It's a busy world out there and expecting people to remember all year what you are about without some contact is asking too much. Especially for non-profits whose rewards are not always tangible. You want to give your audience the good feels all year! It's crucial for non-profits to implement a good, sound social media
One thing I truly love about Indy is its support for local eateries. Spring, summer, fall and winter all include amazing restaurant weeks that help boost business for the many wonderful eateries around the city. Northside Nights is one of my favorites. I love Northside Nights because it covers an area of the city I
[Photos by Sara Croft] If you are planning a big, swanky Oscar party, you can’t slack on the drinks. From the traditional champagne to classy cocktails, impress your guests – or just yourself – with some Oscar-winning recipes. Tonic, Gin and Pepper Comfort cocktail, served in a jar mug makes this a perfect icebreaker drink.
Summertime brings a wealth of fresh fruit choices to the table. Apricots, one of my favorite summer fruits, are the perfect ingredient for a refreshing frozen treat. This sweet dish makes a delightful marriage of fresh apricots and freshly ground cardamom seeds. It’s one dessert that will make you ask for seconds, and even thirds.
Summer never tasted so good! Treat yourself right with this refreshing and healthy peach smoothie. Peaches & Cream Smoothie Makes two servings 2 cups frozen or fresh peaches 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain 5-7 ice cubes 1 cup coconut milk 2 tbs. fresh honey 1 splash of vanilla extract How-To: Blend all ingredients in a
Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE popcorn. During the process of ice cream recipe development I, of course, had some freshly popped popcorn on hand as a snack. I thought, “How about some popcorn ice cream?” That evolved into this recipe, a combo I loved as a child: Ball Park Fountain Co-Cola
Celebrate this summer with a sweet, shaved ice cocktail. Prosecco and ginger ale, frozen with fresh blueberries, come together, light, bright and refreshing. Blueberry Mint Granita 2 cups prosecco 1 cup ginger ale 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/4 cup honey 2 sprigs of fresh mint, chopped fine Mint sprigs & blueberries for garnish How-To: Mix
This simple ice cream is one of our family’s favorite summertime sweets and after-dinner treats. With someone lactose-intolerant at home, we never have to leave anyone out. Coconut and almond milks blend nicely with the cocoa flavor and the butteriness of the caramel. It’s not completely vegan, but leave out the caramel or replace with
One of the most popular foods in our home came under serious fire once we began implementing a gluten-free diet. Pizza. I think we all shed a few tears wondering how we were going to get through life without our weekly pizza night. Fortunately, we were worried for no reason. And with a little
I’ve always had nightmares about cooking a huge turkey for the holidays. And from what I can tell, most folks have this same fear. The fear we will all open the oven, pull out the beautiful turkey and poof, it’s “Christmas Vacation” all over again. Fortunately, this turkey recipe can keep you from those forced
Holiday gatherings are a thing I truly enjoy, when old friends, new friends and family can gather around the table to laugh and eat and celebrate togetherness. And a great dessert, made with love, is the pinnacle of the experience. Along with our traditional Southern pecan and sweet potato pies, this year I’ll be serving
I love fruit. So what usually happens is our fridge slowly becomes overloaded with oodles of juicy sweet plums, peaches, apples, watermelon, pears, star fruit, grapes, bananas, oranges… You get the picture. In the case of this plum tart, I’d acquired a rather large batch of Italian plums and well, a delicious dessert was born.
From soothing a sore throat to swirling in a cocktail, the ways you can use ginger are nearly limitless. As an age-old cold remedy and spice, this knobby, weird-looking rhizome – not a root, actually – is one of the must-haves on my pantry list. Like garlic, I always try to have some on
Save the seeds! That’s the advice I’m giving everyone this fall as they turn their pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns. Those pumpkin insides can easily be washed, rinsed and dried to become perfectly pleasant snacks. If you’ve read a thing or two from me, then you know by now that I hate to throw anything
This summer fruit cocktail takes farm-to-table to the next level. Fresh watermelon and basil create a unique flavor that smells and tastes top-shelf. Watermelon Basil Bramble Makes 8 servings 4 cups fresh cut watermelon, deseeded 1 cup Hendrick’s Gin 1 oz. St. Germaine 10 fresh basil leaves Extra leaves for garnish How-To: In a large
Beets. It’s what’s for dessert. Wait, what? Yes, you heard me correctly. I said beets. For dessert. Not only did I use beets in a dessert, but created one of the most amazing batches of ice cream ever. It sounds shocking to many, I’m sure, but the rich, earthy taste of beets –which, by the
Spice up dessert with this creamy custard. Roasted Jalapeño and Chocolate Chili Custard 8 large egg yolks, whisked gently 1 cup almond milk 1 cup whole milk 1 cup cream 1 vanilla bean 1/2 small roasted jalapeño, finely diced 1/4 cup Best Boy and Co. Hot Fudge with Chili 1 tsp. salt 2 tbs. corn starch How-To:
By the middle of summer, we’ve tried to grill just about everything. From pizza to a garden’s worth of vegetables to strawberries, apples, fish, burgers, tofu… the list just goes on. One of my very simple favorites is grilling shrimp. Instead of just butter and lemon, this time try and give those little crustaceans a
We are always looking for ways to make a rich, high-calorie meal healthier. Stuffed bell peppers is one meal that can serve as a side dish and a main course. You can easily switch out some heavier, high fat ingredients for fresher, lighter alternatives. It’s also a great way to include anyone’s eating habits, from vegetarians
One thing I really like about making homemade ice cream and frozen desserts is the ability to use fresh, seasonal fruit. Berries get a makeover when paired with a creamy sorbet, as well as the option to create a healthier (happier) dessert. With blackberries in season, this combo was a no-brainer. Fresh-squeezed lime juice
One thing I do know, and that is ice cream is really an amazing creation. It can bring smiles to the saddest of tiny faces and bring kids of all ages running in delight spoons in hand. It’s a band-aid for booboos, a sweet nightcap and perfect way to compliment a piece of pie. Ice
The classic Old Fashioned was originally created in Louisville, Ky., in the 1880s by a bartender at the Pendennis Club. It’s definitely one of the original All-American cocktails. The Old Fashioned 1 ½ oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon 1 cube of sugar (or a splash of simple syrup) Splash of water 2 dashes bitters 2-3
Twinkle VanWinkle Canning and pickling the fruits of your summer harvest – and winter harvest for that matter – is one of the most satisfying feelings a body can have. If you aren’t ready to take on a big-time canning project, aren’t experienced to process and preserve, don’t have all the right equipment or just
Living in the big city for the last five years, I often long for visits home to Mississippi. Of course there is family to visit and so on, but really I yearn for the garden-fresh food, the farm-to-table Southern buffet on my grandmother’s dinner table with stacks of fresh-sliced tomatoes, plates of hot cornbread and
As the summer tomatoes begin to grow, impatience can grab you. All winter we’ve had to put up with hothouse replacements instead of the homegrown Heirlooms, Big Boys and Beefsteaks hanging from the vine. Instead of waiting, pick a few green gems and serve a Southern favorite – Fried Green Tomatoes. Fried Green Tomatoes
To me, life isn’t complete without the occasional (read that as weekly) skillet of cornbread. And if you are gluten-free, you might think this delicious bread is in the clear of any gluten-related flours. But make sure to read your labels, because all cornmeal is not always equal. My grandmothers always had the best cornbread
Mother Mary – reposted for her birthday. Big love, mom! My mom never fails to send me encouragement, kindness and advice on a daily basis, even at my ripe old age of 40. I’m more appreciative of it than my eyerolls let on, as I scroll through my Facebook in the early morning hours,
Pep up your morning with this vitamin-enriched drink! Fresh green grapes and sweet delicious apple make a healthy, refreshing punch. Apple White Grape Punch Ingredients: 1 large apple (Pink Lady or Fuji) 1 cup green grapes 2 tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tbs. freshly chopped ginger ½ cup filtered water 1 tbs. honey
One thing I just can’t get by without on a gluten-free diet is cookies. It’s always a nice little treat to pack in the kiddos’ lunches as a surprise during the week. And a hot cup of tea and plate of these little sweets are one of the best ways to end the night. Tips:
With summer on the horizon, I want to toast to vacations, patios and cookouts. I want to herald in the season of fireflies and sing praises to the breeze as I relax on the back porch. I want to honor the heat of the sun and the give thanks for the shade. And with that
If you are searching for a good, protein-based snack, paleo brownies are positively perfect. Quick, easy and delicious, these tasty bites are just the thing for a post-workout boost or an after-dinner dessert. Speaking of paleo, what is this prehistoric bandwagon diet all about? Simply this: if your ancestors didn’t eat it, then
This mix of almonds and mango smoothie will give your morning a taste of summer and a big boost of protein. Mango-Almond Smoothie 2 fresh mangos, diced 1 cup almond milk 1 banana 1/2 cup ice How-To: Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve
Beta-carotene, Vitamin C and potassium makes this smoothie the perfect post-workout boost. Ingredients 1 banana 1/4 ripe ripe cantaloupe, seeded and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup almond milk 1 1/2 tbs. fresh lime juice 2 tsp. honey 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Place your banana in the freezer overnight. Don’t remove the peel. In the morning, remove banana
This rich, creamy smoothie is just right for a wake-up call, but even better as a healthy dessert. Banana Cream Pie Smoothie Makes one 12 oz. smoothie 2 bananas 1 cup coconut milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 graham crackers 4 ice cubes How-To: Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately.
Zucchini will soon be in abundance. If you are cultivating it in your garden this summer, it just keeps growing and growing. It’s filling up the bins at the grocery and tables at the farmer’s markets, little by little. A lot of home gardeners struggle with what to do when faced with this delicious dilemma.
Mmmmm…biscuits. It’s often murmured around our house on Sunday morning. Seriously, what’s better than biscuits? Not much, but being without biscuits in a gluten-free household has caused heartbreak and despair. OK, so that’s a little bit of an over-dramatized scenario, but really, biscuits have been an integral part of my life for practically 40
I am just aching for summer to be here, so salsa has been on my mind, like a lot. And since strawberries are abundant this time of year, a fresh fruit salsa drizzled over some killer tacos have been scheduled into the weekly meal plan, natch. I could eat tacos every single day. I don’t
For me, Sunday brunch is a big deal. It seriously may be my favorite part of the entire week. I’m always up before everyone else, anyway, and that means I have a few golden hours to myself. I put on a few records, brew some French press coffee and begin creating things in my kitchen.
One of my favorite parts of the summer as a child was visiting my Grandma and Papaw’s house. Ten miles outside of town, the rolling acres of pines and cotton fields seemed to go on forever. Real life seemed worlds away. Summer also meant fresh watermelon, breakfast for dinner and always, always homemade fried pies. Apple,
There is no doubt that feeding picky eaters is one of those struggles parents do not look forward to at any meal time. It’s too salty, spicy, round, square, white, green, weird, wet, dry… Seriously, the list could go on. I work hard to make every meal one we can all enjoy, big folks and
One of my favorite things about the seasons changing from winter to springtime to summer is the abundance of farmer’s markets. And with an abundance of farmer’s markets comes an equal abundance of fresh vegetables, specifically leafy greens and lettuces. I love lettuce and I love greens. Whether it is old school Iceberg or fancy-schmancy
Italian cuisine has always been a big influence on my cooking over the years. Each region of Italy has inspired many dishes served on my table. Italian food makes perfect sense to this Southern-born chef, where backyard ingredients often end up on the dinner table. So many dishes have evolved out of times of
Whether you are making wheat or gluten-free pasta, spending a day in the kitchen shouldn’t frighten you. Creating your own healthy alternative to store-bought noodles can be a joy. Eating without gluten seemed pretty bleak before we discovered a good pasta alternative. And there was a resounding “hurrah!” around the kitchen table when I
Try a fresh approach to breakfast or mid-day snack with this sweet icy kiwi drink. Kiwi-Lime Slush 4 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 limes, juiced 1 cup fresh spinach 2 tbs. honey 1 cup ice Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse on high. Serve immediately.
For a Southern gal, flipping some of my most treasured hand-me-down recipes to gluten-free has been a priority. Biscuits, breads and desserts, of course, had to get a makeover. But first on my list was one of the family’s favorites: Fried chicken. I work hard to create healthy meals each day, so fried chicken isn’t
Don’t fret over breaking the bank to stay gluten-free. Although many premade meals, bread and snacks are expensive, there are lots of ways to save money and keep the folks at the dinner table happy. Look for the sales Make sure to check flyers, coupons and post-seasonal sales to stock up on items like beans,
Sip into spring with this citrus inspired cocktail. The Lemon Drop 1 1/2 oz. citrus vodka 1 tsp. super-fine sugar 1/2 lemon Sugar for garnish Lemon twist Fill a shaker half full of ice. Pour in vodka, sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Shake and set aside. Rim the outside of a cocktail