Grab the recipe at 1-2 Simple Cooking!
Grab the recipe at 1-2 Simple Cooking!
It's amazing what the World of spirits are doing out there, mixologists from all around the world are concocting combinations that go beyond the classics and cleverly updated with a new and modern edge. It gives me a false sense of confidence that only becomes seemingly worse with more cocktails, but sometimes I say to myself "I bet I could do THAT at home!"
There's been more failures than wins but let's be honest, nobody loses when you're testing out cocktails. When the Art in the Age sent over a bottle of their Rhubarb Tea, happy dances ensued and lots of "taste-testing" went on. Their beautiful branding from their watercolor illustrations to their elegant bottle design really made me enjoy the product so much more, it's all about the details people and they hit this one out of the park.
What's even more interesting is the story behind their Rhubarb Tea, -- "In 1771, founding father, Benjamin Franklin brought the first rhubarb seeds to America. They were a gift for his friend, Jon Bartram. Bartram was the King's official botanist in the colonies and the founder of America's first botanical garden (which is still alive and well in philadelphia). Legend has it Bartram and Franklin experimented with the rhubarb to brew a refreshing garden tea made of vegetables, herbs and spices including beets, carrots, lemon, pink peppercorn, petitgrain, cane sugar and, of course, rhubarb. Art in the Age has turned this legend into a vibrant, organic 80 proof garden spirit. Tangy but not too tangy. Sweet but not too sweet. Crisp and refreshing, but with a hint of spice. We guarantee there's never been anything like it...at least not since 1771!"
You gotta love that good ole' Ben - founding father, discovered electricity, music and chess aficionado, and apparently an expert brewer of Rhubarb tea. I'm pretty sure he ate a big bowl of awesome everyday for breakfast which is exactly what I had before making this drink. So expect electrifying results and don't forget to tip your bartender. Visit Art in the Age for more goodies and even find ways on how to recycle your bottle!
There's something about a good burger that tickles my heart: a warm soft, crusty bun, a nice flavorful patty oozing with juicy goodness and that magical condiment that just brings it all together. I've never really dappled with fish burgers. I mean I usually correlate a burger with a thick beef patty, the kind that melts in your mouth and makes your stomach smile on the inside but suprsingly, I found true love in a salmon burger this time.
I used this recipe I found through Food and Wine and made a couple modifications -- I made the aioli yogurt based to give it a healthier touch and the results were fantastic. The best part is, you can freeze the left over patties to use for later. Just simply defrost and sear them in a pan or you can even freeze cooked patties to save a little extra time.
When fish is responsibly farm raised, it's a great way to go as it's a smart option to help deal with our current issues with over-fishing and usually comes at a lower price. Be sure you do your research to find a good supplier. I used some Cooper River Salmon fillets I still had frozen from the peak of Summer and do feel free to experiment with other types of flaky fish like cod or mahi.
This recipe is also a great heart-healthy option for ones that are watching their cholesterol. Fish are rich in Omega-3 oils that are important for our cardiovascular and brain health and helps lower triglycerides in our blood. Food that tastes good and heals the body? I'm diggin it.
Eat well. Be mindful. Live Happy!
Summer came and went with a whisper, as time slipped through my fingers -- another year has almost past, though sometimes I wish it wouldn't. Amidst a flurry of work and struggles, it all becomes overwhelming and you realize you forget. You forget to take time to tend to relationships, you forget to take time to really see what's around you, but most importantly you forget to take the time to honor yourself. And what a tragedy that must be.
Though fortunately enough you have those that truly love you-- that dig deep and force you to wake up. You're suddenly able to hear your voice again -- Be present. Be steadfast. Be strong. As time waits for no one, so what better reason than to make the most out of every minute, every hour, every day.
I spent some time this Summer visiting Collin's Grandparents out in Linville, North Carolina where we went on hikes, explored the mountains, played cards, cooked -- it healed me to say the least, but most importantly reminded me the frailty of life itself. From the billowing clouds that hung above the rolling hills, down to the intricate butterflies that fluttered about, to the babbling creek I'd wake up to every morning -- quickly my inner calamity faded and was replaced by a sense of peace, happiness and pure love. Nature can work in mysterious ways but I choose to not question it but instead, experience it to the fullest extent.
As I thought back to this trip this Summer, I made a promise to myself: make more time for Me. And making more time for Me really entails making myself feel important by making fancy breakfasts. These Peanut Butter Nutella Crepes are anything but hard to make and even better, you can freeze un-filled crepes to use for later. So plan accordingly and you can have these for breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY. I know, you're welcome. Feel free to add bananas or maybe even top it with a little whipped cream. I chose to top mine with a little drizzle of Dude Sweet Chocolate's Love Potion (oooooh-la la!). Thanks to Alton Brown for the wonderful crepe base recipe.
|Peanut Butter Nutella Crepes||
A few more shots I captured during our trip with the iPhone 4-S. I find myself using this camera more on trips than my professional gear. It's easy, great resolution and allows me to capture moments I otherwise might have missed. Yes, technology can be a beautiful thing :)
|Ricotta Pancakes with Banana Pecan Syrup||