happy hour: boozy mint limeade

July 30th, 2010

My friend Allison has been bringing me all sorts of goodies from her garden, which makes me a happy lady. This week’s treat was a nice bundle of fresh mint, which I quickly put to use in some lemonade. Then I remembered the bag of limes I picked up to practice my margarita skills (one of my 30/30 quests) and thought a boozy mint limeade would be the perfect cooler for warm, sticky days like the ones we’ve been having. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did.

Cheers! To a great (hopefully tolerable) weekend! Also, I’ve been thinking about market week lately… any one up for a week of local meals? I’m thinking the week of August 9-13. More info next week!

P.S. Looking for something to do with all the corn at the market? Check out my post on etsy for corn cakes with cherry salsa.

boozy mint limeade
makes 1 cocktail

about 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, or juice of 1 lime
1 oz simple syrup
about 5 fresh mint leaves + more to garnish
1 1/2 oz gin

Muddle lime juice and mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
Add simple syrup, gin and ice. Shake for 10 seconds.
Strain into your favorite glass and garnish with a few mint leaves. Enjoy!

blueberry cookie sandwiches

July 27th, 2010

One of my favorite things from my trip to Michigan was visiting a few farmers markets. There are farms galore in the Southwest region of the state where I’m from, so the market was lush with everything from peaches and peppers to flowers and meat… basically it was pretty dreamy. One of the fruits my particular region is known for is blueberries and after reuniting with them I remembered why. They’re the perfect juicy burst of sweet and sour. I immediately snapped up a bundle and started daydreaming about what I could make (that is if I didn’t eat them all before that). Well, I landed on these little beauties, blueberry cookie sandwiches.

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happy hour: pretty in pink

July 23rd, 2010

A few weeks ago I went to a cookie decorating party thrown by the lovely Kate Miss. Not only was the company delightful and the cookies the coolest dang cookies you’ve ever seen, but she made drinks that I’m still thinking about. Mainly, a watermelon cocktail that really hit the spot during this heat. It’s the perfect cocktail to kick back and enjoy summer with friends.

Cheers! To a lovely summer weekend!

Pretty in Pink
inspired by Kate’s Watermelon Lemon Fizz

4 oz watermelon juice*
2 oz lemonade
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz gin
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 5 seconds.
Strain into a tall glass and enjoy!
*to make watermelon juice: Cut watermelon into big chunks and puree in blender. Pour the watermelon puree through a sieve. Keep juice, discard solids.

the kitchen: no-sew polka dot curtains

July 21st, 2010

Whew! I’m back and relaxed from a vacation in my homestate of Michigan. My week was full of family and friends as well as all sorts of delicious food and markets, which I hope to be sharing with you shortly.

One of the funny things I’ve come to relish about being a city lady is the chance to drive a car. We haven’t had one since we moved to Brooklyn six years ago, so when I get the chance to drive I go a little nutty. In fact, I took an extra day of vacation to just bum around town in the car for a bit and found myself in Red Hook, home of Fairway Supermarket, Baked and Ikea.

As I wandered the maze of Ikea, I kept seeing this awesome polka dot fabric hanging throughout the store. Then when I actually got to the fabric counter I saw that the black and white fabric was on sale for only $1.99/yard! Holy moly! I immediately thought kitchen curtains and snapped up a yard of it. I also picked up some iron-on fusing tape because my poor sewing machine broke down and a little tension rod with little clips to hold the fabric. When I got home I just did some quick measuring, cut and ironed the fabric and taadaa! I have awesome polka dot curtains (for less than $10!)! They make me so happy when I walk into the kitchen and equally important, they block the harsh sun so I can whip up tasty goodies without sweating like crazy.

I’ll be back to regular posting this week with a super tasty cocktail hour that’s perfect for these dang hot days. Oh also, how cute is Maude on the polka dot fabric? She just couldn’t stay off it while I was making them and I had to take a picture.

happy hour: raspberry delight

July 9th, 2010

This is an extra-awesome happy hour. You know why? I’m heading out of town for a little R&R and I couldn’t be more excited! Especially when that means escaping this crazy heatwave. I whipped up a tasty little number I dubbed Raspberry Delight just for the occasion. I hope you enjoy it!


Raspberry Delight
makes 1 cocktail

1/2 lemon juice
1/2 oz honey
4 raspberries
1 1/2 oz dark rum

Pour the lemon juice, honey and raspberries in a cocktail shaker and muddle until raspberries disintegrate.
Add ice and dark rum to the cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.
Pour into a glass, sit back and relax. Cheers!

honey buttermilk ice cream + market fruit topping

July 8th, 2010

Oh my goodness… the heat! New York has received a heatwave that’s left me searching for any way to beat the heat. The thought cooking or turning on any heat-producing equipment brings a tear to my eye. Ok, well that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, bring on the ice cream. Any reason to open the freezer is a good reason, and this honey buttermilk ice cream has given me many reasons. Top it off with some fresh fruit and it’s a party.

After sending out a call to twitterland about what to do with some leftover buttermilk, Celia came through with the mouthwatering idea of honey buttermilk ice cream. I’d never had buttermilk or honey ice cream, but both certainly sounded delicious, so I did a little research and came upon an incredibly simple recipe that required zero stove time. Sign me up!

With only five ingredients, it was a whiz to make. Simply combine buttermilk, cream, a little confectioners sugar, honey and a bit of whiskey. The confectioners sugar seemed a little odd, but I decided to roll with it. After a churning it for a bit, I simple popped my bowl in the freezer and let it work it’s magic.

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happy hour: cherry mash up

July 2nd, 2010

Yahooo! It’s Friday again, and even better, its Friday before a long weekend. That’s certainly a time to celebrate. And then of course there’s the Fourth of July if you’re here in the good old US of A. I whipped up a little beverage with things I had at hand, rye, ginger ale and sour cherries. To be honest, the cherries didn’t add a whole lot of flavor, but you do get rewarded with drunken cherries once you’ve finished the drink. Still delicious in my book.

Cheers! Have a great weekend!

cherry mash up
makes 1 drink

3 sour cherries
1/2 ounce ginger ale (preferably very gingery like Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost)
2 oz Bourbon or Rye

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker combine the cherries and ginger ale and mash together.
Add the Rye and an ice cube and give it a good shake.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!