Quick Tip: Summer Bar Essentials

Summer is officially here and I can’t imagine a better reason to mix up a fruit infused cocktail or chill a bottle of wine and invite friends over. I wanted to share some entertaining tips on how I set up my summer bar. The most stressful part of entertaining is the idea of running around catering to your friends and not being able to enjoy the party yourself. I set […] Read Full Post

National Negroni Week: Cocktail Making with Susie Drinks!

In honor of National Negroni Week, I asked Susie O from her popular blog Susie Drinks to join me at the bar for some Campari inspired cocktails. She made this incredible watermelon infused gin for a refreshing summer take on the classic Negroni. It’s slightly bitter, a little sweet and super refreshing on hot summer days. I met Susie several years ago when I was the Entertainment Reporter for the […] Read Full Post

Summer Entertaining: Recipes and Tips

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs 1 full rack prime cut back ribs 1 cup favorite BBQ Sauce 2 tbsp Tabasco Chipotle Sauce 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup beef broth Directions: Place the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, Tabasco and beef broth in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Add the ribs and set the slow cooker to high. Cook for 3 hours, then open and stir, to make […] Read Full Post

Recipe: Panzanella – Italian Summer Tomato Salad

Tomatoes are at peak freshness during the hot summer months, so make them the star of your next BBQ with this simple Italian salad. Warm angry croutons are perfect for soaking up the salad dressing and the juices from the ripe tomatoes. Panzanella – Italian Ripe Tomato Salad 1 lb ripe tomatoes (cherry, cut in half, or heirloom cubed into inch wide pieces) 1 lb Persian cucumbers, cut into one […] Read Full Post

Quick Tip: How to Chop and Store Fresh Herbs

If you watch any of my recipes, you know how much I love to add fresh herbs to any dish, whether it is a salad or a pot roast. Parsley, basil, dill, chives, they liven up any meal and add a bright burst of flavor. And with summer around the corner, I wanted to share my quick tips for washing, chopping and storing fresh herbs. Wash all of your herbs […] Read Full Post

Chicken Teriyaki and Stir Fry Vegetables

One of the healthiest, and easiest dinners you can make is a quick stir fry of chicken and vegetables. Here is how I make it in less than 30 minutes. Chicken Teriyaki and Stir Fry Vegetables 4 Chicken Breasts, marinated overnight in a premade teriyaki, I used this teriyaki 1 cup broccoli florets, trimmed 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into one inch pieces 1 cup zucchini, cut into one […] Read Full Post

Easy Weeknight Pasta with Shrimp and Peas

My fridge is bare and I have zero inspiration for dinner tonight? Does that sound familiar? Today was one of those days where every minute was scheduled and the last thing on my mind was what to cook for dinner. I always keep a few ingredients on hand so I can make dinner in a flash: pasta in the pantry, frozen peas and carrots, heavy cream. It’s all you need […] Read Full Post

Quick Tip: How to Peel And Devein Shrimp

If you’re cooking shrimp for dinner tonight you might be wondering what’s the quickest and easiest way to peel and devein shrimp. Follow these simple steps and you can get fresh shrimp cooking in no time. If you have some frozen shrimp (which I always keep in the freezer for last minute meals) Place them in a bowl and pour over luke warm water. After about 15 minutes, pour out […] Read Full Post

I Cooked a Brisket for 72 Hours: A Guide to Sous Vide

I’ve always wanted to try to Sous Vide, but it seemed complicated, fussy, not to mention expensive. So when I had the opportunity to try the Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Machine I knew it would be a fun experiment. Whenever I hear ‘cook for 72 hours’ in a recipe, I usually turn the page and look for another, quicker route. But this brisket came out so delicious, tender and flavorful, […] Read Full Post