Food is definitely how I express my love and appreciation for someone. Often, if I want to show a guy I’m into him, I’ll roast a chicken. I blame it on my Greek roots, we just have to feel people! This Valentine’s Day, I’m showing my boyfriend Sean how much I care with something a bit sweeter… chocolate pots de crème!
Valentine’s Day… what a day, huh? Definitely a day to get your drink on, no matter your relationship status. To help you toast to the day, to love, to friendship, we came up with this cocktail. Light, refreshing, and perfect for sipping, cheers to you on heart day. <3
I’m not exactly ‘on it’ when it comes to eating breakfast. Sadly, most of the time I make coffee and devour a protein bar as I’m on my way out the door. It’s sort of sad and definitely not the best way to start my day. Like, at all. Recently Planet Rice offered to send over some of their sprouted rice for me to test drive, so I reached out to Claire for a breakfast recipe that will help me be healthier. She knows I’m a busy lady, so she willed up a breakfast that I can make ahead of time and simply assemble as needed. Meet your new go-to breakfast: cilantro pesto with sprouted rice pilaf, topped with a perfectly fried egg!
After all of the syrupy cocktails, eggnog, and champagne I consumed in the last month (there was a lot!), I am ready for something more refreshing and slightly healthier. I like to whip up fresh juice cocktails this time of year and leave the heavy drinks for the holidays, or at least until next month. A recent favorite is this Apple + Grilled Thyme Smash recipe!
Ok, you guys… I have a secret to share. I’m a soda drinker. With all my focus on working out, climbing, and personal fitness, it feels like a deep, dark secret. Truth be told, I’m kind of embarrassed about it! I’ve been researching alternatives to soda that will satisfy the craving for sweetness and flavor without all of the sugar and gross chemicals. One way I’ve been doing that is through fancy water combinations. After much experimenting, my top 3 pairings are:
- Pomegranate + ginger + jalapeño
- Pomegranate + lime
- Grapefruit + ginger
Tomorrow is the B-I-G day and it’s already assumed that I’ll be in pjs all day… but what will I be sipping on? Lots of coffee, spiked with seasonal yumminess like cinnamon, clove, and even orange zest! Oh, and the most perfect caramel sauce maybe ever. These Christmas coffee recipes are perfect in a pinch when unexpected guests drop by or even if you’re just snuggling with your honey on the couch (that’s my plan). Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Pour-Over Coffee in a Chemex:
For best results, start a freshly roasted single origin coffee beans. Grind the beans fine. Place 3-4 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into the filter. Pour boiling water over the coffee beans slowly and in a circular motion as to be sure that all the grinds are soaked. Keep the water hot and pour more in as soon as all the water had drained out of the filter.
Christmas is this week — holy moly you guys! It seems like just yesterday I was planning my menu for Thanksgiving and now I am tying bows on presents, stringing lights, and hearing Christmas music everywhere I go! Perhaps it’s because I just got back from my honeymoon in a tropical local where my mind was literally far from thinking about picking out the perfect tree, but the holidays snuck up on me this year!
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the halls are decked… but have you thought about what drink will you be serving on Christmas to keep everything merry and bright? We shared the Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Martini earlier this week, but they are a one-and-done kind of drink (no sloppy Santas, please!). How about a cocktail that takes you all the way from presents to Christmas dinner to rocking around the Christmas tree? May I suggest one of these Alpine Bucks! They are a refreshing sipper that will keep you cool even in the warmest and ugliest of sweaters.