Meet the Jello-O Shot’s cooler cousin: Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops. Fresh-flavored and frosty, these lickable cocktails on a stick are my solution to beating the heat. And with summer at a rolling boil in New York City, I can’t help but want to steer clear of anything involving an oven and/or an open flame.
I used flat popsicle molds, and poured any leftovers into shot glasses. Ten minutes into the freezing process, add a popsicle stick to the glasses to make mini-pops (and for mini-pops for mini-hands, just leave out the alcohol). You could also easily adapt this recipe by including pineapple or blueberries in the fresh fruit mix.
Get ‘em while it’s hot … or be
forced lucky enough to lick up the leftovers.
These green stalks of beauty come as a welcome respite from all the flour, potatoes, butter and sugar that has seemed to flood my life in recent weeks. There was Cheesy Garlic Bread, Dutch Baby Pancakes, Deep-Fried Ravioli, and oh boy, the pièce de résistance, Homemade Barbecue Potato Chips.
Consider it a digital cleanse. Say it with me now, “I will not fry, butter or cheese-ify anything for one entire post.”
Simply give fresh asparagus a toss in olive oil, a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a good old-fashioned, artery-cleansing roast in the oven. And then top them off with Parmesan curls.
Well, I guess two out of three isn’t bad.
At the very tip top of my food blogger inspirations list is a man whose blog I have admired since the first time I ever hit “publish” on Just a Taste. And that’s why the second his cookbook hit stores, I sprinted to my nearest Barnes & Noble and picked up a copy.
Matt Armendariz, you are one talented dude.
Matt’s book, On a Stick!, is one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully laid out books I’ve ever read. Page after page is filled with vibrant and flawless-looking food styled by his crazy skilled partner Adam Pearson. The recipes are simple but inspiring, creative but approachable. I knew I had to share one of my favorites, and so I fried up a batch of his skewered ravioli. And just for fun, I threw in a batch of tortellini, too. Party-perfect indeed.
The travelling continued this weekend with a quick trip home to La Jolla for the chance to relax with my family and my three furry best buddies. We spent some quality time both by the pool and in the kitchen, where my mom shared with me her latest culinary find/addiction in the form of Cheesy Garlic Bread. But this isn’t your average garlic bread. It’s made with a secret ingredient that’s the key to the creaminess: mayonnaise.
I know what you’re thinking. “Ah, yes. The perfect pairing — a bikini and carbs slathered with an egg yolk emulsion and two types of cheese.” But I dare you to stick to just one serving of this gooey, garlicky side. Serve up a slice with a simple spaghetti dish, a citrus-inspired cocktail or make it your main dish as the ultimate poolside snack.
I headed south this past weekend for my first trip to Atlanta and to the third annual BlogHer Food conference. It was a weekend full of introductions, reconnections, and of course, endless food. I had the chance to catch up with old friends, finally talk to the people behind some of my favorite blogs, and meet a whole new group of incredibly talented writers, photographers, stylists and chefs.
I also had the opportunity to speak on behalf of Gourmet Live on a panel about bringing blog content to mobile devices. I learned so much during the two-day event about every facet of the food blogosphere and am already counting down to next year’s conference. But it wouldn’t have been a complete trip without having the chance to sample the city’s cuisine. And so I broke out the camera, threw caution (and pants without spandex) to the wind, and hit the streets with my fellow bloggers in search of the best ‘cue, the sweetest snacks and anything else deep-fried, dredged in powdered sugar or just generally edible in nature.
The result? Chance encounters with some of the nicest people I have ever met, and a stomach full of pulled pork, brisket, lemonade, cheesecake, roasted corn, chocolate chip cookies, eggrolls and popsicles. Dig in to the photos after the jump for a taste of the action.