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Winter Sun Cocktail

Warm up this weekend with the winter sun.

winter sun cocktail

 

juice of 2 clementines (about 1/4 cup)

juice of 1/2 small lemon (1/2 oz)

.5 oz triple sec

1.5 oz vodka

sprig of rosemary

lemon zest

sugar

1. Moisten the rim of your glass with some fruit juice. (The juice helps the sugar to adhere better than water does.) Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto plate and coat with sugar.

2. Pour juices, triple sec, and vodka into a shaker. Shake and then pour over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig. (Makes 1.)  But they’re so much better in pairs!

On the Road: Desperately Seeking Donuts

A wise person once said, “all things in moderation.” And, an even wiser person (A.K.A. smart aleck) added, “even moderation.” Bikinis and short shorts have hung like an axe over our collective heads all summer long. With fall in the crystal ball, I’m thinking layers. And donuts! If you’re feeling a little splurgy , choose one of these decadent donut treats. Here are some of my favorite haunts. (Get a to-go order for me.)

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hidden donut spots: britts is in carolina beach, nc. spudnuts & carpe donut are in charlottesville, virginia.

Suddenly, Last Summer: Lisa Styles a Beach Party for Coastal Living

What a treat to pick up this month’s Coastal Living magazine and be transported back to a super fun, super swanky beach party from last summer. You may remember LSI BFF Farina Kingsley from a Conversations with Friends blog a few months back.

As a refresher, Farina is the hostess with the mostess: an inspired cook and entertainer. I was delighted to style one of Farina’s famous Bald Head Island beach parties for the pages of Coastal Living last summer. Our styles are very simpatico. Farina and I both love the posh pillows (go ahead: wiggle your toes in sand). And, quirky juxtapositions (like the introduction of a chandelier to supplement twinkling starlight). Presto: teak loungers (from Kingsley Bates, naturally) become low beach tables.  Add Farina’s amazing spring rolls, made-for-the-occasion cocktails, true friends and sparkling conversation … and call it day!

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Farina Kingsley

Coastal Living

 

Easter Bubbly

Let’s shake up Easter brunch this year. While I love a traditional (and spicy) Bloody Mary, this year I’m mixing up pitchers of something new:  the oh-so delish sangria recipe below. It’s from one of my favorite food blogs, spoon fork bacon. While they have never led me astray, how can I serve guests something  I’ve not personally sampled and endorsed??  So cheers to you. Let the bubbly weekend commence!

For Comfort Food Aficionados: Skillet Mac & Cheese

Tell the truth: did we have you at “skillet?” If you’re fretting tonight’s Friday night supper, consider one of our favorite mac-and-cheese concoctions. It’s perfect Friday night fare for a winter’s night. Happy weekend ahead!

recipe via.

Yellowfin & Pomegranate Goodness

Do you say sashimi, sushi or crudo? I say yum! But when in Rome, the term would be crudo, raw fish served at the peak of freshness and perfectly finished with simple ingredients. Enter the beloved pomegranate. Julienne a radish for good measure. What are you cooking this weekend?

recipe via.

Luxe Pancake

A recipe for a fabulous fall weekend: Why not stay in on these brisk mornings and make yourself a scrumptious breakfast, just because. Recipe: here.

Got Lemons?

Growing up, our house was the no-whining zone. Mom would not tolerate complaining. Her tart advice: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Today, I quite agree. But who knew there was such variety?! Kudos to Oh The Lovely Things blog and their eight recipes for fab lemonades. Refreshing…and empowering! (P.S. thanks Mom!)

DIY LEMONADE + 8 WAYS TO PIMP IT

An apple (cocktail) a day…

Mix a pitcher of Vanilla Apple Crushes and head for veranda.  Start concocting now: six parts apple juice, one part vodka with a good measure of crushed ice and a squeeze of lime.  From our favorite cook book author Donna Hay.

 

Farmacology

Ahhh, our salad days are fast approaching. One of the very best parts of the summer season is the local farmer’s market. They’re a-bloom everywhere, overflowing with fresh veggies, fruits, eggs and cheeses, grains, and even fresh-from-the-oven sugary delights.

This past weekend found us curbside at a market in Charlotte, North Carolina. So much to devour – figuratively and literally. We are strongly considering swearing off super markets for the season. This week’s menu will include a romaine salad with roasted asparagus (sprinkled with olive oil, salt and pepper and in a 425-degree oven for about fifteen minutes – so fast and easy) with falafel from our friends at the Mediterranean booth. Local strawberries are still ripe and plump. A perfect topping for morning granola (also from the market) and over-the-top deliciously paired with shortcake and whipped cream.

What’s your menu like this week?

Caveat Emptor: Beware of faux famer’s market produce. We did spot the occasional coconut, pineapple and banana for sale at the Charlotte market, hardly macrobiotic fare! Common sense rules, but when in doubt about food origin we always ask.