Yes, I realize what you’re thinking. Bananas don’t grow in Brooklyn. So occasionally I slip a bit. I’m not perfect. See I ADMIT it! Bananas are just perfect little breakfast/snack foods. Something I can grab as I’m running late to work and eat on my walk to the subway. So occasionally I get the craving for a banana and buy a bunch at the Park Slope Food Coop. I prefer my bananas firm and a little on the unripe side, so usually go for the ones that are still a bit green on the outside. I make sure to only purchase 4 or 5 so we eat them in time. But as you can see, sometimes my best intentions fail.
So after my first attempt to make Cranberry Vodka went so well, I figured I could just apply the same principle to practically any infused liquor. I mean, really we’re talking liquor, fruit and sometimes a little sugar. Next summer I’m all about the berry vodkas, cherry bourbon..I can just go on and on. But with my Buddha Hand in, er, hand, courtesy of my Foodie Penpal, Andra, I was read to make some citrus vodka.
The last day of the month is very quickly becoming my favorite day of the month. Well, maybe only second to the day I actually receive my Foodie Penpal package. Plus there’s the day I get my assignment… It’s a tough call. For those of you just tuning in, Foodie Penpals is the brainchild of Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean. Every month you send a box of food to an assigned penpal and receive a box in return. How this concept only started a little over a year ago is insanity to me. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want to send and receive awesome foodie goodies every month?
As I think I mentioned in my menu post, I’m a huge fan of cooking big meals that require little effort. Braises, things in the crockpot, roasts–they’re all amazing because they’re set it and forget it items! Wow, I sound like an infomercial… But seriously, why would you ever want to do something like pan fry fish fillets for 8 while your guests are in the other room. You should be with them, socializing, enjoy a glass of wine and having fun–not hovering over the stove.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a sucker for berries and tend to pay way too much to secure the first of the season, especially strawberries. I kept seeing raspberries at the market, but way overpriced so I waited, and waited. Unfortunately, it got to the point that I thought I missed them completely. For the second year in a row, I was berry free.