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Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Margaritas

Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Margaritas

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh raspberries
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
4 fl oz (1/2 cup) reposado or añejo tequila
1 ½ fl oz (3 tbsp) simple syrup (or add to taste)
ice
coarse or Kosher salt for rimming the glass
Simple Syrup
½ cup granulated white or light brown sugar
½ cup water

Directions

Make the simple syrup. Bring the water and sugar to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes making sure all the sugar has melted. Set aside to cool.

Using a wedge of lime, rub the rim of rocks or margarita glasses with the lime. Dip the edge of the glass into the salt. Fill 1/2 way with ice.

Muddle the raspberries with the lime juice in a cocktail shaker.

Add the tequila and simple syrup. Fill with ice. Shake until well combined. Strain into the prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and more fresh raspberries.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Apple Cider Mojitos

The flavors of fall and winter combine in this quenching and delicious Apple Cider Mojitos cocktail. A great recipe for entertaining and holiday parties.

2 cocktails

–cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup water
–Apple Cider Mojito
1/2 lemon
3 sprigs fresh mint
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1/4 cup gold rum
splash of club soda
–for garnish
fresh mint, apple slices, pomegranate and cinnamon

–Cinnamon Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature, the flavors from the cinnamon sticks will infuse the simple syrup. Once cooled discard the cinnamon sticks. Pour into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
–Apple Cider Mojito
Add the lemon and mint to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, press out the juices from the lime and mint.
Add the apple cider, simple syrup, rum and a handful of ice to the shaker.
Cover and shake until the cocktail is well combined.
Fill a rocks glass halfway with crushed ice. Pour the cocktail into the glass and top with club soda and the garnishes.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Brie

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Brie

Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Brie recipe, a delicious comfort food dish that is simple and quick to prepare. Perfect for cold winter weeknight meals.

4 servings

12 ounces spaghetti
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 5-ounce container brie cheese spread
1 tsp dijon mustard
4 ounces Prosciutto, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
coarsely ground black pepper
top with chopped green onion

Prepare the spaghetti to package directions. Reserve one cup of the cooking water, then drain. Toss with some olive oil.
In a 12 inch cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, add the shallot. Cook a few minutes until the shallot is softened and fragrant.
Add the wine and cream, cook until mostly reduced 2-3 minutes.
Add the brie cheese spread, mustard, Prosciutto, spaghetti and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water. Fold in the parsley.
Continue to cook and toss until the pasta is fully coated in the sauce, add more cooking water if needed to thin out the sauce and to loosen up the spaghetti so it doesn’t stick.
Season with some pepper. Serve immediately topping with green onion.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Apple Cider Mojitos

The flavors of fall and winter combine in this quenching and delicious Apple Cider Mojitos cocktail. A great recipe for entertaining and holiday parties.

2 cocktails

–cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup water
–Apple Cider Mojito
1/2 lemon
3 sprigs fresh mint
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1/4 cup gold rum
splash of club soda
–for garnish
fresh mint, apple slices, pomegranate and cinnamon

–Cinnamon Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature, the flavors from the cinnamon sticks will infuse the simple syrup. Once cooled discard the cinnamon sticks. Pour into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
–Apple Cider Mojito
Add the lemon and mint to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, press out the juices from the lime and mint.
Add the apple cider, simple syrup, rum and a handful of ice to the shaker.
Cover and shake until the cocktail is well combined.
Fill a rocks glass halfway with crushed ice. Pour the cocktail into the glass and top with club soda and the garnishes.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

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Directions

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Recipe: Mocha Martini

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Directions

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Recipe: Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

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Recipe: The Polar Queen Cocktail

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Recipe: Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Around here we can’t get enough chicken wings and this recipe for Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings is among our favorites! Serve as part of your weeknight dinner or for any kind of entertaining. Great for game day!

4 servings

–for the chicken
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings
olive oil to drizzle garlic
–for the sauce
4 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425˚F with the rack in the middle.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place a wire rack onto the prepared pan.
Pat dry the chicken wings with paper towels. Combine the seasonings in a medium bowl and toss the wings one at a time in the seasonings.
Place the chicken in a single layer onto the rack. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking make the sauce. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the garlic and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, until fragrant and softened. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool. When the butter is room temperature mix in the olive oil, parsley and parmesan.
When the chicken is done baking, transfer to a serving platter. Spoon the garlic, parmesan mixture over the top. The sauce will melt again as it hits the hot chicken. Serve immediately with lots of napkins.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Mocha Martini

Chocolate and coffee lovers, here is the ultimate cocktail for you! Make this easy and delicious Mocha Martini recipe for any festive celebration!

1 mocha martini

2 ounces Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1.5 ounces coffee liqueur Kahlua
1 ounce heavy cream
ice
sprinkles

Rim a martini glass with liqueur & place some sprinkles in a wide bowl. Roll the glass in the sprinkles. Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice. Add the chocolate & coffee liqueurs and heavy cream. Shake well. Pour into glass and serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

We love this easy and delicious Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi recipe. Top with melted butter and crispy shallots for a healthy anytime meal. Serve as a main course, appetizer or side dish.

4-6 servings

1 (10 ounce) package chopped frozen spinach
15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
–topping
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 shallot, minced (about 1/2 cup)
shaved Parmesan
freshly chopped Italian parsley

Thaw the spinach and squeeze out any additional water.
In a large bowl combine the spinach and the ricotta cheese with a spatula.
Mix in the Parmesan, flour, egg yolks, salt and pepper until well combined.
Dust a baking sheet and work surface with flour. Roll 1/4 cup of the dough into a 5 inch long log. Cut into 1 inch pieces and form ovals with your fingers.
Transfer the gnocchi to the prepared baking sheet. Continue this process until you are done with all the dough.
Place some of the gnocchi into a large pot of boiling water. Cook until they rise to the surface and then for four minutes longer. Transfer each batch to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon.
Make the shallot butter sauce: melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. When it’s bubbling add the shallots and cook until just golden brown about 8 minutes.
Pour the butter shallot sauce over the cooked gnocchi, top with shave parmesan, parsley and serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith