pomegranate dandy

May 29th, 2009

I had a cocktail at Freeman’s a while back ago and it rocked my world. I mean really, this thing was so delicious I immediately memorized the ingredients so I could try to make my own at home. They call it Freeman’s Cocktail, but because I’m not sure of the exact proportions I renamed it Pomegranate Dandy.

All it requires is some bourbon, a lemon, pomegranate molasses and bitters. Shake them all up and you’ve got yourself cocktail that tastes like the best grown-up candy ever. It’s a little sweet, a little sour but it’s all good. Have a great weekend! Cheers! Read the rest of this entry »

fresh the movie

May 28th, 2009

Last night Aaron and I attended a screening and panel discussion for the new documentary, Fresh. It is such a fantastic, fantastic film. It’s a discussion about where our food comes from that gives us a look into industrial farming, which is so depressing and eye-opening. But also shows people who are doing amazing things like farmers Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms (who you may remember from Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Will Allen of Growing Power. It was so inspiring to see people who had solutions to this problem and were so passionate about the cause. I actually got so caught up with the film that I forgot there was a panel discussion with Mr. Salatin, Mr. Allen, Joan Gussow (Just Food), and Josh Viertel (Slow Food). When they walked out I wanted to scream with excitement like a schoolgirl. Yeah, it’s that good.

If you’re anywhere near any of the following cities hurry and book a ticket, you won’t regret it. Check out more info and view the trailer here.

May 28, 2009 – Boston, MA
May 31, 2009 – Kansas City, MO
June 2 & 3, 2009 – Minneapolis, MN - June 2nd Screening Nearly Sold Out!
June 4, 2009 – Milwaukee, WI
June 6, 2009 – Encinitas CA
June 7 – 11, 2009 – Seattle Film Festival
June 10, 2009 – Vancouver, Canada
June 12, 2009 – San Francisco, CA
June 15, 2009 – Berkeley, CA
June 17th, 2009 – Denver, CO

tart n’ tangy frozen yogurt

May 27th, 2009

A few years ago frozen yogurt chains like Pinkberry, Red Mango and my favorite Oko started popping up all around the city. Lines would wind out the door with eager patrons waiting to get their yogurt fix. If you’ve never had this yogurt, it’s a tasty experience. It’s very fresh tasting and much more tangy than traditional soft serve frozen yogurt. Imagine my excitement when I flipped open an issue of Sunset magazine and found a recipe for homemade tart n’ tangy frozen yogurt. As if that weren’t awesome enough, it had only two ingredients. Yup, two. Read the rest of this entry »

strawberry shortcake

May 26th, 2009

This weekend when I went to the greenmarket I could hardly contain my excitement when I saw little blue baskets of ruby red strawberries sitting on tables. Strawberries are definitely my favorite fruit, so I’m a sucker for them throughout the entire season. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them, but I bought two pints because I was sure I could find something. Then, as luck would have it, I cruised on over to Lottie + Doof and there was the most glorious fresh strawberry pie. I hesitated to make it only because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a whole pie at my fingertips all weekend, but when some friends invited us to an impromptu picnic, I got started. Oh but if only I read directions… Read the rest of this entry »

oh happy day!

May 23rd, 2009

Strawberries are here!

peanut infused vodka + butter cup cocktail

May 22nd, 2009

Ok, it’s time for the last installment of my vodka infusions. Are you ready for this? Peanut infused vodka. I first tried it at an underground food event I went to last year and it blew my mind. It’s unlike anything I’d ever tried, so when I started experimenting with infused vodkas it was one of the first things I tried. If you like peanuts, you have to try this.

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san francisco love

May 20th, 2009

Ahhhhh… it’s hard to come back home when a trip is so good. And this trip was good my friends. I have so many tastes and places to share with you I can hardly wait. I tried my first burrito, had the most amazing coffee of my life and ate at some of the best restaurants in the country. But unfortunately it will have to wait a few days until I get myself and my pictures sorted out. It will be worth it, I promise.

I’ll be back the rest of the week with a tasty snack for you to try and I’ll end the week with the last installment of infusions… I hope you’ll stick around.

images above from the Ferry Building in San Francisco

coffee infused vodka + coffee delight cocktail

May 15th, 2009

Ok, are you ready for round two of infused vodka mania? This week we’re getting a hair crazier and infusing our vodka with coffee. Coffee is an even quicker infusion than the citrus we made last week. My infusion was super strong after only a day in the pantry. Just one whiff of that stuff and you’ll be awake for good.

So you’ve got your infusion made, now you just have to make a tasty cocktail. Well, I’ve got a simple and delicious one for you to try, although it does take a little thinking ahead of time. That’s because you need to make coffee ice cubes. Once you’ve got that done you just add some of the coffee infused vodka, a little vanilla syrup to sweeten it up a bit and then top it off with a bit of seltzer. Shazam, you just made a delicious coffee delight cocktail.

This week is a super duper happy hour because I’m actually in California. My awesome friends Erik and Dana are getting married and I just couldn’t be happier for them. I’ll be back to making stuff mid next week. Until then, have a great weekend. Cheers!

Coffee Infused Vodka

makes 1 bottle
1 bottle vodka, I like Tito’s

1 cup coffee beans

1. Place the coffee beans in a large jar. Pour the vodka over them, seal and let sit in a dark place (like a cupboard or pantry) about 1 day. Taste the vodka—if you’d like it to be more flavorful, leave it for another day.

2. When you have the desired flavor, strain the coffee beans from the liquid. Store the infused vodka in a sealed bottle. Enjoy!

coffee delight cocktail

makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces coffee infused vodka
1 coffee ice cube
1 ounce vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)
1. Place the vodka, ice cube and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Give it a shake for about 15 seconds.2. Pour the liquid into a glass and top it off with a little seltzer to give it some fizz.

3. Drink up!

vanilla simple syrup
makes about 1 cup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1. In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients over medium heat.2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain vanilla bean and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.