Get Scandalously Inspired With Beamly And Treats For Your Scandal Finale Party

Merlot Mindbender aka Mama Pope Cocktail | Cooking In Stilettos

This is a big night for all Scandal fans – it’s the season finale and from what I hear this is going to be *THE* episode to watch. I know I’ll be channeling my inner Olivia Pope with a Scandalously inspired cocktail and some easy cheesy microwave popcorn. See – Olivia Pope has two things she adores besides the President –(well three if you count her Prada Saffiano Lux Tote) – her red wine and her popcorn. See – you have a hard day at the office fielding drama between your associates at Oliva Pope & Associates (aka “OPA”) and the White House – not to mention a super spy agency – B-613 – and you head home, curl up with a seriously oversized glass of wine and some popcorn while contemplating your next move, moving to Vermont with the “former” President and making jam.

Don’t watch Scandal – well – the whole schpeel above wouldn’t make a lick of sense to you – but there are a ton of people that are chattering away about the Scandal Season Finale along with all things Abby and David – Cyrus – the evil Chief of Staff – and one of my favorites, the deliciously evil Ivan who is in cahoots with Oliva Pope’s mama who is, in my humble opinion, batty beyond belief and is ready to blow up a funeral.


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Recipe Redo: Cinnamon Donut Muffins

Cinnamon Donut Muffins | Cooking In Stilettos

Ahhhhhh – April 15th – the day many dread – Tax Day.  Today’s tax day has a not only a forecast of dreary and raining cats and dogs to add to the “blah” factor, but also there’s whisperings of it being cold enough for some snow to come our way.  Needless to say, this gal is none to pleased and I can guarantee the Junior Sous Pug will be quite the perturbed pup.

However, one positive highlight of the day are these Cinnamon Donut Muffins.  I made these eons ago when I first started to learn on my culinary journey and they have been a household favorite.  Baked, not fried and a little cinnamon sugar dusted dose of comfort – perfect for days like these.  I decided to give them a bit of a redo as I like the spicy cinnamon bite throughout.

So – instead of worrying about The Taxman Cometh – make some of these, curl up on the couch and watch Gibbs and the NCIS crew while sipping on some coffee.  That, I promise, will bring a smile or two…. 

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Philly Happenings – Philly Farm & Food Fest

Philly Farm Food Fest - Last Year's Highlights

[Photo Credit: Christopher Landy]

There is one thing I love about living in Philadelphia – between the amazing restaurants, the local artisans, shops and sites and this weekend they will have the Philly Farm & Food Fest at the Philadelphia Convention Center Annex at 1101 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA this Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 11am to 4pm.

Philly Farm Food Fest - 2014

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Tried and True: Lemon Risotto

Lemon Risotto | Cooking In Stilettos

When I was looking for the perfect compliment to the Coconut Almond Crusted Cod, I wanted to do something more than just rice or veggies.  Recently, Taste of Home spotlighted a fab recipe for Salmon with Dill Sauce & Lemon Risotto.  Having a plethora of lemons on hand for my lemon cravings (like these divine Lemon Meringue Muffins) and some other dishes, I decided to play with the recipe for a bit and wound up with a bright and summery compliment to the cod that is now a tried and true!

This Lemon Risotto is perfect for spring/summer.   It’s relatively simple – the hardest thing to do is to have patience because, as you know, risotto needs a bit of attention but that’s a small price to pay for the rich flavors.  Plus – with the burst of sunshine thanks to the fresh lemon zest and lemon juice, you have a side dish that will have your family asking for seconds!… 

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Making Prosecco Shimmer With A Sparkling Amaretto Sour #LaMarcaSparkle

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Sparkling Amaretto Sour | Cooking In Stilettos

One of my favorite things to serve at soirees is Prosecco.  The pop of the cork, the bubbles and fizz as it pours into the glass, the smile at the first sip – how could one not love a glass. However, Prosecco doesn’t have to be saved for just special occasions but can be for a casual girls’ night, an evening with that special someone or at brunch with the in-laws.  It’s the perfect choice for those times you just want to add a bit of affordable luxury.

Recently, I was greeted at my front door by a stunning blue box that contained a bottle of La Marca Prosecco.  With a light crisp flavor, La Marca Prosecco can be paired with anything on your menu from appetizers (like my Ultimate Stuffed ‘Shrooms) to dessert (like these Spicy Smoky S’mores).  So – in thinking about how I should serve this libation, I knew that I had to create a cocktail that would be the perfect compliment to it.

I decided to play with a twist on an Amaretto Sour recipe and I think I found the perfect combination.  This Sparkling Amaretto Sour is sweet and tart with a taste that will have your guests raving.  Fresh citrus juice melds perfectly with the amaretto and the prosecco and, even better – it couldn’t be easier to whip up.  … 

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Scrumptious Sunday Dinner Ideas With @Foodie

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One of my favorite days of the week is Sunday – it is my day to rest, recharge, and, of course, play in the kitchen. Added bonus, it is also when many of my fave recipes here on Cooking In Stilettos have been perfected. There’s something about being able to prepare dishes that can be a bit more time consuming that, if prepared during the week, would result in what my family terms “Bampa dinner” aka 9 pm or so because, well, my Bampa would take his time when it came to cooking.

Scrumptious Sunday Dinner Ideas | Cooking In Stilettos

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Celebrating Spring With Lemon Meringue Muffins and Pure Leaf Iced Tea

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Lemon Meringue Muffins | Cooking In Stilettos

Spring has sprung and with thoughts of spring, come thoughts of fresh fruits and veggies, sweet treats, grilling in stilettos and refreshing cocktails and sips (and, yes, thoughts of peep toe stilettos and wedge sandals also cross this gal’s mind too).

Growing up, one of those quintessential sweet treats for spring was lemon meringue pie.  My mom had a huge love of all things lemon meringue and I knew that once the snow was gone and the winter gear was put away, that the lemon meringue would make its reappearance at the family table.  Now – when it comes to making a lemon meringue pie – well – you know my stance on pies.  Scares me straight out of my stilettos sometimes.  The meringue, the homemade lemon curd, the crust – well – maybe not the crust but you get my drift.

Well – one thing I’m NOT afraid of is a muffin recipe and these Lemon Meringue Muffins just scream spring don’t you think?  Inspired by a recipe from Taste of Home, I decided to get a bit nostalgic and finally conquered the meringue fear.  Granted I didn’t grab the blowtorch and brulee it but the oven did a fabulous job getting the meringue toasty brown and marshmallowy.  The added bonus of the lemon curd in the mixture brought back memories of my mom’s lemon meringue pie and pitchers of iced tea on our back deck when I was in middle school.  Good times…. 

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