Thursday, February 26, 2015

I is for: Ice Cream with Chocolate, Cayenne, Chile & Cinnamon {Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream}

I’ve about had it with the snow and the cold.

Everywhere you go in Connecticut, there are mountains of the white stuff piled wherever it will fit. But the worst is the feeling you get when you walk outside. Like someone is punching you in the face with a big chunk of dry ice.

So you may be wondering why, in the dead of winter, I’m making ice cream.

I decided to pull a Jedi mind trick on this stupid winter.

Some real, ninja, voo-doo psychological warfare.

I’m tricking winter into going away.

Because you *think* this is just regular chocolate ice cream. Until you take that first bite and get the spicy kick of the cayenne and chile powder that immediately warms your belly.

Take that, winter.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

H is for: Hawaii {Maui}

My dad is the hardest working person I know.

He’s a wheat farmer in Montana, and to say it’s a demanding job would be an understatement. But he’s good at it. And most importantly, he loves it.

However, if anyone deserves a vacation once a year, it’s him.

So when he and my step mom started going to Hawaii about 5 years ago, I was so thrilled for them. And when they decided to have the entire fam go for a 2015 reunion, I was even happier!

They were so generous to rent a four bedroom home in Puamana (just south of Lahaina) on the island of Maui for me, my sister, brother in law, nephew and step sister to enjoy for a week.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

H is for: Heart Box Jelly Shots & Sangria Jelly Shots {for Valentine's Day}

Aloha party people!

Quick post on my last full day in Hawaii (not to worry... MUCH more on that coming in a future blog post). But as it generally does when you are on island time, time flies and it totally slipped my mind that Valentine's Day is in TWO days.

I will be spending mine with a few girlfriends attending 50 Shades of Grey (sorry, we had to). Whether you are celebrating the day with someone special or just hanging with friends, these jelly shots are sure to make your day a little sweeter (and boozier).

Both are wine-based, so they are a little less strong than your normal jelly shots, but just as delicious. To get the heart shaped shots, click here and for the sangria shots, click here. Happy V-Day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

G is for: Guacamole & Chips {Chipotle Copycat Recipe}

OK... first thing's first.

If you are planning to make guacamole for the Super Bowl this weekend and you haven't yet purchased your avocados... stop what you're doing and head to the store.

You need to give those creamy green orbs of goodness a chance to perfectly ripen before using them.

Once you've got that taken care of, you can continue reading.

Ready? Cool.

So... I realize that most people don't need an actual recipe for guac. But the reason I decided to do this particular post is I wanted to recreate the famous guacamole from Chipotle Mexican Grill (yes, I know it costs extra).

Monday, January 26, 2015

F is for: Football Feast {Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Mini Pizzas, & Chili Tortilla Cups}

I write this from a hotel room in Bristol, CT as the East Coast braces for Snowmageddon 2015. The show must go on at ESPN, and the Super Bowl will most certainly go on Sunday despite any lingering questions about underinflated footballs.

Speaking of which, "Deflategate" was actually the inspiration for part of this meat-lovers Superbowl menu I came up with today. So while everyone was stocking up on bread and milk, I was buying things like pizza dough and blue cheese.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

E is for: Easy Empanadas {with Spinach, Mushrooms & Goat Cheese}

Sometimes I take a photo and I'm so pleased with it I think I could be a professional food photographer. (Pats self on back).

Other times, I take a photo and no matter what I do, it just doesn't do the food justice and I consider scrapping the post altogether. (Face palm).

Turns out, empanadas aren't the most photogenic of foods. Especially when it's winter. And I"m losing light. And I'm hungry. And all I want to do is devour said empanada.

So I present to you... spinach, goat cheese and mushroom empanadas. They are delicious. And easy.

You just might have to take my word for it.

Friday, January 2, 2015

D is for: Detox Salad with Kale, Quinoa, Apples & Grapefruit

The calendar has changed to January, and that means it's time for the "D" word.

As in "Detox."

Time to hit the gym, eat healthy and work off all that holiday weight.

But let me set things straight: I'm not a believer in juice cleanses or anything of the sort. If you're one of those people who like to drink cayenne-laced lemonade for a week straight, then more power to you, but I'm not one of those people and you would not want to be around me if I was.

I need food. Real food. Good food.

But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste. There are things you can eat that naturally help detoxify the body without depriving it of necessary nutrients!
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