New Years – The Long Hello, Smoked Salmon Blinis with Crème Fraîche and Dill, and Goat Cheese Truffles

New Years Spread

Christmas is over, and I’d say it’s no time to get soft, except that’s kinda the name of the game this time of year.

How bout, “It’s no time to slow down.”  At least in the kitchen.

Enter – my mini collection of 3 recipes perfect for you New Year’s Eve table.  A cocktail, blinis, and goat cheese truffles.

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Chocolate Stout S’More Shakes

Chocolate Stout S'More Shakes

Note to self:  when grilling marshmallows over an open flame for the purpose of making s’mores, do not, if said marshmallows catch on fire, flail the skewer around wildly, to put out the flame.  You might fling it onto a stranger’s leg and catch their pant leg on fire… true story, me… this past Memorial Day.

In that vein, and the fact that there was a call for more creative S’more recipes, I bring you my Stout S’more Shakes, less chance of catching anyone on fire here.

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Strawberry Basil Sangria

Strawberry Basil Sangria

The sweaters are coming off, the birds are singing, the flowers are in bloom, the Earth smells of awakening, our pale winter bodies rejoice in some sun and processed Vitamin D… it’s spring time, baby!

It might not be bathing suit time yet, but it sure is “park yourself on the porch, and enjoy a tasty beverage time!”  This weekend – you, some sun, and a pitcher of this tasty sangria.

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Watermelon Beer Popsicles

How can I top a recipe for spreadable bacon? I probably can’t.  But lickable, frozen beer… comes pretty damn close!

This recipe is perfect for the impending super hot months and Memorial Day weekend.

These are definitely not those long plastic pops that we delighted in sucking the last bit of purple juice from, they’re a little more grown-up, a little more refined, a lot more yummy. Continue reading