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The Oscars’ Pied Piper-Heidsieck

Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek at the wine that the stars will be drinking at the 2017 Academy Awards and Governor’s Ball. Today, we tackle the champagne. Oh yeah! The infamous red label Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV is the official champagne of the Oscars for the third year in a row. And if you have ever sampled a bit of this bubbly, then you know why. It’s delicious, sophisticated, and oh-so sexy. So let’s delve right into the nitty gritty of what it means to ‘Drink Like a Nominee’. Because I have somehow been inexplicably blessed by the food …

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The Director’s Cut

A surprising perk of my job as a food and drinks writer is that I get the inside scoop on the biggest events in Hollywood.  I am actually sent gift boxes of the scrumptious treats the stars will be munching and sipping on at awards show. Oh yes, the starlet gods have looked down upon me with favor. And as much as I would love to invite you over to my house for a wine and dine viewing party, I just don’t think I can fit all half-a-million of you in my living room… plus, I only have about 12 wine glasses, …

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Cinnamon Crunch Fruit Jellies

This post was sponsored by Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. This Cinnamon Crunch Fruit Jellies recipe is perfect for wholesome snacking the whole family can enjoy! There are ironies in life that are simply cruel. A jeweler’s kid who doesn’t like diamonds. A lactose intolerant ice cream shop owner. A wanderlusting world traveler with a deathly fear of flying. Or a recipe developer who’s daughter is a picky eater. Yup, that last one is me. I also have a traveling soul trapped …

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Spring Appliance Trends

It happens every year. The Spring appliance you can’t avoid. It’s everywhere! In the window of every Williams-Sonoma. Popping up on your favorite Pinterest boards. It’s even already on the countertop of your trendy friend’s kitchen. How does she get those things so fast?! Well, if you want to be the one that is in the know before everyone else, then I have a few trends for you to look out for. Here are my four appliance and kitchen accessory picks that will be everywhere this Spring… Smeg Espresso Coffee Machine: This piece of retro magic isn’t even available yet, …

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Lemon Coconut Moscow Mule

Due to a fortunate turn of events, this is shaping up to be a booze-filled couple of weeks on the blog. I did consider moving around the schedule a bit and spacing them out over the next few months. But why deprive you of such scrumptious libations?! Plus, I am a firm believer of the ancient philosophies of ‘more is more’ and ‘why the heck not?’ So, with that said, let’s get to the third alcohol post in a row. The Lemon Coconut Moscow Mule, my friends. This recipe was completely inspired by the amazing copper mugs by Advanced Mixology. Fun …

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Coconut Lingonberry Margarita

The fondue is laid out to perfection – kebabs of strawberries, pound cake, and marshmallows await their warm dip into a chocolate bath. The candles are lit, filling the room with a glow that breathes romance. Marvin Gaye softly serenades you as you spray on an alluring scent. The mood is all set, except for one thing. The drink. Well calm your yearning heart, I’ve got your Valentines libations covered. I present to you the Coconut Lingonberry Margarita. A traditionally prepared margarita, the cocktail is initially light and sweet. But don’t be deceived, it ends with a complex and deceptively …

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Tailgating with Seven Daughters Wines

A little less than a year ago, I moved from New York City to Houston. I did this without ever having visited the city and my experience thus far has been one filled with many perks. BBQ, tropical weather, gorgeous homes, BBQ, rodeos, cowboy boots, BBQ. Did I mention BBQ? And one perk I get to experience only a few months in, is the Super Bowl. Oh yes, my new hometown is hosting the big game this year and the air is electric. Downtown is a hub of football, music, food, and fun. Although I have not been looked down …

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Tortellini Muffins

Dinnertime. The moment of truth in my busy household. After a busy day of work and mommy-ing, do I attempt to make a full dinner? Will anyone notice the difference between a fresh cooked meal and a frozen one? How fast can the pizza delivery guy arrive? Even as a professional recipe developer, sadly this is my actual thought process 90% of the time. Us working parents know all too well that by the time dinner comes, you are just too tired. Period. Add on top of that the fact that certain miniature people in your household have very finicky …