Sacré Sauvage Cocktail-14613

Sacré Sauvage Cocktail

Summer has officially begun, so you know what that means: surf, sand, BBQ, and if you’re anything like me… cocktails! Seriously, what’s better than relaxing poolside with a icy, albeit boozy, drink in your hand?! Nothing. Yeah, I know! So let’s kick off tanning season with a killer cocktail recipe.  Part of my super hard job is to taste test some of the world’s best libations and mix up drink recipes. I know, I lead a very difficult life. But, one of the perks of this job is that I get to report my findings back to my lovely readers. That’s …

Florida Blueberry Pancakes-14569

Florida Blueberry Pancakes

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.   Earlier this month, I introduced you to the food educational campaign by the Florida Department of Agriculture called “Fresh From Florida”.  The program is aimed at promoting locally grown Florida produce and fresh seafood, while educating the public about the seasonal produce that comes out of the state. I was excited to team up with the group since I actually rarely know where my own food comes from… a sad, but common reality amongst many home cooks.  The wonderful thing about buying Florida produce …

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches-13425

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches

I have a secret to admit that I am ashamed of. I am in a dinner rut. That’s right, in my family we have four dinner dishes that are constantly on repeat. Now before you get all my-cooking-is-holier-than-thou on me, don’t pretend that you’re not doing the exact same thing. I can see your downcast eyes and slightly flushed cheeks! But, hey it is an easy trap to fall into… you rush to the market without an ingredient list so you just buy the stuff you need for the three to five different meals you already have memorized. And so the …

Mionetto Prosecco Slushie-13475

Mionetto Prosecco Slushie

Most people associate prosecco with milestone celebrations like a wedding or a fancy birthday dinner. But I personally like to drink the libation during more casual settings. There’s something so relaxing about popping open a bottle of the bubbly after a long day of work and sitting on a breezy patio as I sip. In particular, one of my go-to brands is Mionetto Prosecco. It’s has a lovely light fruity flavor, whereas many of the more economical proseccos tend to be more harsh and acidic to the palette. I almost always have a chilled bottle in the fridge. Since I am very familiar …

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal-13205

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal

In my life, there’s a constant battle brewing between eating healthy and delicious food.  Plus, add on top of that the fact that I’m a working mom with a growing small business… it’s a very slippy slope towards fast food and high-caloric TV dinners. I’m constantly vowing to cook healthier meals for my family and also challenge myself to make them just as delicious as our splurge dinners. So I was up for the challenge when Mountain States Rosen chose me to compete in their “ReVEALing Excellence” recipe contest. I was tasked to come up with a slow cooker recipe for their healthy …

The Voveti Spring Cocktail-13022

The Voveti Spring Cocktail

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to add some serious fruit to your cocktails. I’m talking fruity infusions, fruit-themed drinks, and garnishes galore. It truly is the perfect time to celebrate the season and all things blooming. So, I was egging to get mixing when VOVETI Prosecco tasked me with the “difficult” job of creating a Spring themed recipe using their alcohol. Naturally my mind started running at 100 MPH with flavor combinations – prosecco and hibiscus, prosecco and lavender, or prosecco and jasmine. But ultimately I settled on ingredients that were a little easier to come by this season… …

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie-12929

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie

Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? Yup, March is a time to finally get around to that pesky New Years’ Resolution that’s been haunting you since January 2nd.  I personally have been slowly working on my nutrition since last autumn, when I happily welcomed my baby girl into the world. I subscribe to the “slow-but-steady” tribe, so I’ve been making little tweaks to my daily routine – cutting down portion sizes, eating more greens, and doing “baby curls” every hour (you know, when you use your baby as a dumbbell… don’t worry, she think’s it’s hilarious!).   I was …

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …