blood orange + pomegranate pancakes with blood orange + honey syrup

February 15th, 2013

I’ve come to realize that pancakes are one of my favorite foods. They’re super easy, super flexible, and always comforting. Honestly, they’re one of my favorite ways to start the day—but only if I make them at home. Which brings me to this crazy realization—I’m now a Californian. My home is no longer that cozy apartment in Brooklyn—or even simply Brooklyn—the place I lived for over eight years and basically became an adult. I think some people think that we’re a little crazy moving across the country with a baby due in less than two months, but for some reason, this move seemed like the right thing to do. Life is already going to dramatically change, so why not embrace more change? It seems like an awesome adventure—although, yes, sometimes a little crazy—to us. Oh, and did I mention that our new apartment has a totally dreamy kitchen? That didn’t hurt. So, while I’ve been a wee-bit absent here, I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to reassemble and adjust to our new life in sunny california.

After the initial week of simply getting logistical things done (with a little fun sprinkled in of course), we finally went to the market. I was immediately drawn to the things I’ve never been able to by fresh at the market—fresh citrus and pomegranates. Since blood oranges are on the top of my favorites list, I loaded my bag with those and since I’d never had a fresh pomegranate, I figured there’s no better time to try one out. The next morning I woke up with a vision—blood orange and pomegranate pancakes—and since we hadn’t picked up maple syrup yet, I’d make a blood orange and honey syrup. I love waking up with a good idea, then being able to execute it—especially when it’s this tasty.

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happy hour: westward!

January 11th, 2013

Well hello again and happy belated 2013! This time of year I find myself feeling a little angry about the weather—it can be bitter cold here in NYC (although I haven’t had much to complain about this year). Luckily, my favorite winter fruit, blood oranges arrive at just the right time to bring a little sunshine into my life during these cold, gloomy months.

This week I used my inaugural haul of blood oranges to make two versions (boozy and non-boozy) of a drink I’ve dubbed Westward! I created this little number not only because I love these juicy fellas but because I have big news to share. In less than two weeks, the Carámbula household is packing up and heading to sunny California—San Francisco  to be exact (so I’ll add foggy into the equation)— home of blood oranges!! It’s been a totally crazy (did I mention I’m almost 7 months pregnant) whirlwind decision, but I couldn’t be more jazzed about it! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to explore a new city with new farmers markets, restaurants, and shops.

So, a big old cheers is due… Cheers to a new year, to big changes, and of course, blood oranges.

Westward!

makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces fresh squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 ounce cinnamon-infused simple syrup, recipe below
1 1/2 ounces vodka (optional)
1-2 ounces seltzer water
2 blood orange slices

 

1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the blood orange juice, simple syrup and vodka, if using. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

2. Strain into a tall collins glass filled with ice. Top it off with seltzer water and add the blood orange slices and a straw, giving it a little swirl to incorporate the seltzer.

3. Enjoy!

Cinnamon-infused simple syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
1. In a small saucepan stir together all the ingredients over medium-low heat.

2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and let cool completely.

3. Strain out the cinnamon sticks and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

puppy chow

December 20th, 2012

The holidays have been bonkers for me this year (and I’m sure I’m not alone)—between craft fairs and shipping for Remedy Quarterly and this whole pregnancy thing, But yesterday I found myself with a little free time and decided it was time to make at least one thing to share with you. I had three favorites in mind—but the one that rose to the top is this oldie but goodie, puppy chow. I have no idea why it’s called that, but honestly it’s so good that I don’t care what you call it. A mixture of melted peanut butter, butter, and butterscotch all over rice chex, then topped with powdered sugar—this treat is far from healthy but oh-so-good. In fact, that first bite took me right back to my mom’s kitchen growing up where I’d sneak a handful of puppy chow as I walked through the kitchen—then before you knew it the whole bag was gone.

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holiday giveaway 4: art in the age gift box

December 18th, 2012

Oh boy, I’m jazzed to share the last giveaway with you! How awesome is this box full of goodies from Art in the Age? If you’re not familiar with Art in the Age, they’re the makers of some of my favorite artisan spirits like Root and Snap, along with other things like soap and apparel. Anywho, they’ve given me this box full of goodies like Tomr’s Tonic, Royal Rose Syrup, Hella Bitters, Whiskey Disks, Art in the Age Soap, t-shirts and a few mugs. It’s kind of like a home mixologists must-haves… I love it!

If you’d like to win this box of awesome, just leave a comment with your favorite holiday drink (alcoholic or not) and I’ll randomly chose a winner this Thursday, December 20 at noon.

***Congratulations to Emily, who won this lovely gift box! It looks like egg nog, cider (mulled an/or spiked), and champagne rise to be some of your favorite holiday drinks. Enjoy this holiday season! Cheers!***

pear + ginger muffins with oatmeal topping

December 14th, 2012

Oh how I love a good muffin. Perfectly moist, with a bit of fruit and a bit of sweet, buttery goodness sprinkled on top—all waiting to greet you in the morning—that’s my idea of a good muffin. A few weeks ago, we went to a restaurant that sent us home with a pear ginger muffin to enjoy the next morning (which is a genius move if you ask me). The muffin was a perfect fall breakfast—it hit all my previously stated requirements of a muffin while also being seasonal and comfy. It took me a while to actually get in the kitchen to create my own version, but when I finally got around to it, they were totally worth the wait. These pear + ginger muffins with oatmeal topping will make any morning better.

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holiday giveaway 3: aheirloom snackers gift box

December 12th, 2012

You guys, this week’s giveaway makes me so happy! My friend Amy, from A.Heirloom, has offered to give one of my readers this awesome Holiday Snacker’s gift box. Amy and her husband, Bill make the coolest state-shaped, bamboo cutting boards—I have my Michigan board proudly displayed in my kitchen and it makes me happy everyday. Anywho, they have this lovely gift box, complete with the state of your choice, plus an assortment of artisan snacks including crackers, cheese, chutney, and sausage, worth $100.

Check out A.Heirloom’s cutting boards and gift sets, they make the perfect gift for your favorite food lover! And if you’d like to win this awesome gift box, just leave a comment sharing your favorite snack. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced next Monday, December 17. Good luck!

***Congratulations to the lucky winner, Jill! Keep an eye out tomorrow for our last giveaway before I take a break for the holidays… you’re not going to want to miss this one!***

P.S. I like you people—it seems many of your favorite snacks include cheese. I knew there was a reason we got along!

happy hour: the farmer’s daughter

December 7th, 2012

Hellooo, happy hour! Well, not for me, but this week needs a little celebration so I thought I’d share this tasty cocktail that we served at our launch party with you. While I didn’t drink it, enough people told me how delicious it was to make me jealous. Apple cider, lemon juice, cinnamon and SNAP liqueur—how could it not be tasty?

Cheers! To the launch of Issue 11: Comfort, to my cheese prints being back in stock and of course, the weekend!

The Farmer’s Daughter

adapted from Art in the Age Spirits

2 ounces SNAP
3/4 oz lemon juice
3 ounces fresh apple cider to taste
fresh apple slices
cinnamon sticks

1. Combine all ingredients into a highball glass, stir, garnish with fresh apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

Also makes a great punch! Float cinnamon sticks and apple wheels in the punch bowl for garnish.

holiday giveaway 2: enormous champion tea towel

December 5th, 2012

First of all, I have to start this post thanking everyone who came out to the Remedy Quarterly Issue 11: Comfort Launch Party + Art Show last night! It was so much fun seeing old friends and new, including some of our amazing contributors. I have to give a big shout out to Art in the Age Craft Spirits for sponsoring the cocktails (oh how I wish I could have one!). Keep an eye out for a cocktail later this week. But now that the party is over, I’m going to go ahead and rest for a little bit.

While I do that, I wanted to share our second (and totally awesome) giveaway, from my good friends Jason and Jordan aka Enormous Champion. Is that not a lovely tea towel?! If you’re not familiar with their work, mosey on over to their website and take a gander… you might just fall in love.

If you’d like to have this beauty hanging in your kitchen, simply leave a comment sharing your favorite comfort food. The winner will be chosen next Monday, December 10 at 12pm EST.

***Congratulations to the winner of the tea towel, Laura! I loved hearing your comments—it sounds like there’s a tie between macaroni & cheese and grilled cheese & tomato soup… I’m telling you, it’s all about cheese! Keep an eye out for another giveaway this Wednesday. ***