The Secret Ingredient

Inspiration for Everyday Cooking

Gimme a Gimlet

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The first time I ever had a gimlet I was in a piano bar in Philadelphia, probably in 1997.  My husband and I strolled in for a drink and started chatting with another young couple at the bar, who were drinking gimlets.  We joined in, and needless to say, a very fun night of signing […] [Read More]

Bottlerocket is Fit for Foodies (or anyone who eats)

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Awhile back I’d posted a press release that had been sent to me from Bottlerocket, a new wine store focused on food pairings that was opening in the Westport Stop and Shop plaza.  Well, it’s now open for business!  The former Rugged Bear space has been completely transformed into a food and wine lovers paradise.  […] [Read More]

Hot Ingredient: St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

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The first time I encountered elderflower liqueur was at my favorite Fairfield bistro, Cafe Lola.  Their Madame Pigalle cocktail, a combination of  St-Germain, champagne, and Absolut Pear is a refreshing and delicious.  This summer it seems that I’m noticing St-Germain everywhere!  Most recently I found it in the delicious Crop Organic Cucumber Martini at Grey […] [Read More]

Favorite Restaurant Cocktails

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One of my favorite things about eating out is perusing the cocktail menu.  When at a new eatery, the offerings from the bar are my first glimpse at what I can expect from the kitchen.  If they have a list of creative, interesting cocktails, it’s often safe to assume that the same creativity and attention […] [Read More]

Rosemary Infused Cocktails

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I’m a giant fan of simple syrup, which is exactly what it sounds like:  a simple combination of sugar and water combined over heat until it forms a syrup.  This concoction is a bar’s secret ingredient, and adds a hint of sweetness to some of my favorite cocktails.  It also can be infused with a […] [Read More]

Ring in the New Year, Deliciously!

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Whether you’re entertaining at home or going to out with friends this evening, celebrate with good food and drink! These are two of my favorite recipes which I contributed to one of my go-to websites for local info, SuzySaid.com, where they appeared last week.  HAPPY (and SAFE) NEW YEAR!!!!! Baked Brie with Raspberries Serves 4-6 […] [Read More]

Pimm’s Cup is #1

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On a recent girls’ get-away to New Orleans, my friends and I took a “Cocktail Tour” in the historic French Quarter.  We walked around the city with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Joe Gendusa, a New Orleans native, former educator, and cocktail-guru. First, we saw the former pharmacy where the term “cocktail” was coined (a […] [Read More]

Blueberry-Banana Breakfast Smoothies

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One positive thing about losing power for a few days was that I was forced to do a freezer-inventory. There were quite a few things past their prime which were relegated to the trash. I also made a few nice discoveries, like a container of homemade pesto that accidentally got pushed to the back of […] [Read More]

Blood Orange Margaritas

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After the recent storm, we had been two days without power and a friend and I decided to escape to the movies (where they luckily did have power!). Afterward we went to the Old Post Tavern for a much-needed and well deserved cocktail. She ordered, what else, but a Hurricane (a mixture of rums and […] [Read More]

Summer Sangria

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I have vivid memories of sitting at my grandparent’s dining room table, watching my grandfather slice a peach directly into his glass of red wine. It was his one indulgence. Just one glass a night, but he always savored it completely. As a kid I remember thinking it was just one of my grandfather’s quirky […] [Read More]