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Thirsty Thursdays: Ginger Peach Mojito Mocktail

July 10, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Ginger Peach Mojito Mocktail

Howdy! Sarah from Snixy Kitchen here. Tina’s off gallivanting around who-knows-where (Iceland? The Netherlands? Paris? Who can keep up with this world traveler?) so she asked me to come drink with you! Fruity, fizzy, thirst-quenching drinks are Tina’s specialty, so I feel honored to be stepping into her shoes for a day. Some big shoes to fill.  Today we’re picking some local California produce and tossing it into a refreshing ginger peach mojito mocktail to celebrate almost making it to the end of the week. In my world, we celebrate every step on the journey – you’re almost to Friday. Cheers! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in fresh peaches every July and August. Just last week, while picking...

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Bang Bang Chicken

July 7, 2014
Bang Bang Chicken

<<Hello from Amsterdam! This post comes to you from the past…or maybe it’s the future? I’m confused. Either way, I wrote this before I left for vacation because I didn’t want you all to forget about me while I was gone. And, later in the week, there will be a guest post for Thirsty Thursday, courtesy of my super talented friend, Sarah. It’s going to be fabulous, I promise. See you guys when I get back!>> For as long as I can remember, I have been a late riser on the weekends – my mom and I used to have pseudo-competitions to see who could sleep in the longest (it was always a tie…where do you think I get it from?). Generally, it was probably a...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Cherry Pie Gin Fizz

July 3, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Cherry Pie Gin Fizz

As you can probably tell from the low quality photo and haphazard composition above (yes, I did just throw down a random handful of cherries), this week’s Thirsty Thursday post is kind of phoned in. Sorry! Cut me some slack though – it’s been a hell of a week, and I wanted to drink the drink rather than just take a bunch of pictures of it. Plus, I had a ton of packing to do, ‘cuz Dan and I are heading to Europe for 2 weeks! Actually, by the time you read this, we will already be in Iceland, possibly climbing a glacier. Anything is possible on vacation! Yayyyyyyy vacationnnnnnnnnn!!!! Can you tell I’m excited for this trip? So. EXCITED.  You know what else I’m excited about? All these awesome drinks: This mango...

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Chunky Chicken Chili

June 30, 2014
Chunky Chicken Chili

About a month ago I was approached by Yummly, asking if I wanted to participate in a campaign for McCormick. Given that 90% of the spices in my house have the McCormick label on them (obviously, I am a fan), and I’ve gone through about a billion bottles of McCormick flavored extracts since I first started baking, it was a good bet that my answer would be “heck yes, I want to participate!” At first, I was excited because I thought maybe McCormick had an exotic new spice or extract they wanted me to try. Then I realized that the product was actually something called “FlavorPrint“, an online meal planning tool that provided personalized recipe recommendations tailored to individual flavor profiles. Even better! I’m constantly struggling to plan out our meals...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Peach Coolers

June 26, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Peach Coolers

Now that the summer solstice has come and gone, summer is well and truly upon us. Which means…it’s hot. Not quite as hot as it was this time last year, but still plenty sticky and gross. And, now that school is out for the summer, DC is flooded with tourists, which I’m convinced makes the city feel hotter. Cuz, you know, more warm bodies crowded into one place, sucking up all the cool air…maybe? All I know is that it was 91 degrees and humid today, and my metro ride home (which was packed), was just god awful. Even with the AC on, it felt like the inside of a sauna.  By the time I got off at my stop, ribbons of sweat were literally streaming down my back, out of...

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Momofuku Steamed Pork Buns

June 22, 2014
Momofuku Steamed Pork Buns

So, Father’s Day was last week. My original plan was to have one big family brunch with my parents and the in-laws, since Dan’s family was already in town for a family wedding, but then I found out there was already a big post-wedding brunch planned with the bride’s family, so…the great Rodgers-Hu Father’s Day Get Together of 2014 didn’t happen. We actually didn’t even get to see my parents at all last weekend, which was kind of a bummer, but we did get to spend rare quality time with Dan’s parents and brothers (always a good time) so on the whole it was a pretty great weekend. Still, I felt kinda bad about missing Father’s Day with my own dad, so we scheduled a belated celebration lunch for...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Watermelon Sangria

June 19, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Watermelon Sangria

Guys, it’s Thursday already. How did that happen? Where did the week go? Thank god I had the foresight to make a big pitcher of watermelon sangria on Tuesday because, as always, this week’s Thirsty Thursday really snuck up on me big time. Which is why this post is late…again. Some day I will be super organized and on top of things and do a Thirsty Thursday post early in the day…like, more than 3 hours before midnight. Some day I will be a responsible grown up. Speaking of responsible grown up things to do…Dan and I ran our first 10K last weekend! It was surprisingly not terrible. Despite having to wake up at 5am to run a bunch of miles with 2300 random strangers, we...

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Fig, Bacon, and Honey-Goat Cheese Crostini

June 17, 2014
Fig, Bacon, and Honey-Goat Cheese Crostini

Today’s recipe is inspired by my friend (and super talented food blogger) Sarah, who recently posted a recipe for goat cheese stuffed figs with pancetta. She served them at a dinner party a few weeks ago, and her guests gobbled them up in record time. In fact, the figs barely made it out of the kitchen, ‘cuz our friend Spike kept snatching them off her serving plate as she was moving it outside. With that kind of endorsement + Sarah’s drool-worthy photos, it was pretty much a guarantee that I was gonna have to try the recipe for myself. I did do a few things differently, however. First, I decided to turn the stuffed figs into crostini, because I was craving bread big time today. Then, instead of drizzling the honey...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

June 12, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

So…this is the third week in a row that the only blogging I’ve done is the Thirsty Thursday post. Sorry about that, guys…things have been busy, and I’ve been tired and under-motivated. I’ve got a bunch of awesome, non-drink posts in the queue though, I promise! For now, lets talk about today’s post. Today’s recipe is inspired by two posts I saw last week – the sparkling cherry lemonade from Damn Delicious, and the frozen blackberry basil lemonade  from The Kitchen McCabe. I was intrigued by the idea of a cherry-flavored lemonade, and the Kitchen McCabe’s frozen lemonade just looked so frosty and refreshing…so I combined them! First things first – (1) cherry lemonade is delicious, (2) frozen lemonade is the greatest idea ever, and (3) this frozen...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzers

June 5, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzers

Happy Thursday, everyone! Sorry this week’s Thirsty Thursday post is a little late…I am a lazy slacker, and sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to make drinks + take photos + write a witty post. But hey, there are 2 more hours left in the day, so it’s all good! Right? Right. Today’s post is inspired by a drink I saw on Buzzfeed the other day called the “Madeira Red,” which is made from pomegranate lemonade mixed with Sprite.  I was immediately intrigued, because I feel like you don’t often see drinks made with pomegranate. I’ve definitely never seen (or tasted) pomegranate lemonade. Unfortunately, there was no Sprite in the house. There was, however, half a bottle of club soda in the back of the fridge that still had some fizz to it. So…spritzers, it...

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