Category Archives: food + drink

tangerine mojito

1.8.14

we are experiencing some records lows right now.  so we decided to bring some summer in the house! 

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what you need:

2 tangerine slices

4 limes slices

1 ½ oz. bacardi rum

1 tsp sugar

8-10 mint leaves

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what you do:

put tangerine and 3 limes slices in a glass.  add mint and sugar.  muddle together to extract the mint and fruit juices.  add ice to fill glass.  pour in rum and fill with seltzer.  mix well.  garnish with frut!

stay warm!

 xojill

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beet bruschetta with goat cheese.

12.26.13

 
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it has been awhile since I posted a recipe mainly due to the fact that by the time i make dinner, it is dark and my lighting is horrible for getting images of the food!  so finally I had a chance to cook during the day.  this recipe was one of the many i made for our christmas eve celebration.  so good!!!  
 
what you need:
3 medium sized beets halved 
1 baguette, sliced at a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices
olive oil for brushing bruschetta
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic
10 basil leaves  
1/8 C finely diced red onion 
4 oz goat cheese
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
 
what you do:
preheat oven to 400F
in a medium put, cover halved beets with water and boil until just tender, about 20-30 minutes. 
slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices at a diagonal. brush both sides with olive oil and place on a sheet pan in a 400 F oven for 15 minutes, or until crisp. set aside.

place cream cheese and goat cheese in a bowl and either warm in a microwave until just soft enough to combine easily with a fork. mix until smooth. set aside.
when beets are fork tender, drain, refill with cold water and slip skins off the cooked beets.  dice into small ⅓ inch cubes and place in medium bowl. 
add finely chopped onion, salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil and balsamic.  stir to combine.
spread a little goat cheese mixture on each bruschetta and top with a tablespoon of beet mixture. garnish with basil.  

enjoy!
xojill

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blackberry mojitos

8.28.13

simple and amazing!  i love classic mojitos but it is fun to add just a few blackberries for a little twist!

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what you need:

4 limes wedges

1/2 tbsp sugar

4-6 blackberries

6-8 fresh mint leaves

bacardi rum

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what you do:

squeeze 3 lime wedges in a glass.  add sugar, mint and blackberries.  muddle until well mixed.  fill glass with ice.  pour in 1-2 oz of bacardi rum.  and fill rest of glass with seltzer.  mix well.  garnish with 4th lime wedge!

hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer!

xojill

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grilled peaches.

7.23.13

super simple, light + summery dessert.

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after trying this the other day, i had to make it at home!

just slice up peaches and grill for a few minutes on each side.  added a dollop of mascarpone cheese and drizzle raspberry ‘torani’ syrup on top!

enjoy!

xojill

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blackberry margaritas

6.21.13

happy first day of summer!

not having summer-like weather here, but this recipe definitely reminds me of summer weather!

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what you need:

blackberries

3/4 oz lime juice

1 1/2 oz sauza silver tequila

1/2 oz cointreau

1/8 oz agave nectar

directions:

muddle 5 fresh blackberries in a drink shaker.  add lime juice, tequila, cointreau and agave nectar.  fill the shaker with ice and shake well for 15 seconds.  rim glass with salt or sugar and fill with ice.  pour margarita into the glass and enjoy!

amazing!

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blueberry mojitos

5.10.13

happy friday everyone!

thought i would share this simple mojito recipe since it is friday :)  unfortunately we lost our spring weather for a few days, but next week is looking warm again!

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what you need:

handful of blueberries

limes quartered

1 tsp sugar

10 fresh mint leaves

1.5 shot of bacardi rum

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directions:

squeeze 3-4 limes wedges into glass.  (i usually leave 1-2 used wedges in the glass) add blueberries, sugar, mint and muddle all together well.  the more muddled it is, the more flavor that come from the limes, blueberries and mint. add rum and fill glass with ice.  pour seltzer over the mixture till glass is full.  mix well.

cheers to the weekend!

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roasted tomatoes with whipped feta.

5.3.13

i made this last weekend for a cookout.  first time trying whipped feta and it was amazing!

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what you need:

16 oz.  feta cheese (i used one with basil added already for extra flavor!)

8oz.  whipped cream cheese

cherry tomoatoes

garlic olive oil

salt and pepper

french baguette

directions:

add crumbled feta to food processor and mix until small crumbs.  add whipped cream cheese and puree until super creamy.  chop up tomotoes in halves or fourths and place on baking sheet.  drizzle with garlic olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  broil for about 1 1/2 minutes, until roasted.

slice up baguette and broil until toasted.  spread on wipped feta and top with roasted tomatoes.  season with fresh herbs.  serve + enjoy.

happy friday everyone!

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blackberry + pomegranate margaritas!

4.10.13

okay so this is an amazing recipe!  i know i say that all the time, but i love trying new drinks!

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what you need:

6 – 8 blackberries

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1 1/2 cups pom juice

1/4 cup lime juice

1/2 cup tequila

1/4 cup triple sec

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directions:

muddle the blackberries and pomegranate seeds in a shaker until mushy.  add pom juice, lime juice, tequila + triple sec.  cover + shake!  rim a glass with salt or sugar and pour!

makes about 2-3 servings depending on glass used.

enjoy!

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