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Pear Cilantro Smoothie DETOX

January 6, 2015

The holidays were delicious, and gluttonous- which is why it’s time to cleanse. I love this green smoothie. Most “green” drinks call for kale spinach and other bitter greens that I can’t bear to drink. This breakfast smoothie is a real winner with sweet ripe pears and fresh herbal cilantro to kick off your new years resolution cleanse. Cilantro is a fantastic detoxifying herb which naturally helps to purge heavy metals from your system. If you’re in the camp of believing it tastes delicious and not like soap as some will have you believe, then you’ll love this power cleansing beverage. I’ve seen many various takes on the pear+cilantro recipe online. Some call for the addition of apples, some call for bananas and dates,  but I decided to kick mine up by blending a spicy serrano pepper and spritz of lime, because my 2014 resolution is to live dangerously, and my tastebuds needed a wake up call this Monday morning. […]

Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Cocktails

December 15, 2012

It’s that time of year again- no, not present wrapping and unwrapping just yet- I’m referring to this weekend when nearly everyone among your family, friends, and colleagues is hosting a Christmas (or dare I say “holiday”) party. We got in to a festive mood last night with a carriage ride around one of Dallas’s best lit neighborhoods. And it just wouldn’t have be that same with out a piping hot thermos of my favorite spiked Apple Cider. Another cocktail sure to bring you some holiday cheer is this peppermint chocolate martini. (Recipe courtesy of my fab friend and soon to be family Amanda George). She whipped this up for us last night before we took to te sleigh, and it was just what we needed to top off dinner and get us singing jingles all the way… Peppermint Chocolate Martini 1 part Grey Goose Vodka 1 part Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur 1/2 Peppermint Schnapps Crushed peppermint candy (to rim the glass) York Peppermint patties to garnish   First wet the rim of your […]

Top Five Easy Holiday Dishes

Top Five Easy Holiday Dishes

December 22, 2011

I am officially engulfed in the holiday spirit. I have a sadly decorated tree. I am permanently listening to the Holly station on XM. I have cheerfully gone to the mall. Multiple times. I bought a bag full of clothes and gifts for little Pedro and Maria, my Salvation Army Angels. I have officially wrapped all my presents. I’ve been regularly watching Love Actually. And I’ve even admired the Kardashian 3D Christmas card. But the one thing I haven’t started thinking about is cooking. I always get so wrapped up in the rest of the holiday season that cooking usually becomes an afterthought. I’m not sure why – the holiday season is a season for eating. A lot. But, if you’re like me, and you’re rushing to the grocery store on Christmas Eve, make sure to check out the dishes below and arm yourself with their ingredients. They’re simple, easy to make, and definite crowd pleasers.   Chai Gingerbread Bars […]

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My Favorite Cocktail Right Now

July 21, 2011

I feel like Sarah and I have been on repeat lately, starting off every post with how hot it is in Dallas right now and how we are so desperately in need of cooling refreshment. Well, I’ve always found it hard to complain about the Texas heat when sipping on this watermelon cocktail. The sweet refreshing watermelon juice with a kick of serrano heat is my favorite concoction as of late. I know most of us like to skip out on rimming the glass with salt or sugar because we tend to get lazy sometimes with garnishes, but I’m seriously advising you not to skip it in this case. The salt-sugar-pepper mix is the perfect accompaniment! Stay thirsty my friends. Serrano Watermelon Cocktail 6-10 Serrano Peppers 1 Watermelon 1 lime 1 bottle Silver Tequila Sprig of Fresh Mint Salt, Sugar, Pepper for garnish A day ahead of time take your bottle of tequila pour off two shots (you’ll need the […]

Strawberry Margarita Extravaganza

Strawberry Margarita Extravaganza

June 21, 2011

It’s no secret that Texas is hot. And we’ve already seen 100 degrees on a regular basis over the past few weeks, so I have a feeling this summer is going to be a scorcher. But luckily, Angela and I came up with a few recipes to help you survive the summer and entertain your equally sweaty guests. Last week, we were the lucky recipients of a giant crate of fresh strawberries from California Giant Berry Farms. They challenged us to come up with a recipe that honored summer, berries and our favorite baseball team – The Texas Rangers. While I love a good hot dog at a baseball game (I’ve been known to take down 4-5 on dollar hot dog night), during the summer I’m addicted to the frozen treats at the game. That includes any and all frozen drinks that come in those silly giant glasses. So Angela and I developed recipes for the perfect summer baseball & […]

Limoncello

Limoncello

April 8, 2011
When Life Hands You Lemons - Make Limoncello So the past couple of weeks have been pretty rough. I've had a mountain of challenges at work and life come and go like a roller coaster - in the mix of it all my laptop and my sweet Nikon camera (which I take all my fab blog pics with) was stolen a few days ago! So l've been pretty crabby lately, to say the least. But I'm trying to stay positive here. I'd like to turn these sour lemons life has handed me lately in to some sweet lemony-infused vodka -otherwise known as Limoncello. I first fell in love with Limoncello when I was studying abroad in Italy in 2003. The story setup sounds cliche, I know - 4 girls sitting to dinner at a quaint seaside joint on the coast of Cinque Terre Italy. But that's exactly where I was the first time that tiny yellow cordial of sweet summer [...]

Summer Beer

Summer Beer

August 20, 2010

This post is not about what you think- I’m not about to suggest a bunch of my favorite summer ales for you like Corona and lime or Sunshine wheat beer. No, I’m going to tell you how to make my favorite most refreshing drink to be enjoyed in the summer heat. ~Summer Beer You’ll find that only a handful of bars offer Summer Beer in Dallas. I’ve rolled up to a few asking for a summer beer and the bartenders will look at me funny and ask “which one?” Thinking I meant some kind of specialty ale. Vickery Park Tavern makes my favorite summer beer in town, but be careful! These go down so easy, and that splash of vodka in there will knock you on your ass if you’re not careful! The best thing about Summer beer is that it is so versatile. You can make it with a Hefenweiser (wheat beer), which is my favorite, or you could […]

Hot Potato Backyard Barbecue

Hot Potato Backyard Barbecue

May 24, 2010

Last weekend I hosted a backyard barbecue party to kick off the summer with a few of my friends. The weather has been so beautiful in Dallas lately I just felt the need to celebrate. So we fired up the grill and put plenty of beer on ice to entertain our friends. Luckily we had a certified grill master on hand to man the grill (thanks Chris), and we set up a Mix Your Own Cocktail station to keep our friends busy mixing up their own creative summer cocktails. I made a few pitchers of my infamous habanero margaritas, as well as some pineapple infused rum. Both are very easy to make – you just take the alcohol of your choice, then your fruit (or in my case, hot peppers) of choice and cut it up to fit in the container, and let it sit for at least one week. We juiced one watermelon and a few cucumbers to make […]

Habanero Margarita

Habanero Margarita

January 17, 2010

This feisty concoction is sure to fire up your weekend! Habanero infused tequila is what gives this classic a kick. If your taste buds can’t handle the heat then you could still follow this recipe for fresh margaritas that are sure to please. Step 1: Infuse the tequila (Do this one week ahead) 1 bottle of 100% pure agave silver Tequila 4-5 habanero peppers Cut off the tops of each pepper and remove the seeds. Stuff them inside the bottle and let them hang out for about one week. It’s that easy. Step 2: Make your Margarita 2oz habenero tequila 3oz fresh squeezed lime juice 1oz fresh squeezed orange juice 2oz simple syurp To rim the glass: Equal parts salt & sugar mixed with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Using fresh squeezed lime and orange juice is essential to making a good margarita! Forget anything you’ve ever heard about sweet and sour mix- that stuff is crap! Only fresh limes […]

starbucks cinnamon dulce

Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce

November 29, 2009

Most mornings I make coffee using my french press. I love the rich flavor that is produced from using this wonderful contraption. Plus~ It’s much better looking on my counter top than any automatic coffer maker. I had some cinnamon sticks lying around from some cider I made recently, and decided to toss it into my morning brew. The result rendered a drink that would make most baristas green with envy. This coffee tastes just like my favorite cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks. Using a french press is very simple. You boil some water, I use my teapot to do this. Pour one scoop of fresh ground coffee into the beaker. My favorite is the El Gallo Breakfast blend from Intelligentsia. Pour the hot water in and let it steep for about 4 minutes, or longer for a stronger flavor. Use the plunger to press the grounds and strain the coffee. Then pour, sweeten, and enjoy! To get that special […]