Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

I am not exaggerating when I say that I have been thinking about this drink for no less than once daily for two months.  Ever since my trip to Miami for BlogHer Food I have had this pretty drink on my mind.  It all started with lunch at Yardbird.  I had chicken + biscuits and one of their house cocktails – the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

I loved the feel of the restaurant, including their amazing wall art.  One noting that “Bourbon is sunshine mixed with love & genius.  And when that love & genius is mixed with blackberries and lemon juice, you will find yourself in summertime cocktail heaven.  Even if you aren’t a fan of Bourbon, this drink will make you a believer.

I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to make this drink at home.  It seemed blatantly obvious when I found blackberries on major sale.  It’s incredibly simple – good Bourbon (I prefer Bulleit, but they use Buffalo Trace), simple syrup, lemon juice, cardamom, and blackberries.   Even with the simple syrup, this drink isn’t too sweet.  The blackberries do a fabulous job of balancing out the sweetness and the Bourbon is there to finish off the deep flavor with an incredibly refreshing aftertaste!

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lemon Kale Salad

Lemon Kale Salad

I know that this is a summer-y kale salad.  And we have been having some of the most wonderful summer (more fall-like) weather lately.  And ALL I can think about right now is fall.  Particularly, football in the fall. And all of that is thanks to the beauty that is...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cookies & Cream Coffee Milkshake

Cookies & Cream Coffee Milkshake

So here’s my beef with summer: it’s too hot to drink coffee!  I know, you coffee purists out there are thinking I’m crazy.  And I’m not saying that I don’t drink coffee in the summer, because I do.  I just can’t enjoy it nearly enough during the heat of...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

There are certain meals that I eat when Paul is not home for dinner: Garlic & Herb Pasta; Naked Noodles; Corn & Black Bean Fajita Grilled Cheese, and this, my new favorite: Mango Cashew Chicken Salad. This salad has been on weekly rotation in my house for the last six...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Asian Ginger-Sesame Roasted Veggie Pasta

Asian Sesame-Ginger Roasted Veggie Pasta

I have said it before and I’ll say it again.  While I love vegetables, and pasta, and taking photographs of such things, the thing that I have come to love most about blogging is the friends I have made during the past three-and-a-half (whoa!) years! Friends like Erin: Is...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salad

Avocado, Corn & Tomato Salad

All I keep thinking to myself is “wouldn’t this salad taste really good if I were eating it from the deck of our pontoon boat?”  Because, it would, right?  No, we don’t have a pontoon boat but we came very close to signing on the dotted line this weekend....