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Felicia vs the instant pot round 2

Felicia vs The Instant Pot, Round 2

It feels like I’m the only person on the internet who is not an Instant Pot convert. Maybe because I’m a lousy cook? Could be. Actually, that’s probably it. But since everyone raves about how great it is, including those that I happen to know are excellent cooks, I’m going to keep trying.

This week the weather has been warming up, so I didn’t want to make anything too heavy. I decided to try shredded chicken tacos. One, because I adore tacos and two, because this recipe from Well Plated by Erin sounded manageable and delicious. Click the link above for the original recipe. I’ve put in my non-expert version with notes in italics here: Read more

Lucky Thai recipe challenge

Lucky Thai

Once again, the week has been a disaster so we are pivoting to something that has to do with food but does not involve me in a kitchen. I am moving. My kitchen is just boxes and good intentions.

So this week we are highlighting our favorite restaurant in Ventura, Lucky Thai. We walk there from our office every time we work. The food is good, the wine glasses are chilled and the booths are very comfortable. I am writing this with a tummy full of Thai food and waaaaay too much chilled white wine.

Let us know where you go to eat and relax with the ones you love. Read more

The perfect vodka soda

The Perfect Vodka Soda

Originally I was going to make apple pie bars for this week. But sometimes in life there is just not enough time for baking. But there is always time for a nice glass of fizzy water, vodka and slices of citrus. If there was ever a week in Felicia and my’s collective life that needed an adult beverage, it is this week. Maybe your week is going very well. Then you could celebrate with this simple and delicious libation! Unlike whiskey and tequila, which for me require a social occasion to break out, Vodka can come out of the cupboard on a Tuesday night and I still feel okay with my life choices. So here is the recipe. Read more

Campari orange spritzers

Campari Orange Spritzers

Campari is a beautiful color and tastes like cleaning solution. But, if you mix it with orange juice and fizzy water and drink it over ice with your friends it is delicious! Let’s make Campari orange spritzers!

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Sidecars with dried cherries and crackers

Sidecars with Dried Cherries and Crackers

Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for cognac soaked dried cherries! We drank so many sidecars I was a wee bit hungover the next morning, but they tasted so good I didn’t care. Sidecars with dried cherries and crackers is an excellent way to spend an evening.

I urge you to make these drinks with your friends. Heck, make them with your enemies and they might become your friends. We made the sidecars exactly as directed and they were delightful. Read more