Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The drink that put vodka on the US map
Vodka may now be the most popular spirit in the United States. But back when this drink was invented (in the 1940s), few Americans had ever encountered it.
Then the Moscow Mule took the country by storm. And Americans started a love affair with vodka that still goes strong today.
One taste of this tall, slow sipper and you’ll see why. Because what could be better than vodka and lime juice topped off with spicy ginger beer?
Drink up, comrades!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Vinaigrette dressing makes this perfect for picnics
Potato salad is the ultimate summer side dish. It never misses a cookout, barbecue, or picnic.
Green beans make this potato salad lighter and more colorful – not to mention tastier. And this salad features vinaigrette dressing instead of mayo, so you can serve it at room temperature.
That’s great for cookouts. You can leave this salad on the picnic table while you’re cavorting in the summer sunshine. Because after all that outdoor activity, you’ll want to go back for seconds.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Basically, a Martini with attitude
A classic Martini is made with dry gin and dry vermouth. So is The Atty Cocktail.
But the Atty adds a kiss of absinthe and crème de violette – just enough to give its flavor a hint of anise and violet, and its hue a tinge of blue.
The Atty is perfect for sipping before dinner on a warm summer’s night. But really, we’d welcome it anytime. Because suave is always in style.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Easy, tasty, colorful, quick, and elegant
Berries, melons, stone fruit, and more. They’re all reaching peak flavor in our part of the world.
So how about using them in a gorgeous dessert? This fruit salad is quick enough for a weeknight dinner, but elegant enough for the fanciest party. (You can even replace the champagne with sparkling cider if you want a nonalcoholic version).
You’ll have plenty of bubbly left over, too, so you can pour everyone a glass to accompany dessert.
Your guests will love the great fresh flavor of this salad. Not to mention the bubbles.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Outdoor flavor, indoor easy
Here in the US, we’ll be celebrating Memorial Day this weekend. And that means the start of cookout season.
Problem is, the weather forecast says rain in our area. Bummer.
Fortunately, we have the perfect dish for days when the weather gods refuse to cooperate. This slow-cooker BBQ pulled chicken tastes like you cooked it long and slow over an outdoor smoker. But you never need to leave the house.
Most of the cooking is unattended, too, giving you time to do other things. Like chat with your guests over a cocktail. Or two.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Refreshing and lively, this is the perfect summer starter
As the weather grows warmer, we need something to tease our appetites. Something like this simple-to-make (and delightful-to-eat) summer salad.
It’s got great color, and better flavor. And it’s a wonderful way to use all the locally grown beets that show up in markets this time of year.
Can’t beat that.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Serve this tangy dish as starter or main
Cucumbers and smoked salmon, tossed with creamy feta cheese dressing. What’s not to like? Especially when you add green peas for color and radishes for perk.
Serve this dish of scrumptiousness as a starter. Or spoon up extra-large portions for a light main course.
This salad is quick to make, so it’s ideal for weeknight dinner. But it’s also fancy enough to serve at your next dinner party.
Like maybe your Mother’s Day celebration this weekend?