Shades Of Grey

My first home renovation is officially underway and I’m already faced with the overwhelming task of picking out the most important details of my soon to be favorite room: the kitchen. I’ve been inspired to step off the beaten path and go grey. It’s such a handsomely neutral color and I think it pairs especially well with white marble countertops and stainless steel appliances. But with the countless variations of grey, the only question remains . . . what shade?!

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Strawberry Pisco Punch

Everybody loves punch. It’s fun, fruity and easy to drink. Best of all, where there’s punch there’s a party. I adapted this recipe from a cocktail my partner and I created back in my beverage catering days. It was always a big hit at events. Just like any well-made punch, it appeals to a variety of tastes. Unique enough to impress your guests, yet simple to prepare in advance, your friends will happily serve themselves a glass . . . or four.

Strawberry Pisco Punch // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml bottle of pisco
  • 1 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups lime juice
  • 2 750 ml bottles sparkling apple cider
  • 2 limes for garnish
  • ice block

Strawberry Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries (halved)

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Strawberry Syrup

Strawberry Syrup Recipe // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries (halved)

Directions:

  • Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a simmer.
  • Once the syrup reaches a simmer remove from heat and let cool completely (approximately 30 minutes).
  • Add the strawberries. I like combining the strawberries once the syrup has cooled because you get a bright, fresh strawberry flavor, rather than a cooked, jammy strawberry flavor.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the strawberries to a pulp. If you don’t have a potato masher you can use the bottom of a glass.
  • Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, removing the strawberry pulp. Store in the refrigerator.
Strawberry Pisco Punch
Everybody loves punch. It’s fun, fruity and easy to drink. Best of all, where there’s punch there’s a party. I adapted this recipe from a cocktail my partner and I created back in my beverage […]

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DIY Découpage Eggs

If you don’t already know, we’re huge fans of découpage and vintage botanical prints over at HonestlyWTF. So when I came across the idea to combine two of our favorite things into a spring-themed project, I was instantly inspired. Découpaging eggs is an easy and impressive way to dress up your next Sunday brunch. And although you can easily apply this technique to chicken eggs, I encourage you to go big with spectacular ostrich eggs!

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You’ll need:

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Roasted Asparagus with Egg and Fried Capers

With spring officially here, I just had to feature one of my favorite pairings: asparagus and eggs. The two ingredients work perfectly together and are the epitome of spring. There are so many ways to enjoy this combination, like dipping asparagus spears into soft-boiled eggs or drizzling asparagus in hollandaise or baking asparagus into a frittata. But, my favorite combo is asparagus paired with hard-boiled eggs in a mustard vinaigrette. The addition of the fried capers gives the whole dish an extra dimension of texture that I love.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bundle of asparagus, washed and trimmed (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of drained capers.  (If using brined capers, drain on paper towels and pat dry)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar, or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • about 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

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Springing Forward

Spring is officially upon us and tulips, daffodils, azaleas, and lilacs are in bloom. What better way to celebrate Spring’s arrival than to decorate your table with fresh pastels, brightly hued flowers and greenery for your next dinner party.

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