Domestic Partners: Golden Globes and Blood Orange-Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Domestic Partners: Awards Season and Blood Orange-Pomegranate Champagne Cocktails

Yesterday I almost ripped apart a $5,200 vintage couture dress. A dress that, while possibly the most stunning fashion I’ve ever seen in person, cost more than my car (yes, I have a really old car). What the heck was I doing in a dress like that? Good question. Let’s rewind for a second on…
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Pretty. Easy. Herbed Roasted Cheese

Pretty Easy Herbed Roasted Cheese Recipe // aidamollenkamp.com #pairswellwithfood

Like a moth to a flame, when the weather starts to cool off, I start craving comfort food.

Coming from an Italian-American family, the foods I find most cozy take shape in the form of cheese or pasta. Over the years I’ve gone from eating mozzarella at nearly every meal to exercising a bit more restraint, but when the cold weather hits, the craving is still there. The ultimate is when it’s melty and gooey, like in this herbed roasted cheese.

My roasted cheese recipe is a riff on baked Brie (a familiar holiday appetizer) that I turn to when time is short but comfort food is in high demand. It’s such a simple concept but it’s highly versatile and can be used as an indulgent appetizer, a salad centerpiece, or an impromptu take on mac-and-cheese. In my dream world, it would be kosher to throw the melty hunk of cheese inside a whole loaf of bread to make a behemoth version of a grilled cheese, but I haven’t gone there. At least not yet.


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Sweet-Tart Quick-Roasted Grapes

Aida Mollenkamp Easy Healthy Snack Recipe Sweet-Tart Roasted Grapes

It’s been a crazy month, to say the least. While I’d hoped for crisp fall evenings that I’d spend making the first slow-cooked recipes of the season, it has instead been very busy with my “To Do” list seeming like it’ll never stop growing. It’s times like these that I go simple and quick in the kitchen, but never at the expense of flavor. Just because things are speedy doesn’t mean they should lack flavor, and I turn to high-heat cooking methods like stir frying, sautéing, broiling, and roasting to ensure that doesn’t happen. These sweet-savory quick-roasted grapes fit the bill perfectly.
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