Archives

CRANBERRY SAUCE + GRAVY

It’s that time of year again! Cranberry sauce and gravy time.  They both serve opposite purposes on the plate, but I can’t imagine a slice of roasted turkey without both of these butting up against it.  The other funny thing about both of these sauces is that they’re so often lackluster.  A bitter, thick cranberry sauce or a runny, less […]
Read Full Post

THE C & O COCKTAIL

Named for the wonderful C&O restaurant in Charlottesville where I first had this cocktail, this drink has a little bit of everything. Campari – a booze trend I’m seeing everywhere now – soaked in coffee beans and chiles de arbol, with bourbon and Carpano Antica vermouth sounds like an oddball mix, but the flavors are deep and rich, and feel […]
Read Full Post

VINTAGE ORANGE BREAD

When I came across this vintage recipe, I was curious about how it would turn out. The name “Orange Bread” makes me think of pound cake, but this light yeast bread isn’t heavy or sweet. It’s actually begging to be toasted with a touch of marmalade on top. Or left stale and used for french toast? Or maybe even toasted […]
Read Full Post

THE NEROLI

My friend Jason Neroni is the king of flipping flavors and creating something new. At his restaurant, Catch and Release, he does just that all over the menu (everything bagel dusted burrata, for instance).  My favorite moment of his evil genius is in the form of The Neroni, a playful twist on a negroni, with the addition of pistachio infused […]
Read Full Post

ORANGE WHISKY PATE DE FRUIT

Sophisticated and sweet, these pate de fruit are inspired by the classic old fashioned. Fresh orange and your S.O.’s favorite whisky make these candies unique, and so much more interesting than classic fruit flavors. The best part is that you can easily play with the flavors to make them your own. If you love Penicillin cocktails, try making one with […]
Read Full Post

BREEZY SUMMER SHAKE

Summer is in full effect, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably gone a little crazy at the farmers’ market, trying to soak up every last drop of edible sunshine. This means that I have a lot of fruit doing a lot of nothing on my counter, and a girl can only make so much jam or pie. So smoothies […]
Read Full Post

RISING SUN JUICE

I love this combination of carrot, coconut, orange, and a bit of spice. Slightly sweet, nicely balanced, it’s super thirst quenching and refreshing. This would also make a brilliant smoothie if you blended coconut meat in as well. Enjoy!  INGREDIENTS 2 carrots 1 inch piece fresh ginger 1 cup coconut water 1/2 orange, juiced 1 lime, juiced 1 pinch ground […]
Read Full Post

THE SMOKEY MANHATTAN

Smokey, sweet and balanced, this manly play on the classic manhattan makes you want to sip it in an old library surrounded by fine leather goods.  At least that’s how I feel about it. INGREDIENTS 1 ounce laphroig (or another very smokey whiskey) 1 ounce rye 1/2 ounce amaro 3 dashes orange bitters orange peel DIRECTIONS Combine the laphroig, rye, […]
Read Full Post

CITRUS FENNEL TAHINI SALAD

I love creamy dressings. They can take a meh salad and make it feel practically decadent – ok, not really, but definitely more substantive at least. Tahini, for the uninitiated, is a sesame puree that you’ll find in a lot of sauces in the middle east, like hummus.  It’s delicious, and adds a lovely warmth and creaminess to anything it’s […]
Read Full Post

ORANGE BLOSSOM

A mimosa is grand an all, but sometimes you want something with a little more oomph. The Orange Blossom does just that. Adding a bit of gin for bite and chamomile rosemary syrup, this low key drink works equally well for brunch as it does for evening cocktails. Plus, the little chamomile flowers are just too pretty.  INGREDIENTS 1 ounce […]
Read Full Post