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It’s Cocktail Time : The Rusty Iceberg

Hey you guys! It's Friday, and tomorrow is March, and even though it's so cold outside (STILL) I'm going to rise above it all, I'm gonna enjoy my weekend! Can you tell my new vitamin D3 supplements are starting to kick it ;) Let's start the weekend off with this most delicious cocktail. I'm not joking around here you guys, this for sure is my new fav. I've been on a tequila kick all winter - words I never though I'd utter after spending that one night in my 20's puking my gutz out. Tequila is my jam, I have found that I love the smokey taste of tequila, and it goes nicely with the Averna - something I've had on my bar cart all winter. It seemed only natural to mix the two together. I've been trying to come up with cool new ways of ingesting rather than just sipping or shooting it, and this new cocktail recipe is right on the money. I added my two favorite other cocktail ingredients (citrus and ginger, duh) to the Averna and Tequila combo, and then magic happened my friends. In my humble opinion, this recipe is the holy grail of tequila recipes. Be careful, you'll want to drink these fast, and then have another, and another, and another. Guess what I got in my stocking this Christmas, you guys? This super cool silicone ice mold made by Tovolo. I've been building up a stash of round ice balls. If you like making cocktails at home I would highly recommend getting yourself a set.       The Rusty Iceberg Recipe (for 1 cocktail) Get the Scoop [...]
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It’s Cocktail Time : Peeñed-Up Tequila Mule

Happy Friday everyone! I don't know about you but I am going to pretend it's June this weekend and enjoy a few of these Spicy Tequila Mules. See what I did there, I combined all of my favorite things; Tequila, Moscow Mules and a bit of peeñed-upedness. My pal Crystal, brought over some delicious spicy tequila to share at our holiday party earlier this winter. We ended up with spicy tequila leftovers and I've been making these delicious mules with it ever since - I thought I'd share the recipe with you guys, cause it's so good!       Spicy Tequila Mule Spicy Tequila ▼ 1 bottle premium tequila ▼ 2 ancho chilis ▼ 1 fresh jalapeño, sliced ▼ 1 serrano pepper ▼ 1 tsp black pepper, whole Combine all the ingredients together and let sit for 12-24 hours depending on how spicy you like it. Strain of peppers and enjoy at your leisure.   Peeñed-Up Tequila Mule ▼ 2 parts Spicy Tequila ▼ 2 parts ginger beer (I recommend Goslings) ▼ 1 half lime juiced ▼ A cup full of crushed ice Fill a 8oz copper cup to the brim with crushed ice. Crushed ice has more surface area and will chill your drink faster - the copper cup transmits the cold faster making it supper chilling and enhancing the flavor of the ginger beer and lime. Add some freshly squeezed lime juice, and the spicy tequila. Top off your refreshing cocktail with a Get the Scoop [...]
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It’s Cocktail Time : The Friendly Warm-Up

Hi Guys! We are hosting our annual (going on 9 years!) holiday party this weekend, better known as "Friend Feast"! It's the kind of party where all the friends, old and new, come together and celebrate with a good old fashioned all night hang sesh. It's like a big booze fueled potluck. All the friends are responsible for a cool snack and beverage, and then we just go nuts. Usually there is tons, and tons of beer at this party - it's easy and portable, so it makes sense. This year, I wanted to contribute a friendly winter cocktail to switch it up a bit. Supplying an entire party with a cocktail can be a hard task when you are trying to make cocktails for 30 people, but I came up with a pretty alright solution. I thought ahead and decided I needed a recipe that was both seasonal and pre-makable (not a word but whatever). I needed something that could be served on ice and wasn't carbonated. I give you, "The Friendly Winter Warm-up" A delicious combination of sweet and bitter, with herby notes and seasonally infused aromas. The perfect Friend Feast cocktail. I pre-made the cocktails already, days in advance - pretty forward thinking of me, guys! I made a big batch and portioned it out in small 8oz jelly jars, allowing enough room for ice. The jelly jars work perfect for party cocktails because I can pile them up in a basin full of ice, and don't have to worry about them spilling or making a mess. Prior to the party I will garnish them all with an orange twists studded with cloves. They'll be totally Get the Scoop [...]
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CSA Recipe : Poblano & Gouda Stuffed Squash

It's the end of CSA season, insert sad face here. I really, really enjoy getting our bi-weekly boxes chalked full of fresh veggies and it's sad to end its regularity. I'm going to do my best to keep stocking the fridge with fruits and veggies throughout the winter. I think it's been really good for our family to have lots of different veggies always available to us, and grocery store produce won't be the same. So begins the winter... The fall CSA box is always full of tons of tomatoes, peppers and squash, so this meal is pretty fitting for the bounty. Seriously, all of the recipes I've shared with you guys (via driftless organics) have been totally delicious, I'm impressed. This was just another good one; salty and sweet, a little spicy and perfect for a chilly fall night. I prepared it with my favorite go to salad on the side; arugula, thinly sliced onion, almonds, goat cheese, salt, cracked pepper, lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. This one never gets old.       Poblano & Smoked Gouda Stuffed Delicata SquashRecipe from Driftless Organics ▼ 2 delicata squash ▼ 1 poblano pepper ▼ 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled ▼ olive oil for pan and drizzling ▼ 1 roma tomato ▼ salt and pepper to taste ▼ ½ c. grated smoked gouda cheese ▼ ¼ c. panko bread crumbs Preheat oven to 375º. Cut Delicata in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place cut side down on an oiled baking sheet Get the Scoop [...]
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CSA Recipe : Dijon Potato Salad

I'm getting so sad that our CSA is getting close to an end. I'm going to try really hard to this winter to stock our fridge with lots of different veggies all year round. I love cooking with fresh ingredients and I feel really good about feeding my family healthy meals. Meal planning has become a habit and I am proud of that. Dijon Potato Salad was just one of a bunch of good recipes we've had from our CSA, Driftless Organics. Now, I live with a bunch of potato salad haters (really they are all mayo haters) but this potato salad is mayo free! They still won't touch it because they are weird, and that just means more for me. I made a full sized batch and had potato salad lunch for days, it was the best. I didn't even have to feel potato salad guilt because what I was stuffing my face with was mayo-free-but-still-delicious potato salad, it was a total win, win, win.       Dijon Potato Salad with Green BeansRecipe from Driftless Organics ▼ 4 eggs ▼ ½ lb green beans (around 3 c.), snapped ▼ 2 lb potatoes (around 6 medium-large potatoes)s ▼ ½ c thinly sliced sweet onion or shallot ▼ 2 tbsp Dijon mustard ▼ 2 tsp honey ▼ 2 tsp sherry vinegar ▼ 1 tsp dried tarragon (or 1 Tbsp. fresh) ▼ Salt & pepper to taste ▼ 3 Tbsp olive oil ▼ ⅓ c. fresh parsley, chopped Hard boil eggs & let cool. Bring salted water to boil in a medium sauce pan. Add green beans & blanch Get the Scoop [...]
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