Pantry Raid: Fig, Toffee, and Walnut Granola

I was craving something sweet one afternoon when I thought back to an episode of Barefoot Contessa that I watched a couple of weeks ago. Ina Garten made homemade granola bars for an episode about breakfast. Her bars featured apricots, cranberries, coconut, and slivered almonds along with oats and a base made out of sugar and honey.

I was inspired to take a look at what I had on-hand in my own kitchen to make a batch of my own. I always have pantry basics, like oats and dried fruit, on-hand for baking. What I ended up making was something that, for granola standards, was really, really tasty.

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World Gin Day: Lemongrass-Ginger and Cucumber-Lime Gin Infusions

Logo from World Gin Day (worldginday.com)
Logo from World Gin Day (worldginday.com)

Not to turn my back on bourbon, which many know is a favorite spirit of mine, but the Gin and Tonic is one of my absolute favorite drinks. For World Gin Day, I’m excited to share recipes for two gin infusions that are perfect choices to use in my favorite cocktail.

I tend to stick with other herbs and spices or citrus when I infuse gin because it’s already herbal to begin with; it’s not neutral and open to most ingredients, like its cousin vodka. In this case, cucumber-lime and lemongrass-ginger are two flavor pairings that really work well and I enjoy drinking in a Gin and Tonic.

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On Pinterest: A Cold Glass of Iced Tea

Today is National Iced Tea day! Some of my favorite summer memories from when I was a kid included spending time over my grandparent’s house, swimming in the pool, and BBQ’s and drinking my aunt’s homemade sun tea.

Cool down with these iced tea recipes curated from Pinterest and check out these links to find places offering free iced tea today.

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Farmers Market Finds for June 2016

Originally posted on Fuchsia-Revolver.org.

The passing of the Memorial Day weekend means that some of my favorite times of the year are approaching. It’s not so much the summer weather, which tends to get too hot for my comfort, but the other things that come along with it that I enjoy.

I’m talking, of course, of grilling outdoors, going to farmers markets and food festivals, taking trips to the beach to eat lobster rolls… the things that, for shameless food-obsessed people like me, make dealing with the hot weather a little more tolerable.

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