After making a blood orange margarita, I had a couple of blood oranges lying around. Thus, I decided to juice them and use them in another cocktail — this time with gin as the base spirit. The resulting drink is packed with the refreshing flavor of oranges. Its gorgeous color makes it easy to sip and the addition of agave nectar provides a necessary, but not overpowering sweetness. If you're a fan of oranges, you'll enjoy this beverage. Don't like gin? Use vodka instead! Here's my recipe.
Posts for February 25th 2011
For the 17th year in a row, chef Wolfgang Puck is the mastermind behind the food at the glamorous Oscars afterparty, the Governors Ball. One of Puck's signature dishes, smoked salmon pizza with caviar, is on the menu.
While it's easy to find the recipe online, caviar isn't the most affordable of ingredients. If you're hosting an Academy Awards viewing, I suggest you make another of Wolfgang's pizzas that's equally delicious. This four-cheese pizza with tomatoes and pesto is my new favorite pie.
It's so much more than your everyday cheese pizza. He takes traditional flavors and translates them into a luxurious dish. The original recipe calls for two tablespoons of slow-roasted tomatoes, but I used jarred sun-dried tomatoes instead. The result is scrumptious. To serve on Sunday, check out my variation.
When it snows, I make soup. And complain. And take ridiculously long baths. And pretend like I'm still on vacation.
John and I were in Costa Rica last week and it was...heavenly. Too heavenly. I have been in a massive funk ever since we returned.
The lovely view out of our home bedroom window that I normally love? Hideous to me. Who wants to see colorless snow after a week of blue-green ocean views? I was blessedly, easily warm the whole time we were there. I basked (too much) in the sun, swam in the ocean, listened to music, read two great books, and messed around on Twitter (the hotel had perfect wifi and ATT service, even on the beach) with my foodie friends while John surfed.
I had a blast.
It's almost Oscar time! If you're throwing a showstopping soiree this Sunday, you'll need to set the stage with some glam table toppers. For serving decadent apps like crab cakes and chive tartines, I recommend the Nagoya 3-Part Server ($15) and Kate Spade's Ticker Tape Tidbit Plates ($50). Pour your guests citrus sparklers in these Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail glasses ($18) set on black braided coasters ($36). And in honor of the star-studded event, sparkle up the tables with gold origami star confetti ($4). To shop the rest of the look, click on the images above!