How to Shuck an Oyster-13877

How to Shuck an Oyster

It’s the middle of June and so comes the seaside adventures. As the weather heats up, you’re probably finding yourself eating a hell of a lot more seafood than usual. From blacked fish tacos to miso brazed salmon, it’s an absolutely delicious time of the year to eat as much of the ocean’s fare as you can get your hands on. But there’s one elusive dish that can often pose a major challenge for the inexperienced seafoodie… oysters. Personally, when an oyster dish is placed on a table in front of me, I avoid it like a 16th Century city-dweller …

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Sweet Meets Spicy

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review You know how most people associate a song with a memory? Like whenever the “Macarena” comes on the radio, you are instantly transported back to the devastation you felt as your pimply-pre-pubescent self messed up the choreography at the middle school dance? No? Too specific? Well, you get the gist. Besides a few nightmarish memories triggered by melody, I tend to actually equate memories with food instead. I will always think of special father-daughter breakfasts when I eat chocolate chip pancakes. …

Mascarpone Banana Ice Cream-13891

Mascarpone Banana Ice Cream

Some of my fondest childhood memories begin with a simple tune – ice cream truck music. You’re hearing it in your head right now, aren’t you? If I caught even a solitary note on the heels of a soft breeze, I ran like hell to the front yard. I then would proceed to flag down the ice cream man, like a shipwrecked survivor seeing their first airplane in years. If you were lucky enough to catch him, then came the difficult decision. Oh, the choices – orange creamsicle, no, chocolate covered drumstick, no, the handlebar bomb pop. But in the end, what kid could resist …

Cheesecake Mousse-13869

Cheesecake Mousse

When you’re planning a large fete, it can be a bit overwhelming making enough food for the guests. With your plate already filled with tasks like cleaning, decorating, and hosting the event, you often need quick and easy solutions to the night’s bites. When I find myself in these situations, I like to turn to my trustworthy friend… mousse. The delectable dessert is easy to make in large quantities and a sure bet for a yummy treat. Plus, the versatile sweet can be topped with your hearts desire and served in anything from a shooter glass to a teacup. Take …

Pink Flamingo Cocktail-13855

Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Most cocktails at a party are like broken records. You keep seeing the same classics over and over again – Coke & Rum, Mimosa, Manhattan. It’s time to change things up. How about adding a fun (and a bit cheeky) signature drink to your next event? Take for instance, this fabulously retro Flamingo themed backyard party. Colorfully kitschy, this shindig calls for an equally tongue-in-cheek libation. So, try out our inspired Pink Flamingo cocktail and take a gander at this addictively fun affair. Photographer Marc Edwards walks us through all the immaculate details: PINK FLAMINGO    INGREDIENTS 1 ounce Organic Pink …

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 …

Gevalia + Rosewater Whipped Cream-9774

Gevalia + Rosewater Whipped Cream

Do you remember the sheer exhilaration that pulsed through your veins the first time your crush acknowledged your existence?  You know, that moment that he actually made eye-contact with you, gave you a half-smile, and sent your heart into cardiac arrest?  Well, I just had one of those moments… with Gevalia Coffee. For the past decade, I have been a Gevalia-phile.  From saving up to purchase the company’s coffee maker for my first apartment to forgoing shopping excursions with girlfriends so I could afford my monthly coffee subscription… I’ve been a bit obsessed.  So, you can imagine the heart-pounding elation when …