Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails: Fun and Comforting
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In that brief, glorious window of time known as the Seattle summer, the evenings are long and the skies spectacular. Sun-starved citizens flock to sidewalk cafes, patios and decks – one of the finest of which belongs to Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails.
As its name suggests, Frolik emphasizes fun, with drinks aplenty, elevated comfort food and a swanky nightclub atmosphere. Located in a beautifully revamped space on the fifth floor of the Red Lion Hotel Fifth Avenue this sassy newcomer only made its debut in April, but with ridiculous daily happy hours from 4-10 p.m., it’s already making a serious play for downtown happy hour supremacy.
Of course, it’s the libations that make happy hours happy, and the inventive craft cocktails designed by award-winning mixologist Mike McSorley certainly fit the bill. His Frolik Fizz will bring you a new appreciation of Aquavit, inventively combined with crème de cassis, ginger beer, lemon juice and cinnamon, while his refreshing Splish Splash might be the ultimate summertime beverage: watermelon juice with vodka, salt and pepper.
As for the kitchen, chef Shailu Salian puts indulgent Pacific Northwest twists on good old American fare on Frolik’s expansive take-out and eat-in menus, such as crab mac and cheese flavored with Pernod and chili fennel bread crumbs. The kitchen also offers nibbles from the best local purveyors, such as oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms or platters of salami from Salumi. Happy hour brings a proliferation of tantalizing, bite-size items, such as grape “bon-bons” coated in goat cheese and rolled in pistachios, as well as yummy bacon-wrapped dates and bourbon bacon popcorn.
Properly fortified with bacon and armed with a fruity cocktail, then, patrons are ready to explore that deck: a magnificent 4,000-square-foot rooftop expanse with peek-a-boo views of Puget Sound where guests can play Ping-Pong and shuffleboard. The obvious dangers of drunken table tennis on rooftops aside, Frolik’s deck might be the ideal spot to unwind and recharge the solar cells in the summer.
With the patio’s communal fire table and dramatic firewall sitting area, the fleece-clad will probably frolic here in the gray seasons, too. It’s too fun not to.
50 Best Comfort Food Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again
What's one thing we all love to turn to when the going gets tough? Food. Food, glorious food (we won't break into song, promise). But we're talking about comfort food, to be specific. And Ree Drummond knows her comfort food&mdashbutter, cream, and cheese take center stage in some of her most popular recipes. "[Butter] adds color, flavor, beauty, and joy to absolutely everything I cook," she says. "I wouldn&rsquot want to live in a world in which butter didn&rsquot exist." Would you? We didn't think so.
That's why we've rounded up lots of hearty beef, chicken, and pasta recipes that don't skimp on buttery, creamy, carby goodness. We've made sure to include the classics like chicken and dumplings, sausage and peppers, and Beef Stroganoff, just to name a few. You might even have a special memory associated with these meals. For Ree, chicken pot pie is the one comfort food that just can't be beat. "Whenever I eat it, I&rsquom transported back to childhood," she says.
There are also dinners with updated twists to add to your list of top pick-me-up meals. For instance, the flank steak with cheesy hash brown waffles will be an immediate favorite, along with the lime chicken quesadillas. Whether it's casserole recipes, Italian dinner ideas, or quick family meals, we're positive that these comfort foods from Ree's kitchen to yours will satisfy all your cravings.
25 Food and Drink Recipes for a Classic Kentucky Derby Experience
This year, celebrate Derby Day like they do at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby is finally here! Every year since 1946, The Kentucky Derby has been held the first Saturday of May. And while last year's Run for the Roses was unfortunately rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, spring's greatest horse race is happening on schedule! On May 1, fans will be able to tune in to NBC to watch the 147th Kentucky Derby race. While a limited number of spectators will be there in person at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, the great bulk of fans will be watching from home. So why not toss on your fanciest hat and host a Kentucky Derby party at home? Stir up some cocktails and make some easy apps, and tune in from the comfort of your couch.
If you missed our Country Living Fair virtual Derby party back in May, don't worry&mdashyou can still catch all the videos right here! Alright, y'all, we're off to the races! Throwing a Derby Day party? Serve up these delicious appetizer and cocktail recipes&mdashand don't forget the hats! Plus, here's how to make a mint julep worthy of a Triple Crown victory.
Don't be fooled by the fancy glass &mdash the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby is very good, but it's definitely not difficult to make.
Want to make all your cocktails at once? Get a punch bowl and stir up this Derby cocktail. Guests can help themselves, and you can spend less time with a shaker and more time mingling.
This cookie-sized take on a Kentucky pie features homemade caramel, melted chocolate, and toasted walnuts.
Invented by Louisville caterer and tea room-owner Jennie Carter Benedict, this cream cheese-cucumber dip is a century-old Kentucky classic.
This take on the famous Derby pie swaps out walnuts for the sweeter pecans.
Of course, you won't last long on nothing but juleps and pie. This classic buttermilk fried chicken is ideal party food, whether you're eating it piping hot, or cold, picnic-style.
The classic "caviar of the South" makes a perfect filling for deviled eggs.
Classic country ham biscuits are not only great spring party food, but they're also Southern food with a long history at the Derby.
Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot day&mdashexcept for one that's infused with mint.
Get the recipe at Hot Beauty Health.
For a bite-sized snack, try these chicken sliders inspired by the famous hot chicken sandwiches in Nashville.
Get the recipe at My Modern Cookery.
Your guests will love this decadent milkshake, made with chocolate ice cream, butter pecan ice cream, and bourbon. Don't forget to top it with pecan pieces and whipped cream!
Get the recipe at Camille Styles.
Infuse your cocktail with lavender syrup for a twist on the classic Derby Day drink.
Get the recipe at Pizzazzerie.
These mini cakes combine butterscotch, pecan praline, and chocolate. Serve in a mini Mason jar topped with ice cream for bonus points!
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
Chocolate-pecan pie gets the bar treatment for an easy-to-serve party dessert.
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
Make a mini version of the famous Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich for the quintessential Derby Day party dish.
Get the recipe at Celebrations at Home.
Bake the classic flavors of a mint julep into a cake for a deliciously festive twist.
Get the recipe at One Perfect Bite.
Make the classic Louisville spread slightly more gourmet by making bite-size tea sandwiches.
Get the recipe at Gourmandistan.
These bite-sized, peachy treats are even more adorable with mini bow ties.
Get the recipe at Hostess with the Mostess.
Toss pecans with butter and brown sugar, then toast them and sprinkle with sea salt for a tasty bar snack.
Get the recipe at Taste.Savor.Share.
Cheese grits are a Southern classic. Try making them in individual portions for the perfect party-time snack.
Get the recipe at The Vintage Mixer.
These sliders are stuffed with turkey, bacon, and Gruyere cheese, and are coated in a garlic, butter sauce for an irresistible party snack.
Get the recipe at The Seasoned Mom.
Light and airy biscuits get extra heartiness with the addition of salty, country ham.
Get the recipe at Cook Like a Champion.
These mini meatballs are slathered in a bourbon sauce for extra punch.
Get the recipe at The View From Great Island.
The classic, cheesy Southern appetizer is perfect on crusty bread.
Get the recipe at Katie's Cucina.
Capture the flavors of Derby Pie in cupcake form by adding chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and crumbled pie crust on top.
Get the recipe at Polka Dot Chair.
Pour bourbon sauce over pulled pork and serve between slider rolls for a flavorful, mini sandwich.
40 Lightened-Up Versions of Your Favorite Comfort Foods
Delicious recipes that will help you eat well while slimming down.
Healthy food doesn't have to be tasteless likewise, delicious, comforting dishes don't have to be chock-full of fat and calories. Check out these tasty, nutritious recipes that will help you eat well while slimming down.
Finally, a guilt-free way to indulge in the best thing on Earth&mdashpizza.
Get the recipe at Delish.
This filling recipe will satisfy your takeout cravings&mdashwithout the calories.
Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.
Lighten up this recipe by using ground turkey instead of sausage, plus 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Omit the bread, and opt for fat-free ricotta. Total savings: 57 calories and 6 fat grams per serving.
Just because you're cutting back on take out doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthy take on a delicious orange chicken.
Get the recipe at Delish.
By using skinless chicken and less oil and andouille than in traditional gumbo, this version saves 357 calories, 32 grams of fat, 345 milligrams of sodium, and 49 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.
We have a satisfying low-carb alternative you might just prefer to heavy pasta.
Get the recipe at Delish.
To lighten up this soup, substitute low-sodium chicken broth and use only 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, and you'll save 68 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 453 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Your childhood favorite is just as ooey gooey without the bread.
Get the recipe at Delish.
This drink skips sugary triple sec, instead gaining its flavor from fresh lime juice, agave syrup, orange zest, and mint&mdashfor a savings of 80 calories per cocktail.
Tortillas are great, but we feel confident enough to say you will prefer your enchiladas with zucchini.
Get the recipe at Delish.
Premade empanada dough saves time, as well as 9 grams of fat and 88 calories, versus piecrust. That, plus opting for all-white chicken meat and low-fat milk (no cream or butter), brings the total to 196 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 83 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.
7 Refreshing Poolside Cocktails
Hosting a pool party this weekend? Swap out the cooler full of beer for a cocktail. Here are seven excellent drinks to make poolside.
Hosting a pool party this weekend? Swap out the cooler full of beer for a cocktail. Here are seven excellent drinks to make poolside:
1. Cucumber Margarita
The only thing more refreshing than a margarita is one made with cucumbers. The cucumber-infused tequila also makes a great punch.
2. Strawberry-Lemon Mojitos
Strawberries sweeten these mojitos. Use a molasses-based rum (like white Brugal) for a smoother drink, or a sugarcane-based rum (such as white Barbancourt) for a drier cocktail.
3. Brewsky Sangria
Roger Kugler&aposs tangy beer-based sangria was inspired by a British customer&aposs request for a shandy, a refreshing blend of lager beer and lemonade or soda.
4. Pineapple-Sake Sangria with Jalapeño
This sake-based punch from chef Helene Henderson is refreshing and spicy thanks to an easy-to-make jalapeño syrup.
5. Rum & Tonic
Todd Thrasher says this cocktail puts him in vacation mode. He’s a longtime scuba diver, and when he visits the Caribbean island of Bonaire, this is his go-to drink after a day in the water.
6. Strawberry-Basil-Balsamic Daiquiri
This pleasantly sweet-tangy drink was inspired by the classic Italian pairing of strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
7. Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail
When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint and fresh lime juice.
Refreshing! And potentially debilitating, so be careful.
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15 Incredible Recipes That Will Impress Absolutely Anyone
There are a few dishes that, if you know how to make them at home, will definitely earn you praise. They're classic, they're impressive, and they taste amazing. Perfect these 15 recipes and everyone will think you're the best chef around.
1. NOLA BBQ Shrimp
Cook shrimp with the flavors of New Orleans, and your guests are guaranteed to ask for seconds.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you can make a perfect chocolate chip cookie, you can win anyone's heart. This recipe from Jacques Torres is your ticket.
3. Cheese Soufflé
Being able to cook a soufflé is the ultimate sign of an expert chef. Let Julia Child be your guide.
If you walk out of the kitchen with lobster on your serving tray, you will turn heads for sure, especially when that lobster is drenched in coconut butter and pineapple green curry sauce.
5. Fruit Tart
Make the prettiest, tastiest breakfast ever with this fruit tart.
6. Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken
There are about a billion ways to cook chicken and almost as many ways to cook it badly. This foolproof recipe will ensure you get it right.
7. Honey Goat Cheese Pizza
This homemade pizza topped with honey goat cheese and caramelized onions will have everyone swooning.
8. Cream Puffs
You pretty much need to master profiteroles, aka cream puffs, as they are the consummate French dessert.
9. Molten Lava Cakes
Are you ever sad to be served a molten chocolate lava cake? Of course not. Your guests will be thrilled to end their evening this way.
10. Boeuf Bourguignon
Boeuf Bourguignon, aka beef Burgundy, is another French dish that needs to be a part of your fancy food repertoire.
11. A Better Brownie
These are the best brownies ever. Perfect them and you'll be everyone's favorite.
12. Hearty Bolognese
If you know how to make a good Bolognese sauce, you will always have a wonderful dinner at your fingertips, whether it's for a weeknight alone or a weekend with guests.
13. Sweet Potato and Lime Taquitos
Anybody can throw together a taco. Taquitos, on the other hand, will show your guests just how amazing you are.
14. Chicken and Artichoke Ravioli
Pasta may sound boring, but homemade ravioli is the absolute best.
15. Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid
Even the most delicious chicken pot pie can look homely until you turn it into a beautiful braid. This is comfort food at its most delicious and most gorgeous.
Jane Maynard is a food blogger at This Week for Dinner and Babble, a writer and designer, and a lover of all things chocolate.
I never let strawberry season pass without mixing at least a few cocktails. To make this one we muddle the fruit with simple syrup, lime juice, and mint leaves, shake with vodka, and top with club soda. Muddle the strawberries first before adding the mint—you want the berries to be completely pulverized, but the mint will turn bitter if you're too rough with it.
Make Your Own Mini Pizzas + Homemade Pizza Dough
Mini pizzas on homemade thin crust dough + tons of topping ideas! These little bites are perfect for parties and fun for weeknights!
One of the best things about knowing how to cook is that you turn whatever’s in your fridge into a fabulous, delicious appetizer for friends and family!
With a batch of freshly made pizza dough, mozzarella, sauce, and a few of my favorite toppings, these little two-bite pizzas were easy to make and a total hit. Well… I didn’t have a chance to taste more than one of them, but if there weren’t guests to feed you could bet I’d have gone back for more!
I like to make my pizza dough at home – There’s something that knocks my socks off about watching a bunch of simple ingredients turn into a puffy, cloudlike ball of bready goodness! Plus, you can add in dried herbs or grated cheese and give it a little extra flavor than the store bought stuff.
Read up on how to get these perfect mini pizza circles in the recipe below.
Now onto the good stuff! Sometimes you just gotta use what you got. This time, it was roasted red peppers, spinach, ham, and a thoroughly loved block of Asiago cheese. Oh, Asiago I love you.
Onto the pizza they went, along with freshly grated ribbons of shredded mozzarella and a swirl of my favorite pasta sauce. You can use pizza sauce, too, or do it up homemade with your bad self!
After baking for about ten minutes, these bubbling hot beauties were ready for munching – and boy, did they go fast!
Get inspired with plenty of creative topping ideas below, including different meats, vegetables, cheeses and more than you may not have tried before. I love to get funky with different flavors, and pizza is a great canvas for experimenting!
Pimm’s Winter Cup
The Pimm’s Cup is typically a summer drink that uses a gin-based fruit liqueur and is almost always decked out with plenty of fruit garnishes. Put a twist on this sunny classic by mixing up the flavors of fresh orange and cinnamon and serving it hot, as the Culinary Ginger suggests.