Monday, June 18, 2018

Star Spangled Watermelon Gin Slush

Recipe for a frozen gin cocktail with fresh watermelon and elderflower liqueur.

We need to talk about this cocktail because it is so good. I mean, this recipe makes two drinks and I may or may not have had them both. It was just so hard to stop. And the 4th of July theme? Oh, yes, this drink will be on repeat for the holiday.

Recipe for a frozen gin cocktail with fresh watermelon and elderflower liqueur.

I was trying to come up with something red, white and blue-ish but I also wanted it to be amazing and not colored that way just for the sake of the colors, if you know what I mean. Problem solved with the cutest rimming sugars ever! Dell Cove Spices makes all kinds of rimming sugars and salts but the red, white and blue stars are new and it was love at first sight for me.

Recipe for a frozen gin cocktail with fresh watermelon and elderflower liqueur.

Because these are little more dense than regular rimming sugar, they won't hold with just running the edge of a cut lime around the glass. But a brush of corn syrup, or even simple syrup, holds them and makes your glass instantly festive.

Recipe for a frozen gin cocktail with fresh watermelon and elderflower liqueur.

You can totally serve this just as a great frozen cocktail, without the ice cream. But, seriously, why? Because, when the sweet ice cream starts to melt into the tart drink and you get both tastes together it is just summery frozen cocktail heaven. Cheers!


Yield: 2 Servings
Recipe for a frozen gin cocktail with fresh watermelon and elderflower liqueur.

Star Spangled Watermelon Gin Slush

prep time: 15 minscook time: total time: 15 mins
Recipe for a frozen gin cocktail with fresh watermelon and elderflower liqueur.

ingredients:

2 Cups fresh cubed watermelon
4 oz. Gin
2 oz. Elderflower liqueur
1 oz. Lime juice
1 oz. Simple syrup (optional if serving with ice cream)
Pinch of salt
Ice
2 Scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)

For the Rim:
1 Tablespoon corn syrup

instructions:

Pour a couple of tablespoons of the rimming sugar into a shallow bowl. Brush the edges of two tall cocktail glasses (margarita or hurricane glasses will work well) with the corn syrup and roll in the rimming sugar. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up while you make the drink.

Add the watermelon, gin, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and salt to a blender and puree. Fill to the top with ice and puree until all the ice is crushed. Taste and decide if you'd like to stir in the simple syrup.

Pour into the prepared cocktail glasses and freeze for a few minutes or as long as overnight. Top with the scoops of vanilla ice cream before serving.

Created using The Recipes Generator


This recipe is sponsored by Dell Cove spices. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.


Monday, June 11, 2018

French Market Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

Salad with baby arugula, roasted beets, French green beans, edible flowers and fried goat cheese.

When I'm walking through my local farmer's market on Saturday mornings, I always develop an overwhelming urge to make a big salad. And since I can't resist buying all the things, a salad is a great way to use them.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cauliflower Shawarma

Cauliflower roasted in shawarma spices and served with pita and tahini sauce.

My first experience with shawarma was on vacation on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel. Food vendors were selling falafel and shawarma sandwiches along with cold beverages on that hot August day. I ordered falafel because it's my favorite street food and my sister-in-law, who was my beach buddy that afternoon, ordered shawarma. I'd never had it before but the aroma was intoxicating and I asked for a taste. Hooked!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Creamy Lime in the Coconut Ice Cream

Creamy coconut ice cream flavored with lime.

I have a life long love/hate relationship with coconut. Love the flavor, hate the texture. So, little pieces of shredded coconut inside foods or covering the outside of a cake? Nope, not for me. The result of this has been that I spent a lot of time avoiding coconut flavored foods and pretty much kept my coconut consumption to pina coladas.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas


Are you ready for the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day weekend? Yes, the day itself is significant but, let's face it, it's also a time when friends and family gather to spend time together and start enjoying the summery weather. And that means food. So here are some of my favorite ideas this year for sides, mains, desserts and, of course, cocktails. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Cookies

Almond butter cookies coated with chocolate and sprinkled with slivered almonds and sea salt.

My peanut butter obsession means that's usually the jar I reach for when there's cookie baking to be done. And since it's been raining non stop for so long that I've actually lost track, there has definitely been cookie baking. But I decided it was time to show the almond butter some love as well.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ghee Roasted White and Sweet Potato Salad

White and sweet potato salad roasted with ghee.

For some reason, 2018 is running by super fast for me. Half the things I was supposed to get to in the first quarter of the year are still untouched. And then suddenly I look up and it's two weeks to the start of long summer weekends, beach openings and grilling season. Not that those things are anything to complain about.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Honeydew Melon Mojitos

Rum cocktail flavored with mint and honeydew melon.

I've always enjoyed a cool, refreshing mojito in hot weather. It's icy and minty and not too strong. Despite the 2 ounces of rum, it's topped off with club soda which makes a great slow sipper. Can't you just picture a tray of them on the porch in summer?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Bagel Breakfast Bar with Labneh and Za'atar Cream Cheese

Yogurt cream cheese flavored with za'atar and tips on setting up a bagel brunch.

When Sunday brunch is at my house, I like to to serve a bagel feast. I mean, who doesn't like bagels?Not only is it popular but it's easy to put together and involves more shopping than actual cooking.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ramp and Gruyere Cheese Tart

Savory tart with Gruyere cheese and spring ramps.

Do you suffer from ramp insanity? These wild onions appear for a short time in the spring and our local farmer's markets actually tweet out alerts. That's how ramp crazy we are. They smell and taste like a cross between garlic and onions with an extra touch of something green and wild and wonderful. Clearly I'm a a sufferer.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cobb Salad Nachos

Tortilla chips topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, avocado and grilled chicken.

This recipe got started recently as I was staring at the menu of one of my favorite local dives and trying to decide between nachos and Cobb salad. Normally this is an easy decision for me since Cobb salad is one of my favorites. But I had Cinco de Mayo nachos on the brain.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Falafel and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast sandwich with a falafel patty, tahini, diced cucumbers and topped with a fried egg.

I have a serious affection for a good, loaded breakfast sandwich. What's not to love about all the delicious breakfast things stacked between two pieces of delicious bread? But what exactly constitutes breakfast things is open to interpretation and variation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Milk Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies flavored with tahini.

When you love peanut butter as much as I do, you have a favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. And, in my case, my ultimate favorite is from my friend Jennie, who writes the blog, One Sweet Mess. So, when I was working on my recipe for tahini cookies, my other favorite thing (I have a lot of favorite things), I started out with her base.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Honey Tahini Overnight Oats

Overnight oats flavored with honey, tahini (sesame paste), banana and almonds.

Let's just say that it's a good thing I don't live with anybody who expects a hot breakfast because they would be very disappointed. Most days, I'm happy I've found time to pour milk into my cereal instead of just grabbing handfuls of it dry as I rush around. Needless to say, hot oatmeal is not a thing that happens around here without significant pre-planning. Overnight oats, though, are in regular rotation because all I have to do in the morning is grab them out of the fridge.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tamari Roasted Vegetable Platter

Roasted vegetables glazed with a tamari, honey and mustard sauce.

One of my favorite ways to serve side dish vegetables to company is just to grill or roast a big platter of them and put them in the middle of the table for people to help themselves. I also think it's a fun appetizer with cocktails instead of the more expected cheese and dips.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pear Dutch Babies with Honey Labneh Cream

Dutch baby pancakes with caramelized pears and labneh yogurt cream.

Let's talk about how much there is to love about Dutch baby pancakes. The puff, the flavorings and, my personal favorite, the fact that they cook in the oven and I don't have to stand over a griddle flipping batches of pancakes.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spinach and Feta Turnovers (Bourekas)

Savory puff pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese.

Puff pastry and frozen spinach are a couple of items that can usually be found in the back of my freezer somewhere. They're both useful to have around for all kinds of recipe options but, sadly, my freezer is underutilized. I keep nuts and vodka in there but tend to forget to look to it for food ideas. That needs to change.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Crunchy Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls

Peanut butter balls filled with pretzels and peanuts, topped with melted chocolate.

Oh, has it been a minute since I expressed my undying love of peanut butter? Rest assured my obsession has not waned. And while I fully admit that my preferred method of eating peanut butter is with a spoon, right out of the jar, sometimes I feel compelled to actually make stuff with it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Quick Pickled Vegetables

Quick pickled cucumbers, red onions and carrots.

At any given time, I've either had no pickles in my fridge or I've had an overly large array of them in various shapes and styles. Why? Because I never know which one I will like. Too sweet, too sour, too soft, too crunchy. And so they accumulate until I get frustrated and get rid of all of them leaving me with no pickles when I feel like having a pickle.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cheesy Meatball Casserole

Casserole of meatballs, pasta, marinara sauce and cheese.

Another week and another make-ahead dinner prepped, portioned and stored in the fridge for use during the week. I'm so weirdly proud of myself when I actually do these.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Roasted Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

Crispy, oven roasted sugar snap peas with olive oil, cheese and seasoning.

I was on a hunt the other day for some fresh spring peas (I'm pretending it's not still freezing outside) but none of my local grocery stores had them. What I did find was fresh sugar snap peas. Those wouldn't work for the recipe I had in mind but I figured I'd come up with something so I grabbed them.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tex-Mex Potato and Beef Burritos

Tortillas filled with spiced ground beef, potatoes, beans and cheese.

One of my goals is to get better about weekly meal prep and make-ahead freezer meals. I've always found that the prep work on a Sunday is totally worth the ease and convenience of having ready made meals and prepped vegetables during the hectic week. Now I just have to get better about doing it on a regular basis.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Peanut Butter and Jelly Air Fried Doughnuts

Air fried jelly doughnuts topped with peanut butter glaze

See these hot, fluffy doughnuts, oozing with jelly and dripping with peanut butter glaze? Fresh from the fryer! Oh, wait, I meant the air fryer. Yup. These beauties are an air fryer masterpiece.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Onion Gravy

Chicken sausages served over creamy polenta with an onion pan gravy.

Let's talk about quick and easy weeknight dinners because it's a subject that comes up often around here. It's actually most likely to come up at about 6:00 pm when I look up from my computer screen and realize that I haven't planned anything for dinner.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Currant Scones

Scones baked with fresh red currants

It snows, it warms up, it snows, it warms up. All month long. Rinse and repeat. I know it's just winter's last hurrah before exiting for the year but I'm a little over it. Yesterday was another inclement weather day so I did the only logical thing - I baked.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pie made with shortcrust pastry and banana pastry cream

For those people who know me well, the only surprising part about me baking a banana cream pie is that it's the first time I've ever done it. And surprising because it is literally my favorite dessert of all time.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

French Onion Patty Melts

Grilled beef and Gruyere sandwich melts with caramelized onions

One of my cooking mottos would have to be French onion all the things! Why? Because the combination of beef, Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions is awesome. Sure, it's great in soup but it's just as great minus the soup. Patty melts are already awesome so giving them the French onion twist just makes them even more so.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Cheddar Soda Bread

Soda bread flavored with sharp cheddar cheese

Every year I bake some kind of soda bread around St. Patrick's Day and every year I ask myself why I don't bake it more often. It's easy to make and so completely delicious. And it lends itself to lots of variations.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cornmeal Onion Fritters

Battered and fried onion fritters

I usually enjoy adapting recipes to be a little healthier and that often means employing my oven or air fryer instead of the deep fryer. But, sometimes there's just no really good substitute for the original, like a crispy onion fritter. And, let's face it, sometimes we need a good, crispy onion fritter.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Angel Hair with Fava Beans and Gremolata Pangrattato

Pasta with fava beans and lemony garlic breadcrumbs

Despite days of rain and gloom, the temperature is actually warming up quite a bit here. I think the groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter but that's just a rodent with a bad attitude. I'm predicting an early spring. And even if the sun is not quite cooperating now, I'm willing it to with spring-like foods.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Air Fried Doughnut Puffs

Air-Fried-Doughnut-Puffs-1

I've been having fun testing recipes in my air fryer so it was only a matter of time before I tried something sweet. Doughnuts are such great deep fried treats so I obviously had to see how they would do without the oil.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cheesy Meatloaf Sliders with Pickled Red Onion

Cheesy-Meatloaf-Sliders-with-Pickled-Red-Onion-1

Meatloaf is one of those recipes that I love as much the next day, as a leftover, as I do freshly made for dinner. It's one of my favorite comfort foods when served fresh with mashed potatoes and gravy (diners do this dish SO well) but it's equally amazing as a sandwich the next day.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Buttered Bourbon Pop-Tail

Buttered-Bourbon-Pop-Tail-1

Do you and your friends love seeing all the Oscar nominated movies before the awards are handed out? It's definitely movie watching time around here and the planning of a festive group Oscar watching party. It's so much more fun to watch with other people.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Individual Red Lentil Pot Pies

Individual-Red-Lentil-Pot-Pies-1

There are just some culinary terms that make me extra happy and pot pie is one of them. The image of creamy filling encased in pastry is enough to make me hungry. It's also an incredibly versatile dish since both the crust and the filling can be varied so much.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Apple Puff Tart with Tahini Caramel

Apple-Puff-Tart-with-Tahini-Caramel-1

Not all Valentine's Day desserts have to contain chocolate. Especially if you suspect a box of your favorite chocolate truffles is being purchased for you because somebody knows how much you love them. So, on the assumption that somebody knows what's good for them and is purchasing said truffles, I think it's safe to move away from the chocolate. There should still be caramel, though.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Ground-Beef-Stroganoff-1

Sunday was cold and rainy and I was feeling run down from a long week. Normally I make a big pot of soup when I feel like that but I was more in the mood for something rich and hearty. Or, at least, rich tasting.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sparkling Red Currant Cosmopolitan

Sparkling-Red-Currant-Cosmopolitan-1

I am obsessed with fresh currants and probably mores so because of how hard they are to find. In New York I typically find them in the winter at specialty gourmet stores but sometimes larger farmer's markets will have them. One thing is sure and that's that, if I see them, I'm buying them.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

Chocolate-Raspberry-Layer-Cake-1

Most of the time, I am not a fancy dessert maker. I like to create recipes that are easy, quick and delicious. But sometimes you have to make an effort and Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion for an extra fancy chocolate cake.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Triple Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Triple-Chocolate-Shortbread-Cookies-1

It's almost time for the sweetest holiday of the year. And yes, it's wonderful if you have a romantic partner but I believe in spreading the love to friends and family. Thanks to Parks and Recreation, so many of my friends now host "galentines" celebrations and I'm happy to share the friend love with sweet treats.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Cheesy Beef and Potato Casserole

Cheesy-Beef-and-Potato-Casserole-1

Every time I make a casserole I ask myself why I don't make them more often. They can be prepped ahead of time, come together using just one or two pans and they usually make enough for lots of leftovers. Those are all words that interest me when I'm busy and can realize, with relief, that dinner is already in the fridge, just waiting for me to reheat it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Burger Au Poivre

Burger-Au-Poivre-1

One of my favorite restaurant splurges is steak au poivre which is typically a filet mignon served with a creamy peppercorn sauce. The steak is great, of course, but it's the sauce that makes me crave that dish. So, why not just make the sauce?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cake


This weekend I was going through my pantry and thinking about doing some cold weather, stay-at-home-day baking. There's something so comforting about winter baking not to mention, I really wanted something sweet.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Baked Cauliflower Rice and Bacon Arancini

Cauliflower-Rice-Arancini-1

Where should I begin? The arancini part, the cauliflower rice part or the fact that this recipe serves four but I ate most of it by myself for dinner last night?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter Squash Soup with Sage

Winter-Squash-Soup-with-Sage-1

I hope you all are not getting sick of soup recipes because the temperatures and wind chill around here are below zero and that means I'm eating soup. My big soup pot pretty much lives on top of the stove lately because it's a stay inside, eat all the soup and watch Netflix kind of month.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Braised Short Ribs

Braised-Short-Ribs-1

So...brrrr. Those of us in the north east are enjoying (no, not really) single digit temperatures and the pleasures of potential frostbite whenever we take the dog for a walk. Mind you, I'm not really complaining that much because my apartment is heated and cozy. Just maybe getting a little claustrophobic in here.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Black Bean Soup

Black-Bean-Soup-1

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had an opportunity to take some time off around the holidays. I took most of last week off which, for me, meant catching up on sleep, catching up on some personal stuff that I wanted crossed off my list and playing around in the kitchen.