manhattan 1

February 26th, 2010

It looks like it’s bound to be a slushy snowy weekend here… the perfect time stay nice and warm indoors and toast the city with it’s namesake drink the Manhattan. A little bourbon and vermouth, a dash of bitters and a cherry to top it off… yum!

Cheers to staying warm!

makes 1 drink

2 oz bourbon
1 oz italian vermouth
dash of bitters
maraschino cherry

Chill glasses in freezer for 5-10 minutes
Combine bourbon, vermouth and bitters in a shaker along with an ice cube and give it a good shake.
Strain cocktail into chilled glass and top with a cherry.

my favorite winter salad

February 23rd, 2010

I am so addicted to this salad. I’ve tried different variations that use apples instead of pears or pecans instead of pistachios and they’re all good… all awesome actually. But my favorite combo is freshly cut pear, some creamy gorgonzola and a few pistachios sprinkled about. Deeelicoius. Plus, it takes all of five minutes, tops. Read the rest of this entry »

blood orange gimlet

February 19th, 2010

Oh happy day! It’s been a while since we’ve had a happy hour around here and boy am I ready! Since things are a bit nutty, I went for something super simple but pretty dang lovely to liven things up. There’s no easier way to make something pretty in the winter time than using blood oranges. I absolutely love those red gems. So go find yourself a few, pick up some gin on the way and make a lovely blood orange gimlet to celebrate another Friday.


blood orange gimlet
serves 1

1 oz blood orange juice
2 oz gin
blood orange slice, to garnish

Pour the juice, gin and ice in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.
Strain the liquid into a nice, dainty glass and garnish with an orange slice.

apple pecan quick bread

February 17th, 2010

I miss my weekly inspiration at the farmers market… the bright colors, happy farmers and new surprises each week. Now, I have to admit, I’m pretty lucky because our local farmers market is actually still open, but more often than not I find it hard to bundle myself up and face the walk. A few weeks ago Maude (my dog) and I got up the nerve to face the cold and made the trek. We didn’t come home with any colorful fruit or vegetables, mostly cheese and meat with a few root vegetables sprinkled in, but our one treasure of the day was the most delicious applesauce I’ve ever tasted. It’s made with one of my favorite apples, Fuji and pink in hue. I ate my fair share, but had enough leftover that I decided to make an apple quick bread with it and boy, did it cure my winter blues.

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fleur de sel caramels

February 11th, 2010

My lovely friend Samantha of Maquette asked me to contribute a recipe for her week of Valentine’s inpsiration. I immediately thought of my favorite homemade caramels. They are perfectly decadent: buttery, sweet and chewy with a hint of sea salt to jazz things up. Make them for your favorite love or the one you’ve been trying to rope in and you’re sure to win them over with this recipe.

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pistachio macaroons

February 9th, 2010

It’s a special week here in the Carámbula household. Not only will we be jumping up and down because our floors will finally be done (the cause of my poor posting lately) but we’ll also be celebrating Aaron’s birthday this Wednesday. Woohoo! I love birthdays, especially since it’s another excuse to make a tasty treat. Aaron has a weak spot for macaroons, so this year I debuted a new version of one of his favorites, pistachio macaroons.

Macaroons are one of those sweets that always gets oooohs and aaaahs at parties because people thing you spent all this time making them, but in reality they’re one of the simplest treats to make. Gather some coconut, sugar, egg whites, pistachios and a little vanilla and you’re almost there. Simply mix the ingredients together, scoop them onto a baking sheet and give them a good toast. So simple!

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raised waffles

February 1st, 2010

One of my favorite things about having eat make read is that I’m always trying new things. Sometimes I see a recipe in a magazine or on a blog that inspires me, sometimes I have a crazy idea that requires a little experimentation and then, every once in a while, one of you, my lovely readers sends me a recipe that just needs to be made. Perhaps after noticing my tendency towards tasty weekend breakfasts, reader Susan sent me a recipe for Crisp-Crusted, Feather-Light Raised Waffles from CookWise. Yeast waffles sounded intriguing and delicious, so this weekend I whipped up a batch.

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