Pineapple Bourbon Cocktail

For most of my life (well, since I was of drinking age), I had a thing against dark alcohols. And not just one particular kind. It was all of them. I didn’t try them, and I didn’t think about trying them. I just knew I didn’t like them. They smelled strong, and they were the kind of thing old guys drank on the rocks in musty dive bars. That was my impression, and it stuck for many, many years.
 
But recently something changed. Call it one too many episodes of Mad Men…call it the  prevalence of speakeasy style bars…call it martini overdose. Call it whatever you like. The simple fact is I was lured to the dark side, and I like it. I can’t say I necessarily savor the taste of dark alcohols just on the rocks (not quite there yet), but mix it up with some fresh, light mixes, and I’m all over it. And that’s exactly what you get in this refreshing cocktail. Yep, can you believe it? Bourbon can be refreshing!
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The key to this drink is to use fresh pineapple juice. If you have a juicer, that’s the easiest way to do it. I don’t have a juicer so I opted for another method…blend the pineapple in a blender until fully pureed, then strain through a mesh strainer, and strain again with cheesecloth lining the strainer. It takes a bit of time, but the deliciously pure juice you end up with is well worth it. (And if all else fails, store bought juice will work as well).
 
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Caprese Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

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Happy Friday, My Cooking Spot readers!!

I’m super excited to be a new contributor for My Cooking Spot, and I have a delicious recipe to share that’s perfect for a warm summer day.

It requires absolutely no cooking and takes less than 10 minutes and very little culinary ability to whip up.

While I love living in New Orleans – the food, the location, the fun, the list goes on… – the weather can be quite warm {read: hot & humid}. Don’t take this as a complaint though; I love the hot weather! I’d take a 100+ degree heat index any day over anything below 40 in a heart beat.

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Rustic Peach & Honey Pies – Gluten Free

Rustic Peach Honey Pie

Farmers markets are a way of life here in Seattle. Over the past three years, I’ve seen farmers retire and small vendors grow successful businesses that began in a simple market stall. It’s a wonderful thing to see a community that puts their dollars towards supporting local producers and farmers. I do my best to visit at least one farmers market a week, so I’m very happy to start sharing fun eats I develop with my haul of fresh foods.

On Friday evenings, the Phinney Farmers Market http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/phinney] is one of my favorite ways to wind down from a long work week and ease into the weekend. This smaller, but well stocked, neighborhood market is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade granola, locally made cheese, and ready to eat foods. To make this special treat, I picked up Sugartime peaches from Collins Orchards http://www.collinsfamilyorchards.com/index.php] and some local honey from Seattle Urban Honey http://www.seattleurbanhoney.blogspot.com], which by the way is just about the best honey I’ve ever had.

Whether you call this a tart, a galette, or otherwise – it’s simply a pie crust folded over the edges of some fruit, so rustic pie sounds about right to me. Aside from the butter, this pie isn’t filled with too many indulgent ingredients. I’m in the process of decreasing my refined sugar intake and peaches are just about sweet enough on their own. Adding just a small drizzle of honey to each pie gave a sweet boost of flavor as well.

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Peanut Butter & Honey Parfait with Greek Gods

When I was a kid, my favorite lunch was not peanut butter and jelly, but peanut butter and honey sandwich with bananas. It is sooo good! As I got older, it definitely became one of my guilty pleasures where I would allow myself to have one every once in a while. It is truly sinful and amazingly nostalgia.

My need for breakfast is strong with this one and I am always looking for some healthy options to get me through the day feeling good. However, I recently discovered a beautiful, beautiful way of fulfilling my need for my childhood favorite food, without any guilt what-so-ever.

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