I’ve said before that I drink alcohol for the variety of tastes, but what I haven’t disclosed yet is that I am obsessed with putting booze into my cakes (also: I am obsessed with cake). Flavor matching is at the heart of mixing cocktails, and translating cocktail flavors into cake is basically the best party trick ever. This is some intermediate-level baking that we’re talking about, but I encourage you to try it because 1) practice makes perfect and 2) armed with this knowledge, you will be able to make the most spectacular cakes of your entire life. Keep reading »
When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always put out a plate of cookies and figs for me to eat when I went to visit. Now my mom does it, and soon enough, I’m sure I’ll do it for my kids. Not only are figs healthy, but they’re sweet enough to be a dessert, and they’re even better when paired with something savory. After recently eating an absolutely to-die-for bacon-wrapped fig, I did a little research to see what other kinds of dishes called for the healthy fruit, and I found tons that had my mouth watering. Here are 15 flavorful fig recipes I can’t wait to test out.
I’m pretty confident in the kitchen, but my red meat cooking skills are pretty hit or miss. I can roast the hell out of a pork tenderloin and make a super awesome cast iron chicken, but red meat gives me trouble. This weekend, I had a hankering for steak tacos and decided to take a shot at making them myself. I’d heard skirt steak was pretty difficult to screw up, so I bought some grass-fed meat from my local grocer, threw together a quick marinade with ingredients I had laying around my house and cooked it up on the griddle pan. Wrapped in warm, slightly charred flour tortillas and topped with fresh slices of avocado and hot sauce, these steak tacos were, I’m not going to lie, THE JAM. Check out the recipe after the jump! Keep reading »
Happy Bastille Day! As a woman of French descent, I feel it is my duty to celebrate the holiday with my favorite French street food. Crepes! Don’t be intimidated — crepes are quite easy to whip up. The challenge is deciding what kind of crepes you feast on … bon appetit, mes amis!
I have a bit of a reputation for making watermelon basil margaritas and drinking them right out of the melon itself. Watermelon is hands down the most refreshing fruit around. It pairs well with sweet, tart, salty, and spicy flavors. If you haven’t tried watermelon with sour lime, spicy chilli powder, or salty feta, you are missing out.
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »