Friday, May 10th, 2013
Who says you can’t celebrate Mother’s Day just because you haven’t given birth yet? In my opinion, you’ve already earned your mom membership card. Why? Well, the obvious answer is you have a baby inside of you! But you’ve also already put your little boy’s or girl’s needs in front of yours, developed your motherly instincts, and realized the power of unconditional love. So now it’s your turn to be pampered!
Enjoy your first Mother’s Day on Sunday by adding this recipe from Iron Chef Cat Cora to your partner’s Honey Do List. Cat, who has four sons and was recently named the Resident Mom of the Year by Residence Inn, shares her yummy Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho recipe—which she hopes her boys will be making for her this Mom’s Day. “My kids know I love watermelon and it’s in season, so this would make the perfect beginning to my Mother’s Day!” says Cat. ”I love this gazpacho with a grilled shrimp and a spoon of creamy Greek yogurt.” Something tells me you will too. Enjoy!
Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho
4 cups of watermelon, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup of cucumber, peeled, seeded and small diced
1 red bell pepper, small diced
1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
1 jalapeno, small diced
3 hearts of celery, small diced
½ small red onion, small diced
¼ cup of fresh mint, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 lime, halved and juiced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons Greek yogurt
4 medium grilled shrimp
Put the watermelon in a blender and puree until smooth. Add cucumber, bell peppers, jalapeno, celery, onions, lime juice, vinegar and herbs with melon liquid to a big bowl. Stir to combine, Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Adjust seasoning. Serve cold as is or with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a grilled shrimp, if desired.
Tell us: What do you hope your family will make for you this Mother’s Day?
Image of watermelon and cucumber gazpacho courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
No alcohol doesn’t have to mean no fun—or no flavor! Here are two refreshing mocktail recipes from celebrity chef Todd English’s New York City restaurant, Olives. Both mixed drinks were created by mixologist Tom Favorule, who says the pomegranate-aloe-lime and honey-grapefruit-lemon concoctions were originally designed with the Mediterranean hot spot’s lunch clients in mind.
According to chef Todd, he wanted tasty alcohol-free drinks on the menu that were as satisfying as cocktails but allowed his clientele to go back to work without being tipsy. Trust me, they taste as terrific as they look, and would be perfect for a purple and orange-themed shower (a hot color combo right now), a Carribean dinner party, Mocktail Mondays with your pregnant girlfriends, or just a plain ol’ Tuesday night in. Cheers!
Hallow Vera (Makes 1 cocktail)
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1 oz. Pomegranate Shrub (recipe below)
3 oz. aloe juice
2 oz. club soda
Squeeze of lime juice
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.
4 cups pomegranate seeds
1 cup sugar
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1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. pomegranate molasses
In a quart container, mash pomegranate seeds with a muddler until juice forms. Add sugar to coat and pomegranate molasses coating completely, cover and let sit overnight or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator. The following day, add vinegar and cook on stove over medium low heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from stove and strain out/remove seeds using a sifter.
Kame-e-Meel Kool (Makes 1 cocktail)
2 oz. chamomile tea
2 oz. grapefruit juice
.5 oz. honey anise syrup
Splash of fresh lemon juice
2 drops of grapefruit bitters
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
Tell us: Do you have a favorite mocktail recipe to share? Try these and let us know which you love the most.
Images courtesy of Ivan Martinez.