This is the busiest time of year for me in my real job. In all the craziness that is the weeks leading up to the National Stationery Show, I feel like I barely get out the door in the morning, let alone grabbing a Greek yogurt (my fave!) from the fridge. This weekend, I took a step back and prepared some food for the week… Healthy lunches, bags of vegetables for snacks and homemade granola to top that yogurt for breakfast. Give it a go – it just might give you that boost that I find myself needing in the morning!
Homemade Maple Granola
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp almond extract
4 cups oatmeal (not the quick stuff… you want the old fashioned oats!)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries Continue reading
I love owls! I’ve actually wanted to be an owl for Halloween since I was a Chi Omega in college and finally got around to sewing a costume, so nicely modeled by Haute Papier‘s very own Kate here! Since it’s Make-It Monday, click below for the how to! Continue reading
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I’m obsessed with the newest thing in the cocktail industry – homemade “jello shots” !!!! Yes, similar to those ones you had in college, but not disgusting! While on vacation, I took the opportunity to whip up a bunch of different versions, including these grapefruit margarita ones – give them a whirl – I can’t wait to hear what you think!
1 1/3 cup grapefruit soda (I used Izzy’s sparkling juice)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tsp sugar
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
2/3 cup tequila
Fresh grapefruit segments for garnish, if desired
Pour soda, lime juice and sugar into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.
Mixture may be foamy initially, but this will disapate. Remove from heat.
Stir in the tequila. Pour mixture into loaf pan.
Place in refrigerator to set (several hours or overnight).
To serve, cut into desired shapes. Garnish each jelly shot with a small grapefruit segment, if desired. CHEERS!
Makes 18 to 24 grapefruit margarita shots!
I’m loving this ADORABLE idea from one of my absolute favorite blogs – Twig & Thistle. It’s the perfect Valentine – creative, lovey-dovey and well… sweet! Click here for more ideas and FREE downloadable templates so you can recreate these Valentine’s at home!
A good Caesar is by far my favorite salad to whip up when friends are coming by for dinner. Everyone loves the homemade dressing! The secret is easy – anchovies. (I always keep a little glass jar of them in the fridge.) These little suckers are the key to a full-flavored Caesar Salad Dressing!
Caesar Salad Dressing
(makes 3/4 cup)
4 cloves garlic
4 egg yolks
Juice from half a lemon
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
fresh ground pepper
In a glass bowl mix garlic, egg yolks, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and anchovies. Using an immersion blender, beat until all ingredients are combined and mixture is almost smooth. In a slow stream, add the olive oil while still beating with the blender. It is necessary to add the oil slowly so the mixture emulsifies. Once the dressing has a thick consistency, season with salt and pepper.
Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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This is one of my go to appetizers. It’s easy to whip up (everything goes in the food processor) and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh chives
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic, herbs and zest until all finely minced. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and bring to room temperature for serving.
Deliciously thick and creamy homemade eggnog becomes a food group for my darling husband during the holiday season. This recipe is the one that he makes over and over in double-batches just to make sure we always have enough.
makes one gallon
5 egg yolks
5 egg whites
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups bourbon
3/4 cups cognac
3/4 cups dark rum
1 quart milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 pint heavy cream
pinch of nutmeg
splash of vanilla extract
Who doesn’t love receiving homemade gifts during the month of December – especially things that can be eaten! Here’s my adaptation on a recipe for Homemade Butterscotch Sauce. It’s quite easy and will keep for up to three months in the refrigerator.
Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Scotch whisky
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt and cook to dissolve the sugar. Add the cream and simmer, stirring, until thickened, 10 minutes. Add the whisky and vanilla and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to jars.
5. – The Chicago Tribune A Bit of Vampire History for your Halloween Bash “This vampire thing goes back, all the way to antiquity. Old blood indeed. The trail begins in ancient Persia, where someone discovered a vase depicting a man struggling with a blood-sucking creature. The Aztecs, too, got in on the sanguineness, convinced that offering a victim’s blood ensured fertilization of the Earth.”
4. – The Boston Globe Someone’s Gotta Do It “There are 50 of them, four of us, and the task seems a bit daunting. Over the next two hours, we will taste 25 white wines and 25 reds (identities unknown), compare impressions, and take notes. What we hope to find are a handful of wines that deserve to be called the best at $12 and under – the Grand Cru of Plonk.”
3. – The LA Times There’s a New Taste for Quince “Neglected for decades, the quince seems an improbable candidate for revival today, when consumers demand sweet, ready-to-eat fresh fruit. Why is it, then, that in recent years three books of quince recipes and lore have appeared, the fruit increasingly is featured at high-end restaurants, and half a dozen of these have even been named after it?”
2. – The NY Times Tater Tots for Two: It’s a Date “And thus is born false hope. Because dating in New York, as countless sitcoms, magazine articles and resolutely plucky blogs can attest, is no picnic. But let’s say that, through some quirk of dinner party seating or online profiling, you manage to meet someone. Where to take them?”
1. – The Washington Post Take Stock: There’s an easier way to do it “Bouillon, or stock, or broth, is the foundation of a range of dishes, not just French ones. It is the essence of a risotto. It is the heart of a soup and constitutes the body of a stew. Few chefs could imagine a world without it. A restaurant kitchen without a large pot of simmering stock feels barren and soulless. But one of the first things you learn once you have graduated from the University of Food Writing and enter the Real World is that people don’t make stock. Even many food writers and chefs don’t make their own stock from scratch, at least not on their own free time. Stock should be just a matter of knuckles and dimes. Yet it seldom is.”
photo from The LA Times
Recipe after the jump…