The Spicy Sister… A Cocktail Recipe…

June 25th, 2010

A guest post from my sister, Resa…

Beer and I broke up over a year ago. It wasn’t an amicable split. We only saw each other every couple weeks once law school started, so we grew apart. One Friday night we tried to spend a nice evening on the town. We ended up in a big “guts all over the sidewalk” type of fight and that was the end. I walked away realizing that college was over and it was time to grow up and begin a more serious relationship. Enter the cocktail. We can go out, have a nice dinner, and come home early feeling good. Beer liked to be out all night eating chicken wings and cheese fries; that definitely did not feel good in the morning. Beer also got a little boring. It was nice at the beginning of the night, but would turn monotonous toward the end. The cocktail is all about variety; it’s never boring.

So why should you care about my alcohol relationship history? You should care because drinking cocktails has led to making cocktails. I am currently a novice. Most of my attempts turn out disastrous, but I’m learning. What I like to do is go to a bar, try a cocktail, and then attempt it on my own. Unfortunately my state has terrible prohibition-esque liquor laws, so bars are rather constrained in their creativity. I have to do the majority of my sampling when I’m out of town or live vicariously through Ginny.

Recently Ginny had dinner at Founding Farmers in DC. She sent me the menu link to make me jealous and then sent me picture messages to make me even more jealous. Afterward she tasked me with recreating The Clementine. The description says that it is Fresno chili and clementine infused tequila mixed with pineapple juice, lime juice, and agave nectar. I accepted the challenge and present you with the Spicy Sister (as named by Juan)…


1 oz. Vodka infused with jalapeño and orange peel

1 oz. Lime juice

1 oz. Licor 43

Combine over ice. Stir. Strain into glass.

My grocery stores didn’t have Fresno chilies or clementines, so I ended up with jalapeños and a regular orange. I decide to use the vodka in my cupboard rather than spend money to potentially ruin a nice bottle of tequila. The infusion is pretty simple. Just grate orange peel into a mason jar, pierce the skin of the pepper, douse in vodka, seal, wait three days and then filter out the pepper and orange. I kept the lime juice because it pairs with the orange peel as a citrus. I left off the agave nectar because agave is a natural complement of tequila. It may work with vodka, but I didn’t want to be that daring. I don’t like pineapple juice, so I decided to finish off the drink with a Licor 43. This made sense because its flavor fits with everything and its sweet enough to balance out the lime juice.

This drink is pretty awesome and is wicked easy to make. Give it a try.

Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis… Tofu for Dessert

June 21st, 2010

For the second match of Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis… our players had to come up with Tofu for Dessert…

Aaron started with a brilliant Ace that led to him winning the match with his own recipe of Chocolate Mousse Cake. He found it to be very good the next day as the taste of tofu was gone.

While Ginny continued her brownie obsession with a serve of Vegan Chocolate Brownies. Afraid of tofu, she added 1 cup of chocolate chips and iced with chocolate butter cream. However, these addition were unnecessary because these brownies are amazing! Very moist and cake-like!

Don’t miss the third round in two weeks! These master (kitchen) tennis players will be back to bring you: EDIBLE FLOWERS for BREAKFAST!

Please stay tuned!

Also, if you would like to participate in the next round, email ginnygetsfloury [at] gmail [dot] com by July 3, 2010, the name of your blog, its URL, the recipe and a photograph. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to participate- just email me the recipe with a picture. I’ll hope you join us for another round of Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis!

Oh Summer… Blueberry-Lemon Chiffon Tart…

June 9th, 2010

… Summer means delicious fresh fruits… cherries, blueberries, peaches… it means outdoors… light, sunny, fresh air… it means relaxing… baking, friends, fun…

Inspired by summer, my cousin and I spent last Saturday making Tartine’s Blueberry- Lemon Chiffon Tart from its cookbook. It was amazing… light lemon cream with blueberries atop a sugar cookie like crust… I may have to make another this coming weekend, perhaps with a different berry this time… The recipe is long but not difficult. I highly recommend picking up the cookbook and give it a try! You’ll thank me!