Sunday, January 26, 2014

Vodka Strawberry Lemonade

Over the next couple weeks, I'll be posting some cocktail recipes to get you ready for Valentine's Day. Each drink has a theme for however you're feeling this Feb 14th. Today's drink is a sweet vodka strawberry lemonade. It's perfect for those who are feeling sweet and flirty. Keep this recipe on file for the summer too! It will definitely make the perfect summer drink.
  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz organic lemonade
  • chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • asti spumante
  • Fill a glass with chopped strawberries and ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, mix vodka, lemonade, and agave nectar. 
  • Add lemonade mixture to glass. 
  • Top with asti spumante.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Sometimes taking a step back and perfecting the basics makes all the difference. This recipe will help you achieve the perfect yellow yoke for a hard boiled egg. It will help you avoid that grey/greenish ring that can appear around the outside.

Hard boiled eggs are yummy to eat on their own, perfect on a salad, or can be used for egg salad or deviled eggs!

I like to sprinkle some paprika on hard boiled eggs for some color.
  • Place eggs in a sauce pan in a single layer.
  • Add cold water to cover eggs by about an inch.
  • Heat on high heat to boil.
  • Remove from burner
  • Cover pan.
  • Let eggs sit in water for 12 minutes (for large eggs)
  • Drain, and serve warm, or place in iced water (or in the fridge) to cool. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Happy 2014! I hope you had a great holiday. I definitely did! It's crazy how sometimes vacation can get so busy, but I've been having a great time! Here is the perfect recipe for everyone who is heading back to work and school after a little vacation. This is a fast and easy weeknight meal. It's also a healthier version of the typical fried sesame chicken. You can serve this chicken on almost anything: a salad, rice, noodles, or on a hamburger bun. Edamame or green beans would make a great side.

Source: Family Fresh Meals

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  • Combine the honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour over chicken. 
  • Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours. 
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker, leaving the sauce behind. 
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water, and pour into slow cooker. Cook the sauce for 10 minutes so it can thicken.
  • As the sauce cooks, shred the chicken. 
  • Return the chicken to the pot and coat with sauce. 
  • Serve chicken over rice, noodles, or on a sandwich. 
  • Sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds.
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