pomelo fizz

February 25th, 2011

Have you ever had a pomelo? They’re crazy! And by crazy, I mean big. In fact, they’re the biggest citrus fruit out there. They taste similar to a grapefruit, but with a sweeter, more subtle flavor. Obviously I had to make a cocktail with one. I went with something simple that would show off the flavor, hence the fizz. Bonus points, the juice of one pomelo is enough for 4 cocktails.


1/4 pomelo next to a lemon

Cheers! To an excellent weekend ahead!

pomelo fizz
makes 1 cocktail

1 oz pomelo juice
1.5 oz gin, like Breuckelen Gin
.5 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz soda water

1
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the pomelo juice, gin and simple syrup. Shake well.
2
Strain into glass and top off with soda water. Enjoy!

ground peanut brittle

February 22nd, 2011

Last week I tried the most delicious little snacks. They tasted like a cross between peanut brittle and a sweet peanut butter granola bar. Often when I taste something like this that I instantly fall in love with, I find myself wanting to try to recreate it in my kitchen. So of course that’s exactly what I did and whoa… these are awesomely addicting. Even better, they only have 3 ingredients: peanuts, sugar and salt.

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herby lemon

February 18th, 2011

I have to admit something. Whenever I go to the grocery store these days looking for inspiration I immediately go for the blood oranges. Dang them for being so pretty and delicious! But with a quick look around, I soon found myself standing in front of a basket full of meyer lemons. You know, the sweet step-sister to the regular lemons. It’s time they get their chance in the spotlight. I created this lovely little cocktail that balances the slightly sweet and tangy flavor of meyer lemons with a splash of rosemary.

Cheers! To a long weekend! I hope you have an excellent one!

herby lemon
makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz vodka
1 meyer lemon juice
.5 rosemary syrup
rosemary sprig to garnish

1
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a good shake for about 10 seconds.
2
Strain into a glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

mini cardamom + cinnamon cream puffs

February 16th, 2011

Last week we celebrated my husband Aaron’s birthday with a little get-together at our neighborhood bar. I wanted to bring a little something in honor of the occasion, but it needed to fit a few criteria: 1) include cinnamon (it’s one of his favorite flavors) 2) be easy to eat in a bar (no utensils and not messy). So I began thinking and remembered back to one of the first things I ever made after we started dating (we’re talking college days), cream puffs. Back then I made big ones and topped them with chocolate, but I figured there’s no reason why they can’t be mini and perhaps a little more interesting. That’s how the wheels began turning for what ended up being mini cardamom and cinnamon cream puffs, which were a big hit later that evening.

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black rose

February 11th, 2011

I wanted to make a sexy cocktail this week so you could have something awesome to make for Valentine’s Day. I flipped through a few of my books, looking for something that sounded interesting and wasn’t super complicated. I found the Black Rose, which just sounds seductive and, get this, it involves fire! The thing is, I made it and burned my finger in the process. Totally not sexy. It is good though and to be honest, I think you coud just squeeze the lemon peel and toss it in the drink rather than squeezing it and lighting it on fire. If you’re feeling daring you could watch this video first.

Cheers! To an excellent weekend filled with love!

black rose
makes 1 cocktail
from The Essential Cocktail

2 oz bourbon
1 dash grenadine
2 dashes of peychaud’s bitters
lemon peel (flamed if you so please).

1
Fill an old fashioned glass with 2-3 ice cubes. Add bourbon, grenadine and bitters, and stir.
2
Garnish with lemon peel.

sweet + spicy chex mix

February 9th, 2011

You guys, that day is coming up. You know, lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day. People across the country will get all fancied up and go out to a romantic dinner. This year I’m thinking of doing exactly the opposite. I’m not being Scrooge, it just that we, like many of you I’m sure, are busy people so the thought of running around trying to make reservations just sounds like another thing to add to the to-do list. Instead, we’re going to hang out at home, have a quiet dinner and indulge in a movie. On our couch… without computers. And you can bet we’ll have a bowl of this super tasty, sweet-with-a-little-spice chex mix right in front of us.

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wintery spiked spritzer

February 4th, 2011

This week I whipped up something super easy. I had some leftover clove and cinnamon syrup hanging out in the fridge, so I added that to some gin and topped it off with a little seltzer water. Tadaaa! The thing is, it makes for a really tasty drink! It’s kind of light for a winter beverage, but the spice form the syrup brings a nice warmth to the beverage.

Cheers! To a great weekend!

wintery spiked spritzer
makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz gin
.5 oz clove and cinnamon syrup
splash of seltzer water
ice

1
Pour the gin and syrup over ice in a short glass. Stir until combined.
2
Top off with a little seltzer water and enjoy!

roasted + stuffed pear salad

February 1st, 2011

In my opinion, there are four ingredients that make a perfect salad: fruit, nuts, cheese and spinach. It’s really hard to go wrong if you have those. This weekend as I was flipping through one of my barefoot contessa cookbooks looking for a little inspiration, I found a salad that not only had my required ingredients, but took it up a notch. She took a pear, dug a little hole in it and then stuffed it with cheese, nuts and dried cranberries and then roasted it. Ummm, awesome! Of course I hopped to it…

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