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RHUBARB Roasted Plums

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These RHUBARB infused Roasted Plums with Honey Whipped Ricotta + Pistachio Dust brought to us by, Sherrie of With Food + Love are literally the easiest, fanciest sweet treat you could ever whip up. They take under 30 minutes to make and they’re the most perfect late-summer dessert ever.

RHUBARB Roasted Plums

RHUBARB Roasted Plums

Ingredients:

  • 3 plums, other stone-fruit like peaches, nectarines + pluots would also be delicious
  • 1/3 cup RHUBARB
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Wash and halve your plums, discard the pits and stems. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the RHUBARB. honey + lemon zest. Place the plums in a baking dish face down and pour the RHUBARB mixture over the top. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes {or until soft and bubbly}, flipping halfway through.

Honey Whipped Ricotta

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Pulse the ricotta, honey and lemon zest in a food processor until smooth and creamy; this should take about 30 seconds to 1 full minute. If you wanted to, you could also vigorously whip the ricotta by hand.

Pistachio Dust

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios

In a coffee grinder or spice grinder pulse the pistachios until they are super fine. Be careful not to over grind, because it will eventually turn into pistachio butter.

To assemble, divide the cheese evenly into 6 small dishes. Top each with half a roasted plum + sprinkle with pistachio dust. Serve while fruit is still warm.

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Sherrie is a Certified Health + Wellness Coach living in Philly, PA. She writes the gluten-free, vegetarian food blog, With Food + Love. You can find her around the city chowing down veggies + sipping earl grey tea. Connect with her on Instagram: @withfoodandlove

 


SAGE and Tonic

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A twist on the classic G&T, try using SAGE and tonic with a rosemary sprig as a garnish.

2 parts SAGE
3 parts Tonic Water
Fresh rosemary sprig


An Evening With Elizabeth Gilbert at The Woodlands

A couple weeks ago we had the privilege to attend an evening with author Elizabeth Gilbert to celebrate the success of her latest novel “The Signature Of All Things”. We mixed up SAGE and RHUBARB herbal infused cocktails and ended the night with a Laurel ice cream ROOT beer float. All in all it was an incredible evening to remember. Click here to see the entire gallery.

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Modern Spirits: Tequila, Gin, And… Sage?!

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The world is all about crafting these days, and we’re not just referring to knitters on Etsy. Wine and beer have been undergoing craft revolutions, with local, organic, “boutique”, and “handmade” showing up on labels and during tastings. But the biggest changes are coming from small-batch spirits and distillers, all the rage in cocktail bars which seem to be springing up practically daily across the United States. Here are three you might not be able to find in your local watering hole, but which are worth seeking out.

The strikingly beautiful Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila, deserves special mention for the packaging. While plenty of bottles are eye-catching, this one is perhaps the best we’ve ever seen at showcasing both the lovely color of the precious liquid inside, as well as connecting to the crop (the hand-blown glass is shaped in the form of agave, the source of all tequila). Luckily, the stuff inside is classy as well, a very smooth and perfectly-aged sipping tequila that definitely shouldn’t be blended. In fact, this was one of the first that we didn’t bother making margaritas out of, and would consider almost criminal to do so. Clay oven roasted in the traditional style, then triple distilled and aged for 36 months in white oak, there are no edges here, and the caramel/pepper sweet/spice balance is spot-on. There’s no aftertaste, but still a slight smokiness, a little earthiness, and plenty of wood- no surprise that it’s won everything from “Best in Class” to Double Gold Medals at the SF World Spirits Competition. That said, it’s almost like a long-aged whiskey or some wines- the smoother it gets, the more you might miss some character. And the price is sure to make you appreciate every drop- at around $75 a bottle, it’s in a category of it’s own, and we’ll be savoring it (and the beautiful bottle) for some time to come.

On the flip side, the bottles for Philly-based Art In The Age spirits couldn’t be much simpler, with a style that recalls a different time. Shaped liked classic medicinal and simply labeled,we’ve been tasting their Sage “garden gin”, a very old-school version that is the fourth in their line (check out their other focused styles, like Root, Rhubarb, and Snap). This one skips the botanical behind true gins, juniper, in favor of others that make it into a very fresh, herbaceous mixer- thyme, rosemary, lavender, and fennel all play a role. We tried variations on the Julep and Gimlet, but had no trouble enjoying it over ice. 80-proof and crisp, the licorice-pine notes balance well against lemon and lime, and we found ourselves coming back to this one over traditional gins when paired with tonic too. Available now, it’s a great way to transition from summer to fall, and runs about $30 a bottle.

On the topic of “almost-gins”, how about something old-fashoned in a completely different way. Prohibition shuttered businesses and reconfigured the entire industry, and the first distiller in the city of Napa since that era is none other than Napa Valley Distillery, home to the Old Hollywood Ginn. Note that extra “n”- it’s because the government regulates spirits and defines them, and this one doesn’t meet the requirements due it’s grape brandy base. Who needs ‘em? This version is made with nine botanicals and American oak chips, and aged as well. Most gins are clear, of course, but this one isn’t distilled again so offers a nice golden color. An unusual cinnamon and clove note at the top and oaky toastiness pair better with sweet than tart- put down the tonic and try other speakeasy cocktails (they suggest a play on the Aviation). Available directly, for around $32.

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10 Unusual Gin and Tonics You Need to Try Now

08/18/2014

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Who doesn’t love the classic Gin and Tonic? It’s simple, easy to make, and tastes phenomenal. But sometimes you might be in the mood for something a little different even though it’s hard to stray from those old favorites. Luckily, there’s a Gin and Tonic craze going on as bartenders everywhere have been jazzing up this cocktail, resulting in some rather unusual takes on this classic drink. We rounded up ten unconventional but awesome gin and tonics you need to try ASAP.

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Raise A Glass To Rhubarb With This End-Of-Summer Sipper

8/18/2014

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Some consider Labor Day to be the end of the summer, but here in L.A. it feels like the season is still going strong. Like, really, really strong. Blazing in fact. This weekend I found myself sweltering in my apartment with no sign of reprieve (or central air), so I decided to do what any logical person would do: make myself a cool, refreshing cocktail that sings of the summer and reminds me why we wait so anxiously for this season in the first place.

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Spike your Cocktails with Rum

08/16/2014

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Those fleeting summer days will be gone before we know it – but that doesn’t call for an end of the festivities. Squeeze every last drop of summer with a celebration in honor of National Rum Day today Saturday, August 16th and spike your cocktails with some aged white rum nearly 150 years in the making.

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Spike your Cocktails with Rum 

Must Mix: National Rum Day Cocktails

Must Mix: National Rum Day Cocktails

08/16/2014
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Summer is quickly coming to an end, unfortunately, but you can still squeeze in some summer fun with cocktails made with rum, a spirit often associated with fun tropical drinks. Don’t let National Rum Day this August 16th pass by without trying one of these delicious rum cocktails!

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Must Mix: National Rum Day Cocktails