Cherry Cordial Cocktail

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Valentine’s day is right around the corner. Here is a great cocktail to make for your sweetie.

Originally posted on Homemade Delish:

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Valentine’s day is fast approaching. The hubby and I always do something fun at home.  We cook a nice dinner and enjoy it after the kiddies go to bed.  Usually we have some champagne or wine. But I think this year we will be enjoying some cherry cordial cocktails that the hubby made.  I went ahead and garnished with a cherry and some shaved dark chocolate. Perfect for a night of romance. Happy Valentines day!!

Ingredients (for 1 serving):

2 shot glasses of Chocolate Red Wine

1 shot glass of Cherry Vodka

Ice

Cherries,garnish

Shaved Dark chocolate, garnish

Preparation:

Place ice, vodka and chocolate wine in shaker. Pour into glass and garnish.

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Blueberry Tortilla Dessert

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I found that this dessert is super easy to make when you’re just not in the mood to sit there and make things from scratch.  Also you can put some of those leftover tortillas to good use.  To make the filling even easier, you can just use your favorite jam or jelly.  I made the filling from scratch because I had lots of blueberries.

Ingredients:

4 tortillas
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 blueberry jam/jelly per tortilla, homemade or store bought
Powdered sugar, optional for dusting

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place a piece of parchment paper on baking sheet. Place 2 tablespoons of butter per tortilla in the oven to melt.

Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.

Once butter is melted take out of the oven and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar.  Take tortilla and rub it over melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.  Add the jelly/jam atop of tortilla and place in the oven for about 5-6 minutes until crust is golden brown.

2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Black Tie Preview Party

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On Friday, February 27, PHS will host the 2015 PHS Flower Show Preview Party, an elegant evening offering exclusive access to the world’s largest indoor floral exhibition. See the sprawling acres of exhibits and intricate displays of expert designers, locally and internationally honored, before the show opens to the public.

Don’t miss Philadelphia’s hottest ticket in town!

Whether you are looking for an elegant “date night” or a unique backdrop to entertain clients, the Preview Party sets the stage, and the After Party makes dancing shoes a must.

You and your guests will be transported to Hollywood at this star-studded, once-in-a-lifetime event.

All proceeds from the 2015 Preview Party support PHS and its acclaimed programs like PHS City Harvest that helps feed area families in need. 

Unable to attend? Please consider the impact a donation would have on the families and residents of the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. To make a contribution, please visit our Preview Party Donation Page. I hope to see you there. For more information please visit http://phsonline.org/events/preview-1

Ribbon Asparagus Salad

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Seems like everyone is still on the kick on eating healthy this year. I have been trying to add more raw veggies into my diet. This asparagus salad has become a favorite in my house. Not only does it look beautiful, but it tastes amazing and refreshing. The salad goes great with a side of homemade soup. You can top also it with pretty much anything. I used shaved parmesan and toasted pine nuts.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

10-15 large asparagus spears, trimmed
Pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan cheese, shaved for garnish
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice

Preparation:
Take 1 asparagus spear at a time, use a vegetable peeler to shave spears into long, thin ribbons. Add ribbons to a medium bowl. Next add pine nuts, olive oil, s&p and lemon juice. Toss together place on serving dish and top with shaved Parmesan cheese.

The Donovan House hotel

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Last weekend the family and I headed down to Washington DC for some site seeing. We had a great time at some of the museums.

There are lots of beautiful hotels to stay at in DC but a couple of people had mentioned The Kimpton hotels. So we looked into it and found some amazing places. We had the pleasure of staying at The Donovan House. I totally fell in love with the hotel. Upon checking in we were greeted at valet. The front desk was super friendly and made our check in fast and easy.

Our room was a 1 bedroom suite with a pull out sofa for the little ones. The decor of the hotel and the room was modern chic. The room had everything you needed; like your own little apartment. We decided to head out to dinner as we went to the lobby and to our surprise they had a little happy hour/social gathering with the other hotel guests going on in the lobby. For an hour the hotel offers a complementary wine tasting. I loved that the hotel offered this. How creative, and a great way to network or connect with others.

After dinner we came back to the room. The cleaner was in our room prepping our sofa bed for the kids. Later on we got a knock at the door from room service with a nice surprise of strawberries and wine.

I would recommend the Kimpton hotels to any traveler out there. They really make your stay satisfying.  A newly renovated boutique hotel located in downtown DC, Donovan House regularly receives top ratings for sophisticated style, thoughtful service and perfect location.

Philly Travel Show Ticket Giveaway!!

 

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Its almost that time again for the Philadelphia inquirer travel & culinary expo at the Valley Forge casino.  This year i’m excited to be part of the expo by doing a demo and handing out some samples.  It will be a fun filled weekend with lots of great things to explore from travel to food and a beer pavilion. Whether you’re exploring destinations near or far, food and travel go hand-in-hand. Experience them both at the Travel & Culinary Expo!  Find out more here http://www.inquirertravelshow.com/ and don’t for get to purchase your tickets.

So with that being said i’m giving away 2 tickets to the expo.  All you have to do is enter below with a comment of where your favorite destination would be. We will randomly pick out a winner next week.  Make sure to follow Homemade Delish on social media along with the Philadelphia inquirer Travel Show.

Come and enjoy the fun and good luck! Cant wait to see you there.

 

 

Philly COOKS 2015 The Big Event

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This is such a fun event.  Remember to come hungry. At Philly Cooks-The Big Event, the area’s best restaurants come to you. Taste food from 30+ Philadelphia restaurants.

This year’s event will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on February 18th, from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Don’t wait, get your tickets today!

Here are some of the few fabulous restaurants that will be attending. 

A.kitchen and Bar
Bank and Bourbon
Barclay Prime
Brauhaus Schmitz
Bufad
Cheu Noodle Bar/Bing Bing Dim Sum
Capofitto
Ela
Estia
Farm & Fisherman
The Fat Ham
Garces Trading Company
Indeblue
Jerry’s Bar
Kensington Quarters
Laurel
Le Virtù/Brigantessa
so much more!
Also a dessert lounge
10 Arts Bistro and Lounge
Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Bridget Foy’s
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Rival Bros. Coffee
Shake Shack
The Palm
The Master’s Baker
Tradestone Cafe & Confections

A Very Special Evening with Garrett Snider

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I love supporting great causes especially here in my hometown. Philadelphia’s top VIPs, philanthropists and chefs will gather on Wednesday, January 21st at the Rittenhouse Hotel for a very special evening hosted by Garrett Snider, to benefit the Vetri Foundation for Children.  Attendees will enjoy a whimsical evening at the beautiful Rittenhouse Hotel including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and food stations, while learning about the Vetri Foundation’s “Eatiquette” program.  210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; contact scott@cashmanandassociates.com for ticket and sponsorship info or visit http://www.vetrifoundation.org/event/a-very-special-evening-with-garrett-snider/ Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Gnocchi

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This recipe just takes me back to childhood. I remember seeing my grandmother make gnocchi for the first time. This recipe is egg free so anyone that has an allergy to eggs worry no more. Making gnocchi can be a fun family cooking experience. I love to get my kids involved. After making this gnocchi you can pretty much make any sauce you would like, you can even do a brown butter and sage sauce. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour, more for dusting board if necessary
4 Idaho or russet potatoes, peeled and shredded.
Salt, to taste

Preparation:

Take a fork and pike potatoes all around. Wash and place potatoes in the microwave for about 14 to 15 minutes. I don’t use the microwave a lot but I feel for this recipe it helps the potatoes not retain so much water.

If you don’t have a potato ricer feel free to use a grater to grate the potatoes. Make a well in the middle of the flour, add the grated potatoes and salt. Begin by folding everything together. Knead for 4 to 5 minutes until well incorporated and smooth. Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll out each piece into a rope with desired thickness. Cut into small pieces about 3/4 inch. Next take a fork and roll the pieces on there to get little ridges.

Take a baking sheet with a clean dish towel and dust some flour on it. Lay the pieces of gnocchi on top. Place gnocchi to the side while you bring a pot of water to a boil. Make sure to season your boiling water (salty like the sea). Add gnocchi to the water and be careful not to over crowd the pot. When gnocchi floats to the top it’s pretty much ready. Toss the gnocchi with favorite sauce, cheese, basil and enjoy.

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Kerrygold Skellig Cheddar and Chive Scones

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Who doesn’t love a scone? You can pretty much get them in any flavor and get super creative when making them. My mother in law is a scone aficionado (if there is such a thing, haha) so she is usually my taste tester when it comes to making the perfect scone. If she says they are good then I know they are done right. In this recipe for a savory scone I wanted to use the best of the best when it came to butter and cheese. I used one of my favorite brands Kerrygold. I went ahead and used Skellig Sweet Cheddar cheese,Unsalted Kerrygold Irish Butter, Garlic & Herb butter. They were the perfect start to a cold Sunday morning.  I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little more for dusting

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup Skellig Sweet Cheddar, shredded

1-2 tablespoons chives, chopped

3 tablespoons Kerrygold unsalted butter, cut into little cubes

3 tablespoons Kerrygold garlic and herb butter

1 cup heavy cream

1 Egg, plus a teaspoon of water beaten, for eggwash

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and add cheese and chives. Slowly stir in the cream until the mixture forms a dough. On a slighly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 1/2 inch thick or so. Using a knife cut little triangles for the traditional scone look. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. When done let cool for about 20 minutes or so (if you dare, haha)