Category Archives: Entertaining

Happy Hour: The French 75

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Admittedly, I am not a big cocktail person. In college, I drank mostly whiskey and cokes, which typically led to lots of dancing and other shenanigans. Since then, I often find myself completely confused by cocktail menus, because I have no idea what I like. After ordering one too many failed drinks while out, I typically choose to have a beer or a glass of wine instead. Continue reading

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Amped Up Cocoa

After a week of really perfect weather, actual February temperatures can seem blisteringly cold. It might be nice to warm yourself up with something special – a Mexican-inspired hot cocoa, for example.

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I had planned to share this recipe and technique with you last week, but thought you might not be so interested while frolicking in the sun. But today, I have a feeling you might be more convinced. Lightly spiced, this was the best cup of cocoa I’ve ever had. Period.

I first read about spice-infused milk in Martha Stewart Living. I loved the concept. Basically, aromatics and spice steep in milk to create unique flavors. The infused milk can then act as a base to things like oatmeal, coffee, chai tea or cocoa. While I have only tried the version listed below, I think the possibilities are endless. Continue reading

Uncorked

When you’re living inside a snowglobe, it’s important to have good wine. It helps you admire the view, while dulling the memory of your last visit to the grocery store.

I actually avoided the obligatory stock up trip this time, but only because I called the hubby first. Despite the fact that I shop for my entire week on Sunday, I can get a little swept up in the “We’re going to be snowed in for ever! Do we have enough toilet paper?” craze of it all. I usually need someone to talk me off the ledge.

I’m still not sure I made the right decision though, as there weren’t any brownies in the house. Luckily, we had wine.

Over the last few months, I’ve had several good bottles by following Alan’s suggestions at Royal Liquor. Here are some of our favorites:

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San de Guilhem, 2012, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne: A crisp, fruity white that tastes like spring – We had it last night with salmon and grilled pineapple. Continue reading

Red, Red Wine

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I was lucky enough to receive two, great bottles of red wine as gifts recently. The first was a Cotes du Rhone from my parents for our anniversary, and the second was a lovely Malbec I got for my birthday. I forgot to take notes of what they tasted like while I drank them, and now, all I can offer is that they’re really good. And, you should try them.

Bodega, Tamari Reserva, Malbec, 2009

Vidal-Fleury, Cotes du Rhone, 2011

Dinner in 15

Lately, I’ve had a little helper in the kitchen. As I chop and mix, she opens drawers and crawls noisily around the room. Sometimes, she sneaks off and starts going through my cookbook collection. She’s very cute, but requires a lot of my attention.

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As I’ve mentioned here before, I’ve had to switch up the way I cook quite a bit. Instead of spending an hour making dinner, I have much less time.

One of my new favorites is actually pretty enough for guests. It feels appropriate for spring, but could easily work this summer as well. Salmon is roasted along with asparagus. As they cook, I chop mango and avocado. Stirred together with a little lime juice, it makes the perfect topping for the salmon. Try this on one of your busy evenings. It’s healthy and quicker than picking up take out.

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In the Red

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I’ve added two, new red wines to the wine list. One is a lovely Syrah and the other is a Cotes du Rhone. Try them this weekend with a perfectly grilled steak.

McManis Family Vineyards, Syrah, Vintage 2010 – Light and slightly peppery
Cotes du Rhone Heritages, Maitre Eleveur Ogier, 2010 – Absolutely perfect

Spring Supper

Last month, it was my turn to host supper club. My turn comes up once a year, and each time, I sort of rack my brain to decide what to make. This time I wanted something feminine and easy that felt like spring.

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I settled on recipes I’d made before: Gywnnie’s rotisserie chicken, asparagus, clementine/almond muffins and mustard roasted potatoes. I also decided to try this recipe for rhubarb snackin’ cake that was delicious. You should definitely try it out. Continue reading