Events – GlenLivet Night of Passage

I recently attended a tasting sponsored by GlenLivet.  I have been to a few of their events before and I always enjoy them.

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As usual it was a fun time had by all and a chance to taste some of GlenLivet’s offerings.

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Of course, you have to have something to balance all that Scotch with, so plenty of bites were provided during the tasting, including Fish n Chips, Salmon Cones and delicious Bread Pudding.   Seriously, my favorite Scotch was the 15 y.o.  It was just the right amount of smooth with enough punch to feel it yet remain upright!!

Events – Dockers Fashion Week Party

Dockers hosted a party for New York Fashion Week with a D.J. at Artbeam.

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In addition to the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, there was a Candyman giving out some really yummy candy!!! Of course I had to grab a handful.  He had some of my childhood favorites including Coconut Long Boys and Sugar Daddy lollipops.

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I had the pleasure of running into my friend and designer Loris Diran at the party and my friend Jemel.  We had such a fun night!!

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Events – Target’s Who What Wear Launch Party

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This is why I love NY so much!! It’s always something going on or to do.  So I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Target Who What Wear Launch Party that was kicked off here in NYC.  Must say I had a blast! That’s me, my friends Jemel and Denise.

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Here are some of the clothes that are being featured as part of the new line.

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As a parting gift, we were all given a monogrammed clutch and scarf for attending!! Cocktails were flowing, hors d’oeuvres were everywhere and the DJ was awesome.  It was a little crowded and noisy but hey, it was worth it!!

Liquid – Cucumber Mint Lemon or Limeade

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Personally, I’ve become a little obsessed with cucumber flavored drinks.  Cucumber flavored vodka has become one of my favorites.  This drink does not have vodka as an ingredient so it’s safe for the kiddies to drink.  However, if you want to kick it up a notch and make it all grown up, then by all means add Vodka.  In it’s original form it is a very refreshing and sophisticated way to quench your thirst.  I can find limeade or lemonade in the frozen or juice section of my supermarket so, it’s easy for me to make this.  I realize some of you prefer freshly made lemonade or limeade so for you I have included a recipe to make your own before adding the cucumber and mint.

Ingredients & Directions for Cucumber Mint Limeade

Cucumber Mint Limeade-to a large pitcher of limeade (or lemonade) add one cucumber, thinly sliced, and a handful of chopped mint leaves.

recipe courtesy of abeautifulmess.com

This has a lot of sugar so for those who watch their sugar intake, I would suggest you adjust the sugar and or the amount of the recipe if less is needed.  Substitute Lime juice and sliced limes for Lemon Juice and sliced lemons, if you prefer Limeade.

Perfect Homemade Lemonade

Ingredients
4 cups sugar
4 cups fresh lemon juice
2 lemons, sliced
Ice, for serving

Directions

In a large saucepan, heat the sugar and 4 cups water until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. Allow to cool, and then place into a large drink dispenser or jug. Add 2 gallons cold water, the lemon juice and lemon slices and stir to combine. Refrigerate and allow to chill completely.

Serve over ice.

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/perfect-homemade-lemonade.html?soc=sharingpinterest&oc=linkback

 

Food – Kale Asian Beef Lo Mein

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This recipe comes straight from my kitchen as I am committed to eating healthier and more green. I’m a big believer in eating well without spending all day slaving over the stove.  Here’s is what’s needed for this recipe. How much you need depends on how much you want to make.  Use your judgment on that.  I am also a huge fan of crock pots.  I love them.  I use mine often and it tenderizes the toughest piece of meat and it will just fall apart after cooking in your crock pot.

Ingredients

1 bag of chopped kale salad ( I use the one at Costco, it has shaved brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, chicory etc. lemon poppy seed dressing)
1 bag of Asian cashew chopped salad ( I also use Costco for this one, it has savoy & green cabbage, carrots, celery, cilantro, cashews, sesame seeds, wontons, and sliced almonds, asian sesame dressing)
1 piece of Skirt Steak
sliced red, orange & yellow peppers
whole wheat spaghetti

Directions

I cook my steak on high in the crockpot for 3-4 hours in a small amount of orange juice and bourbon sauce.  Just enough to surround the steak but not cover it.  Once the steak is done, you can pull it apart with a fork and mix it with the juice it has cooked in, it should no longer be juice, but a gravy.  Cook your noodles on the stove according to the package directions.  I like thin noodles that cook quickly.

Mix kale salad, asian chopped salad, steak, peppers and pasta in a big bowl or pot.  I include the gravy from the crock pot and the asian sesame dressing included in the chopped asian salad.  If none is included in the salad you buy, you can purchase Asian sesame salad dressing at your local supermarket.  I use just enough to coat the salad, as I don’t like this heavily sauced.

Another way I prepare this dish is to use chicken breast instead of steak and Quinoa instead of noodles sometimes.  Either way it is delicious and healthy.  You can prepare it many different ways and I encourage you to experiment with it and let me know your results.  I enjoy this dish as a healthy alternative to the traditional Lo Mein which is stir fried.  All the produce ingredients are fresh and raw in this dish.  I do not cook them before mixing them in the dish. I also do not add any extra salt to this.  Bon Appetit!!!

While the steak is cooking, you could be doing any number of things you need to do.  The only food that requires your attention in this recipe is keeping an eye out for the pasta. Everything else is a breeze to do!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

recipe courtesy of Extraordinary & Dynamic Lifestyles

 

Food – Filet Mignon in Mushroom Wine Sauce

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Ingredients for Filet Mignon Recipe in Mushroom Sauce:

4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
16 oz baby bella mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 small or 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dry thyme if you must)
4 (6 oz each) filet mignon steaks (about 1 1/2″ thick)
1/2 cup Barefoot Merlot *
1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

*A note on wine: Barefoot is a fun, inexpensive option and they have several great varieties that work well in recipes.

How to Make Filet Mignon:

1. Place a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium/high heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. Add thickly sliced mushrooms and cook 5 min until soft. Stir in onion and cook another 3 minutes. Press in garlic cloves then season with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1 Tbsp fresh thyme. Cook another 2 min, stirring constantly until garlic is fragrant, then transfer mushroom mixture to a plate. Wipe the skillet clean with a wet paper towel.
2. Pat dry steaks with a paper towel and season all over with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
3. Place the same pan over medium/high heat and add 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. When butter is hot and finished foaming, add seasoned steaks to skillet and saute, turning over once with tongs, about 3-5 min per side for medium-rare (I cooked 5-6 min per side for medium doneness). If steak is browning too fast, reduce heat to medium. Use tongs to transfer steaks to the plate with mushroom.
4. Add 1/2 cup Merlot and boil until reduced by half (3 min), scraping the bottom with a spatula to deglaze the pan. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and boil until about 2/3 cup liquid remains (5-6 min). Add 1/2 cup cream and boil until sauce thickens slighly (2 min). Return mushrooms and steak to the pan and heat until warmed through (1 – 2 min). Season sauce to taste with more salt & pepper if desired (I added about 1/4 tsp more salt).

recipe courtesy natashaskitchen.com