Thursday, August 2, 2012


What is your favorite summertime Cocktail? It is no shocker to anyone who knows me that mine is a Mojito. My husband likes them too. I like to have a nice refreshing cocktail waiting for him on a hot evening when he gets home from work. That is always what I try to do. Think of what I would like, and then do it for him.
Romantic Tip: Have a "giving" day. One of you agrees to completely give, with no expectations about what you'll get in return. From breakfast in bed to an out-of-the-ordinary treat to sex later that night, one of you shows your love for the other and thereby increases intimacy for both of you.
To make ONE Mojito:
½ lime, cut in wedges
10 mint leaves
2 tbsp agave nectar
45 ml Barcardi Rum
125 ml soda water
1 cup ice cubes
extra mint and slice of lime for garnish
Put the mint leaves and the lime wedges in a Mojito glass. Crush the mint and lime together with a muddler to release their juices. I got these really cute Mojito glasses that came with a muddler that fits perfectly. If you don't have a muddler, you can use a mortar and pestle and then poor the juices into the glass.
Add the agave and muddle again. Do not strain the mix.
Fill the glass with the ice cubes.
Add the rum.
And fill the glass with soda water.
Decorate with a slice of lime and more mint leaves. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Garlic, Oregano, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Today I am starting with a  Romantic Tip: How much time do you dedicate to your significant other? Is it out of site out of mind? If so, you need to change that. There is no better foreplay than sending little texts, emails, or a phone call or two to your lover. Call your partner in the middle of the day and explain what you want to do to him later that night. You can get graphic or you can be coy and seductive, with subtle, come-home-soon hints.

I am blessed to be married to a man that loves veggies and salad. So I am always trying to keep his love alive by making different dressings and dips that go well with fresh produce. This recipe can be adapted to Orange, Raspberry, Blueberry...or any other fruit. I like the tang of lemon on fish and salads. This recipe works great with both. 

Garlic, Oregano, and Lemon Vinaigrette
adapted from The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

2 garlic cloves
2 anchovy fillets packed in oil (drained)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Pinch of kosher salt plus more
1/2 lemon, seeded and finely chopped (with peel)
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Fresh lemon juice

Finely chop garlic, anchovy fillets, red pepper flakes, and salt in a food-processor. Add lemon and oregano; pulse a few times to coarsely chop. Add oil; process until a coarse purée forms. Season with more salt and fresh lemon juice to desired taste.

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