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How to Make Cold Brew9

By now you’ve probably heard the idea that you should be drinking cold brew coffee instead of regular iced coffee. It’s everywhere now. Even Starbucks sells cold brew, making it a ubiquitous staple for many of our daily coffee routines. So what’s the deal with cold brew coffee and is it really better? Unlike regular coffee which is brewed quickly using hot water, cold brew coffee is steeped in cold water for an extended period of time. Brewing coffee in hot water breaks down and releases all of its acids and oils which often give coffee its bitter taste. With …

Watermelon Frose Recipe-1-4

As I’ve gotten older, it’s become harder to spend quality time with my best friends. We all live in different cities now, one is married with children and with our busy lives and careers it’s rare that we’re all together in the same place. Recently my three besties from LA , Chicago and Atlanta were serendipitously in New York at the same time and having them here was an absolute dream!!  Three of us lived together in college and we love each other like sisters so hanging out together again brought back a flood of warm, fuzzy memories from our …

Berry Ricotta Toast-3

 What are your 4th of July plans? I’m taking it easy today. During holidays like the 4th in NYC people make a mass exodus out of the city to the beach or the country and the usual hectic pace slows all the way down. It’s quiet, there aren’t as many people around and you can get reservations just about anywhere! It’s awesome! So today I’ll be taking advantage of the city being deserted I think I’ll have brunch, go for a walk in Central Park then spend some time with my nieces and nephews. Lazy days with no set agenda …

Delicious Strawberry Salsa Recipe 2

Summer is my favorite season for entertaining. There’s nothing like being outdoors with friends, enjoying the warm breeze with a crisp drink and great snacks. Whether you’re entertaining indoors or out, here’s a quick recipe for a yummy strawberry salsa that I absolutely love to make during the summertime. It’s a sweet and refreshing take on salsa made with strawberries that’s super easy to whip together, tastes deliciously sweet and makes for a great party snack! The best part is that it contains just a few simple ingredients and takes only 10 minutes or so to make. It so …

mulled-cider-recipe-9

There’s nothing like a cup of hot mulled cider to keep you warm when it’s cold outside. It’s such a simple drink to make…and it fills your home with the most deliciously fragrant aromas of the holiday season. Think  cinnamon, orange peels, warm cloves and star anise…I can smell it already!  The key to a great mulled cider is to start with good, quality cider. I like buying local unpasteurized cider which  has more of a cloudy appearance. Then you add in your spices and for a bit of extra warmth you can even spike your glass with a shot …

cranberry-sparkler-cocktail_2

One of the reasons I appreciate the holidays so much is that it makes for the perfect excuse to enjoy a good cocktail! 😉 Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or entertaining a guest that dropped by unexpectedly, you should always have ingredients on hand for at least one amazing signature drink that you can whip together at a moment’s notice. I love a sparkling cocktail made with champagne or prosecco for the holidays. A little bit of bubbly always feels festive for the season and this cranberry sparkler couldn’t be easier to make. Lightly sweet and infused with the …