together. Serve at room temperature.

Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Teriyaki dressing:
¼ cup Teriyaki sauce
2 Tbsp Wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Salad oil or Sesame oil
⅛ tsp Ground ginger

2-serving order MagicKitchen.com Chicken Breast Teriyaki, cooked according to instructions and cooled to room temperature.
1 small can baby corn, drained
1 can mandarin orange slices, drained
1 head romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped into bite-size pieces
2 scallions, sliced thin

Slice the chicken into strips.
Mix chicken, lettuce and baby corn in a bowl and toss with the dressing. Gently toss in the orange slices and serve.
Serves 4.

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Twelve most Commonly asked Questions

I asked Greg what were the most common questions he got, and for some clarification on them. Here’s what he had to say. I’ll just post the answers, the questions are self-evident.

  • We ship to all 50 states and we have not found somewhere we cannot deliver.
  • We use both UPS and Fed Ex for delivery
  • We guarantee product to arrive frozen to your door and also that whoever receives the product will enjoy the meals or we will replace the meals or refund the cost.

Ok, now I have to interject with a story. Greg told me, ” One lady said that she knew the order had been delivered to her farmhouse as the box was on the step
but there was nothing inside.  It turns out that an elk had come to the doorstep and opened the box, taken the cooler and eaten the food in the trees near the house.  She knew because of the elk  droppings.  We shipped the customer the order again no charge due to the extraordinary situation.”

This elk was so happy to eat the food! haahahahhhaaa…

  • All of our products are frozen
  • Our product ships from Kansas City and takes 1-3 days for delivery.
  • We only ship within the US due to shipping delays for international shipments and also due to foreign food importation laws.
  • Substitutions can be made on meal bundles.  To do so just call the toll free number and the customer service staff will make any changes you need due to special diets, items you prefer not to receive, etc.
  • Meal programs are where the coordination of the meal ordering is left to MagicKitchen.com.  We can choose items for you or you can advise how and when you want orders sent to you.  Also we do not have contracts and you can start and stop at any time.  Meal programs are implemented for free. There is no minimum or maximum order.
  • Our meals are flash frozen for maximum freshness, flavor and food value.  We suggest you use the meals within 30-45 days of receipt but they can be easily stored for 6 months if need be.
  • People in Canada and Mexico are asking us for innovative ways to get our products delivered to them.  The only way we know to get product into these other countries due to shipping delays and importation requirements in the foreign countries, is to have someone in the US receive the product for you and then have the person wanting the product to come and get the product from that person in the US.
  • We have received orders from the following countries:
    meal programs with billing to Australia, England, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Gift orders from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, France, Germany, England, Caledonia, Australia, Spain, Bahamas!
  • We have had inquiries to export our products to Canada, Russia, Mexico, England and various European Countries, as well as Australia!
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