Food & Recipes

Berry Ricotta Toast-3

Ricotta Berry Toast

 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

A Delicious Strawberry Salsa Recipe that’s Perfect for Summer

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 …


How to Make Mulled Cider

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 …


Recipe: Cranberry Sparkler Cocktail

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 …

Guide To Ice Cream Makers

Guide To Buying an Ice Cream Maker

Since we’re in the midst of a summer heat wave it only feels right to talk about ice cream … The ultimate cool-down treat for the summer!!! And guess what? I got myself an ice cream maker and it is seriously like the best thing I ever bought! Of course an ice cream isn’t necessarily a kitchen essential, but if you love ice cream, it’s really so much fun to make your own which makes investing in one well worth it. I’ve had mine for a couple of months now and am really enjoying experimenting with different flavor combinations plus …

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5 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmer’s Market

Along with ice cream and the beach, shopping the Farmer’s Market on the weekend is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the summer! My sister and I always go to the the Atwater Village Farmer’s market in LA (I spend a lot of my summers there) and often visit the same vendors over and over. We load up on fresh produce, freshly hatched eggs and eat lots yummy snacks along the way like homemade pupusas with agua fresca, freshly popped kettle corn. But best of all, we get to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors which is so …