Recipes

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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SHRIMP BURGER WITH WAKAME SLAW

Shrimp toast is one of my favorite things ever, so I figured, why not switch out the toast for burger buns? The shrimp burgers are filled with fresh herbs and bright flavors and when topped with a crunchy wakame (seaweed salad) and spicy sriracha. I am practically addicted, I love this combination so much.  I might even try rolling the […]
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MUDDLED CHERRY MAI TAIS

I went through an intense cocktail phase in my early 20’s. Speakeasies were de rigeuer then, and no bar cart was complete without obscure, single purpose liqueurs and a supply of egg whites at the ready. But I never made it far enough through my catalog of vintage recipes to reach the Tiki explosion – when GIs returning from the […]
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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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SPICY WATERMELON MINT AGUA FRESCA

Agua fresca is one of my most favorite drinks. Refreshing and light, and the perfect partner for spicy Mexican food.  To combat the heat, they tend to be quite sweet, but I made mine a little on the drier side so it can be enjoyed ala carte. With the mint and jalapeño, it’s a sweet and spicy combination you’ll drink […]
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