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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummerSummer's not over yet! Sherrie & Renee are hosting a bubbly, sparkly, boozy, fresh, fruity virtual cocktail party, #drinkthesummer! Scroll to the bottom for a complete list of fun summery drinks by other awesome food bloggers! Get your summer drank on!
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer One of my favorite summers was when I was probably 12. My ma’s always been a big Stephen King fan, and that summer, the Green Mile books came out (remember, it was first released as a six-part series). It was too hot to be outside, and to avoid the boredom of being trapped inside all day, my mom, Amanda, and I read the books out loud together. Amanda and me laying in front of a box fan, icy glasses of sun tea at the ready, misting ourselves with a spray bottle (no AC? No problem!), while my mom’s voice transported us to the 1930s, to the deep South. I remember those days so clearly… the three of us together, the dry heat, the mystery of John Coffey.  
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer Later that summer, the spell was broken when my ma got to a particularly tense part in the book, and stumbled over some dialogue… cautiously spelling out “F-U-C-K, Percy said!” Amanda and I laughed hysterically and our little book club lost its steam. After that summer, Amanda and I started spending summer days out and about with friends, and my mom (who had been a stay-at-home mom most of my childhood) got a full time job. We kind of grew up and moved on. But I loved those lazy days, reading those books together.
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer For me, those Green Mile days are just as vivid as the lush garden and fresh tomatoes, towels on the clothesline, sherbert for dinner, the trail of dust when my dad pulled in the driveway every evening after work. Quintessential summer memories. 
Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #drinkthesummer Another quintessential part of my childhood summers? Wine coolers. Not for me, for my mom. She loved her wine coolers, and often made her own with grapefruit soda and wine. I stayed away from wine coolers for a long time—they get a bad rap, ya know? You know what doesn’t get a bad rap? White wine spritzers. They’re sophisticated and classy. You guys! It’s a wine cooler in disguise! These sweet, fruity sparklers are also wine coolers in disguise.

For the 4th of July, Amanda made a big pitcher of white sangria with sweet, fresh summer stone fruits, and we added a splash of my favorite coconut La Croix, and amazing things happened. These are basically that, but rather than going the full pitcher route, we’re keeping it simple and accessible. Like 3 ingredient, as easy as possible simple. It is Wednesday, after all. 

Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
Nectarine slices
White wine (a basic white blend/table white*)
Coconut LaCroix (or other coconut soda water)

Smash 2 nectarine slices in the bottom of each glass, and fill with ice. Fill glass a little over half way with white wine, and the rest of the way with coconut flavored soda water.

*I used Maryhill Winemaker's White, which we had at our wedding! Maryhill is near my hometown!

Wait, there's more! Here's the full list of amazing summer drinky dranks by other awesome food bloggers!

Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Dunk & Crumble | Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash
Ginger & Toasted Sesame | Blackberry Peach Margarita with Spicy Salt
my name is yeh | Nutella Egg Cream
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Sparkling Peppered Plum Blush
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
The Pig & Quill | Raspberry Basil Gingerade Fizz
Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter and Berry Smoothie
The Clever Carrot | 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon White Sangria
Fix, Feast, Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash
The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie

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This is my favorite pie, and basically the only fruit pie I make. A crispy, flaky, super rich all butter crust with a sunset of colorful peaches, nectarines, and plums inside. A few summers ago, I made it for my parents, and my dad said it was the best pie he’d ever eaten. That’s a pretty big compliment, because the man loved desserts. I got his sweet tooth, and my mom’s taco tooth.  
Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
We were never really a summer pie family. We had fresh strawberry pie in the spring, and pumpkin, pecan, and huckleberry at Thanksgiving. And my dad usually made an apple pie, with meticulously thin sliced apples, once every fall or winter. But our summers were 100 degrees without AC, not ideal baking conditions. Very ideal ice cream and swimming conditions. Suffice it to say, I didn’t have a whole lot of experience with summer fruit pies. Until a few years ago, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’d eaten peach pie. But now I think there’s nothing better.
Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
This pie, my go-to, is basically the stone fruit pie from a 2011 issue of Bon Appetit, plus Smitten Kitchen’s glorious all-butter crust. It’s a pie worth turning on the oven, even when it’s 90 degrees in Seattle. Even if you don’t have AC. 
Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
It’s also a little tribute to my dad, who’s been gone one year this month. I thought of him the whole time I was making this pie. I think about him with each beautiful sunset, every weird joke, every time I hear wind chimes or the Rolling Stones, with every old Subaru wagon I see, every time I turn off a light to save a salmon, and all the times lately that I've caught myself walking his walk. I think of him, and miss him, every single day. 
Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Stone Fruit Pie with All Butter Crust
Adapted from this recipe and this recipe

1 recipe all-butter crust from Smitten Kitchen (her instructions are impeccable and so easy to follow)

4 pounds stone fruits (I used 2 giant peaches, 4 nectarines, and 4 plums)
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
Zest of 1 lemon
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Follow the recipe for double pie crust (2 rounds). Once dough is fully chilled, roll out both disks to about 14 inch rounds, and continue to chill until ready to use. 

Slice fruits and remove pits, peel the peach slices. Add fruit slices and 1/3 cup sugar to a large bowl, and toss to coat. Let sit for 30-60 minutes. 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Strain juice off of fruit, saving about 1/4 cup of the juice in a separate bowl. Add cornstarch, nutmeg, and lemon zest to juice and whisk well to combine. Stir back into fruit. 
Transfer one pie dough disk to pie dish, picking up the edges and letting it slump into the dish. Trim so about 1 inch of dough hangs over the edge. Fill with fruit. 
Cut remaining dough disk into strips to make a lattice crust. I went with a wide lattice on this one, but a thin lattice is super pretty and fun too.
Brush lattice topping and edges with beaten egg, and sprinkle turbinado sugar on top. Transfer pie dish to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn heat down to 350, and bake another 30-40 minutes, until dough is golden and juices are bubbly. Cool dish on a wire rack. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw

Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw // Loves Food, Loves to EatLast weekend was my SEVENTH year running Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage, and I have a serious case of the post-Ragnar blues.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monkey Lala Popsicles

Monkey Lala Popsicles | Loves Food, Loves to EatIT'S POPSICLE WEEK! That one week every year when Billy rounds up all of his closest, most elite food blogger friends (just kidding, everyone's invited) and we all post a kajillion recipes for popsicles and then we all eat popsicles and then you make popsicles and then you eat popsicles. It's total magic. Also, Billy is total magic. This year, to kick off #popsicleweek, he made an animated gif of Xtina eating a popsicle and asked us if we were team dirrty Xtina or team clean Christina. I said dirty.... so then I figured I better come up with a dirty pop. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 4th Burger Roundup

July 4th Burger Roundup // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
A few years ago Serious Eats released this amazing, comprehensive guide called the United States of Burgers, and apparently I was super unhappy with Washington's representative burger. I wrote a post about it when the article was released, and never ended up hitting publish. With the 4th of July just around the corner, there's no better time to resurface a ton of awesome all-American burger inspiration. Aside from Will Smith saving the world from aliens, what's more American than a burger on Independence Day!? USA, USA!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas with Cherries and Corn

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas with Cherries and Corn // Loves Food, Loves to EatI was kind of dreading Father’s Day this year. All of the first holidays and events without him are hard. But the impending punch in the gut of Father’s Day—all of the gift guides in my inbox, the grilling recipes for dad online, the Father’s Day golf/BBQ/fishing/woodworking/drinking themed everything everywhere—it had me in a major funk these last few weeks. Luckily we celebrated in the most amazing way possible, which really helped me (and my sister and mom) get through the day. Rather than having a somber memorial last summer, which he would have hated, we waited until last weekend, and had a big blow-out celebration of life. He loved being a dad, and he loved summer solstice, so there was no better time to raise a glass and toast an awesome man, who lived life to the fullest.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Toast with Ricotta and Raspberries

Chocolate Chip Cookie Toast with Ricotta and Raspberries // Loves Food, Loves to EatI’m THIRTY! I know a lot of people have meltdowns or get freaked out by turning the big three-oh, but I’m stoked! 
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