The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time for me to step up my beverage game. As always, Audrey and I will be doing quite a bit of entertaining this season, and if I know my friends and family, there will be no shortage of cocktail requests. One of my favorite cocktails to showcase this time of year is Spanish coffee. A little overproof rum, caramelized sugar and hot coffee never fails to keep everyone warm and cozy. The issue I’ve had with making Spanish coffee for my guests in the past is keeping fresh, hot coffee at the ready. Thankfully, this year I’m calling on my Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo to do the heavy lifting for me. With my Evoluo I can quickly prepare a perfect cup of coffee or authentic espresso (topped with a silky crema) at the touch of a button. The best part is it’s fresh, hot, and of the utmost quality. Nespresso knows exactly what beans they’re buying, where they come from, how they’ve been grown, and what they will taste like in the final cup. In addition, every single Nespresso capsule can be recycled. How cool is that?! As someone who’s equally serious about my craft, especially when sharing that experience with my guests, I appreciate that type of passion and commitment. You too can experience a cup above with your guests this holiday season. Grab some coffee, a cocktail perhaps, and lets celebrate together!!
Once again, the holiday season is upon us, and if you’re anything like me you’re ready for a drink. After all, Fiona is approaching 16 months and practically guaranteed to pull down our Christmas tree. This annual gift guide for the bartender/drink lover has quickly become my favorite piece of the year. It’s where I send all my friends and family when they ask me for gift ideas. Plus, putting it together is always a blast! I pour myself a glass of eggnog, throw on some holiday tunes, slip on a big comfy sweater, and get to work. As always, I tried my best to represent a wide range of gifts – both in price and in function. All of which I’d be more than happy to find under the (soon-to-be-broken) tree. Just sayin’ . . . READ MORE
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about holiday entertaining, it’s to keep it simple. If anything, it’ll at least save your sanity – especially during this time of year. Crostini is one our favorite things to assemble for gatherings and we love the idea of experimenting with different combinations based on what is fresh and seasonal. Here are some examples of winter-inspired combinations that are sure to please you and your guests at your next holiday fête!
Roast beets and lightly season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Pair with an aged milk goat cheese, like Humboldt Fog’s Cypress Grove, arugula and toasted hazelnuts.
Top a creamy burrata with small wedges of fuyu persimmons, pomegranate seeds, a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette and ripped basil.
Tomorrow is December 1st and in the spirit of the holidays, we’re hosting 12 awesome giveaways for you, our incredibly supportive readers. We’ve tracked down 12 of our favorite products of the year and have collaborated with the brands to create a special gift that you will have a chance to enter to win. Each day, for 12 consecutive days, we will reveal a new surprise. Head over HERE tomorrow to uncover the first of many amazing gifts – and be sure to check back each day for more. Good luck and happy holidays!
(artwork by Andrea Fairservice)
Okay, so this madness here is the best thing I’ve ever done with Thanksgiving leftovers. I think that alone should be enough to convince you to make this. This really isn’t a recipe. All you do is take your leftover stuffing, pack it into a buttered waffle iron for 5 minutes and top with with a scoop of mashed potatoes, a runny fried egg and extra gravy. Holy. Cow.
I love the classic French apple tart. It is so incredibly simple and yet there’s something about the proportion of syrupy soft fruit to flakey buttery puff pastry that is just perfect (I really hate the texture of large chunks of cooked soft fruit). I’ve substituted apples for persimmons, which I’ve had a love affair with lately! This is just the type of dessert I like to make for Thanksgiving, easy and half pre-made. I’ve made puff pastry from scratch once and it was the last time I’ll do it. It’s a pain staking task and certainly not worth it on Thanksgiving, especially since you can get really great quality frozen puff pastry. The best is Dufour and I always have a package of sitting around in the freezer. It is pricier than your supermarket frozen puff pastry and harder to find, but if you do, pick up a couple packages up for future use. You can serve this with some vanilla ice cream or, my favorite, lightly sweetened creme fraiche mixed with a little fresh vanilla bean.