Lemon-Lime Basil Martini

Pouring the basil martini 3Bright sunshine, warm rains, blossoming dogwoods, and plump red-breasted robins… It seems spring is finally here to stay!

Ever since the first fingers of spring began to spread over the city, I have been aching to do all kinds of culinary things to welcome and celebrate spring. I made an elaborate lamb dinner last week, cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting over the weekend (post to come), and created this delicious martini!

I first experimented with basil simple syrup combined with ginger beer in mocktails that I made over the winter when I was pining for warmer weather. But now that spring is finally here, it’s time to break out the bar tools and use the syrup to create refreshing, light, fun martinis. And this one fits the bill! Continue reading

StrictlyDelicious Coq Au Vin

20140309-104755.jpgThe last few Fiesta Fridays I’ve attended I’ve been pretty selfish. My additions to the party have been dishes made just for one, which makes me not a very considerate attendee at all! Although I will most likely bring dishes for one to the party again in the future, my contribution today is made to share. So all of those who enjoy decadent chicken with thick cut bacon, fragrant herbs, and white wine, pull up a chair!

I knew I wanted to make a chicken with white wine sauce for the party, but was less than thrilled with all of the Coq Au Vin recipes I found online. I decided to combine what I liked from the recipes I found, add touches of my process making Beef Bourguignon, and figure out what else it needed as I went along. It’s a great way to cook, and the result was delicious! Continue reading

Skillet Duck Breast with Blood Orange, Red Wine Reduction

20140224-164325.jpgI don’t know about you, but I’m not quite done with romance. Specifically, romantic food. Maybe it’s the fact that Valentine’s Day was so recent, maybe I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to on Valentine’s Day, or maybe, just maybe it’s because I never need a reason to cook myself a romantic dinner! On Friday night on the way home from work, I knew I had to romance myself that evening. And what better way to romance oneself than with delicious food?!

I created this recipe a week ago (my first time making duck at home!), and was absolutely thrilled with the result. Decadence that took almost no effort. You know I love that! Continue reading

Green’s Gluten-Free Dubbel Dark Ale


I tried this gluten-free beer, not because it is made without wheat, but because it clearly states on its label that it is free of soy, dairy, nuts, seafood, etc. As a person struggling to avoid a number of commonly found foods, I appreciate a brewery (or any company) that not only puts out a product that I can consume, but also makes sure to clearly state on its label that it is allergen free! Even though this beer is made without gluten and I am a lover of all “normal” beers dark and rich, I found this beer delicious.

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I thoroughly enjoyed finding the roasty chocolate and caramel flavors that I love in dark beer without the bitterness and abrasiveness that can sometimes turn me off. But, because I am no expert in reviewing beer (or anything for that matter), for you to get a full picture of what this beer is like, I will direct you to the following wonderfully worded and highly accurate reviews.

So read the reviews, grab a bottle, and see how much you enjoy this, whether you are required to be GF or not! And let me know what you think!

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Pomegranate Orange Splash Cocktail

cocktail or pom 2After a wonderful New Year’s Eve with my sister, I found myself with half a bottle of sparkling wine left over. I find the bubbles in sparkling wine a bit too abrasive for drinking on a regular evening, so I set out to make a delicious cocktail from the leftovers. (What better kind of leftovers than sparkling wine, right?!)

Lately I have been in love with pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds, so the cocktail’s ingredients really just fell together based on complementing flavors and what I had in my fridge! I justified having two of these by the super-healthy juices it contains. That’s fine, right? đŸ˜€

What are some of your favorite champagne cocktails?

Pomegranate Orange Splash Cocktail

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  • Difficulty: easy
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1 oz. vodka
2 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. sparkling wine

Fill a cocktail shaker 1/4 of the way full with ice. Pour all ingredients over the ice. Shake until mixed thoroughly and chilled, about 10-15 seconds.cocktail seeds2

Add pomegranate seeds to a glass if desired, strain the contents of the shaker into the glass, and serve.


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Corn-Free Cosmo

photo 1I, like any girl out there, certainly enjoy a good cocktail. One of my goals in eliminating allergens from my diet was to create cocktails that were legal for my allergies.

I purchased Chopin potato vodka to make homemade vanilla after finding many resources that named it corn-free. I decided that while I had it, I would try my hand at making a corn-free cocktail. I’m sure I will perfect this over time, but here was my delicious first try.

Edit: After learning I am also allergic to potatoes, I now use Kettle One or Ciroc to make cocktails!

Corn-Free, Healthier Cosmo

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Corn-Free Cosmo

2 oz. Ketel-One vodka (can also use Ciroc)
2 oz. Trader Joe’s 100% cranberry juice
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker that is full of ice. (Since TJ’s cranberry juice is so tart, I also added 1 oz. simple syrup- be sure to use a corn-free sugar like Domino or C&H.) Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Enjoy!

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