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Foodie Friday: 10 Fruit Margaritas

I’m not the hugest drinker (I’m plenty uninhibited without alcohol), but I do love a Sunday afternoon at the Border Cafe in Harvard Square with cheesy Mexican food, guac, and a killer margarita on the rocks, with salt. Sunday afternoon because I like to come home and recuperate from too much food and tequila with a nice nap.

Summertime is best done with fruity drinks, including fruit margaritas. In past summer’s we’ve blended frozen margaritas on the Cape, with extra coarse salty rims. This summer my husband’s been having fun raiding the fridge to concoct pitchers of sangria, and enjoying Painkillers from South Hollow Spirits at the Truro Vineyard.  My current summer cocktail is a strawberry basil martini muddled and mixed by Curtis at Black Fish in Truro. (It’s dark in the bar so I haven’t been able to snap a good photo.)

Really, we should try making one of these fruit margaritas. Click through for the bloggers’ recipes. I’d like a peach one if you’re mixing.


Chipotle Grapefruit Margaritas  •  The Law Student’s Wife


Fresh Honeydew Margaritas  •  Cookie  & Kate


Prickly Pear Margaritas  •  Pink Patissierie


Cranberry Margaritas  •  Gimme Some Oven


Fresh Peach Margaritas  •  Gimme Some Oven


Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas  •  Gimme Some Oven


Mango Strawberry Margaritas  •  Wine & Glue


Coco Pina Margarita  •  Host the Toast


Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margaritas  •  How Sweet It Is


Skinny Blackberry Margaritas  •  Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

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Foodie Friday: Dancing Deer Cookie Factory Tour

Last week local Boston business Dancing Deer Baking Co. invited me for a behind-the-scenes tour of its cookie and brownie factory. Having been the recipient of a crazy delicious Dancing Deer gift basket last month, there was no way I was missing this press opp. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of Dancing Deer treats recently, sent Dancing Deer gifts to friends and family over the past couple of years, and seen their packages at Whole Foods, but other than that I didn’t know much about the company.

Dancing Deer started 20 years ago as a bakery that provided cakes to cafes and restaurants, quickly added packaged consumer goods, then expanded into a retail shop when neighbors demanded taste after taste. Three years in, Dancing Deer won a major industry award for its Molasses Clove Cookie. As a chocolate devotee, who doesn’t believe non-chocolate calories have any value, I can tell you it is delicious; perfect with a cup of tea.Dancing Deer cookies and brownies are scratch made in relatively small batches in an industrial park in Boston. All of the products are certified kosher, some of them are gluten-free; none of them are vegan.

A huge amount of its business is conducted this time of year, when they increase the labor force hugely, with workers returning year after year, and often coming on full-time when spots open. Dancing Deer is committed to environmentally-friendly practices as well as philanthropy, with its Sweet Home Project initiative, which helps homeless families move into stable lives and homes of their own by providing funding and support for low-income single parents to complete their college education and enter family sustaining careers.

Let’s take the behind-the-scenes factory tour. You can easily order cookies and brownies online—they are perfect presents for birthdays, holidays, sympathy, congratulations, pretty much anything, and come in adorable recycled cardboard boxes or natural baskets. Dancing Deer is offering StyleCarrot readers an exclusive 30% discount sitewide from today through Nov. 15, 2014 with promo code CARROT.


















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Sweet Home for the Holidays Gift, $44.99


Large Variety Cookie Sampler, $49.99


Premium Christmas Bakery Gift, $44.99


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownie Gift Box, $28.99


Molasses Clove Cookie Gift Box, $23.99


Chocolate Espresso Birthday Cake Party Kit, $29.99

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Foodie Friday: Embracing the Green Stuff – 10 Kale Recipes for Fall

Stews aren’t my thing, but I love a good autumnal meal. The trick is finding dishes that feel like fall, minus the stringy meat. This summer, in a fit of kale frenzy, I posted 12 Kale Salads. I’ve definitely taken to kale. (It may be the influence of the “Eat More Kale” bumper sticker I see every morning on a car at my son’s school. Cambridge, yup.) My mother-in-law makes a delicious Kale Portuguese Soup (a Provincetown specialty), for which she swaps out the linguica for Hebrew National hot dogs, since we don’t do pork. I’ll have to try to create a batch myself in my new beautiful cast iron cocotte sent to me by Staub, which is displayed like art (a glossy grey sculpture it is) on the range. I have yet to try any of these recipes, but they are tempting. I think my younger son would love the Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas, and I’m feeling like the Quinoa + Kale Patties could be interesting. Let me know if you have a favorite kale dish, from here or your own recipe files.


Kale, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pasta •  Fork Knife Swoon
Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas  •  Running to the Kitchen
Savory Kale, Corn , & Feta Galette  •  White On Rice Couple
Skinny Slow Cooker Kale & Turkey Meatball Soup  •  Foodie Crush
Kale & Artichoke Dip  •  eHow
 Quinoa + Kale Patties  •  Yummy Supper

Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts & Goat Cheese  •  Stuck on Sweet

Spaghettini with Creamy Kale Sauce  •  Canuck Cuisine
Crustless Kale Quiche  •  Ingredients, Inc.
 Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Kale & Bacon  •  iVillage
 Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel Honeycrisp & Goat Cheese  •  Cookie + Kate
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Foodie Friday: 12 Summer Cocktails

I’m not all that drinky. I’d rather expend calories on chocolate, and I figure I’m uninhibited enough. Although I rarely imbibe (though totally welcome those who do!), I have had a good sampling of summer cocktails this season. If I’m not drinking champagne, then I prefer a vodka cocktail with some sort of herb. I like to just ask the bartender to make one up for me, if there aren’t any on the menu. So far so good.

My sudden interest might be due to pinning all the yummy looking summer cocktails for Matouk’s Cocktail Hour Pinterest board. I’ve even started one of my own: Cocktails Pinterest board. Here are pretty summer cocktails that I’m tempted to try before the season is over. (Guess I’ll be kind of tipsy this week.)

To start, a creation called the Elderbubble Champagne Cocktail from my ever lovely friend Chantal Gordon and handsome husband Gordon Benoit, who mix drinks and grow plants in their funky backyard (check it out here), and document it all on their blog, The Horticult. The Elderbubble Champagne Cocktail is a recipe from  The Bubbly Bar, written by  Chantal’s friend, Maria Hunt, aka The Bubbly Girl. This champagne summer cocktail is first on my list.


Elderbubble Champagne Cocktail   •  The Horticult


Peach & Vodka Sparkler With Rosemary  •  Verses From My Kitchen


Grapefruit, Fennel & Mezcal  •  Coco + Kelley


Rhubarb Granita  •  Lamponi & Tulipani


Peach Jalapeño Margarita  •   Dessert For Two


Sour Cherry Gin & Tonic  •  PBS


Cucumber Ginger Mocktail  •  40 Aprons


Gluten & Sugar Free Figtini  •  Tasty Yummies


Watermelon Lime Mint Agua Fresca  •  J. Chong Studio


Summer Prosecco Sangria  •  Eye Swoon


Vodka Lavender Lemonade  •  The Effortless Chic


St. Germain Mojito  •  A Beautiful Mess


Strawberry Blood Orange Rum Punch  •  Bojon Gourmet

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Foodie Friday: 12 Kale Salads

Not to get too leafy green and healthy on you, but it’s summer and I’m on the Cape enjoying our airy, white kitchen and area farmer’s markets. So, in addition to last week’s summer salads with greens and grains, here are 12 kale salads. Let me know if you make any and how they turned out.


Zucchini Ribbon and Kale Salad  •  Bev Cooks


Grilled Kale & Red Pepper Tuscan Pasta Salad  •  Half Baked Harvest


Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Pecorino •  Sugar and Grace


Kale Caesar Salad with Garbanzo Bean Croutons  •  Mountain Mama Cooks


Kale Caesar Salad Topped With Soft Boiled Egg  •  Blue Apron


Mexican Kale Salad  •  iFoodReal


Kale, Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Sunflower Seeds • Reluctant Entertainer


Couscous Kale Salad  •  Chelsea’s Messy Apron


Kale Salad with Chick Peas, Olives & Feta  •  In Pursuit Of More


Kale Salad with Peaches, Corn & Basil Honey Vinaigrette   Eats Well With Others


Kale Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps  •  Baked Bree


Strawberry Kale Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette  •  Gimme Some Oven

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