Happy Thanksgiving!

Philadelphia homes for sale philadelphia thanksgiving day parade Today is one of our favorite holidays of the year and we can’t wait to celebrate with great food and company tonight.  If you’re up early today, head to Center City to check out the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Whether seeing in person or watching on TV, the Thanksgiving Day Parade is quite a sight for both children and adults.  With tons of elaborate floats, marching bands and celebrity appearances, it’s fun for the whole...Continue Reading!

This Favorite Summertime Fruit is Actually a Vegetable

Philadelphia homes for sale watermelon is a vegetable not a fruit...mind. blown. Watermelon & tomato are two of my favorite summertime treats & I just found out they have more in common than being ripe juicy symbols of summer. The tomato, often misclassified as a vegetable is technically a fruit while the watermelon usually considered a fruit, is actually a vegetable! The watermelon is part of the cucumber, squash & pumpkin family. Since this Sunday is National Watermelon Day I rounded up a few of my favorite ways to eat this ubiquitous...Continue Reading!

Philly’s Small Batch Spirits

Philadelphia homes for sale create craft cocktails at home with local spirits I am looking for some pretty bottles to display for my future bar cart. I thought to myself let me see if I can find some made in Philly. First, I had no idea Philly made so many quality spirits. Second, the bottles are all so good looking they are totally worthy of a spot front & center on the bar cart. Check 'em out! philadelphia distilling -- created and made right here in philly Back...Continue Reading!

Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Even If We Are Stuck Inside You can make yourself the traditional drink of Mardi Gras in New Orleans; the Sazerac, thought to be the first cocktail.  Ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdx6xMuWQWU Sazerac Recipe Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Herbsaint or Pernod 1 cup bourbon 1/2 teaspoon Peychaud's bitters or angostura bitters 4 teaspoons simple syrup lemon twist Directions: Swirl 1/2 teaspoon Herbsaint or Pernod in each of 4 Martini glasses to coat inside of glasses. Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add bourbon, bitters, simple syrup, and lemon twist. Shake well; strain into glasses. Recipe & Video from the Huffington Post If we aren't stuck inside here's a handy little...Continue Reading!

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour

Philadelphia homes for sale That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store The secret?  Get your butcher to cut the backbone out & crack the breastbone so it lays flat.  Or do it yourself with some sharp kitchen shears.  I prefer to leave it to the professionals at Giunta's in the Reading Terminal. What you'll need: 1 butterflied chicken Olive oil Salt Pepper Cast iron skillet, dutch oven or a roasting pan (see my makeshift roasting pan below) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees 2. Meanwhile put a couple of tablespoons...Continue Reading!

Millions of Peaches…..What to Do?

Philadelphia homes for sale After a Highland Orchards Pick Your Own Expedition I Found Myself Saddled with 40 Pounds of Peaches This is what I did.  I dusted off my Food in Jars cookbook, cracked opened a bottle of wine & got to work!  On the radar was peach jam & peaches in bourbon syrup (for quick holiday tarts).  I'll say it again...if you want to can....get this book!  It's amazing!! How It All Went Down Prep the Peaches 1. Prepare an ice water bath & a pot...Continue Reading!

Celebrate the Beautiful Weather Philadelphia is Having with This Caribbean Inspired Cocktail

Philadelphia homes for sale The Time is Now to Break Out the Rum.....It's National Rum Day Today! Rum is usually not my drink of choice unless I am somewhere near the Caribbean or sparkling blue waters.  As I live in Philadelphia this luxury is few & far between.  However, I have heard the weather is supposed to be gorgeous here & at the shore this weekend so we can pretend, can't we? Bonus....this is chock full of ingredients that are said to be antioxidant rich...so I...Continue Reading!

How to Make the Most of Summer Produce

Philadelphia homes for sale How I Learned to Preserve in Philadelphia I turn into a greedy little animal at a growers market & buy more than we could possibly eat.  I struggle with what to do with all of it; especially the abundance of fruit.  I was always scared of preserving (botulism...eek!) but dreamed of opening up some peaches in the middle of winter that didn't come out of a can. Luckily, my fear is gone because of a fabulous class I took with Marisa McClellan...Continue Reading!

Cheers to the Weekend!

Philadelphia homes for sale Mojitos to Start the Weekend Off Right I love a Friday happy hour cocktail on my roof deck.  This week I had a craving for a mojito along with an abundance of mint.  No brainer.   Mojito Recipe (Makes about 4) 1 c. simple syrup (boil 1 part sugar & 1 part water until the sugar dissolves) 1 c. lime juice Muddle with a cup of mint & let steep for 15-20 minutes (or don't) Add 1 c. rum (I used 10 Cane....I really liked it) Fill tall glass...Continue Reading!

It’s Friday. You Earned It.

Philadelphia homes for sale Happy Hour is Sometimes More Fun at Home! I love making cocktails.  I love glassware, bar accessories, rolling bar carts...you get the picture.  It just feels very old school & a little glamorous...even when the setting is your Philly apartment, condo or rowhome. I first had Campari on my one & only trip to Europe (MUST go back).  I've been making drinks with it ever since to reminisce. Campari Mojito Note**more like INSPIRED by a mojito.   Makes 4 because you know you'll have more...Continue Reading!