Celebrating All Things #BoozeWeek With A Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkshake at Cravings of a Lunatic

Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkshake | Cooking In Stilettos

Boy do I have a sweet treat for y’all today…  just think – flavors of the holiday season, a touch of bourbon action and all in milkshake form.

Intrigued yet?

Recently, my gal Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic asked if anyone wanted to guest post for her while she was taking a “staycation”.  However – the caveat was it had to be booze related.  Can I say my hand went up quicker than that a certain know-it-all smarty pants in my third grade class.  What can I say – she had me “Booze”.   Those that know Kim know she doesn’t really cocktail it up.  But, her awesome readers love a good drink or two so how could not share what I’ve been obsessed with since I saw it on an ep of the “Best Thing I Ever Made” – a Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkshake…. 

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Roasted Harvest Fruit Sangria With A Bit Of A Homestyle Twist

Roasted Harvest Fruit Sangria | Cooking In Stilettos

I saw something the other day that shook me a bit …  the leaves on the trees are starting to turn.  Last I checked it was August – not October.  Now – y’all know Fall is my favorite season – the apples, the pumpkins, the boots and the wardrobe – just a few of my favorite fall things.  However, it’s August – would it be wrong to break out some early harvest festivity?

Williams-Sonoma, one of my homes away from home, challenged me to whip up a sangria recipe that had a bit of a juicer twist and, after marinating on the idea for a while, I thought why not try to replicate one of my absolute favorite sangrias I ever had – the Harvest Sangria from Amada restaurant here in Philly.  The key to any good sangria (besides the wine, of course) is fresh fruit and fresh fruit juices.  Now – while there is no cranberry action happening just yet around here, I figured I’d go with more of an apple spin with some of my favorite warm spices, my favorite wine from a local winery and a bit of a home-style twist – some homemade apple cider.  Now – if you want to use store bought – that’s fine – but there’s something about freshly made apple cider that makes you want to break out the boots, the cozy sweaters and curl up in front of a fire…. 

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The Chicken of the Sea Great American Gratitude Tour To Visit Philly and a Homemade Tuna Casserole Recipe

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Homemade Tuna Casserole | Cooking In Stilettos

I always love a company that gives back.  Chicken of the Sea is celebrating their 100th anniversary by paying it forward.  They are awarding 100 Great American Gratitude awards of $10,000 to community champions across the country (that’s $1 million dollars in total) and need your help.  They are looking for individuals and various organizations who would benefit from a Great American Gratitude Award and will be going on The Great American Gratitude Tour.

Chicken of the Sea - 100 Years of Good
The Great American Gratitude Tour will be visiting Philly August 16th and 17th at Philadelphia Folk Festival at 1323 Salford Station Road in Harleysville, PA (right outside of Philly).  They will be there on August 16th from 10 am to noon and on August 17th from 10 am to 9:30 pm.  So you can go to the festival, hear some great music and meet the fabulous people of Chicken of the Sea and find out more about their Great American Gratitude mission.

Great American Gratitude Tour | Chicken of the Sea

Do you have someone you would love to nominate for a Great American Gratitude Award?  You can nominate them at http://www.chickenofthesea.com/100  and see when they will be hitting your town!… 

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Turkey Burger Patty Melts with Caramelized Onions and Comeback Sauce – Perfect for The Grill

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Turkey Burger Patty Melts with Caramelized Onions and Comeback Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

Do you ever have a dish that conjures up a memory – whether it’s sitting at your grandparents table with a chocolate pie on the sideboard teasing you to finish those green beans before you can have a slice or a butternut squash ravioli tossed in a brown butter sauce that reminds you of dinner with friends that had your sides splitting with laughter?  I have a few of those and when I was challenged with whipping up a turkey dish on the grill that would have friends and family wanting seconds, it was a no-brainer.

When I lived in New Hampshire during my cable cop days, there was a diner down the street that had these amazing patty melts – a juicy burger, smothered with swiss cheese on a soft toasty rye and some red onion.  However, it was their sauce that was drizzled on the burger that took the typical patty melt and slapped it into next week.  They served these patty melts with spicy sweet potato waffle fries and a side of that sauce that was the perfect condiment for dipping.  There’s nothing like a perfect burger, right?… 

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9West and InStyle Spotlight Fall Fashion In Philly This Thursday

9West and InStyle Host Philly Soiree - August 14, 2014

When I was in New York last week, I figured I’d make a bit of a day of it – a bite at Bouchon, some sightseeing and, of course, shoe shopping.

9West has been a love of mine for years. My obsession with all things 9West started when they had a gorgeous pair of black wedges that I spotted in the Cherry Hill Mall while shopping with my bff, Meowmix, and I never looked back. The quality, the design and the longevity has had me shopping with them time and time again…. 

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Toasting Off The Menu with S. Pellegrino Bella Fruta Cocktail #SanPellegrino #LiveOfftheMenu

S. Pellegrino Bella Fruta Cocktail | Cooking In Stilettos

Imagine this – gorgeous Italian markets, amazing appetizers, chic Italian cocktails and dining al fresco on the rooftop of New York City but you could swear you are in Italy dining with friends among the stars and lush greenery. Add to that dinner cooked by a Top Chef, Michael Voltaggio, and you have a magical evening. That, my friends, is what I experienced when I attended S. Pellegrino‘s “Off The Menu” event in New York City last week.  

The theme of the evening was to “Live In Italian” which is S. Pellegrino’s recipe for appreciating the best life has to offer with six key ingredients – beauty, passion, togetherness, craftsmanship, authenticity and natural style.  Off The Menu hit all of those points beautifully!

S. Pellegrino - Live Off The Menu Event with Chef Michael Voltaggio | Cooking In Stilettos

Walking in off the streets of New York, we were whisked to what could only be described as a chic Italian market surrounding us as we mingled and sipped on some classic Italian cocktails while trying some appetizers that were out of this world. Just to give you an idea of how genius Chef Voltaggio is, we enjoyed petite langoustines in a lemony tempura batter skewered on scorched cinnamon sticks (my favorite), beef tongue with a horseradish cream, eggplant mousse with Parmesan crisps, and octopus on kelp sheets with a fennel salad. There were mixologists making craft cocktails such as the Pompeimo Negroni, the Orchard Apertivo, and, my absolute favorite, the Bella Fruta. Everything was fresh, full of flavor and had a bit of sparkle – I’m sure from the S. Pellegrino. … 

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Grilled Chicken and Pear Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette #PledgeforEVOO

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Grilled Chicken and Pear Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette | Cooking In Stilettos


When Pompeian reached out to see what recipe magic I could whip up with their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I wanted a recipe that would carry the buttery flavor throughout while not being too heavy for summer.  It’s National Olive Oil month and Pompeian is encouraging everyone to lose the butter.  No problem – I love using olive oil, in fresh and cooked preparations and especially with my summer salads.  There’s nothing that beats a homemade vinaigrette, in my opinion.  The main component of a great vinaigrette – a fabulous olive oil.

Do you ever have a dish that has you thinking “I so need to recreate that at home“?  That was my dilemma a few weeks ago.  We have this local restaurant near the 9to9 that has some killer salads and, recently, I had one of their salads which had pears, chicken and a lemon basil vinaigrette.  It was soooo good but I was thinking “I know I can make that with a bit of a spin” and it hit me – I’d use freshly grilled pears along some peppery arugula.   I’d also carry the lemon flavors throughout with a lemony marinade for the chicken and that would also be grilled.  I’d drizzle the salad with a fresh lemon basil vinaigrette and top it with my favorite cheese – a salty, crumbly ricotta salata.  Southern Living had a fabulous vinaigrette recipe that I jazzed up and it’s full of fresh summer flavors.

This Grilled Chicken and Pear Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is the ultimate summer salad my friends!… 

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