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Happy 80th Birthday to the Bloody Mary!

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

October marks the 80th birthday of the Bloody Mary. It's no secret that the Bloody Mary is my favorite drink and that my birthday is also in October. Coincidence? I think not! So, to pay homage to this great drink, we raise our glasses and will don our "Sunday Funday" tie as we celebrate the Bloody Mary during this month and beyond!

Cheers!

Check out Town and Country's article here.

And don't forget to check out our "Sunday Funday" tie and bow tie!

Belly Up to the Bar: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

Is there anything more satisfying than digging into a big pile of buffalo chicken wings? Getting all that sticky sauce stuck to your face and fingers is a truly primal experience. If I really get into it I can imagine back to the time of the caveman and tearing apart the meat and sucking on the bones mmmmmmm.

Now that I am out of that food coma, let me cut to the chase. I really don’t want to be stained orange or have sauce smudges all over my face when out on a date or wearing my LJP accessories. And to be honest, I don’t love the fact that I need to spend more time at the gym after eating that pile of wings. Therefore, we have taken all the flavorful goodness of hot wings and created hot balls! Um…perhaps the double entendre is a bit unappetizing? These hot. …buffalo chicken balls have the heat, the sauce, the celery and blue cheese all wrapped up into one neat little package. And for those you can’t do buffalo without a dipping sauce, you can have a double dose of blue cheese, inside and out.

I will warn you though that this sauce is so good, I can’t guarantee that you won’t want to lick the plate. What you do behind closed doors is your own affair, no judgment!

Cool and refreshing is my top priority for beer with my wings. Your typical trashy lite beer will probably do the trick but even a Corona won’t compete with the spicy and sweet sauce.

--M. Perrelli

Buffalo Chicken Balls

Makes 20-25

Notes: I like my vegetables grated or microplaned because I want to make sure I only bite into cheese crumbles not raw veg. If you like a little more texture then feel free to chop more coarsely but you may need less breadcrumbs. Also one of my favorite wing joints does a sauce called Honey Hot, that I have recreated here. It just sweetens up the sauce a little and cuts down on the heat. Use what you like. Feel free to use bottled blue cheese dressing too.

1 lb ground chicken

2 stalks celery, chopped or grated

¼ onion, chopped or grated

salt and pepper

½ cup blue cheese crumbles (I used gorgonzola)

¾ cup more or less of seasoned breadcrumbs (you want to use the least amount possible to bind the meat

4 tbsp butter

1/3 cup hot sauce

2 tbsp honey

½ cup Greek yogurt

2 tsbp light mayo

¼ up blue cheese

pepper

 Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2) In a bowl combine the top section of ingredients and mix until uniformly combined
3) Line a baking sheet with foil and spray or brush with neutral oil. This will help them not stick
4) Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon and your hands, form the meat mixture into golf ball sized spheres
5) Place the balls on the sheet as you go and bake them 20 minutes or until cooked through.
6) While the balls are cooking make the sauce. On the stove melt the butter and add the hot sauce and honey. Stir to combine and set aside. You want this to stay warm so you can toss the hot balls in it when they are done.
7) Make a dipping sauce using the last section of ingredients above. If it is too stiff add a splash of water or milk to the combined mixture. Toss balls in hot sauce and serve with the dipping sauce.

The Best Ramen

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

Fall is here! As the temperature starts to drop, I inevitably find myself opting for ramen more and more. Thrillist came out with a great list of the best ramen in NYC. I definitely agree with most of the winners on their list (Ippudo is definitely a favorite – opt for the proscuitto and brie spring rolls with balsamic glaze as a welcome addition to the traditional pork buns). I also love Jin Ramen up in West Harlem (3183 Broadway). It's less fussy and has a spicy tonkatsu that is to die for. Also, if timed right, you can avoid the two hour wait that is synonymous with the other more popular ramen joints in the city. 

Read the list of top ramen in NYC here.

Here's a list of the top ramen in the USA.

Cocktail Recipe du Jour: Honeydew Margarita

Posted on October 03, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

October is here and it's my favorite month of the whole year! Time for apple picking, pumpkins, costumes, and fun themed cocktail parties while the temperature has yet to plummet below freezing!

With that being said, I'm always on the lookout for easy and (relatively) healthy cocktails – especially ones that incorporate tequila! Make this drink for one, or multiply the recipe for a group!

Cheers!

What You'll Need:

Honeydew melon

2 oz of tequila (preferably silver or blanco tequila)

1 oz fresh lime juice

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon agave (I found the recipe didn't need it so this is entirely to taste)

Directions:

1) Cut the melon in half and take out the seeds.

2) Hollow out the melon with a spoon and add the pieces to a blender.

3) Blend until smooth.

4) Add the melon juice, ice, lime (and agave if you're using it) to a shaker.

5) Then, mix salt on a rimmed plate (bonus points if you also include chili powder) and run a wedge of lime around your margarita glass before coating the glass in the mixture.

Best Pizza in the USA

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

Pizza is one of the most versatile foods and one we all enjoy eating year round. So, in honor of our favorite cheesy food, we're raising our glass to Thrillist this week for their awesome list of the top 33 pizza joints in the country.

I will definitely be adding many of their suggestions to my list of must-dos. I also humbly add Amici's in San Francisco (can't get enough of their red clam pie when I'm in town) and Porta in Asbury Park, New Jersey. What are you favorite pizza places?

Read the article here

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