Recipes

CUCUMBER MELON SALAD

This is the salad equivalent to frozen grapes: super refreshing, your last chance against a hot summer day. The cool fruit combined with refreshing mint is enough, but with a bright honey/lime combo and some habanero, it’s exactly what you need when you’re sweating buckets. This works with literally ANY other fruit, by the way, so get creative with it!  […]
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PINK LEMONADE PINK PEPPERCORN SORBET

One of my favorite characters ever is Maggie Prescott; Editor extraordinaire of the fictional Quality Magazine, from the film Funny Face.  If you haven’t seen it, see it.  Like, now. What are you doing? Go to iTunes or whatever and download it! She starts the number “Think Pink” in typical Maggie style: she has decided to publish an entire issue […]
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BRISKET BAHN MI BURGER

The Bahn Mi is one of my favorite sandwiches.  Rich grilled meat topped with fresh vegetables, surrounded by a French loaf with mayo and hot sauce – beautiful.  So why not take these same flavors and try them with a burger?  I love the fattiness of brisket with the fresh, crisp flavors of raw carrot, cucumber, and cilantro.  Enjoy! HOW […]
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RAINBOW SPRING ROLLS

There’s nothing mind-altering about these salad rolls, but the rainbow of color gives these rolls a fabulous, psychedelic color palette that’s as fun as it is delicious. The trick is to get vegetables are saturated in color as possible – so think bright purples, verdant greens, hot pinks, intense yellows. The vibrant ingredients will add a big impact to the […]
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ICED COCONUT WATER AMERICANO

This sounds a little crazy, I know, but roll with me here.  While wandering Queen Street West in Toronto, the damp summer sun beating down on my auburn head, I stumbled upon an adorable coffee shop called R2.  The drinks and charming baristas were refreshing, especially this goofy little number.  I don’t remember exactly what went into it, but the […]
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SPICY CUCUMBER WATERMELON SALAD

The heat from the chilies and the acid from the lime are great counterpoints to the crisp and sweet watermelon and cucumber, making this salad ultra-refreshing. INGREDIENTS For 6 1/4 cup shallot, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 lime, juiced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional for extra heat) 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 to 1 […]
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MOJITO POPS

Frozen desserts in the summertime are a must, and it’s hard to think of anything more refreshing than a mojito.  Lime + mint + rum + sugar is such a winning combination.  I decided to have a little fun with it and freeze it, because the only thing more refreshing than a mojito is a mojito popsicle.  Try this with […]
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FLORAL INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEA

”The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.” Now, I know we all love Lizzie and Darcy, but honestly, my favorite prideful curmudgeon and the outspoken free spirit that changes him, couple is Eliza and Henry, from My Fair Lady. He is an EPIC chauvinist. Just…next level. I mean, […]
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FRESH PINA COLADA

My favorite cocktail when I was 10 years old was a lava flow – virgin, of course. Pina colada + strawberry margarita in a pink and white swirl was my idea of heaven.  It was purely a vacation treat, you understand, and any time we’d go somewhere with a pool, I knew I could get my grubby little paws on […]
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LEMON SCENTED MERINGUE CAKE

What can be lovelier than layers of sponge cake, heaps of fluffy meringue, rich pastry cream, all scented with lemon? Not much, honestly. This cake is pretty tops. It’s inspired by the classic Cipriani cake, which is a bit on a New York institution (and Martha Stewart’s favorite slice, allegedly). It’s like biting into a cloud, which is a problem […]
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