EATS + DRINKS

Cocktails with ROF: Sangria!

There is nothing like fresh Sangria in the summer!  Well, a margarita is pretty good too.  Sure, you can buy the premixed Sangria drinks from Costco, and honestly, it’s pretty good.  But ROF has been making his own Sangria for as long as I can remember. See video – filmed from vacation in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  Recipe below. FRUIT NEEDED: 1 peach 1 plum 3 limes 1 lemon 1 orange Cut up all

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The Best Steak Recipe You’ll Ever Make: Hawaiian Ribeyes

Last year, ROF and I went to Hawaii with some close friends.  It was my first time in Hawaii and it didn’t disappoint.  You know how people talk a place up for so long and it either disappoints, meets expectations or exceeds expectations?  This exceeded expectations.  Awesome.   While there, ROF made his delicious Hawaiian ribeye steaks that we grilled. I’m dying for you to try these steaks.  Your mouth might start to water as mine did when you

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4 Ways to Entertain With Ease

This quote is the key to entertaining. Memorize it. I love to have people over.  The whole experience should be smooth, fun and lovely not only for your guests – but for you. Why? Because whether you are having friends over for dinner, your spouse’s colleagues around for a happy hour or a baby shower for 30 – the whole point of the event is meant to be… fun. You want your guests to be left

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Best Rose Wine for Summer

I could give you a top 10 list but I just don’t have it in me.  I also can’t find the little symbol to go over the “e” so it is Rose-A not Rose.  But I think you get it. Ok. Not going to use terms like peachy finish or well-balanced either.  This is me. Just get it.  Go to Total Wine or google it.  At only $8.99 a bottle, it’s simply the best.  At

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Top 5 Drinks to Mix When Hot

My boy, ROF, is a cocktail mix master.  It is a balmy 90+ degrees here in Mad Town and here are some cool drinks you can make tonight or for brunch this weekend. The Blood Orange Martini The Tidal Wave Rum Punch Jalapeno Margaritas (The Best! No Mix!) Bacardi Rum Cocktail And if you need something to eat along with all these drinks, throw some of these DELISH steaks on the grill!      

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4 Great Breakfast Recipes

4 GREAT BREAKFAST RECIPES There ain’t nothing like a good egg.  My family loves eggs and we make them many different ways.  My sister, Katie makes a mean fried egg.  She can even flip the egg in the pan without a spatula.   She’s cool.  ROF scrambles eggs like no other.  it’s so simple yet so good.  They are just the right consistency and filled with the previous night’s leftovers.  Like salmon and cream cheese.   My specialty? 

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Limoncello Cooler Recipe

Because us folks up north need a little sunshine Springtime right now! 1oz gin 1oz Limoncello 1/2oz fresh lemon juice 2-3oz club soda Lemon wedge Mix first 3 ingredients in a shaker. Pour into glass with ice. Top with club soda, garnish with lemon. Make now and if you’re in a state that still has snow on the ground, think warm thoughts and make another. Cheers! Here’s the video:

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Awesome Birthday Traditions

I love this tradition (plus I love steak see here and here!) After hearing about this a couple of times, I decided all of you needed to know about it too.  Make this tradition your own!  There are so many ideas.  I share some of mine after the interview.  I interviewed my friend, Sean Sivore and his son Aidan on their favorite thing to do on their birthdays: Tell me a little bit about why you

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Super Bowl Cocktail Video “Boston Cooler”

Since the Cowboys aren’t in the Super Bowl, this isn’t a big deal to me.  ROF is rooting for New England.  In fact, he is giving us all a refreshing cocktail to sip along with this scrumptious dip or these awesome sliders.

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the appletini cocktail recipe

i think this may have evolved into a cocktail blog! no, i will be back eventually. to be honest, while i love writing and appreciating i am just a little tired of the whole blogging thing. i read a TON of design blogs and lifestyle blogs and everything is …well… styled. and styled to me is starting to get … well … boring. stop gasping. i know – shocker. i want to aspire to something

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The Cranberry Moscow Mule Holiday Cocktail

the weekend is almost here <sigh> and i’m ready for it! i’ve got a fun weekend planned which includes: – wisconsin chamber orchestra rendition of handel’s messiah – five hours of DIY bliss with herbs and essential oils and bath products at a class at the botanical gardens – ROF making his tasty wintertime meal: beef stroganoff and we might crack open a bottle of caymus. it’s also Thursday so ROF has mixed up a

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cocktails with ROF jack-o-fire cocktail

all month long , we’re going to feature a signature holiday drink and release it on thursday. one thing that is fun to do if you’re having a holiday cocktail or dinner party  is to start with a pre-made signature drink.  typically just one to hand people as they come in.  when people come over, try to engage all the senses.  for example, your house is infused with scented candles that have already been burning

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