Wednesday, July 13, 2016

L is for: {grilled} Lemon Blueberry Smash

I'm super excited about this post for a number of reasons.

1.) Blogging twice in a month is a miracle for me these days, let alone in an 8 day span.

2.) The second reason sort of relates to the first because there's no way I would've done this without the help and of my cousin Erin, who is an amazing photographer and friend. She mostly specializes in newborn and family photos (you can check out her work here), but wants to start dabbling in more lifestyle and commercial work so suggested we collaborate on a blog post during her recent visit.

3.) These cocktails are DA BOMB and you should totes make some this weekend. (Yes, I just said "totes." Deal with it.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

K is for: Kiwi Salsa

Where did June go?

No, seriously. How is it July 5th already?

And while I'm at it, what happened to May as well?

Always the case with summer, isn't it? Flies by, no time for anything except for having fun outside. (Like, blogging for example.)

But you do have time to make this salsa. Because it literally takes no time at all. (OK, not literally, but it's super quick, I promise).

It's supposed to be 95 in Connecticut tomorrow. NINETY FIVE.

You need to eat things like fruit salsa and grill things outside, like fish tacos. And then eat them with said fruit salsa.

Friday, May 6, 2016

J is for: {Mint} Julep Jello Shots

As you know, the Kentucky Derby is this weekend. And as you also probably know, the Mint Julep is the signature drink at Churchill Downs as the ponies run for the roses.

It's definitely on my bucket list.

But for now, I will settle for a super awesome Derby party thrown by friends, complete with fancy hats, a red carpet, and even a live pony!

A Derby party wouldn't be complete without Mint Juleps, and a Jaymee Sire attended party wouldn't be complete without Jello Shots.

Win.

Place.

Show.

In the interest of time constraints and getting this up before Saturday's race, I'm simply posting the recipe instead of a full blog post. Cheers!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I is for: Ice Cream with Maple, Bourbon, Candied Bacon & Pecans

My mom was in town last weekend, and one of our stops was my favorite butcher, Avon Prime Meats. Aside from the Berkshire Pork Chops, Lemon Pepper Chicken & Bone Broth (pretty much staples for me these days) we also picked up some Tullmeadow Farm peach ice cream. I first sampled this amazing ice cream on my trip to get my Christmas Tree this year from the actual farm. It's some of the creamiest ice cream I've ever had.

My mom and I liked to play a little game all week called "just one bite" where instead of scooping up a whole bowl of ice cream, we would just take one bite.

I'm going to warn you right now... you will not be able to limit yourself to one bite of my newest ice cream creation. Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Ice Cream. (Say that five times fast).

Sunday, April 24, 2016

H is for: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Sliders

My original plan was to post these for National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, which takes place every year on April 12th.

But, lucky for me, my procrastination hasn't totally ruined one of my favorite food holidays... because, ALL of April is National Grilled Cheese Month. So if you haven't celebrated yet, get on it!

In the past, I've commemorated the event with green bean casserole grilled cheese sliders, a PB&J grilled cheese with bacon jam, chicken parm grilled cheese, and even a Nutella dessert grilled cheese.

If you're not normally a Hawaiian pizza fan, not to worry. Neither am I. But for some reason I'm on board with these. Perhaps because they are grilled in more ways than one.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

G is for: Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese

I realized something the other day.

In 4.5 years of this blog's existence, I have posted exactly two mac and cheese recipes.

TWO.

That, my friends, is a travesty.

In order to attempt to right this massive underrepresentation of one of the greatest comfort foods of all time... I present to you:

Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese.

Really, the title should be: "Gouda Cheddar Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon, Mushrooms and Greens"... but that seemed like a mouthful.

Better to stuff those mouths with delicious bites of mac and cheese.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

F is for: Fried Brie with Jalapeño Cherry Dipping Sauce

You guys.

So this new schedule is kind of kicking my ass.

For those of you who are unaware, ESPN started a new morning Sports Center exactly 5 weeks ago. By far, it's been one of the most rewarding things I've accomplished in my career. Helping to get a brand new show off the ground on a national sports network is no small feat. We have an outstanding crew, and we have a blast. But we are also on the air from 7-10am Monday-Friday, which means my alarm goes off at 3.

Yes, 3am. It is an ungodly hour to be awake.

The good news is... I'm done at 10am everyday. Sounds amazing, right? Sounds like I would have loads of time for hitting the gym or working on my neglected food blog. But inevitably, when I get home around 11am, all I want to do is sleep.

So last week, I forced myself to try to get back into the blog game. Had to cancel lunch plans to do it (thanks for understanding, Jen!) As I was trying to think of something to do to coincide with the letter "F," the word "fried" kept popping into my head. I had some leftover brie in the fridge from a girls ski weekend and I thought to myself, "can you fry brie?" Suddenly I was determined to find out.

I'm happy to report that yes, yes you can.
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