Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails
  • Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails
  • Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails
  • Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails

Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails

Posted on September 17, 2014
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I’ve got the perfect drink to get us over this hump day. And just to be clear, I’m never going to write the words “hump day” in a blog post every again. It’s makes me feel creepy on the inside. Cool?

You only need three ingredients to make this cocktail: fresh apple cider, ginger beer and bourbon. And if you want to make it more “party-worthy”, you can dress it up with a cinnamon-sugar rim and a garnish of sliced apple (I love Simple & Crisp Apple). It’s perfectly delicious and a great way to celebrate F-A-L-L!

You know what else I’m celebrating this week? The fact that the 2014 International Food Bloggers Conference starts in just two days! It’s my first food blogging conference, so I’m feeling equal parts nervous and excited. I can’t wait to finally be meeting some of the other bloggers that I’ve been chatting with over the interwebs for the past 1+ year. And I’m eager to learn new tips and tricks for writing, photography, networking and all sorts of other things that I can do to help me become a better blogger. Oh and I’m just a little bit excited about all the food and wine. And by “a little bit” I totally mean A LOT! Insert happy dance.

In addition to eating and drinking great food and wine, the conference also provides an opportunity to better understand where our food comes from and what we can do to protect our food sources, which is always something I’m down with (um….my family owns a farm so that’s kind of our deal).

If you want to see what’s happening at IFBC, follow along with me on Instagram and Twitter. I’m sure I won’t be able to resist sharing all the amazing things that I see and do over the weekend. And make sure to check out the tag #IFBC to see what others are talking about as well!

Last by not least, I put together a quick little story about the making of this cocktail using Steller. You can check it out HERE!

Cheers,

Liz

Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails

Serves 2

Apple Cider and Ginger Beer Cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • Fresh or dried apple slices for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the apple cider, ginger beer and bourbon.
  2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate. Coat the rim of your glasses with maple syrup (I just dip my finger in the maple syrup and run in along the edge of the glass). Then invert the glasses in the cinnamon-sugar mix.
  3. Serve the cocktail over ice in the cinnamon-sugar coated glasses. Garnish with a slice of apple (either fresh or dried), if desired.
https://www.floatingkitchen.net/apple-cider-and-ginger-beer-cocktails/
  • Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip

Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip

Posted on September 15, 2014

Can you guess the thing that I love the most about football season? It’s the food! I bet no one here is surprised by that answer. Jeez. I’m so one dimensional and predictable. Sorry guys. How do you put up with me?

Comfort food comes to mind when I think of football parties. It’s all about the dips and chips, buffalo wings, pizza, chili and of course, the beer. I also think game day food should be easy to prepare. Because no one want to be stuck in the kitchen when they are trying to watch the game. That is not conducive to maximum football-watching enjoyment.

Side note: I watched the Miss America Pageant last night while shoving Oreos in my face. That wasn’t the best idea. Especially when the time came for the bathing suit competition. Insert feelings of guilt right here. Anyways…..

These little chicken poppers are the perfect thing to try out at your next football party. They are fast, bite sized, dip-able and a surefire crowd pleaser. The chicken pieces are coated in a mixture of cashews and coconut before being baked in the oven. And the dip is made with Greek yogurt, for a lower calorie/higher protein option than a lot of other dips out there. So they aren’t even all that terrible for your waistline!

Cheers,

Liz

Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip

Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken
  • 1.5 lbs bone-less, skin-less chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cashews (I used roasted and unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • For the Dip
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in your freezer for 30-40 minutes. This will make them firmer and easier to cut.
  2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse the cashews until they are broken down into small pieces. Add the bread crumbs, coconut, salt and pepper and pulse 2-3 times to combine. Pour the mixture into a large shallow bowl or plate. Set aside.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces, about 1 1/2 inches in size. Place the chicken pieces into a bowl or zip-lock bag and pour the buttermilk on top, tossing to coat the chicken.
  5. Dip the chicken pieces in the cashew mixture, rolling them around to coat them on all sides and pressing to adhere the mixture. Transfer to your prepared baking pan. Bake the chicken in your pre-heated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove form the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Make the dip. Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth and well combined.
  7. Serve the chicken bites with the yogurt dip and a handful of toothpicks!
https://www.floatingkitchen.net/cashew-coconut-chicken-bites-with-honey-curry-yogurt-dip/

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