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The Bee’s Knees

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I’m all about classic cocktails, and I find it the easier the better when it comes to creating drinks for entertaining.  With my Meyer lemon tree in full “fruit mode”, I wanted to whip something up that I could add to my “party drink” repertoire.

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A cocktail with a fun name never hurt either…

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The Bee’s Knees 

  • 2 oz gin (I used Hendrick’s for a cucumber infused kick!)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup (1 oz honey + 1 oz hot water)
  1. Mix above ingredients in an ice filled shaker.
  2. Strain into lowball glass and enjoy!
  3. Garnish with an orange slice or halved kumquats.

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Green Goddess Bowl

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After all my Valentine’s indulgence (which carried over for a couple more weeks… opps), I am trying to get back into health-mode.  I have had a bunch of “detox” meals pinned and wanted to get on trying some of them… first on the docket – a Green Goddess Bowl!

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Green Goddess Bowl

adapted via Lunchbox Bunch

Step One – Layout the following:

  • 2-3 cups cooked grains (I used couscous, but quinoa, barley, brown rice are all great options)
  • 2-3 cups sautéed greens (I used 2 heads of broccoli, 1 head of kale and sprinkled some edamame – you can use any green veggie you like, brussel sprouts, peas, spinach, etc.)
  • Sweet Accent: I used citrus (I used a Cara Cara orange, but grapefruit could be a great option)
  • Garnish: Avocado and fresh chopped green herbs

Step Two – Sauté Greens:

  • Sauté green ingredients on med-high until tender with the following ingredients:
    • 2 Tbsp white miso paste
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 Tbsp blood orange olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
    • Pepper to taste

Step Three – Fold:

  • Add to large bowl and fold together:
    • 3 cups fluffed couscous (or another cooked grain)
    • Some orange zest and juice of 1/2 an orange if you desire
    • Sautéed Greens

Step Four – Garnish:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Chopped fresh herbs (I used cilantro, but basil, chives or parsley work too)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (red onion would work as well)
  • 1 large orange, peeled and diced

Step Five – Dressing:
*choose one below or use your own – or for lighter version, just use fresh lemon juice over top bowl

Tahini Maple

  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • Pepper

Creamy Wasabi

  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayo or greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • Pepper

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Bourbon and Blood Orange Smash

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So I’m not a big beer drinker and I don’t think sipping on a super fruity cocktail is going to fly for the big game this Sunday, so I wanted to whip up something that is football friendly yet tastes yummy enough for the ladies… here we go!

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Bourbon and Orange Smash

Serves 4 – Adapted from Real Simple

  • Zest of 1 orange, peeled into strips
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bitters
  • 12 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (I threw in a couple blood oranges)
  • 12 oz club soda (1 can)
  • 6 oz bourbon
  1. In a large pitcher, muddle orange zest, sugar and bitters with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add orange juice, club soda and bourbon.
  3. Stir and serve!

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* Feel free to make the drink up to 6 hours in advance – just withhold the club soda, and add right before serving!

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Birthday Brunch

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With my mom’s birthday and Christmas morning coinciding, brunch is always a big deal.  The last few years, I have taken the reins, and enjoy putting together a fun menu and figuring out a line-up that is pleasing to everyone and doesn’t result in hours in the kitchen the morning of!

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Menu:

Homemade Bloody Mary’s

Berry Parfaits – Honey Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Triple Berry Granola

Kale and Maple Sausage Strata

Hash Browns

Halved Grapefruits with Maldon Sea Salt

Here were some of the highlights:

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Tom Collins

Gin Tom Collins

With the influx of Meyer lemons at my disposal, they have taken center stage in my cooking (can you tell? Lemon Bars, Petrale Sole in Lemon Sauce, Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing…) AND bar-tending.

Tom Collins

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 tsp of Marashino or Luxardo Cherry syrup 
  • 1 Luxardo Cherry
  • 1 orange slice 

Mix gin, juice and syrup in an ice filled cocktail shaker.  Strain into an ice filled glass and stir in some cherry syrup and garnish with a cherry and orange slice!

Cocktail PourMarashino syrup will result in a more pink colored drink, but the Luxardo syrup is just as a tasty!

Cheers!

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