• Two women standing in a coffee shop with bags of coffee behind them.

    Dublin Roasters in Frederick: 5 Cool Facts

    Admittedly, it doesn’t take much to bring me joy — they say “it’s the small things,” and I’d have to agree. Like a breathtaking sunset, an announcement of a new season of your favorite show, or really good coffee. Speaking of really good coffee, I was invited to tour Dublin Roasters in Frederick, Maryland, while on a mini-vacation to the area earlier this fall. The goal of my visit was to understand the process by which they specially roast their uniquely sourced beans, as well as learn more about Serina Roy’s vision as owner and founder — and to have a tasty latte along the way. (Of course, right?) And…

  • These recipes—including juicy seared pork chops, oven fried chicken thighs and a refreshing gin mojito—are consistently the top reader favorites from amusingfoodie.com.

    Reader Favorites From amusingfoodie.com

    These recipes—including juicy seared pork chops, oven fried chicken thighs and a refreshing gin mojito—are consistently the top reader favorites from amusingfoodie.com. We all have our go-to recipes. The ones that make it into the weekly dinner rotation, or that always come out when you’re hosting a party. I’d have to imagine that given the consistent popularity of these recipes on amusingfoodie.com, these reader favorites are also go-tos for a lot of you, too. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to check out some of my favorite kitchen tools! 1. Blueberry Crumble Bars These blueberry crumble bars are simple to make, with only a few ingredients, many of which…

  • Make this yummy black raspberry frappe at home in minutes, with only a few ingredients, to celebrate summer. Whether it's taking time to read a new novel, hanging poolside with your kids, or enjoying a BBQ with friends, we like how you party!

    Black Raspberry Frappé

    Make this yummy black raspberry frappé at home in minutes—with only a few ingredients—to celebrate summer. Whether it’s taking time to read a new novel, hanging poolside with your kids, or enjoying a BBQ with friends, we like how you party! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FrappeYourWay #CollectiveBias One of my favorite things about summertime is the excuse to slow things down because of hot weather and fewer activities on the calendar. If I were smart, I wouldn’t wait for a seasonal excuse to relax our schedules, but we all know that’s not as easy as it seems…

  • The rise in popularity of bitters.

    The Rise In Popularity Of Bitters

    A few years ago I was in Hershey, Pa., for a business trip. I’d been to Hershey Park before; we’re lucky to live pretty close, and how can you not visit “The Sweetest Place On Earth” when it’s less than two hours away?! Right. This particular business trip was the first time I’d stayed overnight, and also the first time I’d visited The Hershey Hotel and their Woodside Cottages. It was winter, light snow flurries were falling, and it was absolutely stunning. The service was impeccable, clearly surpassing any other four star hotel at which I’ve stayed—from their concierge service to the wait-staff at one of the in-house restaurants, trevi…

  • Mojitos with gin are the perfect twist on a classic cocktail!

    Mojitos With Gin

    If you’re looking for a new and yummy cocktail to try, mojitos with gin are a fun twist on a classic drink that screams summertime (or anytime, as far as I’m concerned)! I just returned home from our family vacation, relaxed from a break of the everyday — including the interwebs (save some Instagramming), work, and general day-to-day slother. Ahhhh, it feels good. Every few years the family changes up the location where the we all (the four of us, my parents, and my sister and brother-in-law) meet up. This summer we decided to visit Greenwood Lake in New York for the first time — a relaxing, sleepy place with great…

  • Grapefruit Cocktail using fresh grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and lemon. Bubbly and delicious!

    Grapefruit Cocktail

    After years of wine drinking (and the occasional Guinness or craft beer), I’ve discovered the world of cocktails. In part, I blame my sister, who began ordering them on the regular after moving to Brooklyn a few years ago. We have fun ordering cool sounding concoctions when we’re out up in the city, or when she visits Frederick (some yummier than others, I’ll admit, but being daring is part of the fun). We also pick a special holiday cocktail for family gatherings—something fun, festive, and a little different than the normal day-to-day fare. I still love a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or a Bloodline Blood Orange IPA. Don’t get…

  • Sparkling Cranberry Blackcurrant Lime Cocktails

    Sparkling Cranberry Blackcurrant Lime Cocktails

    These festive sparkling cranberry blackcurrant lime cocktails are perfect for the holiday season! Good eats are always one of my favorite things about the holidays. One year my family decided change up Christmas dinner by creating a themed menu based on popular meals from the Dickensian era. It was complete with roast duck, Dutchess potatoes, Yorkshire pud, plum pudding and a host of other treats! (Keeping it real: I wasn’t as big of a fan of the plum pudding as I’d hoped, though it was super exciting to light it on fire!) Each Christmas we’ll be picking a different theme, something that continues to shirk everyday modern fare and stretches…

  • Barefoot Refresh is a vibrant, light-bodied spritzer that’s perfect to serve at fun, summertime occasions in celebration of ‘Spritzer Season!’

    Chill With Friends and Barefoot Refresh® Spritzer

    Barefoot Refresh® is sponsoring this post about the time of year when the sun is shining, memories are made and cold, refreshing drinks are in demand. As we head into September, the days here in Maryland are warm, but the evenings are cool and comfortable. Summer’s coming to a close and my favorite time of the year is just beginning—fall! Whether I’m enjoying a bonfire on the beach with friends, or gathering on my back porch with the book club girls, crisp and fizzy spritzers go hand-in-hand. Every summer we spend a week at the Delaware shore with my side of the family. Our house sits right on the beach,…