Friday, September 30, 2016

M is for: Maple Bourbon Cider Jello Shots {& the NYCWFF}

I'm super excited to share these jello shots on the blog today for a number of different reasons.

1.) They're delicious.

2.) They're perfect for fall.

3.) They will also be served at an upcoming event for the New York Wine and Food Festival that I will be hosting!! (More on that in a minute.)

These are somewhat similar in look and ingredients to my Caramel Apple Jello Shots, but I actually prefer them with bourbon for a slightly smokey, warm-your-belly-on-a-brisk-fall-day type of feeling.

I also used a touch of my smoked maple syrup to kick up the smokiness a notch and pair with the bourbon. (If you don't have smoked maple syrup, you can use the tiniest drop of liquid smoke or just sub with regular maple syrup.)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

M is for: Monaco, Èze & Cannes

One of the things I love about living on the East Coast is the ease and proximity to Europe. I can basically get there for the same price and same travel time as it takes me to get to the West Coast. It's crazy, but true.

So when Dana and I chose to postpone our Asia trip until fall, we decided a shorter vacation was in order so that we had something to look forward to this summer.

Eventually, we settled on the South of France. Sunshine, beaches, great food, endless rosé... it had #adventuresofJayNa written all over it.

Because we only had a limited amount of time available, we elected to fly directly from JFK to Nice, France using credit card points. (Chase Sapphire Preferred FTW). We basically boarded the plane, ate dinner, drank some wine, went to sleep, and woke up in France. Seven hours on a red eye and we were there and ready for four and a half days of adventure in the French Riviera.

Oui s'il vous plaît!

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.




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.
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