So when I ask you what is in a Tequila Sunrise, what comes to mind? Let me guess, the hit song by the Eagles or the adult libation made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine, right? Most of us, including myself, tend to think of the classic cocktail that was created in California in the early 1970’s. What would you say if I told you that what you have been drinking is not the original recipe?… Read the rest
Happy Sunday! Do you ever browse the produce isle and get excited when you see something unique like dragon fruit? I enjoy experimenting with different fruits and one of my favorites is lychee. Many moons ago, when I still lived in California, I had my first lychee martini at bar in San Francisco and it was love at first sip. This delicate and floral fruit won me over and is now one of my favorite fruits.… Read the rest
I am so excited about today’s topic…..Retro Food. When I think of retro recipes, so many things come to mind but Pineapple Upside Down Cake was the first recipe I thought of and nothing spells retro quite like Betty Crocker. There have been so many times that I have spotted Betty Crocker Pineapple Upside-Down Cake mix in the grocery isle at the market and I have often been tempted to make it. I, however, prefer to make everything from scratch and while browsing recipes on the internet, found a from-scratch recipe for this luscious cake from Betty Crocker and decided to recreate it.… Read the rest
Lately I have been obsessed with creating different variations of the classic Moscow Mule. For those that are not familiar, the Moscow Mule is a cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer and a dash of lime juice. Born in 1941 in New York, it surged in popularity in Los Angeles and made a huge comeback a few years ago at bars and restaurants across America. Traditionally served in a copper mug, the Moscow Mule is easy to make and with a little bit of imagination, you can concoct some exciting twists on this classic.… Read the rest
I just spent two glorious days exploring Florida cattle ranches as a guest on the Florida Beef Council’s Farm to Fork Tour. While I will be featuring highlights of my trip later, one of the things that really knocked my boots off on this tour was a piece of buttermilk pie that I enjoyed after lunch at Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Florida. Seriously, the pie was so incredible, I could not stop thinking about it the rest of the day and wanted to bake my own.… Read the rest
Happy Friday! I love this time of year when blood oranges are in season. As soon as I see them in the market, I am sure to purchase a bunch and enjoy them in everything from fresh juice and cocktails to salads and in marinades. Perfect for snacking, these gorgeous pieces of citrus are one of my favorite fruits. As with all of my favorite things, I search for new ideas on Pinterest and the other day I came across a recipe for Blood Orange Margaritas from the blog, How Sweet It Is, and decided to recreate the recipe and make it my own.… Read the rest
I was beyond excited when I saw the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper……Hometown Food. It is of no secret that I am a homesick California Girl living in Tampa that left my heart in San Francisco. Although it has almost been 12 years since I left, the delicious memories of my city by the bay will never fade from my memory. While most associate San Francisco with clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl (I can’t blame them) for me, my favorite dish will always be cioppino.… Read the rest
If you are like me and get chocolate cravings while trying to “be good” and stick to a healthy eating regime, then I have the perfect snack for you. Inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest from the blog, Got Chocolate, these sweet little nibbles will satisfy your craving without all the guilt.
With raspberries in season and Valentine’s Day around the corner, this simple snack can be whipped up in two minutes and enjoyed with a nice glass of wine.… Read the rest
I love this time of year when fresh cranberries are in abundance at all the local markets. While most people enjoy them only during the holidays, I like to use them through the month of February because they are so versatile. Today I came across a pin for a Cranberry Mojito and decided to test one out while at work.
Easy to prepare, a Cranberry Mojito is a festive spin on the classic cocktail and perfect for a Valentine’s themed party.… Read the rest
Today was one of the best Saturdays I have had in ages. Two of my dear friends came and picked me up, brought me a piping hot soy latte, and took me to a new market I have been anxious to check out in Saint Petersburg. This amazing place is none other than Locale Market. A food lover’s dream, Locale Market is the brain child of Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona. Locale is like Disneyland for food lovers, as you will find everything from fresh local seafood, produce, cheese, wine, desserts, coffee, sushi and more.… Read the rest