Goodbye Large Spreads, Hello Single Serving Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie boards – the gorgeous spread of fruits, nuts, cured meats, and cheeses that keeps popping up on my Instagram and Youtube feed. They’re not your boring old cheese boards with nothing but cheese. They’re the new, trendy way of displaying cheeses along with a wide variety of culinary delights.

During winter break, my family jumped on the trend and made charcuterie boards every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It was quite the experience. We were always looking for inspiration online and changing the style of the spread. The items were also constantly being swapped out, so we could try new pairings and find out what we liked.

I honestly felt like I was becoming an expert at making charcuterie boards. Maybe a PhD in Charcuterie Board Making should be a thing.

Since there’s a pandemic going on, Costco was our main go to store. They have a wide selection of cheeses, cured meats, and everything else you need to customize your charcuterie board. They also sell in bulk, which is a plus – less shopping trips.

Despite being back in Austin and away from my family, I decided to continue this holiday tradition by bringing back my favorite items, scaling down the large spread, and creating my own single serving charcuterie board. This should definitely become a trend for people living alone with no one to share their boards with.

Single Serving Charcuterie Board

The Board

You don’t even need to have a charcuterie/cheese board. It can be a flat plate or even a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients

You can mix-and-match anything that you have in your fridge or pantry. I usually divide my choice of items into the following categories: Meat, Cheese, Cracker, Fruit, and Add-ons. Here are some examples:

  • Meat: cured meats (e.g. prosciutto & salami), smoked salmon
  • Cheese: brie, cheddar, gouda, goat cheese
  • Cracker: water crackers, sea salt crackers, butter crackers
  • Fruit: grapes, pomegranates, figs, berries (e.g. blackberries, raspberries)
  • Add-ons: nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews), honeycomb, olives, pretzels

Plating

You can honestly plate it however you like, but I prefer to start with the crackers to create a divide between the cured meats and the rest of the items. Next I’ll add the cured meats on one side. Layering and folding are great ways to fit them on the board. Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can add the cheese on the other side and use the rest of your items to fill the spaces in-between.

Once you’re finished, you’re ready to eat! Enjoy! And check out our TikTok on how we made our board!

The Secret Patios of Austin

Patios, in case you haven’t noticed, are the place to be during this pandemic–and lucky for those of us in Austin, the city is well stocked with them. But with so many people rushing to occupy a table in every outdoor dining space, getting one for yourself can start to become a bit of a hassle. It definitely puts a damper on your dinner plans when you find out your favorite place has a two hour wait, and now you’re sitting in your car, on the phone with your fourth hostess, your friends only getting hungrier by the minute in the backseat…yeah, we’ve all been there. Wait a second, though, before you resign yourself to a fast food drive-thru and eating in the car. Here are some of the best hidden away, top-secret patios to save your dinner date.

Joanne’s Fine Foods

Anyone who has been to Joann’s or passed by it on South Congress has certainly seen their plant-adorned front patio, which borders the bustling SoCo sidewalk–but did you know that behind the beloved diner lies a second, secret patio? If you didn’t, you are truly missing out. Complete with lush greenery, plush couches, and some truly unique mosaics, this hidden gem is an essential stop during your next SoCo outing. 

Home Slice Pizza

If you feel like heading down a few blocks, Home Slice Pizza’s recently expanded South Congress location has you covered. Grab a slice and head back to their warehouse chic outdoor dining area. Is there really anything better on a cold day than a warm slice of New York style pizza in a heated patio? 

Magnolia Cafe

In a very Austin fashion, the garden patio at Magnolia Cafe has made an art of bringing an earthy, natural vibe to your dining experience. The space pictured above is the sheltered, more weatherproof counterpart to the picnic tables underneath a massive oak tree outside. Come here for pancakes, Tex-Mex, or a myriad of veggie-friendly choices and sip on some of Magnolia’s amazing lemonade in this lush outdoor space.

El Alma

To anyone who’s seen the signs advertising El Alma’s rooftop patio, this one may not seem like much of a secret, but I really hope I’m not the only one who looked at the apparently one-story building and went “wait, what patio?” Well look no further (actually, look a bit further). A bit away from the forefront street location, the advertised patio actually sits tryamong the trees behind that one-story building, and it’s definitely worth finding. If the serene feeling that comes from being in the treetops isn’t enough to convince you, hopefully the view of the Austin skyline is. 

Z’Tejas

This last dazzling deck only opened last month! Z’Tejas Southwestern grill recently debuted its new outdoor dining area, affectionately named the Z’ecret Garden. With its plants, ambient lighting, and fire pits, the space definitely has a warm, organic, and almost enchanted feel. Bring your friends here to enjoy a meal and watch the sunset on a cool night. 

15 Titles from Netflix’s 2021 Film Slate to Add to Your List

Streaming service Netflix recently announced that it would release a new film every week for the rest of this year. Subscribers have a total of 71 to look forward to, split into 10 genres: action, horror, thriller, sci-fi, romance, drama, western, comedy, for the whole family and musical. There are some familiar titles on the list, like The Kissing Booth 3 and The Princess Switch 3, but the majority are standalones.

Currently, we only know the release dates of 12 films, two of which have already made their debut: Pieces of a Woman and Outside the Wire. Here’s a closer look at the remaining 10.

The White Tiger – January 22

This drama is based on Aravind Adiga’s prize-winning novel. It shows Balram Halwai’s “epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India,” according to Netflix. After his “rich masters” betray him, he rebels against the unequal system to “become a new kind of master.” The White Tiger stars Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Penguin Bloom – January 27

This drama stars Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver and tells the true story of a young mother who’s unable to walk after a near-fatal accident. As her husband, sons and mother struggle to adjust, an injured baby magpie, which they name Penguin, enters their world. Its arrival provides a distraction for the family, eventually changing their lives profoundly.

Finding ‘Ohana – January 29

Categorized as “for the whole family,” this film stars Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono and Lindsay Watson. It’s about two Brooklyn-raised siblings whose summer in rural Oahu leads to an exciting adventure with friends after finding a journal pointing to long-lost treasure. On the way, they reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.  

The Dig – January 29

This drama and period piece is about a wealthy widow who, on the eve of World War II, “hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate,” according to Netflix, leading to a historic discovery. The Dig stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James.

Malcolm & Marie – February 5

This romantic drama follows a filmmaker and his girlfriend after they return home from his movie premiere. The evening takes a turn when tensions and revelations about their relationship begin to surface, and the strength of their love is tested. John David Washington and Zendaya star as the leads.

To All The Boys: Always and Forever – February 12

This romance is the final film in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. “As Lara Jean Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a pair of life-changing trips leads her to reimagine what life with her family, friends and Peter will look like after graduation,” according to Netflix. Lana Condor, Noah Centineo and Janel Parrish star in this film, based on the novel by Jenny Han.

I Care A Lot – February 19

This dark comedy follows a court-appointed legal guardian who drains her elderly clients’ savings; however, she finally meets her match when she tries to swindle a woman who “turns out to be more than she first appears,” according to Netflix. I Care A Lot stars Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez and Dianne Wiest.

Moxie – March 3

This comedy, based on Jennifer Mathieu’s novel, is about a 16-year-old who’s had enough with the sexist and toxic status quo at her school, prompting her to anonymously publish a magazine that starts a school-wide feminist revolution. Moxie stars Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

YES DAY – March 12

This film, categorized as “for the whole family,” is about two parents who decide to say yes to their children for a whole day, leading to a crazy journey around Los Angeles that brings the family closer to each other. YES DAY stars Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez and Jenna Ortega.  

Things Heard and Seen – April 30

This thriller, based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear, is about a Manhattan couple that moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and discovers a sinister darkness behind their marriage. The film stars Amanda Seyfried, James Norton and Natalia Dyer.

Finally, here are 5 additional films – with no official release dates at the moment – that sound just as interesting.

Wish Dragon

This film, categorized as “for the whole family,” follows Din, a college student, and Long, a powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, as they journey through Shanghai to find Din’s long-lost childhood friend Lina.

The Woman in the Window

This thriller’s about an agoraphobic woman who lives alone in New York. She begins spying on her neighbors and witnesses “a disturbing act of violence,” according to Netflix.

Monster

This drama follows 17-year-old honor student Steve Harmon, who’s life drastically changes when he’s charged with felony murder, detailing his journey from attending an elite high school to entering a complex legal battle.

Army of the Dead

This action film takes place after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, where a group of mercenaries venture “into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted,” according to Netflix.

A Week Away

This musical focuses on troubled teen Will Hawkins, who – after a run-in with the law – must decide between juvenile detention or a Christian summer camp. He chooses the latter, finding both love and a sense of belonging.

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

2 packages yeast, (1/2-ounce or 2 scant tablespoons)

1/2 cup hot water

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup milk (warmed)

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 cups flour

Topping

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Icing

1/2-pound powdered sugar

2-3 Tablespoons milk

1/2 t. vanilla

Directions

Dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of hot water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit until frothy and doubled in volume.

Melt the 1/2 cup of butter and combine with 3/4 cups of warm milk (can be warmed on stove or in microwave).

Using an electric mixer with a dough hook mix dissolved yeast and butter/milk mixture on low. Slowly add 1/2 cup of sugar, then 1 egg. Add salt and 2 cups of flour on low, blend until smooth. Slowly add 1/2 cup at a time, the other 2 to 2 1/2 cups of flour.

Put dough onto floured countertop. Knead dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands (Do not over kneed or add too much flour).


Place in a greased bowl. Cover with damp cloth and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it doubles in size.

Remove from bowl and place on a floured counter. Roll out in a 12 by 24-inch (approximately) rectangle, not too thin.

Spread 1/2 cup of softened butter over dough evenly. Mix together brown sugar, granulate sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over dough evenly.


Roll dough tightly into a log. Cut into thumb-width slices or 1 1/2-inch widths.
Place in round cake pan or foil pan. Let rise to desired height.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Only bake on one rack, center of oven (4 pans fit nicely). Set timer for 15 minutes, or until golden.

Remove from oven, let cool.


FROSTING:

Combine powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk (this may vary, add or subtract to your desired consistency), and vanilla extract.

Mix in electric mixer with the whisk attachment until very smooth and drizzles easily.

Drizzle onto cooled cinnamon rolls. Serve.


National Chocolate Cake Day

In celebration of National Chocolate Cake Day, I decided to reminisce and bake my favorite chocolate cake from the childhood book turned movie Matilda. If you all don’t remember Bruce Bogtrotter, he was a young kid that Miss Trunchbull accused of stealing a slice of her chocolate cake. After a moment, she decides to punish him by forcing him to eat a whole cake in front of the entire student body. At the time any young kid would pay to be able to eat an entire cake without our parents’ permission, so why not do so today when we bake a copycat of this delicious chocolate cake.

Ingredients 

Cake batter

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups white sugar 

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda 

1 tsp   baking powder

1 tsp salt 

¾ cup of milk 

2     large eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup water 

2 tsp vanilla

Frosting

1 stick       unsalted butter 

1 1/2 cups       white sugar 

1 1/4 cups      cocoa powder

1 cup      heavy whipping cream 

2/3 cup     sour cream 

2 tsp     vanilla

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

2.In a bowl combine all your dry ingredients

3.In another separate bowl combine all your wet ingredients

4.Slowly add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and whisking together 

5. Once all your ingredients are well mixed place in a round pan that has been sprayed with your choice of oil or butter to make sure the cake doesn’t stick to the pan

6. Let the cake cook for 25-30 minutes

7. Remove from the oven and let cool 

8. Place the cake on your choice of surface and begin to frost the cake.

9. Enjoy!!

Getaway House

Just an hour south of Austin you’ll find the small town of Wimberly, home to the famous Getaway House. Whether you need an escape from the city or a romantic getaway with your loved one, this cozy cabin is all you need. Equipped with all of the essentials that you need, just bring yourself and your favorite foods.

Each cabin comes with a queen-sized bed or two that are lofted if you want to bring your family along. They have shampoo & conditioner, body wash, towels, private toilet and shower, cups, dishes, silverware, salt & pepper, olive oil, a two-burner stove, AC & Heat, chairs & picnic tables, and a campfire frill grate. They want to minimize your stress by bringing the necessities and have you come to relax and enjoy your getaway.

Upon arrival, you drive through the trail and signs with the cabin names until you find your assigned cabin. The cabins are 50-150 ft away from each other and they have self-check-in to minimize in-person contact.  When you pull up to your cabin there is a designated spot to park your car and from there you can unload your things and check into the cabin using the automatic lock combo that will be texted to you 30 minutes before check in.

The cabin comfortably fits two people and has everything you need for a chance to unplug and connect with your friends or partner. There are several things to do around the small town of Wimberly. Inside the cabin, there is a guide that shows the different activities that you can participate in as well as different trails to hike on around the area. These include: Jacob’s Well, Blue Hole Regional Park, Cypress Creek Nature Preserve, Ziplining, Old Baldy Park, and so many more! I recommend doing a little research on where you want to go because some places may require an entrance fee, reservation, or may be closed due to the pandemic.

On our trip, we went to Blue Hole Regional Park, which is free from the months of October – April. The water is crystal clear and you can see straight to the bottom. Blue Hole is located right next to the Cypress Creek Nature Preserve and is great for hiking.

While heading back to the camping site, we stopped by a few local shops to take a look. We took home a beautiful snake plant along with a ceramic pot and stopped by a rock shop and frozen yogurt place before making our way back home.

Getaway gives you firewood and some firestarters, I suggest starting the fire right before sunset and grilling your food so that you can enjoy the sunset with your meal before it gets too dark and spend the rest of the night roasting marshmallows under the stars.

My partner and I cut and seasoned all of our food at home and packed them in ziplock bags + containers – all we had to do when we got there was assemble and cook. The first night we made shrimp pasta on the two burner stove inside of the cabin. The second night we decided to grill kebobs on the fire and they turned out absolutely delicious! We were still hungry after that so we decided to heat up two slices of our left over pizza from the first day and it was honestly better than the first time we had it!!

Overall, this was such an amazing experience! Being able to wake up with a beautiful view, watching the sunset/rise and stars at night right from your bed is such a unique experience. I honestly cannot wait to come back and continuing exploring!

Don’t forget to check out our TikTok.

Yalla Yalla! ZOA Moroccan Kitchen

ZOA Moroccan Kitchen tucked away in the heart of Rice Military is the newest brainchild from Houston’s Chef Youssef Nafaa focused on Moroccan street food. Nafaa, who’s known for local chains such as CoCo Crepes and Mia Bella Trattoria, emigrated from Morocco when he was 21 and brought his country’s cuisine with him. In creating ZOA, Nafaa aimed to make vibrant culturally authentic food for the fast-food fanatic and the foodie alike. ZOA is the perfect modern and fast introduction to Moroccan food between its Chipotle-serving style and casually cool atmosphere.

Everything you see in ZOA is reminiscent of the streets of Marrakech. From the Majorelle Blue walls to the Sevilla tile floors, ZOA’s atmosphere is beautifully unique. This love and attention to detail aren’t just seen in the restaurant’s decor; you can taste it in every bite of their ingredients.

Let’s start with the set menu. There are six menu combinations available as either a bowl or a pita, with one hand-crafted option for each protein. The Rabat, ZOA’s vegetarian fave, is my personal top pick. If you’ve never had zaalouk, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s a delicious dip made from eggplant, tomato, paprika, and crushed red pepper, and it’s truly the star of the Rabat. It mixes with the potato cakes so beautifully, and it’s just… chef kiss. Other handpicked options include the Casablanca, starring the lamb meshwi and fabulous red harissa, and the Marrakesh, with beef tagine and the in-house spicy green ZOA sauce made with jalapeno and yogurt. If you’re unfamiliar with Moroccan food, I’d definitely suggest you go with one of these options the first time you go to ZOA; after you try the food, it definitely won’t be your last time there, so you can always build your own the next time!

So, you’ve already tried one of ZOA’s faves and you’re ready to level up; it’s time to build your own! I’m sure we’re all familiar with the “build your own” style restaurant thanks to restaurants like Chipotle and Cava, and ZOA falls perfectly into this category as well. It’s a great way to feel familiar with flavors that might be unfamiliar! ZOA’s options are all incredibly tempting. Maybe you’re in the mood for something sandwich adjacent; the pita base has your back. Or maybe you want something a little lighter: start with the greens instead! For those who want a heftier bowl, the couscous or saffron rice are perfect options.

Likewise, there’s a protein option for every person. The standout protein, though, is the lamb meshwi. There’s nothing quite like slow-roasted leg of lamb shoulder marinated in garlic, saffron, and turmeric.

Okay, let’s talk about the dips and toppings. It’s so hard not to get every single topping on your bowl, everything’s so tempting. There are traditional toppings, like feta cheese, sweet potato, pickled red onions, and hummus. Some more unique toppings include the cinnamon carrots (which is exactly what it sounds like), tactouka (a delicious blend of roasted peppers and tomatoes), and the already mentioned and loved zaalouk. The best part is that every single dip /topping is vegetarian AND gluten-free!

Top off your lovely bowl or pita with some of their signature sauces. In the mood for something spicy? Try some red harissa or harissa aioli. Looking for something a little refreshing? The zesty mint avocado yogurt’s your guy. Other awesome options include the tomato chermoula, a tomato sauce with notes of minced garlic and cumin, and a light lemon olive oil.

We’ve made our way to the end of the line! The party doesn’t stop here, though. Why not pick up ZOA’s bottled in-house lemonade or sweet Moroccan jasmine green tea to compliment your bowl? If you’re craving something sweet, try the Moroccan pancakes topped with either some Honey Butter or Nutella. They’re light and fluffy and an awesome way to end a ZOA trip.

ZOA is the perfect lunch spot if you’re in the mood to switch things up. It’s affordable, fast, and insanely good! With a front porch and a side patio, ZOA’s outdoor seating makes it a great option to stay covid-conscious while enjoying a great meal!

To enjoy $5 off a $20 plus purchase at ZOA Moroccan Kitchen, use promo code TEXAS01 when ordering through the ZOA website, zoamoroccan.com.

Find ZOA Moroccan Kitchen at 4710 Lillian Street, Houston, TX 77007, on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s near the end of the week and my fridge is now pretty empty. While rummaging through the drawers and shelves, I came across a leftover slab of brie and a carton of mushrooms. This gave me an idea – brie stuffed mushrooms!

The recipe only has eight ingredients and you can find almost all of them in your pantry. For people looking to meal prep, this is a great option! You can keep this in the fridge for up to three days and it’s very easy to reheat! You can plop them in the oven at 400°F for 5 minutes to crisp them up or just heat it up in the microwave.

For the mushrooms, I use baby bella mushrooms, but you can substitute with portobello mushrooms which will yield larger portions or even white mushrooms which can be found in most grocery stores. You can also substitute the Kinder Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning with any other seasoning that you have in your pantry.

Preheat Oven

  1. Set the oven temperature to 425°F.

Mushrooms

  1. Wash the mushrooms thoroughly and slice off the bottom of the stem if it’s still dirty.
  2. Pat the mushrooms dry and transfer them to a bowl.
  3. Now remove the mushroom stems by holding the mushroom cap with one hand and pulling the stem with the other. The stem should break off cleanly. However, if there are still parts of the stem stuck on the cap, you can easily scrape them off with a spoon. Repeat this step for the rest of the mushrooms.
  4. Separate the mushroom stems and caps once you’re finished separating them. Place the caps in a bowl and place the stems on a cutting board.
  5. Finely chop the mushroom stems and place them in a bowl. (Next Step: Filling)
  6. Drizzle oil into the bowl with the mushrooms caps. Cover the bowl and shake. Make sure each cap is oiled then place that aside. (Next Step: Assembly)

Filling

  1. Take the bowl with the finely chopped mushroom stems and add 2 tbsp of bread crumbs.
  2. Add ½ tsp of salt.
  3. Add 1 tsp of black pepper.
  4. Add 1 tsp of Kinder Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning (Optional – can substitute with another seasoning)
  5. Slice off a small chunk of brie from the slab and pull it apart.
  6. Add the brie into the bowl.
  7. Add 1 egg.
  8. Mix the ingredients until combined.
  9. Set it aside. (Next Step: Assembly)

Assembly

  1. Place the mushroom caps upside down on an oiled baking sheet.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop the filling into the center of the cap and pat it down. Repeat this step for the rest of the caps. If you have leftover filling, you can add some more on top of the filled caps and pat them down. (Next Step: Bake)
  3. Optional: Add a small piece of brie on top of each filled mushroom cap.

Bake

  1. Place the baking sheet into the oven and wait 15 minutes for the mushrooms to cook.
  2. Take out the baking sheet and set it aside. (Next Step: Garnish)

Garnish

  1. This step is optional, but feel free to garnish with chopped green onions, oregano, or parsley.

Now you’re finished! Enjoy! And watch our TikTok of this recipe here.

Inauguration Day Cocktails

Inauguration Day is finally upon us, and it’s time to celebrate! Blue Christmas has turned into a blue January, and there’s no better way to ring in the next four years than with a festive display of cocktails for your small Inauguration Day gathering. The 21 and over crowd will definitely enjoy this compilation of heavenly bartending dream concoctions. Blue curaçao is the perfect ingredient for all of these cocktails and even your own creative mixtures. The artificial coloring doesn’t change the taste. Blue curaçao syrup is also non-alcoholic, so you can create some mocktails for the under-age crowd. There’s so much more you can do besides just blue jello shots, so take advantage of this special day and treat yourself! Every recipe below will be for a one drink serving size. Put your bartending skills to work and impress your friends with an array of fun and festive beverages.

Sex in the Driveway

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 2 ounces vodka (or white rum)
  • Sprite

Instructions:

  1. Put crushed ice in a highball glass
  2. Pour in the ingredients, in order, ending by topping it off with sprite
  3. Stir and serve with a straw
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel

Blue Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Optional: Salt for the rim
  • Garnish with lime wedge or an orange slice and a cherry

Instructions:

  1. Gather the ingredients
  2. If you like, rim a chilled margarita glass with salt
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  4. Shake well and pour everything into the prepared glass
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice and a cherry

Blue Lagoon

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce curaçao
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • Crushed ice

Instructions:

  1. Add the vodka and curaçao to a shaker with ice. Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
  2. Place the crushed ice in the glass. Pour the mixture over the ice
  3. Top with the lemonade

Royal Blue Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce citron vodka or vodka
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • Lime wedge
  • Coarse or granulated sugar
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with a lime wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curaçao, and lime juice; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao liqueur
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 pineapple slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions:

  1. Combine rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and 1 cup crushed ice into a blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass.
  2. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry

The TikTok Wrap Hack You Need To Get In On

For the past few days all over Tik-Tok, the newest trend in food has had many people creating their own tortilla wrap. Today I will be sharing my experience and what’s inside my wrap. I found that this trend is a quick, easy, and inexpensive lunch idea especially for those on the go. Obviously, one can always change what they prefer to have go inside their wrap and that’s what makes this trend so fun – you never know the numerous combos you can invent. I think my next experiment with this trend will be making this but with a twist: dessert style.

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla (preferably the ones either for burritos or wraps)
  • Bacon and grilled chicken
  • Cheese
  • mayo

Step1: Begin by cooking your bacon and grilled chicken

Step2: Cut halfway through the middle of the tortilla creating a way to fold the tortilla

Step3: Place your ingredients in each corner of the tortilla 

Step4: Fold each corner creating a triangle at the end

Step 5: If you have a panini press or grill place inside and wait until the cheese melts or your desire. I used my skillet since I don’t own a panini press.

Step6: Enjoy! Check out our TikTok here!

***Results may vary depending on what you put inside your tortilla wrap, but each bite will be begging you to take another.