Making Your Own Flavored Vodka

When I was visiting my boyfriend’s family in Poland, one of the things that struck me was the prevalence of home-flavored liquors. Some were made with herbs, some with fruits, some with a mysterious mix of the two. But, something all these flavored liquors had in common was that they were much more interesting than chemically flavored vodkas that are so popular in the U.S.

Don’t get me wrong, regular flavored vodka has its uses. But think of it this way, if you want to drink a juice that tastes of grapes, do you pour yourself some Welches Grape Juice or Kool-Aid? Exactly.

So here’s how you make your own flavored vodka.

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Spicy Sweet Sausage Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I love carbs. Potatoes, pasta, rice. You name a carb, I love it.

I also love finding new ways to eat carbs. I get that sauce isn’t a new way to eat pasta, but inventing new sauces is like a hobby for me. Ultra-specific, I know.

Usually, the sauces I make are savory and spicy. But when I got an adorable jar of honey from Catskill Provisions, (along with some honey infused whiskey) I thought, “Why shouldn’t pasta sauce be sweet?” Then I was reminded of the movie Elf when Will Ferrell pours maple syrup over the family’s spaghetti. Okay, so a totally sweet sauce is probably not the best idea. But maybe spicy and sweet?

And so my Spicy Sweet Sausage Spaghetti Sauce recipe was born.

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Bee Happy: Catskill Provisions New York Honey Whiskey Review

“Happy Bees Make Better Honey!”

This slogan appears on the jar of raw wildflower honey I received from Catskill Provisions, and I couldn’t agree more! Their honey is also infused into their New York Honey infused Rye whiskey.

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Soy Sauce Chicken Drumsticks and Potatoes… and Wine

This recipe was passed down from my Nana to my mom to me. When my mom was explaining the directions to me over the phone the night before, she remembered that this is how she learned the recipe from her mother too. As far as I know, my family has been making soy sauce chicken drumsticks and potatoes for decades without ever writing down the recipe. As this is one of my favorite ways to eat chicken and I’m a little bit absent-minded, I’ve got to write it down. For posterity.

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Kim’s Healthy Oven-Roasted Chick Pea Snacks

One of my boyfriend’s coworkers invited us for a barbeque on Long Island this weekend and we were asked to bring a side dish. It won’t be an ordinary cookout with hot dogs and burgers though– they will be roasting a whole (!) lamb.

So what do you bring as a side dish to a non-ordinary barbeque? It has to be something nobody else will think to bring too. Ever showed up to a BBQ with potato salad, only to discover there’s already 2 other variations of it there? I’m not looking to be that awkward third-potato-salad-bringer. Plus, I don’t even know how to make potato salad which means I’d have to stop at Whole Foods. Nah. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s an adult-only BBQ, which means a bag of Doritos isn’t going to cut it either, as much as I wish it would… what to bring, what to bring.

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