Well, SXSW, one of Austin’s craziest times of year, is over for another year. After any big event, festival, birthday weekend or wedding, I harbor a mix of sadness and relief. Sadness because I love celebrating, drinking, and dancing with friends, but relief because there is only so much abuse my liver and digestive system can take, especially as I get older. It’s depressing but true.
This weekend, not only did I party around SXSW but I attended my friend’s lovely wedding, which was an awesome way to cap off my SXSW, but by the end of it all my body was just hating me. So today I tried to get back on the “I’m a normal human who makes relatively good choices” wagon.
Easing back into a somewhat responsible routine is a bit of a process. I have a couple tools I use to get myself through the “I just wanna keep partying and eating Taco Bell for every meal” withdrawals. Once I force myself to incorporate all these tricks into my life, I feel 100% better about everything.
5 Tools to Help You Detox & Bounce Back!
OK SERIOUSLY?!? Four to six inches of snowfall in New York today…on the first day of spring?
I don’t care what the weather says, we are ready for some springtime drinks.
Here’s an enticing recipe that comes to us all the way from elements restaurant at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, a place where I would really like to be right now, because I am pretty sure that it is not freaking snowing there.
Honeydew Cucumber Sour
· 1oz Martin Miller’s Reformed Dry Gin
· .5oz fresh lemon Juice
· 1.5oz fresh honeydew juice
· ¼oz Clover Honey Syrup (here’s a recipe)
· 1 dash Regan’s No. 6 Orange Bitters
·Shake, pour and add sliced cucumber as garnish. Eff the snow.
I love talking about crazy sandwiches (clearly) but what I don’t like is when they cross over the border from genius to gimmick (it’s a fine line, people!)
For example, if you serve a hamburger with giant onions ring on top, but then even an extra-large-mouthed person has to deconstruct the burger and take the onion rings off to get any kind of decent bite in, then that’s not really that crazy of a dish. It’s actually just a burger with onion rings on the side, but presented crazily, with more work involved for the eater. #foodaddictproblems
In Pittsburgh this weekend, home of the great Primanti’s french-fry-on-a-sandwich, I was fortunate enough to stop in Franktuary and be offered a hot dog served “Pittsburgh style” — topped with housemade, slaw and a housemade cucumber-y ranch dressing on top. Now, this could easily fall into the gimmick category if they overloaded that dog with so many pierogies that you have to pick them off and eat on the side. But with just two crispy pierogies on top it’s just crazy enough that you can actually pick the whole thing up and get a taste of each element — dog and dumpling included — in each bite.
In fact, they didn’t even offer me a fork. Bravo, Pittsburgh.
I can’t believe it took me so long to blog this ginger honey chicken dish, because it was SO GOOD. While winter is in its last gasps I encourage everyone to make and enjoy this super-easy slow cooker recipe. As with all the best slow cooker situations, it’s quick to prep, makes your house smell delicious, and seems like you put waaaay more work into it than you actually did. Score, score, and score.
Slow Cooker Ginger-Honey Chicken
Let’s give into springtime. A sunny patio. Crisp, cold pilsner. A platter of fresh oysters. What could be nicer?! Clark’s Oyster Bar in Austin offers one of the most picturesque set-ups and atmospheres to enjoy your mollusks.
Man, spring is sooooo close I can feel it. I think all of us (on the East Coast, anyway) are ready to be done with this particular winter, but before we bid adieu to constant snowfall, we’ve got time for the only thing I really love about the coldest time of year: winter-warming recipes!
As I set out to make this particular warming winter meal, I had triple endless inspiration from previous meals. The first was a recent experimentation with salt-roasted beets. This method of cooking whole beets over a thick bed of sea salt doesn’t make them particularly salty, but the NaCL does act to seal in all the beet’s good flavor and juiciness — it’s a simple and straight-forward method, but they’re the best beets I ever had. My second inspiration came from back seven years ago (!?!) when 80proof cooked up that delicious-looking salt-crusted red snapper. Similarly, cooking the fish in a salt crust doesn’t make it super-salty; it just works to seal in all the flavor and juiciness.
I had a beautiful slab of Smithfield rosemary & olive oil marinated pork tenderloin on hand, and I wondered whether I could do the same thing — roasting it in salt in order to keep in all that juicy pork flavor. I also came across a lovely batch of sunchokes at the coop this week, and since good fresh vegetables have been few and far between these past few months, I jumped on them.
That all might sound complicated, but it really wasn’t. All-in this dinner took 30 minutes to prepare, and all three elements came out deliciously juicy, tender, and flavorful…perfect for a snowy day (hopefully one of the last ones!)
Salt-Roasted Pork, Beets and Sunchokes
Only one week left ’til one of our favorite holidays of the year! And for those of you who think St. Patrick’s has to be all about drinking, consider some of our Irish eating ideas, from 100 Ways to Cook with Guinness to cast iron soda bread and the truth about Irish butter.
Check out our Endless St. Patrick’s Day page for all our (non-green) recipes.