Classics are classics for a reason, but sometimes you want to tinker a little and see if you find something even better, or at least - different. These three small twists help switch up your regularly scheduled eating programming and are mighty tasty.
The Arnold Palmer was introduced to me by my dad, who would order them at work lunches. Upon first sip, I deemed this the fanciest non-alcoholic drink since the Shirley Temple and was immediately obsessed. Being the indecisive type, I'm already a big fan of getting two drinks in one. It doesn't hurt that I adore both lemonade and iced tea. When I saw Siriously Delicious mention a green tea version at True Food Kitchen, I knew I had to attempt this at home.
Green Tea Arnie Palmer - half lemonade/half green tea
Switching the tea to green gave it a light, herbal flavor. This makes me want to experiment with all sorts of tea switcharoos - hibiscus, blueberry, lavender... What would you pair with the lemonade? You could always spike it, as well.
How can you improve butter? I was inspired by this next twist after eating the most delectable special at Pizzeria Lola that drizzled a honey olive oil on a farmer's market margherita pie.
The tinge of sweet brought out all of the other flavors without crossing the line to dessert. I wanted to adapt this idea, using butter instead of oil. Let a stick of butter soften to room temperature. Then add (all to taste) garlic, chives, honey, and salt - if butter is unsalted. Mix until combined and then re-refrigerate.
Try serving it with corn-on-the-cob, steak, or my favorite - grilled slices of baguette. Sriracha. Love it. Just add it to everything. Here are a few recipes that are elevated by the spicy condiment. This BBQ Chicken is ridiculously good. The grilling process really mellows out the heat of the spice, so don't be afraid to squeeze a little extra in!
Marinade (enough for approximately 2lbs of chicken): 1/2 cup soy sauce 4 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce 2 Tablespoons honey 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tablespoon ginger, grated 1/4 cup chopped spring onions 1 Tablespoon sesame oil Juice from 1 lime Combine all ingredients and cover chicken with marinade. Let sit for 2+ hours in refrigerator. Grill chicken over medium heat while occasionally basting with BBQ sauce (BBQ sauce + Sriracha, honey, grated fresh ginger to taste). Serve with extra sauce.
Spice up your breakfast...
Sriracha-Maple Bacon - Food52 And the happiest couple of them all - Sriracha + salmon. They really do have an enviable relationship. Pour the below combo onto salmon filets and then move on to your cooking method of choice (pan to oven, bake, broil, grill...)
I was all set to post about things that "fall" under the category of cozy. My cupboards are stocked with pumpkin puree, the knee high boots are polished, and I've switch from iced coffees to steaming lattes.
But then it hit 70 degrees. Three days in a row.
This humidity and sweatiness does not mix well with my apple cider and leggings. Is this how you flip flop wearing Los Angelenos feel every seasonal change? I'm so confused!
Anyway, I put the autumnal inspiration on hold for something completely inappropriate for this time of year - LEMONS!
Yep, it's mid October and I've got lemons on my mind.
Is there a fruit more cheery, bright, and zingy? I think not. It adds instant zest to whatever you use it in or on. Lemons are the refresh button of life.
Wear something with a lemon on it. I have a lemon dress and I actually had a construction worker bellow across Madison Avenue that I was "looking quite citrusy today". Is that not the best compliment ever (especially from a construction worker)? All of the collections that were ripe for the picking in May are now sold out, but you can find cute prints from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and Dolce & Gabbana on Ebay.
Years ago, I spent time traveling Italy. I distinctly remember the smell of lemon blossoms, whether enjoying my espresso in the square or hiking Cinque Terre. Lemon trees were everywhere and heavenly. Wouldn't it be swell to bring a little Italia into your home?
This is one of my favorite lotions, perfect for extra rough spots like knees, elbows, and hands. I stayed at the W Hotel in San Francisco where they stocked these products, and I didn't want to check-out!
Why do I feel like moon phases and lunar eclipses have only begun existing a year or two ago? I don't remember hearing about super moons growing up, and for most part, I thought things like Harvest and Blue Moons were just lyrics to songs of yore. I don't know why, but the older I get, the more in tune with la lune I am.
Tonight is the Blood Moon. (most awesome name ever)
Who is waking up in the wee hours of the morning to see it? It's fairly overcast here in NYC, not to mention not always possible to see the sky through the skyscrapers, so I'm not sure if I will have any bloody glimpses. Thus I'll have to satisfy my moon cravings in other forms.
I love this video series by Vogue where Joe Sabia "stops by" a celeb's house, work, or hang out to ask them 73 questions as they go about doing whatever they were doing.
Even though it is (for the most part) scripted, the vibe is easy going and fascinatingly fresh. The real personality is very apparent and you can easily pick out who you would get along with or not. And for those that interview in their abodes, I'm drooling. Oh, to have an outdoor living room and a pool!
No doubt, my current favorite is Ms. Wintour (if you haven't, watch The September Issue), but I also admired SJP's smooth delivery and responses.