Besides cosmopolitans, Fab and I offered guests Flirtinis at our Sex and the City Marathon. Like the cosmo, a Flirtini is a cocktail that was featured on an episode of the show. The Flirtini also happens to be Danny's signature drink, and he has making them down to a science. Luckily he taught me the technique for this simple, stylish cocktail that combines pineapple juice, vodka, and Champagne. He recommends chilling the three ingredients hours before mixing the drink. I suggest making a large batch because these babies go down like water! To make these cocktails today — cheers it's Friday! — read more
Posts for May 16th 2008
This week we talked bridal showers, learned how to serve absinthe, cooked up some delicious cakes, and chatted with food reality competition contestants Andrew and Ben.
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With their crisp, crunchy skin and flaky, hot flesh, fish tacos are sublimely delicious. I always order fish tacos out but rarely make them in. To encourage both you and I to experiment with fish tacos at home, I've found two recipes.
One is quite simple and the other is quite complicated. Because deep frying fish fillets is not for everyone, the first recipe uses premade crunchy fish tenders. Feel free to take components of each recipe to make your own appetizing variation. For both recipes, read more
In People magazine's 100 most beautiful people issue, Food Network host Ingrid Hoffmann talks about her love of avocados — as both food and conditioner. She says she mashes up avocado and puts it in her shower cap to moisturize her hair. I've heard of people using other foods in their beauty routines, including lemons, eggs, beer, and olive oil. Have you tried anything like this?
Tonight use chicken breast tenders to create a rapid yet delicious meal. The kid friendly tenders cook quicker than whole chicken breasts, making them perfect for a Friday night.
Apricots make a thick, syrup-like sauce, and crisp, just wilted spinach rounds out the dish. Although the recipe calls for canned apricots, fresh ones would be equally scrumptious. To look at the recipe, which was created by our friends at MyRecipes.com, read more
Keep the look to your bridal shower chic and elegant with springtime colors and white accents. Instead of covering the table with a cloth, place a pretty runner down the middle. Set clear vases filled with bunches of tulips on top of the runner.
Arrange large platters with assorted crostini around the runner. Stack different colored appetizer plates in unique shapes at one end of the table. Neatly place folded cotton napkins near the appetizer plates. Serve the mini lemon meringue pies on a tiered cake stand. Alternate layers of the pie with chocolate truffles.
Set the fruit spritzer buffet on a banquet in another area of the room. Line glasses in a row next to an ice bowl, the fruit purees, and mixers. Near the door organize a bunch of pretty nail polish in varying colors. Invite guests to take one as a favor when they leave.
Yesterday morning, I got up pretty early to chat with outgoing Top Chef contestant Andrew D'Ambrosi. Just like the last time I chatted with him, he was delightful, fun, and full of energy. I wasn't fully awake yet, but talking to Andrew was like getting a shot of adrenaline. I went from nearly asleep to wide awake as I tried to keep up with everything he was saying.
I know a lot of your were rooting for him — he's got words for those of you who were! — and those that weren't, you have to admit he was enjoyable to watch right? To find out what we chatted about, read more
- If a classic bridal shower isn't your style, consider hosting a girls' night in martini party. — My Recipes
- Now that grilling season is upon us, be sure you know the difference between gas and charcoal grills. — Chow
- Over evite? Try the new alternative Pingg, an eco friendly, chic way to send invitations. — Pingg
- These luscious centerpieces make me want to host a Spring dinner party! — Hostess with the Mostess
- Slightly disturbing: the difference between portion sizes then and now. — Divine Caroline
- Watch as kung fu master, Ho Eng Hui, breaks through a coconut with his index finger, it's absolutely insane! — Serious Eats
- The city of Chicago has repealed the foie gras ban. —Slashfood
Strawberries are in season, and every time I pop one of the candy-sweet berries into my mouth, I'm reminded why people savor in-season fruit so much. If you aren't eating strawberries right now, I don't know what you're waiting for. They are a great addition to salads, brunch, cocktails, and, of course, desserts. I even recently enjoyed a pizza topped with strawberries and feta. Here are seven delicious ways to enjoy strawberries.
When I was prepping and cooking the food for our Sex and the City Marathon at Fab's house, I expected her to offer me a glamorously stylish apron. However, I was shocked to see that an apron is the one article of clothing that she does NOT own. Let's help Fab by heading off to market in search of a fashionable apron. Look for aprons that are pretty, fun, and Fab-worthy like this lovely leopard print apron by Haute Hostess. Avoid aprons that are tacky or season specific. Save the aprons in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag, Fab Apron. I'm excited to check out your finds!