This recipe - well, non-recipe rather - was born out of my desire to create a grown-up strawberry slushy drink. Because no matter what your age, there is nothing better than the refreshing power of a frozen fruity drink on a hot summer day. I tested several versions of this recipe, and they were good, but the simplest turned out to be the best - frozen strawberries, ice cream and booze. Although the market is currently overflowing with gorgeous local strawberries, I decided to use the frozen kind instead, since they help keep the drink chilled for longer and . . .
“Cocktail Hour” is a monthly series in which I try my hand at making simple yet impressive cocktails at home. The tradition of the aperitivo (apéritif if you are en France) - the pre-dinner cocktail meant to stimulate the appetite - is just one of the many reasons Europeans are better than us. Okay, okay, just kidding not really. The aperitivo gives you a chance to wind down and prepare yourself for enjoying a meal, instead of hurriedly scarfing it down in a post-work frenzy. Aperitivos are usually bitter-sweet, often consisting of Campari, Lillet, vermouth or . . .
For this installment of Favorite Foodies, I am so excited to feature Emma Gonzalez, half of the duo behind Eat Our Feelings. Eat Our Feelings is a food-centric web series about two twenty-something New York girls, trying their best to navigate through life, while also showing you how to make approachable healthy recipes. It's all very Girls meets Portlandia meets Ellie Krieger. I first found out about the series from a chef at work (since Emma is a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute), who burst into my office demanding I Google it. It's impossible to ignore the . . .
"Cocktail Hour" is a monthly series in which I try my hand at making simple yet impressive cocktails at home. When brainstorming cocktail recipes, herbs are often my favorite place to start. Herbs can act as that essential base note in a cocktail, and I just love figuring out what other flavors to pair them with. For this month's Cocktail Hour, I wanted to start with wintery rosemary. It has an irresistible piney aroma and is so pretty, it can make a glass of water look elegant. Scotch whisky possesses a wonderful (well, if you're into whisky to begin with) . . .
"Cocktail Hour" is a monthly series in which I try my hand at making simple yet impressive cocktails at home. As far as awesomeness-per-ounce goes, herbs pretty much take the cake. Just a small amount can add freshness, powerful nutrients and aesthetic value to almost any dish. Dill, for example - an herb I am very familiar with and fond of thanks to my Eastern European heritage - has an earthy, bright flavor, and a decent nutritional punch. It's a good source of Vitamin C, iron and calcium. In fact, just three tablespoons of dill will provide about the same amount . . .
Since moving into our own place a few months ago, Rene and I have really been enjoying building our home bar. "Home is where the liquor is" - isn't that how the saying goes? Crabbie's ginger beer is one of our new favorite cocktail ingredients. I first got to sample Crabbie's at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer event this summer and it was love at first taste. The beer is sweet, spicy, tangy and not overly carbonated. It's basically the best cocktail mixer for any liquor of your choosing. A traditional Moscow Mule, popularized in the 1940's and 50's, calls for . . .
I first stumbled upon Alana's blog Fix Feast Flair through Twitter, and was immediately charmed. I loved her minimalist yet beautiful photographs and approachable voice, and knew the woman behind this blog must have major style (turns out I was right - gotta love a gal who can accessorize with a banana). A Hawaiian transplant currently living in Los Angeles, Alana is a talented baker (check out her 12 Days of Cookies!) and she gets crafty, too. Read on for our Q&A and get to know my newest Favorite Foodie! What was your motivation for starting Fix Feast . . .