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I’ll admit it, I’m a big sports fan. I simply love game day, but that doesn’t always mean I actually remember that it’s upon us. More times than I’d like to admit, guests show up for the big game and I’m left scrambling to figure out what snacks to serve. These 3 recipes are some of my favorite quick and easy snacks to serve up to a crowd—they’re sure to get a standing ovation.

3 easy + delicious Game day favorites with @ziplocofficial // recipes for secret sauce chicken wings, greek meatballs, and tater tot nachos 3 easy + delicious Game day favorites with @ziplocofficial // recipes for secret sauce chicken wings, greek meatballs, and tater tot nachosHead over to Ziploc to get all 3 recipes: tot-chos, Greek meatballs on a stick, and secret sauce chicken wings.3 easy + delicious Game day favorites with @ziplocofficial // recipes for secret sauce chicken wings, greek meatballs, and tater tot nachosphotography by Jason Mai

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

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On the East Coast, the month of January gets a bad rap. As the holidays and vacation days pass, anticipation and merriment transition to complaints of gray days, cold toes, hibernation, etc. To these January haters, I say, “don’t bring me down!”

donut o' the month // chocolate glazed whole wheat donut recipe www.jojotastic.com

January is my birthday month and it happens to be one of my favorite months. The fluffy white snow adds a quiet beauty to the landscape. The cold justifies flannels and sweaters, and hibernation is a wonderful excuse to curl up with my farmer and my sheepdog and watch long movies in the afternoon. In honor of my birthday month, I’m bringing you bold garnet hues and the favorite donut of my childhood — the classic chocolate glazed ring!

donut o' the month // chocolate glazed whole wheat donut recipe www.jojotastic.com

This recipe uses a lot of yeast to achieve a fluffy donut crumb. Topped with both a vanilla and chocolate glaze, you’ll be reminded of childhood trips to your local donut maker, but you’ll feel better about these ingredients- whole wheat pastry flour, natural sugars and organic safflower oil. I hope you fry up a batch and muster a little appreciation for my beloved month of January.

Bon Appétit!
-Quelcy

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We have found ourselves in the second week of January — hooray, we made it! Last week may have been the first week back on the job, but this week just seemed to draaag. If you are anything like us, you most definitely deserve a drink! For those of you that have not declared this month “dry January,” we have a cocktail that won’t have you feeling shameful as you drink along side your detoxing, juice-cleansing friends!

The Pomelo Citrus Salty Dog is here to save the day (at least until Saturday arrives). It’s one lip-smacking drink that is equal parts salty, sweet, and tart, aka the perfect balance after all those heavy, cloying drinks over the holidays. We still love you eggnog, but we had our fill!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 parts Vodka (we like Tito’s)
  • 2 parts fresh squeezed pomelo or grapefruit juice
  • 1 part fresh tangerine juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • course salt

Directions:

Add salt to a plate. Run a slice of pomelo around the rim of a glass. Place the glass in the salt to coat the rim of the glass. Squeeze all the juices into a cocktail shaker. Keep squeezing! Add the vodka to the shaker and mix. Pour over ice and add a wedge of pomelo for garnish.

Fresh juices are our favorite, but they can be a bit unpredictable when making cocktails in regards to the tartness of the fruits (thanks, Mother Nature). If you find the juice to be a bit puckering, add a 1/2-1 oz simple syrup. You can also omit the vodka if you are abstaining, but then where’s the fun in that?!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/This cocktail is loaded with fresh juices that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Winter citrus season is in it’s peak. From grapefruits, to Meyer lemons, tangerines, and pomelos, we are getting our fare share of vitamin A & C without juicing. Think of all of the squeezing as a mini-workout.

Salty Dogs get their peculiar name from the similar cocktail The Greyhound. They would serve the cocktail at Greyhound bus stations in their restaurants The Post House during the 1940’s. We bet that made traveling by bus ALOT easier to handle!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/Greyhounds traditionally have grapefruit juice and vodka (or gin), simple dimple. The Salty Dog just has the addition of one important, obvious ingredient. Salt provides a nice zing that cuts the the sweet-tart juices.

A bright, sunny drink is just what we need this time of year to pull us out of a mid-Winter slump! We added in some pieces in vibrant shades to give a energizing dose of color amidst the sea of Winter white’s and gloomy black’s that are everywhere. A cheery dash of pink, peach and hints of gold shouldn’t just be reserved for Spring time! Winter citrus are guarantee to put you in a good mood, despite the lack of vitamin D. It’s a little bit of sunshine in a glass!

portrait of a cocktail // pomelo citrus salty dog recipe http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/15/portrait-of-a-cocktail-pomelo-citrus-salty-dog/Happy imbibing!

recipe by Ashley Rose for Jojotastic. photography by Jojotastic.

I can be quite the carb monster, but I’m trying to cut back this year and make healthier choices—like sneaking in more veggies! These 3 recipes not only make up a delicious meal together, but they are also great alternatives to some of my favorite guilty pleasures (read: french fries and a giant bowl of pasta). Plus, they’re kid-friendly and easily prepped ahead of time. That’s a win-win situation in my book.

sneaky ways to eat your veggies with @ziplocofficial — 3 recipes for zucchini noodles / zoodles with cauliflower 'alfredo' sauce + a side of eggplant fries #ziploc sneaky ways to eat your veggies with @ziplocofficial — 3 recipes for zucchini noodles / zoodles with cauliflower 'alfredo' sauce + a side of eggplant fries #ziplocHead over to Ziploc to get all 3 recipes: zucchini noodles, cauliflower ‘alfredo’ sauce, and eggplant fries!

sneaky ways to eat your veggies with @ziplocofficial — 3 recipes for zucchini noodles / zoodles with cauliflower 'alfredo' sauce + a side of eggplant fries #ziplocphotography by Jason Mai

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

I love making hot cocoa during the holidays. Both traditional and yummy, homemade hot chocolate makes me nostalgic for childhood memories of sledding with my dad. After exhausting ourselves on the hills, we’d traipse back to the house and warm up with mugs of cocoa next to the fireplace. These are some of my fondest memories as a kid. This year, I experimented with 3 yummy recipes to fancy up your hot chocolate. They give a modern take on this old classic—perfect for making your own traditions!

3 Easy Recipes To Fancy Up Your Cocoa - like this sea salt + lavender + caramel hot cocoa

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

3 Easy Recipes To Fancy Up Your Cocoaphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

PP- CHAMPS AND DRINK

With 2014 coming to a close and holiday parties at their peak (oh hello, Christmas in ONE WEEK), our to-do lists seem to be snowballing out of control! If you’re knee deep in online shopping, writing New Years resolutions, and getting those presents perfectly packaged, it may be a tad daunting to ponder just what potent potable you’ll be serving at your holiday soirée this weekend.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaDon’t fret, we have got you covered! The Poinsettia is your saving grace for holiday gatherings! Not those red flowers you see eveeerywhere during Christmas time (they are actually poisonous to animals, so they are not Noodle- or Georgette-friendly decor.) We’re talkin’ about the tasty crimson cocktail. It’s a traditional sipper that fits into the season’s festivities perfectly — spirited and red!

Pomegranate PoinsettiaThe Poinsettia is a holiday classic for a reason — it’s super simple and a real crowd pleaser! There is no vigorous shaking involved and the proportions can be tweaked to your party guests tastes! Spirited folks? Add just a splash of the cranberry & pomegranate juice. Sweet-toothed crowd on you hands? Add a touch more juice and champagne. You can even make a sinless-sipper for the DD. Just omit the vodka and champagne and replace with ginger ale or club soda for fizziness.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaTraditionally, the cocktail calls for plain ol’ cranberry juice, but we couldn’t resist adding cranberry’s sweet-tart cousin, the pomegranate, into the mix. They are so plentiful this time of year and their beautiful seeds are like jewels. We always say fresh is best, but in a pinch, a bottled pomegranate juice will do just fine in this recipe (we won’t tell!)
Pomegranate Poinsettia
The Pomegranate Poinsettia
Ingredients

  • 1 oz cranberry
  • 1oz Pomegranate juice
  • 4 oz champagne
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 berry & rosemary ice cubes (recipe below)

Pour vodka into glass. Add the cranberry and pomegranate juices. Stir with bar spoon. Add the champagne. Place two ice cubes in the drink for garnish.

Berry & Rosemary Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • 1 handful small berries
  • 4  stalks rosemary

Remove stems from berries. Remove rosemary leaves from stalks. Full ice cube trades with water. Add berries and rosemary to the cubes. Freeze until completely frozen.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaWe also jazzed the drink up with rosemary and winter berry ice cubes! The rosemary mimics the fresh evergreens of the season and the berries add another vibrant punch of color. It’s almost like having a wreath in your glass! Gold rimmed coups add a beautiful shimmer to the crimson cocktail. Red and gold are a match made in holiday heaven!

Pomegranate PoinsettiaYou may already have all these ingredients in your fridge which a makes party planning a real breeze. The trickiest part may be finding berries for the ice cubes. Currants & peppercorn berries make for perfect additions to the festive ice and will add a sweet or spicy touch as the ice begins to melt. We found our berries at a local flower shop, but a natural grocers will have a great selection of winter berries.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaReady for refills? Preparation is easy so you won’t be tending bar all night long. You’ll be back cheers-ing to good times in no time!

Happy imbibing!

p.s. get more cocktail recipes here!
recipe by Ashley Rose for Jojotastic. photography by Jojotastic.

December Donut of the Month_WTG

Though my ideal temperature is that of a desert, there is a big part of me that likes winter. I don’t admit this too frequently, mostly because I would be making that declaration through chattering teeth and purple lips, but it’s true. The major stipulation is this: I like winter when I am just sort of cozily watching snow fall from my third-floor window view. I like winter when the only reason to face the brutal winds is to run around the park like a crazy person with my dog (a big perk of having a dog). I like winter when I’m buried deep under blankets, a candle is flickering, and I’m burning my way through a Netflix series. Thus, not wanting to leave home in the winter is a huge motivator for home cooking and baking.

December Donut of the MonthThe more delicious foods and drinks I am able to prepare at home, the less I need to 1) leave home 2) spend extra money and 3) eat less wholesome ingredients. Thanks to Joanna’s love of donuts, I was inspired to develop this donut-o-the-month series. So content am I with these homemade versions, I no longer need to brave the cold and the lines for the Pittsburgh brunch place that serves the beignets I used to crave. I am one step closer to a complete hermitage this winter, so three cheers for that!

Dec Donuts 02December’s donut was inspired by fluffy snow, gingerbread men and hikes in the park with my four-legged snow lover. I hope these donuts enable you to stay some place warm, sip something hot and dive into the series of your choice.

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