Infusions

Trying to be healthy? Dislike the flavors of soda alternatives like La Croix? (P.S La Croix is amazing) Try infused waters! If you’re like me, you love sodas and sweets but also need to make healthier choices. I have been experimenting with different fruit and herb combinations and found a few winners. Pack a few bottles in the fridge for a quick and delicious fix for your sugar cravings!

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I don’t want to go out any buy yet another fancy, specialized water bottle to let sit in my cabinet, I use Voss water to start because it comes in large glass bottles that can be reused. I suggest glass bottles rather than plastic because plastic bottles are often weak and can contain harmful chemicals that release into the water.

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Infused water doesn’t need a recipe, just different fruits, herbs, and spices that you enjoy. My favorite infused water combination is lemon, mango, cayenne pepper, and a touch of honey. Strawberry and basil is also a delicious, herbaceous water. (It also works for flavoring vodka!)

Farmer’s Markets? Farmer’s Markets.

One of my all time favorite weekend activities is going to the local farmer’s market to see what surprises they hold that week. Ever since I can remember I have spent my Sundays at the Dupont Circle farmer’s market with my father looking for something that would inspire amazing dinners that following week.

This week I stumbled upon some fresh strawberries, lettuce, and ended up buying a jalapeño plant!  (Heres to hoping I don’t kill it!)

 

These photos are from the Arlington, VA farmer’s market near the Courthouse metro station. (Saturdays 9am-12pm).

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Who Says Almonds Have to be Healthy?

This almond torte uses almond extract, almond paste, amaretto, and a whole bunch of quality Irish butter! I have made this recipe many times and once I tried out some Irish butter as opposed to regular unsalted butter, I have NEVER gone back! This torte is light, fluffy, buttery, rich, and timeless. Whether it be my go-to dinner party dessert or a guilty please with my morning coffee, this is one recipe that I will never forget!

When making this torte it can be served as above, or with a raspberry reduction and a quenelle of vanilla bean ice-cream or gelato.