Month: February 2017

Baja Bloom

baja bloom

Rose water is easy to find at any liquor store and most grocery stores. Nielsen Massey makes a good version that’s available for about $10 and will last you a long time. We make a lot of rosy cocktails around here because Sauce loves…

Stuffed Peppadews

Stuffed peppadews with aged balsamic vinegar

Shake lived in southern California for a few years, and one of her favorite happy hours was at a wine bar in La Jolla. Last summer she took me on a weekend trip, and we went there everyday to eat this delightfully simple appetizer….

Kentucky Brunch

Kentucky Brunch

Some of my favorite memories have taken place during brunch. It’s a great way to relax with people important to you. Delicious food and complimentary cocktails go hand in hand with getting conversation flowing and bringing out the more hilarious sides of people and…

Primo Blanco

Primo Blanco, a cocktail

Liquid desserts are a great way to wrap up an evening. This one is an adult only version of Mexican chocolate. Infusing liquors is an easy and economical way to get more complex or intense flavors into a cocktail. Cinnamon Tequila Ingredients Equipment: funnel,…

Classic Eggs Benedict

Classic eggs Benedict with fresh Hollandaise

Buttery eggs on eggs on toast with ham? Yes please. Eggs Benedict used to be my go to brunch item, but once I realized I could have it without waiting in line too early on a Saturday, going out for breakfast really lost its…

Napoleon’s Overture

Napoleon's Overture

This is a great pre-dinner drink. The ginger gets your palate and digestive system warmed up while the cognac soothes the stress of the day away. A note about honey syrup – I like to have it on hand all the time. It basically…

Mini Pizza Night

pizza with egg, prosciutto, ham and cheese with gravy

Pizza parties are always fun, but delivery is expensive and slow, and pre-made frozen pizzas never quite measure up-not to mention nobody can ever agree on toppings. Combat all these problems by making pizza at home-you provide the base, sauce, and cheese, and ask…

Agave 75

Agave 75

Last week we covered the classic French 75. This Agave 75 is a take on the same concept with earthy tequila instead of gin and agave instead of cane sugar. The addition of grapefruit bitters really brings all the flavors together. Ingredients Equipment: shaker,…

Stuffed Mushrooms

stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are the key to fungus-lovers’ hearts and the gateway to overcoming hatred of them. Filled with creamy and savory flavors, mushroom bites are a decadent but quick appetizer or snack sure to impress even the pickiest of palates. Even Salty (king of…

Kir Italiano

Kir italiano

In the fall of 2015, we went on a grand adventure to Italy. For about a week, we stayed at the gorgeous Villa la Massa just outside Florence. It was right about the end of their season, so we got to know their staff…