Recipe: Deconstructed Sangria (Fruit Kabobs)

There's nothing like a glass of red sangria on a hot summer day. While I love the fruit and wine combo, I have to admit I don't always love the slices of fruit swimming around in my glass; they're either bumping into my lips while I'm sipping (giving me a nice red wine mustache) or playing elusive when I'm trying to fish out a few pieces to eat. This weekend, I tested out my "deconstructed sangria," an easy recipe to prepare for any barbecue. Simply purchase some long, decorative toothpicks, skewer your favorite fruits (i used oranges, grapes, blueberries, raspberries [...]

By | 2013-07-29T03:37:46+00:00 July 29th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Grilled Panzanella Salad Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea, perfect for summer? Skip turning on the oven and try this grilled panzanella salad recipe for Sleepy Hollow Chef Heidi Valenzuela. Grilled Panzanella Salad Serves 4 Salad 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped 1 large heirloom tomato cut into bite size pieces 1 seeded cucumber cut into small pieces 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves, torn 1/2 cup red onion minced 1/2 cup good quality olives 1 cup of mozzarella balls (drained) Grilled bread 1/2 loaf sliced bread (Italian, sourdough, ciabatta) Olive oil 1 clove of garlic Salt & pepper Dressing Zest and [...]

By | 2013-07-15T03:44:11+00:00 July 15th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Grilled Corn with Tomato Basil Butter Recipe

Growing up, summers meant the sounds of screen doors slamming, playing outdoors until dinner time, sips from the garden hose, and sneaking into my father's garden to eat sun-ripened tomatoes. I remember the first bite—my teeth sinking in as juice dripped down my chin. I remember the taste so clearly, I can feel the sun on my back... It's so interesting how nostalgic food can be—how flavors can be so attached to a person or memory, it can bring you back to that moment. Some foods just define the season. For me, summer means corn on the cob. My father's [...]

By | 2013-07-05T21:51:12+00:00 July 4th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Fourth of July Cocktail

I'm one of those goofy people who get really into holidays. I love a special occasion where I can play host—on Halloween you'll find me in full costume, platter full of "finger-food" trickery in hand. The Fourth of July is no different. I'll be decked out in red, white and blue, and so will everything else in my menu. But when it came to creating the perfect beverage for the holiday, I was drawing a complete blank. Sure I could put out the same thing I did last year, but instead I decided to use my Twitter connection with Slovenia, [...]

By | 2013-07-02T04:48:30+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|entertaining, recipe|3 Comments