Recipes

THE 4 PASTAS OF ROME

Your impression of La Dolce Vita says a lot about where you are in life. Do you find it exotic and romantic? Frustrating and vapid? Nostalgic and bitter sweet? The film covers seven episodes in a gossip rag journalist’s life. Seven nights, seven mornings, seven hills in Rome, the seven sins – there’s a lot of allegorical, metaphorical stuff going […]
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THE BEE STING

I stumbled across this recipe for a batida (meaning a Brazilian cocktail made of fruit juice, cachaca, and a sweetener) in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Gold Cookbook by Louis P. DeGouy, 1947. I love that it’s made with three ingredients, and I love that it tastes like adult lemonade. I think you’ll find The Bee Sting to […]
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THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER

This is my new green smoothie, and I’m pretty obsessed with it (hence the title of this post).  It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s green, it’s ALL THE THINGS. It also manages to be creamy, without having any type of dairy or almond milk in it. Hope you dig it as much as I do! INGREDIENTS For 3 cups 1 large […]
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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 […]
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THE DOWN LOW

This is my new favorite cold weather cocktail. Imagine it like a martini plus. The plus part is the touch of angostura bitters and the walnut liqueur. The first sip is bright and refreshing, but quickly yields to the mellow, honeyed flavor of the liqueur with a subtle bite from the bitters. The down low is cozy yet refreshing at […]
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THE EASIEST CHEESE SOUFFLE

If soufflés had a spirit animal, it would be an indoor house cat. They’re warm and fluffy and perfect when they’re perfect, but when they decide on a whim to not be perfect, they’re clumsy, capricious ninjas, destroying your furniture. That’s not to say that a soufflé will destroy your couch, but it can definitely ruin a dinner party by […]
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THE EAST END

Somewhere between a Last Word and an Eastside, the East End blends bright citrus and herb flavors perfectly. This is such a simple, clean cocktail, and always hits the spot. INGREDIENTS 4 slices cucumber 1 ounce lime juice 1 1/2 ounce gin (or infused vodka) 1/2 ounce green chartreuse 1/2 ounce simple syrup DIRECTIONS First add the cucumber slices and […]
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THE GREEN MARY

I’m new to the whole Bloody Mary thing, as I’m not really into tomato juice, but I love the idea of a savory cocktail. The key is balance and liberal heat. So in celebration of St. Patty’s, I thought a green take on the hungover brunch classic was in order. In this version I lose the tomatoes and include an […]
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THE GRILLED EVERYTHING BURGER // VIDEO

Because why not?  You’re already adding smokey seared loveliness to the burger, why not add it to everything on top of the burger as well? This idea is super simple, and so is the execution.  Feel free to add your own bells and whistles to this subtle twist on a classic.  Also, butter the bun. You’re welcome. Note: If you […]
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