September 7, 2014

Anise & Ginger Infused Plum Green Tea Mocktail

It feels like every time I post a recipe, a major life event has occurred since I posted the last one. My big news is that I work for Google now! I'm super excited for so many reasons, but mostly because it's an environment where you're doing great things with people smarter than you.

However, there's two other people in my life who have had a major life event. One of my oldest friends just celebrated the birth of his 1st child, Ian! Check out the picture at the end of the post. Derrick and Hannah are amazing people. I suspect that Derrick is going to find a way to write off Ian's future allowances ;) 

My wife and I had Derrick and Hannah over for dinner a couple of weeks before Ian entered the world and I wanted to make a special "mocktail" for Hannah. I went for a seasonal fusion drink that celebrated my favorite part of Summer (the fruits) and incorporated Asian flavors that I knew Derrick and Hannah would be able to pick up on. The end resulted was better than I ever expected. 

This refreshing "mocktail" is perfect for a Summer BBQ on a hot day. Fresh pressed Emerald Pluots (a hybrid of a plum and apricot), lime juice, and cold green tea are lightly sweetened with a star anise & ginger infused syrup. It's topped with a splash of sparkling water that really complements the soft flavors of this drink. 

February 2, 2014

No Sugar Added Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Welcome back! It's been a while since I posted a new creation. I had a year filled with everything from a painfully delayed kitchen remodel to a memorable and unique wedding with my best friend (and now wife) Shannon. 2013 was a very busy year and 2014 hasn't been any different so far. However, Shannon and I love cooking together and have been coming up with recipes that I plan to share with all of you.

I thought I'd kick off the new year with a nutritious, delicious, and very easy sauce that is incredibly versatile. 

I'm really excited about this sauce because it's a great way to add a luscious fruity sweetness to something without all of the calories of your typical jams, jellies, and preserves. 

I'm excited to hear how you all use this incredibly versatile sauce! So far, Shannon and I have been enjoying it in our plain greek yogurt and protein waffles. My co-worker Nick tasted it and said he could himself adding spices to it and brushing it onto chicken. Leave me a comment to let me know what you come up with! Let's get started...