Happy Hour Drink of the Week: French 75

Maybe it’s because I have incredible wanderlust right now, or maybe it’s because Paris in the springtime is the stuff of songs–Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Looks like the closest I can get right now is a cocktail and a few French movies

My Secret: Coconut Oil for Your Skin

This time of the year, skin tends to dry out. And if your skin is dry, it might just make you look older than you really are. Youthful skin is plump, smooth and radiant…and you can get that look with a little secret found right in your grocery aisle–coconut oil.

Superpowers–We All Have Them, Sort Of

My life is full of delusional, magical thinking. And with it comes certain powers that I have to be very, very careful of. Take the mustache. In the realm of liking all things funny, mustaches are high on my list. Some of them are f-ing hysterical–case in point the handlebar. I defy you to look at a guy sporting one and not literally laugh at his face. There’s all kinds of magic going on there.

Happy Hour Drink of the Week: Cucumber Martini

For all of you who’ve made a New Year’s resolution to “eat better”, here’s a cocktail recipe that can have you drinking better too. It’s spicy twist of lining the rim with chili-lime powder will have you smacking your lips with this cool as a cucumber martini.

The Perfect Breakfast

I recently had the pleasure of a consultation with Gelson’s Staff Dietitian, Jessica Siegel, MPH, RD. For those of you who are shoppers at Gelson’s you might recognize her recipes in the Deli Counter like her delicious Kale Salad or you may follow her online to see shopping suggestions

Perfect Every Time Turkey Gravy

Forget about lumps, this is a no fail gravy taught to me by a chef from the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC. He cooked his gravy right in the pan that he had roasted his turkey in, but you can make this in a pot too. The bay leaves and the fresh thyme add a depth of flavor, but it’s the cooking of the roux until it’s toasty that makes this brilliant.

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Soup

This soup is fantastic. And seriously the hardest thing about it is peeling and cutting the butternut squash–buy that already cubed and you’re almost done. The original recipe called for garam masala spice, but as I didn’t have it on hand, I opted for massaman curry paste. Massaman curry was picked as #1 in CNN’s 50 Best Foods of the World.

Happy Hour Drink of the Week: Red Hot Santa-tini

The latest trend in chocolate has been to infuse a little heat, so why not do that with a favorite cocktail–the martini? This decadent Holiday drink ups the luxe level with Godiva liqueur and whipped cream. Perfect for any gathering with friends and family this time of year, they’ll get a nice, little kiss on the lips

Shrimp Mousse Appetizer

A mold?! I know. But I have been looking for this recipe for years and finally came across it. I went to a few holiday parties in the neighborhood I grew up in back in the day, and they used to serve this delicious dip. I asked my friend for the recipe, but he always said it was a family secret. Well, the secret is out and I’m sharing.

Of all the gems in all the world, my heart belongs to sapphires.

Black Friday Predictions

Two words–Black Friday–instills fear in some and excitement in others. It’s a bargain hunters dream and a shoppers nightmare. Timing is everything, and this year here’s what top sites around the web predict what’s in store for us in 2013:

Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Spray Review

Throw away your Swiffer Wet Jets, toss out your mops and buckets–here is a product that works brilliantly, saves time and money, and is currently 39% off at Amazon–the Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Spray!