You may recall my wonderful meal at Restaurant Nola in New Orleans. One of the many highlights was their Cosmo – made with their own Pineapple infused vodka. Since that fateful night in September, I have been wanting to make my own infused vodka. I decided it would be a perfect gift for family and friends this year – I wasn’t able to find any cool bottles so had to stick with the classic, but it’s what inside that counts, right?

The recipe is simple, quick and I promise that whoever is on the receiving end of this gift will be in cocktail heaven!

Put pineapple chunks (or strawberry, grapefruit, jalapeño, etc) into a jar and fill with vodka of choice. Refrigerate for at least 5 days and then drink on the rocks, in a cocktail or neat.

Happy New Year!

ask the nutritionist: holiday eating

With Christmas/Chanukah behind us and New Years Eve ahead of us I’m interested to hear how you all stay healthy through the Holidays. I know in past years I’ve felt a little sluggish and “heavy” but this year I feel great and don’t think I’ve really put on any weight – if so, it is a

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eggplant, caramelized onion & goat gouda sandwich

Eggplant is a vegetable that I have yet to fully understand. I just don’t always get it. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I’m left wondering what I did wrong. So here it is, I’m officially accepting any and all eggplant tips. Regardless of my eggplant struggles, this sandwich was delightful and perfect for a

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fried rice

Since I started dating the taster (many moons ago), his family has been telling tales of an epic fried rice. After many years of wondering when I would be able to try this culinary treat the night finally came. I made the brown rice and he took it from there. Shortly after, the kitchen was a disaster but

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le creuset winner!

I loved all of the ideas you all came up with for what you would make with the au gratin dishes from cookware.com! The winner of the Le Crueset give-away is commenter #3: Julie at Savvyeats.com: “I would make individual mac & cheese or mini pot pies/mini shepherd pies. Fun!” Julie – Send me your

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thai pork lettuce wraps

You could wrap anything in lettuce and I’m pretty sure I would love it. My Mother makes the best lettuce wraps – it was a favorite meal of mine growing up – so fun to eat and delicious at the same time. (Also a great way to get your kids to eat some veggies!) This

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haiti: the market

I’m so glad that you all have enjoyed my Haiti posts: The People and The Food. Writing about my trip to Haiti has been a great way for me to reflect on my time there and always brings back so many memories! Tuesdays are the Market days in Thiotté and it is an event that

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