Remember when Valentine’s Day meant personalizing a “mailbox” and addressing 24 identical cards for all of your elementary classmates? We wore red. We ate treats. We had minor stresses over innocent crushes and cooties, but there wasn’t the pressure of dinner reservations, relationships, flower cliches, etc. It was mostly pure, simple, themed fun.
Though Valentine’s Day has passed, I’m giving you an excuse to extend Saint Valentine’s core sentiments in a fun and colorful way. Summon your inner child, bask in the scent of roses and share a little token of love with close friends. Go ahead and decorate some packaging, too, if you want.
These donuts start with an organic brown rice flour, which means they are gluten-free and full of whole grain goodness. You’ll be able to share these donuts with just about everyone. What fun would donuts be if your gluten-free friends had to stand on the sidelines and watch?? (more…)
The holidays have left me on a bit of a budget, so I’m all for affordable and creative ways to have fun at home. Plus with awards season upon us, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a party! These party hacks are both glamorous and easy… and sure to impress your guests.
Head over toZiploc to check out these party hacks: gold star wall hanging & fancy concessions stand.
As if you didn’t know already, Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. Whether you see that as a blissful day full of flowers and luuurve or the perfect excuse for a night in to pamper your solo-self, the day is upon us and we must prepare! Rather then fight the crowds for a table, we suggest spending the day relaxing with your partner over some delicious cocktails. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to the perfect drink: bitter, sweet, sour, boozy… the list goes on. This Valentine’s Day, we teamed up with Huckberry, purveyors of good taste for the manly set, for the perfect Yours & Mine cocktails.
Believe us when we say this: two different cocktails is definitely not a hassle! Our resident cocktail expert, Ashley Rose, has created two cocktails for all kinds of palates to enjoy — made with some of the same ingredients, many of which you may already have in your fridge or pantry!
First up is the ‘Yours’ cocktail. A twist on the traditional Ramos Gin Fizz, this creamy, velvety cocktail contains citrus notes that dance on your tongue. Fizzes always have citrus and carbonated water, but the Ramos Fizz kicks it up a few notches with cream and egg white for a glorious, cloud-like head. I swapped out the traditional orange water with rose water and replaced the lemon juice and simple syrup with the almost-too-good flavors of the Preserved Lemon Syrup.
The countdown is officially on for Valentine’s Day, so why not wow your sweetheart with a luxurious dessert? Today I partnered with Katherine Toy, the pastry chef at Flora in Oakland, to share a recipe for chocolate panna cotta topped with citrus and candied rose petals that is both gorgeous and luxuriously yummy.
In her own words, this panna cotta, Italian for “cooked cream,” is a grown up version of our favorite childhood chocolate pudding. It combines the flavors of dried cherries and raisins from the chocolate with juicy citrus at the height of its season. Rose petals add a bit of romantic drama to the plate. This dessert is the perfect indulgent ending to a Valentine’s Day dinner.
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.
Head over toZiploc to get all 3 recipes: tot-chos, Greek meatballs on a stick, and secret sauce chicken wings.photography by Jason Mai
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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!”
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!
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.
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!
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?!
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!
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!
recipe by Ashley Rose for Jojotastic. photography by Jojotastic.
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