#FreshTastyValentines: Roshambo

LogoWelcome to day one of #FreshTastyValentines, a blogging event headed up by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. To kick off the week I’ve made a cocktail perfect for your Valentine’s Day brunch (and a bonus recipe for pancakes).

When UncommonGoods signed on as one of our event sponsors I knew I wanted to make a cocktail because they have an incredible selection of gifts to keep any home bar and kitchen uniquely equipped (here). UncommonGoods (www.uncommongoods.com) is a web-based marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. One of the incredible prizes to win during this week’s event is a $150 gift certificate at their site. With your shopping spree you can find incredible glassware in which to enjoy my Roshambo cocktail or your favorite bottle of wine (here) or discover ways keep your drinks cool without watering them down (here).

Because we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this week I limited my cocktail recipe search to red or pink beverages. With a big move approaching in the Spring I also added another restriction so as to not buy any new liquor. The discovery of the Roshambo couldn’t have been more perfect. It is a sparkling wine based cocktail which fits in beautifully with Valentine’s Day. This cocktail is a beautiful accompaniment to your Valentine’s breakfast.

This recipe makes two servings.

Roshambo

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 C apple juice
  • 1/2 C cranberry juice
  • prosecco or champagne

Steps:

  1. Place sugar, water, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow simple syrup to cool completely. Remove cinnamon stick.
  2. In a small pitcher combine 1/4 C cinnamon simply syrup with the juices. Keep cold until ready to serve.
  3. Pour juice mixture into glasses and top with prosecco.

*This recipe is adapted from Eva at http://1bigbite.com/2013/11/roshambo/*

Roshambo for #FreshTastyValentines from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more Valentine’s recipes today:

Thank you to #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing bloggers with samples and products to use for #FreshTastyValentines recipe development without additional compensation. All opinions stated are those of the bloggers.

This blog post also comes with a bonus recipe for pancakes!

Cinnamon Sour Cream Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, milk, and melted butter.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry.
  4. On a hot buttered griddle drop 1/2 C of batter into pancakes. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubble form in the center of the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

*This recipe is modified from Kelley at http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2015/11/creme-fraiche-pancakes/*

 

Blogger CLUE: Homemade Gingerale

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Come August most people (although I’m not one of them) are ready for fall to arrive and bring cooler weather. To help cope with the late summer sun Blogger Clue is on a mission to bring you recipes to “Beat the Heat!”

This month I was assigned the blog Taking on Magazines written by Christiane aka “The Mom Chef.” I absolutely love the concept behind her blog! Like most of us, we make a recipe and mentally (or if we’re on top of it, physically) make a note as to what we liked and didn’t like in case we made the recipe again. (I have post-it notes in my cookbooks with our reviews and comments.) Christiane took this idea and created a beautiful blog from it. She cooks recipes from magazines, displays the recipe as is, gives a detail on the process, then gives her opinions on what she’d do differently the next time, and finally indicates “the verdict.” Brilliant! Definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of that?!” moments.

Given our task to “beat the heat” I limited myself to searching through beverages and salads, although she does have a wonderful selection for ice creams too! (There are a fair amount of sweets being handled in my kitchen right now so I stayed away.) The Grapefruit-Mint Salad sounded like a contender as did the Citrus Dressing and while the Arnold Palmer Slushie was definitely tempting, I couldn’t get my mind off of her Homemade Gingerale!

I noticed as I unloaded my groceries that I accidentally bought orange flavored seltzer water. I decided to run with it and use a little fresh squeezed orange juice in the syrup! Honestly, I couldn’t tell; the gingerale syrup is spot on.

Christiane noted that the original ratio of syrup to setzer was too syrupy for her taste and I thought I’d agree. I found the perfect formula (at least for me) to be 3 tbsp of syrup to 1 1/2 C of seltzer.

Also, I probably broke about fifty parenting rules (please read this as if I were Hermione about to make Polyjuice Potion) and let my 1 year old try a sip. To say he liked it was an understatement!

Homemade Gingerale

Ingredients:

  • 1 4-5″ piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 2 C sugar
  • juice 1 lime
  • juice 1 orange
  • seltzer water

Steps:

  1. Place ginger and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the ginger is finely ground.
  2. Place ginger sugar in a saucepan with 2 C water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat and simmer 30-40 minutes until syrupy. Remove from heat, cover, and let cool 20 minutes. Strain and place in a jar. Syrup can be kept in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To serve: Put 3 tbsp of syrup in a large glass with ice and 1 1/2 C seltzer.

*This recipe is adapted from Christiane at http://www.takingonmagazines.com/homemade-ginger-ale-from-all-you-magazine/*

Homemade Gingerale for Blogger CLUE from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Here’s a list of the other players of Blogger CLUE this month:

CIC: Pineapple and Rosemary

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I was so happy when the votes were in for this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge. It was a close battle but pineapple edged out zucchini.

CIC ingredientsI know I already made a lemonade this year, but can you really have too many flavor options for summer’s perfect beverage!? I decided to make a simple syrup with the rosemary, puree some fresh pineapple, and add in freshly squeezed lemon juice.

I actually didn’t make the simple syrup strong enough which is why you see 2-4 sprigs listed in my ingredients; I used 2 sprigs but would venture to say you could double that amount. To get more rosemary flavor in my lemonade I served fresh sprigs in the glasses, because if you smell the rosemary while you drink it you still get that flavor. I then threw in a few more sprigs in the pitcher in the fridge and after just a few hours the rosemary flavor was there.

An Original Recipe

Pineapple Rosemary Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 4 C water, divided use
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 – 2 1/2 C fresh cubed pineapple
  • 1 C fresh lemon juice (from 7-8 lemons)

Steps:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat dissolve sugar in 1 C water with the fresh rosemary sprigs. Remove from heat once sugar is dissolved and let cool. Remove rosemary.
  2. Place pineapple in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the pineapple puree (this takes time). You should get 3/4 C pineapple juice (measure from the liquid line, not the foam line).
  3. Return pineapple juice to the blender along with the simple syrup, lemon juice, and 3 C water. Blend just to combine. Serve cold with additional rosemary sprigs for garnish.

Pineapple Rosemary Lemonade | Sew You Think You Can Cook

To see the other bloggers who participated in this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge click on the link below.

#HotSummerEats: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

Every summer I make lemonade. I enjoy juicing the lemons as it always reminds me of juicing limes with my dad from the tree in the backyard. HotSummerEatsLet me tell you, I would love to have citrus trees when we finally settle in somewhere – limes are expensive!

But this post isn’t about limes. It’s about lemons! And cherries. And #HotSummerEats – the awesome blogging event going on right now headed up by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

While one of our sponsors, Casabella, offered a citrus reamer to participating bloggers, I opted for their cherry pitter as I already have a reamer in my cabinet. It’s not as awesome as theirs though – I love how the juice flows into a see-through canister with measurements on it! The cherry pitter is equally useful. pitting cherriesI was never sure if they were a helpful kitchen gadget or a gimmick. The answer: helpful! My least favorite part about cherries is the pits and that’s part of why I simply never eat them. Now, I can pit some cherries and have an easy to grab snack. It also makes quick work when cherries are needed for a recipe. I did learn two tricks as I worked with this product for the first time: (1) place the cherry in the pitter so it is on it’s short side and (2) don’t be gentle.

I’ve had my cherry pitter in my drawer for months semi-patiently waiting for cherries to be in season. I don’t think I’d ever been so happy to see cherries in the grocery store before! It’s definitely that time of year to start making homemade lemonade and this frozen cherry version is a beautifully, tart way to start your summer off right.

Before I get to the recipe I have a couple of notes: separation is normal and it is recommended to blend the lemonade right before serving. If you don’t use all of the lemonade immediately keep the leftovers in the fridge and re-blend before enjoying. Even after the ice has melted this lemonade is refreshing, you could always add a little more ice if you wanted.

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Frozen Cherry Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 36 cherries, pitted
  • 7 lemons, juice (approx 1 C of juice)
  • 5 C ice

Steps:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat dissolve sugar in water. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a blender combine cherries, lemon juice, simple syrup from step 1, and ice.

*This recipe is adapted from Tina at http://www.justputzing.com/2014/06/thirsty-thursdays-frozen-cherry-lemonade.html*

Frozen Cherry Lemonade for #HotSummerEats from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more summertime recipes today:

Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds, Pirate Jonny’s, Quirk Books, Spicely Organics, T.Lish , and Voodoo Chef for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats without additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

#SundaySupper: Spring Fling

Happy Spring everyone! Does it feel like spring where you are? I’m not fully convinced Ohio knows that the season’s have changed yet. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anymore snow on the ground, and it is warmer. But it’d be nice to see the sun. Friday, the first official day of spring, was very dreary – chilly, grey, and rainy. I’m pretty sure the grey and rainy is pretty standard up here though.

I am looking forward to the day when the sun is shining and it’s 70 degrees. I hope I don’t have to wait for summer for that! Now that my little man is a very successful sitter (and army crawler) I’m anxious to get him to the park and into a swing. There’s a park at the end of our neighborhood and I always head there on my walks, but I want my husband to be there for his son’s first time in a swing. So this beautiful spring day needs to happen on a weekend!

Today’s happy spring fling #SundaySupper is hosted by  DB (aka Foodie Stuntman) of Crazy Foodie Stunts and Valerie of Lifestyle Food Artistry.

When I think spring, I think Easter, tulips, pastel colors, eggs, and bunnies. I found this clever smoothie in my foodgawker favorites and decided to give it a shot. My layers weren’t as separate as hers were. But I used my own recipe for my smoothie flavors. My smoothies weren’t thick enough to give the effect I was looking for, but I went with it and it still yielded a pretty result. Phew!

My flavors were: blackberry & blueberry, pineapple & orange, and strawberry. I used whole milk vanilla yogurt and milk in each flavor, and added some vanilla protein powder to the pineapple & orange. I put too much milk in the smoothies – but I do prefer to drink my smoothies through a straw and the texture is perfect for that, just not perfect for staying separate layers. Here’s the ratio I used: 3/4 C frozen fruit, 1/4 C + 1 tbsp yogurt, 1/2 C milk. My amounts make 2 smoothies.

Here’s the how-to for an Easter Egg Smoothie:

Pick three (or more) different flavored smoothies. Use colors that will contrast.

Make each smoothie and keep in the freezer until ready to assemble.

Layer smoothies into a glass.

Enjoy!

Easter Egg Smoothie | Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Yesterday I shared an alcohol free beverage option in my Pot ‘O Gold Punch. Today, it’s all about the adults.

Making Irish Cream Liquor at home is simple, quick, and easy. And better yet, actually tastes like the real thing. Although my mom thought it was a tad weaker than the stuff in the bottle.

You can enjoy this liquor straight out of a glass with ice, over ice cream, or use it in a new favorite dessert. The latter is a teaser for a recipe coming at you next week, so stay tuned!

This recipe makes 3 C and will keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Homemade Irish Cream Liquor

Ingredients:

  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C whiskey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk

Steps:

  1. Whisk together 1 tbsp heavy cream with the espresso and cocoa powders until smooth. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Store in an air tight container up to two weeks in the fridge.

*This recipe is adapted from Cory at http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/homemade-irish-cream*

Homemade Baileys | Sew You Think You Can Cook

To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve assembled a round-up of some fun ways to use your homemade liquor:

Bailey’s Bundt Cake

Bailey’s Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse

Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding

Bailey’s Cocktail Poptails

Bailey’s Irish Coffee Caramels

Spiced Bailey’s Ice Cream Floats

Pot ‘O Gold Punch

Every St. Patrick’s Day since 2010 has been celebrated with my wonderful friend Kate. For a history of our holidays see last year’s {failed} Irish Bread Braid. I am trying the braid again tomorrow and hope to update that post, so wish me luck!

As I was pregnant last year and Kate doesn’t particularly enjoy boozy beverages, we made a non-alcoholic punch. By all means, add some vodka if you feel so inclined.

I will warn you though, there’s a lot of sugar in this pot ‘o gold. I had a doctor’s appointment the following day and my sugar levels were through the roof. Whoops. Eh, the little guy turned out just fine… I type as he’s screaming, fighting a nap.

This year it’s just the three of us and it’s going to seem pretty lonely. I’ll be sticking with my tradition and make meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Along with a green vegetable of some kind – something the little guy might eat.

Pot ‘O Gold Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkt (0.2oz) lemonade Kool-Aid powder
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C lemon-lime soda
  • 1 1/2 C citrus soda
  • 2 C pineapple juice
  • 6 C cold water
  • decorating sugar for garnish (optional)

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Keep cold until ready to serve.
  2. If desired: Place decorating sugar on a shallow plate. Place the lip of the glasses in water then coat with the sugar. Pour punch into rimmed glasses.

*This recipe is adapted from Melissa at http://luluthebaker.com/2012/03/st-pattys-day-punch.html*

Pot o Gold Punch | Sew You Think You Can Cook

#SundaySupper: Red Carpet Party

Today #SundaySupper is having a party perfect for any red carpet event! There’s an awards show on tonight. I think it’s the “big one.” I wouldn’t really know because I’m not all up to snuff on my Hollywood trivia. I do like Neil Patrick Harris though, so I will be watching. Or rather, I’ll have it playing on the TV screen. I don’t know how much I’ll be paying attention. (I’ll be participating in a Twitter chat after all! – See end of post for details.) I haven’t seen any of the movies up for nomination and I don’t know the who’s-who of actors.

Katie of Ruffles and Truffles is hosting this star-studded gathering so be sure to scroll past my recipe for a list of party worthy drinks and eats!

Thank You Peary Much | Sew You Think You Can Cook

I decided to create a very simple signature cocktail for the event. Because what party for the stars wouldn’t be complete with an original concoction involving champagne? I wanted to go with something gold in honor of The Oscar. It’s a gold award! Hey, at least I knew that!

This cocktail would be welcome at any brunch table.

An Original Recipe

Thank You Peary Much

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 2″ piece ginger root
  • pear nectar
  • champagne
  • crystalized ginger (optional)

Steps:

  1. Make ginger simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat combine sugar, water, and ginger until sugar completely disolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Assemble cocktails: Put a little ginger simple syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass. Top it with pear nectar and champagne. (The ratios are completely up to you – do you like it mostly bubbly with a touch of juice or are you a juice fan with a hint of bubbly?) Drop some crystalized ginger into the glass and watch it fizz!

Thank You Peary Much | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Nominees for Best Supporting Appetizers:

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Nominees for Best Delectable Desserts:

Nominees for Best Dressed Table:

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Did you know that your slow cooker can be used for more than just pulled pork, Chinese take-out at home, and tailgating cheese dips? It can also be used to have warm and comforting beverages ready for you after an evening in the cold.

For Thanksgiving we went to Alabama to spend the holiday weekend with my in-laws. On Black Friday we had intended to go walking through a Christmas light display downtown. Because it was a chilly night my mother-in-law whipped up a batch of hot chocolate so we could warm up when we returned.

We never did go check out the lights, though. We got wrapped up in a very competitive game of Harry Potter Uno. (Side note: Can you believe this deck of cards is now over $60!?)

But we did still get to enjoy some home made hot chocolate!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 6 C milk
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 2/3 C hot water

Steps:

  1. Place condensed milk, heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt in slow cooker.
  2. In a large mug or measuring glass, whisk together cocoa powder and hot water. Add to slow cooker.
  3. Cook on LOW 3 hours.

*This recipe is adapted from Melissa at http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/12/14/slow-cooker-hot-cocoa/*

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#10DaysofTailgate: War Eagle Sangria

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Today marks the beginning of #10DaysofTailgate! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you might have noticed some sneak peaks of things coming your way. I was really honored when Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited me to be a part of this great adventure.

To kick off #10DaysofTailgate, I wanted to pick a recipe that would highlight my favorite team – the Auburn Tigers. My husband and I both graduated from Auburn University – and our combined three siblings also graduated from or are currently attending Auburn.

I decided to make a sangria using blueberries and oranges – complete with AU ice cubes! I followed the recipe for my Red, White, and Blue Sangria that I dish out on the Fourth of July. I used a little bit of my blueberry syrup in place of simple syrup too.

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An Original Recipe

War Eagle Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle white moscato wine
  • 2 tbsp blueberry syrup
  • 2 oranges sliced into rings
  • 3/4 C frozen blueberries
  • 1 bottle champagne

Steps:

  1. In a pitcher combine wine and syrup. Add orange slices, leaving some for garnish, and blueberries. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  2. Before serving add the bottle of champagne. Garnish with orange slices.

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Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more tailgating recipes today:


Starters
Loaded Baked Nacho Supreme by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Baked Blueberry Pork Egg Rolls by The Pajama Chef
Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Dips
Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheese Dip by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cheesy Bean Dip by Making Miracles
Garden Fresh Salsa by Eliot’s Eats
Pineapple Salsa by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Devilish 7-Layer Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Sips
Iowa Sunrise by From Gate to Plate
Sides
Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Cooking In Stilettos
Mains
El Diablo’d Lamb Lollipops by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Ginger Chicken Kabobs by Summer Scraps
Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Mac and Cheese  with Bacon Pretzel Topping by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Asian Duck Sliders  by Curious Cuisiniere
Pineapple Chile Lime Wings by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love and Confections
Sweets