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  • Beet-Pomegranate Cocktail

Beet-Pomegranate Cocktail

Posted on February 11, 2016
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Valentine’s Day. It’s one of the most polarizing days on the calendar. And it’s almost here.

Are you celebrating with your sweetheart? Or are you hiding in your bedroom with a pint of ice cream?

No matter what your situation is, I think a cocktail is not only appropriate, but also highly necessary. You can shake one up for yourself. Make two and share one with the person that you love. Or take the third option: make two and drink them both yourself. This is a 100% judgment free zone.

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I find a lot of Valentine’s Day stuff to be overly girly. Even for me. And I’m a girl! It’s like an undulating sea of big puffy pink glittery hearts out there. And frankly, it’s kind of overwhelming. So I wanted to design a cocktail that, while still color appropriate for the occasion, was a bit more masculine.

When I think of a “manly” cocktail, a Negroni always comes to mind. So I started playing with the ingredients in a classic Negroni, and eventually my taste buds landed on this Beet-Pomegranate Cocktail with gin and a splash of Campari. It’s not nearly as intoxicating as a Negroni (which is all booze, by the way). And it’s much more earthy and a little bit sweet. But the flavors are well balanced and this drink certainly hasn’t lost it’s bitter bite.

Oh and that deep red color. It’s sexy and fierce and totally screams “I’m undressing you with my eyes”. You got this.

Cheers,

Liz

If bubbles are more your thing, try my Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails. They are the perfect understated shade of pink!

Beet-Pomegranate Cocktail

Yield: Makes 1 cocktail

Beet-Pomegranate Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup beet juice
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange peel

Instructions

  1. Add the beet juice, pomegranate juice, gin and Campari to a shaker or mason jar with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass with fresh ice.
  2. Squeeze/twist the orange peel over the glass and then drop it in. Serve immediately.

Notes

1. You can find beet juice and pomegranate juice in the refrigerated produce section of your grocery store. They are usually next to the smoothies/juices.

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  • Savory Dutch Baby with Roasted Broccoli

Savory Dutch Baby with Roasted Broccoli

Posted on February 8, 2016

When it comes to versatility in the kitchen, there aren’t too many dishes that can hold a candle to a Dutch baby. They can easily go savory or sweet. They seamlessly transition from breakfast to dinner (and every meal in between!). And depending on your mood, you can go as minimal or maximal as you wish with the toppings. Even without a single embellishment, a warm Dutch baby straight from the oven is still one of the most delicious things I can think of.

Not to mention, they are one of the simplest foods that I know how to make. Just mix up a few pantry staples in a single bowl. Then pour that batter into a hot, buttery skillet to bake until it’s wonderfully puffed and golden.

All those beautifully misshapen bubbles are enough to make anyone go weak in the knees!

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Today, we’re going the savory route with a bit of Parmesan cheese, some sliced scallions, fresh herbs and a big pile of roasted broccoli. If you want, you can serve this Dutch baby with a couple of slices of bacon on the side for one heck of a satisfying breakfast. Or pair it with soup and a salad and enjoy it at lunch or dinner. Whatever you decide, just make sure you gobble it all up in one sitting, because Dutch babies are really best when eaten immediately after being made. But I have a feeling you’ll have no trouble accomplishing that task.

I’m sharing this Savory Dutch Baby with Roasted Broccoli today as part of our monthly seasonal eating guide organized by Becky of Vintage Mixer. Be sure to check out her February produce guide for lots of winter inspiration. And scroll down below to see what my other blogging friends made this month!

Cheers,

Liz

Savory Dutch Baby with Roasted Broccoli

Serves 2-4

Savory Dutch Baby with Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients

  • For the Dutch Baby
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 scallion, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • For the Broccoli
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Zest and juice from 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Make the Dutch baby. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs and milk. Add the flour and whisk until incorporated, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Then whisk in the Parmesan cheese, sliced scallions, parsley, thyme, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and the skillet is hot, pour in the batter. Carefully transfer the skillet to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes. The Dutch baby will puff up during cooking, but once it’s removed from the oven and starts to cool it will deflate slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, roast the broccoli. In a medium bowl, toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, salt and red pepper flakes. Spread the broccoli out onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the lemon zest and juice over the roasted broccoli.
  4. To finish, top the Dutch baby with the roasted broccoli. Slice and serve immediately.
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