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Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

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This weekend I was thrilled to be a part of the 4th Annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival. The festival brought together the brightest chefs from all over the country for three spectacular days in the Coachella Valley. On Sunday, I held a book signing for “Lulu Powers, Food to Flowers” and then a cooking demonstration using recipes from my book. For those unable to attend, I’ve included one of the recipes and pictures from the event below. Below are also some pieces inspired by my weekend in PD. Enjoy!

Date Chutney

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  • 1 cup pitted and chopped dried dates
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced ginger
  • ½ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lemon

Put all ingredients, except lemon juice, into food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into a bowl and add lemon juice, mixing thoroughly. Serve at room temperature.

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys and I at the Food & Wine Festival
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St. Patrick’s Day Sneeky

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m serving up one of my most refreshing, green sneekys. For those who prefer their drinks straight up rather than in a can, this is the perfect drink for you! I’ll be enjoying this St. Patrick’s Day outdoors with one of these in hand. Who’s with me?!

Cucumber Cocktail

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What: My favorite green drink, The Cucumber Cocktail at Cru.

Where: Cru Restaurant, On my favorite island, Nantucket
Who: The Greatest “barologist” on Island, Tommy Heiser, well-versed in intellectual exchanges, stimulating chatter and the latest Grey Lady gossip, to which the Powers girls (my sisters) refer to as “summer
talk”
  • 1 oz fresh cucumber juice
  • 2 1/2 oz Zumbrowska vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz toasted sesame
  • simple syrup
  • 3 leaves of lemon balm
  • Slap lemon balm to release oils
  1. Add to shaker with all other ingredients
  2. Add ice to shaker
  3. Strain into Champagne Coupe glass and garnish with fresh cucumber

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Oscar Inspired Cocktails

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In honor of the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2nd, I’m serving up sneekys inspired by each Best Picture Nominated film. Host a viewing party with easy appetizers and these sneekys. With all the great films nominated, there’s sure to be a sneeky that speaks to everyone. Cheers!

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12 Years a Slave : Blackberry Royale

In 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup tries to fashion a pen and ink out of wood and blackberries in a desperate attempt to reach his family in the North. I’m serving up a refreshing pitcher starring blackberries.

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  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 2.5 oz créme de cassis
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) ginger beer, chilled
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled dry sparkling wine
  1. In a large pitcher, combine blackberries, créme de cassis, and 1 tablespoon from half the lemon. Stir to combine, lightly pressing on berries to release juices.
  2. Add ice to pitcher. Fill with ginger beer and sparkling wine and stir gently to combine. Slice remaining half of lemon in thin slices and add to pitcher as garnish.

Gravity : Kahlua White Russian

For a movie that has audience members thrilled and on the edge of their seats, George Clooney provides some comic relief by saying he knows where the Russian stash their vodka on board the Russian satellite. Inspired by the small role vodka plays in the movie, I’m serving up White Russians.

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  • 2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cream or milk

Philomena : Buck’s Fizz

There are several food moments through Philomena as Philomena proves to be enthusiastic about food and drinks. The one that stood out to me is when she is offered a Buck’s Fizz cocktail on the flight to Washington D.C.

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  • 1 (750 ml) bottle champagne
  • 0.5 liter squeezed fresh orange juice

Chill your Champagne & Orange Juice. Select a tall and elegant shaped champagne glasses! Pour about one third of orange juice into the glass first and then top up with champagne.

Nebraska : No Frills Beer

Beer plays a big role in the film Nebraska. Bruce Dern consumes a great deal of beer throughout the movie and is drunk once or twice. For beer buffs I recommend a good American craft beer such as Brooklyn Lager.

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Her : Grand Cosmo

This movie was a little difficult to come up with a sneeky. I was ultimately inspired by how sentimental and romantic it was so I’m serving up this sweet, classic cosmo.

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  • 0.5 oz grand marnier
  • 0.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
  • 0.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 0.25 oz fresh lime juice

 

Dallas Buyer’s Club : Skinny Man Margarita

A skinny margarita for Ron Woodruff, an AIDS patient who smuggled unapproved pharmaceuticals into Texas when he found they improved his symptoms and distributed them to fellow patient. Cheers to you Ron!

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  • lime wedge
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) tequila
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) agave nectar
  • ice

Combine the silver tequila, lime juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and replace the lid. Shake the drink until the ingredients are well combined. Pour the drink into salted  glasses.

The Wolf of Wall Street : Money Maker Martini

A lavish twist on a classic martini to accompany a movie based on a beyond lavish lifestyle.

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  • 1.5oz Vodka
  • 0.5oz Chambord
  • 0.5oz pineapple juice
  • 0.5 oz champagne

American Hustle : After Party

HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring L'Oreal Paris And New Era Cap in Honor of the 69th Annual Golden Globes - Day 3

  • 6oz Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
  • Juices of 1 lime
  • 4 slices jalapeno
  • 4oz pomegranate juice10oz. agave nectar or simple syrup
  • Seltzer on top

Muddle lime juice, jalapeno, and simple syrup. Add pomegranate juice, bourbon, and shake well. Strain into ice filled Collins glasses. And top with seltzer. Garnish with lime wheels and pomegranate seeds.

*Recipe courtesy of Huffington Post

National Margarita Day

If you’re like me, you probably don’t need an excuse to lift a celebratory sneeky. Still, even this classic margarita gets its own holiday. So Happy National Margarita Day! I’m serving up these refreshing Clementine Margaritas on this beautiful California day. Cheers!

Clementine Margarita

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2 oz. Tequila
2 oz. Clementine juice (You can also use orange or grapefruit. Whatever is in season)
1 Freshly squeezed lime
1/2 oz. Cointreau

Shake, shake, shake. Pour over ice. Adorn with a clementine slice and sprig of rosemary.

Burger-Potato Bites

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Ingredients

  • 16 large frozen French-fried waffle-cut potatoes (1/3 of a 22-oz. pkg.)
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 2 teaspoons grilling seasoning blend
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese, cut into quarters (4 oz.)
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Mustard, ketchup, dairy sour cream, and/or dill pickle slices
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Evenly space potatoes on baking sheet.
  2. Bake potatoes for 18 to 20 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Adjust oven racks and preheat broiler.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine meat and seasoning. Form into sixteen 1-ounce mini burgers (about 2 tablespoons).
  4. In a 12-inch skillet cook burgers, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until temperature registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, turning burgers once halfway through cooking. Drain fat.
  5. Top each potato with a burger, cheese quarter, and tomato slice. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and tomato begins to brown.

Serve with mustard, ketchup, sour cream, and/or pickles. Makes 16 snacks.

National Maple Syrup Day

Caramelized Bacon

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  • 2/3 cup grade A or B maple syrup (not the fake stuff)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 pounds beef or turkey bacon

Preheat the oven to 325oF.
In a small heavy saucepan mix together the syrup, mustard, and sugar and heat slowly on low heat, stirring often. Cook until syrup thickens, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Fry bacon in a large pan on medium-high heat using a “bacon weight” to keep the bacon really flat as it cooks. When the bacon is cooked to your liking, drain the bacon on a paper towel. Lay the flattened bacon on a jelly roll pan and brush the glaze on both sides.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. 

The Peggy

A scrumptious holiday sneeky in honor of one great lady

10 people

  • 4 cups vodka
  • 1/2 cup patron citronage
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen limeade (1- 12 oz can limeade)
  • 1 cup mint leaves (smack and chop) to get the flavor
  • 5 egg whites

You can either put all in a blender or a big container with a lid and shake ,shake,shake for 3 minutes
I prefer this “sneeky” Over ice
I like to put cotton candy on top because it is fun!!!!! It puts a smile on people’s faces.
A slice of a clementine would be good or even froze sliced strawberries thrown in. note: You need to puts ice to the top then fill it ¾ with the peggy so the cotton candy only touches the ice and not the drink. Then it will eventually melt in.

ENJOY!!!!!!

Chocolate Brownie Day

CARAMEL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

 

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cup oatmeal, regular old fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ sticks butter (6 oz) – cut into pieces – chilled
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 14 oz bag of caramels, unwrapped

 

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in Food Processor. Add butter and process about 10 seconds. Remove 2 cups from bowl and reserve for topping. Press remaining mixture into 9×13 pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Bring cream to simmer in a heavy saucepan. Add caramels and stir until smooth. Pour over chips. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs.

Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

St. Francis’ Cranberry Sauce

 

Makes approximately 3 cups

 

  • 3 Cups cranberries
  • 1 1/2 Cups of St. Francis Old Vine Zinfandel
  • 2 Pears
  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 12 oz. can of limeade
  • 1 Cup of apricot jam
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

 

Chunk up the pears, peeled oranges and apples. Add the wine and limeade to medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and the chunked up fruit along with the fresh ginger and cinnamon. Stir continually for 5 minutes and then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue stirring until the sauce is thickened to your liking. Turn off heat. Fold in apricot jam and let cool.

 

Tips:

Great to store in a canning jar.

 

Option:

Use marmalade if you do not have apricot jam.

 

National Noodle Day

This is my buddy Chris’ amazing recipe for simple Clams and Linguine

**No shrimp.

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 1 box Whole wheat linguine
  • Sweat it for 6 minutes
  • Then add 2 Cans of Geisha Whole Clams
  • And 2 cans of Snow Chopped clams Juice.
  •  Bring to a slow boil. 
  • Stir every few minutes.
  • Then add the chopped parsley, stir, back to a low boil, a pinch of oregano, stir cover, then let simmer.
  • The pasta needs to be whole wheat.
  • It will cook in 6 minutes. 
  • Strain it. Add olive oil and serve.
  • Parma, or Romano cheese sprinkle.
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