Wednesday, August 31, 2011

-cocktail for Labor Day!-

How the hell is it September tomorrow!?

I swear summer days fly by faster than any others...

Although we'll be headed to Nebraska for a long Labor Day weekend (wedding! nephew time! first Husker game of the season!), I'm leaving you all with a great "Cocktail for a Crowd" recipe I found from Bon Appetit (and yes, we did a test run. or two.)

Truly a tasty, no-fail, party-sized drink in case you are home hosting a toast to the last days of summer!

Reuben's Cooler No. 2 (no, I don't get the name either)
-serves 8-

2 1/2 cups Hendrick's Gin (make sure you have about a full bottle)
1 1/4 cups St. Germain liqueur
1 tsp. kosher salt

2 cups unpeeled cucumber, thinly sliced.
1 1/2 cups cold club soda

Freeze the cucumber slices on a parchment-lined cookie sheet

Combine the first four ingredients; stir and add 2 cups of ice. Chill well.

Add frozen cucumbers and club soda.
Break out the highballs and serve on the rocks.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

-fruit salad redefined-

I've never really understood the fruit salad.

CONFESSION: I'm not sure if I even like fruit salad. I mean, bananas and I have always had an on-and-off relationship, and don't even get me started on soggy grapes and browning apples.

Plus, there's something about the kitchen sink mentality of the fruit salad...why can't we just feature one or two fruits? Why ten? And with marshmallows?? Blech.

And let's not even dwell on the prep time.

Time for an overhaul!

I've been on a savory kick lately, and luckily, there are a few 'stealth fruits' out there:

Here in Connecticut, it is FINALLY tomato season, so what better way to celebrate the summer's bounty?

These culprits with a little olive oil, fresh basil, fleur de sel and pepper---now that's a fruit salad I can get behind.


Turns out it is really difficult to do real-live, actual home renovation AND blog about it.

Hence this two-week hiatus.

Which SOUNDS like vacation, but was really 10+ days of scraping wallpaper and trim painting.

Yes, it was worse than it sounds.

So give me a few posts to get back in the swing of things, but I promise real-live, actual before-and-after pictures are coming!