Sally Draper’s French Toast with Rum Sauce

One of my favorite episodes of Mad Men is “The Beautiful Girls” (Season 4, Episode 9). There are so many things I love about this particular episode, but I love Sally’s scenes the best. I love any Sally-centric episode, really. She’s my favorite Mad Men character, because without going into years worth of details probably best saved for a therapist, I am Sally. Her scenes with Don always remind me of my relationship with my dad, and this scene is no exception. My dad is actually the one who taught me how to make French toast. Thanks dad!

Anyway, back to the food. Sally spends the night at Don’s apartment and in the morning he wakes up to her cooking french toast for him.
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Mad MenMad MenShe thinks she put Mrs. Butterworth’s on it but it’s RUM. Oh Sally. She doesn’t know it but she’s a culinary genius.

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Don is right. It isn’t bad. It’s actually quite delicious.

You might not want to just pour rum all over your french toast, because that might raise some red flags about your relationship with alcohol, but rum sauce is perfectly fine. Here’s how to make it.

Mad Men Inspired Food: Sally Draper's Buttered Rum Sauce on French Toast

Buttered Rum Sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup spiced dark rum
2 tbs butter

In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and cream to a simmer. Stir in rum and butter, bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Serve over french toast.

I got challah from Canter’s and cut it into thick slices. Thick cut challah makes the best french toast. It soaks up a lot of the egg mixture so when you cook it the middle stays fluffy and the outside gets crispy and brown. Yummmm.

You probably know how to make french toast, but just in case. Here’s how I like to do it.

French Toast

4 pieces of thick cut challah
4 Eggs
1 cup Heavy cream
zest of half an orange

Whisk together the eggs, cream, and orange zest. Place bread in the mixture and let it soak for a few seconds on each side. Cook in a pan with butter.

Mad Men Inspired Food: Sally Draper's Buttered Rum Sauce on French Toast

New favorite breakfast ever. Thanks Sals!

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Lucky Charms Cake Mix Cookies

I’m a huge fan of cereal. Any cereal. I can eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The sugary, food-colored kind is my favorite though. We were trying to think up a few fun recipes and it got me thinking –what can we make with cereal? What else goes well with milk? Cookies, duh.

Lucky Charms Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies are cakey and tender, they actually kind of remind me of cupcake tops (aka the best part). This recipe can be adapted to use any cereal (and trust me I’ll be doing that), but since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, Lucky Charms were the perfect choice. Besides tasting good, they’re super cute and colorful.

The base of this recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker’s Gooey Butter Cookie recipe.

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18 oz) box moist vanilla cake mix
1 cup Lucky Charms marshmallows

Directions Set oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Using a wooden spoon, stir in Lucky Charms marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours until firm. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until set.

Lucky Charms Cake Mix CookiesOriginally, I tried using the cereal pieces along with the marshmallows, but they got way too chewy and gross and didn’t add much to the flavor of the cookie. I would definitely recommend avoiding them. Just pick out all the cute marshmallows. They’re are the best part anyway.

Lucky Charms Cake Mix Cookies

Moonshine Cherry Vanilla Chocolate Milkshake

I recently received a jar of these moonshine cherries from Ole Smoky and I am completely smitten. I’m sure I’m going to be using them for heaps of things, but you know me and boozy desserts. I immediately blended them up in a creamy milkshake with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate shavings. They’re soaked in 100 proof moonshine so they have a serious kick. I was buzzing on both sugar and alcohol by the time I was halfway through the shake. Perfect.

Moonshine Cherry Chocolate Vanilla shake

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I figured I would share my recipe with you. Either you’re going to want to share this with a date, maybe your gals if you’re into the Galentine’s thing, or you’re going to drink the entire thing alone while watching some Audrey Hepburn movie on Netflix. Either way alcohol, ice cream, and chocolate are pretty standard on Valentine’s Day. Here’s how to mix them all together for a bomb.com milkshake.

I used a 16 oz glass…don’t judge me.

1 pint vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries (with liquid)

2 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

Blend it all together with a splash of milk if needed. Serve with whipped cream, more chocolate, and a moonshine cherry on top.

 

Ole Smoky describes the cherries as “a sweet hello followed by a warm goodbye.” I can’t describe it any better. When mixed with creamy ice cream and bitter dark chocolate, it’s the ultimate dessert combo. Try it!

 

Thank you to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine for providing product for this post.

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizzas

My ideal Valentine’s Day is spent at home with a nice meal, good drinks, lots of candy, and a movie. My husband and I aren’t really into going out to crowded restaurants or the usual date stuff, so we usually put on some good tunes and cook together at home. A really fun thing to make at home is pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza?

Pizza is good in any shape, but if you want to get really festive for V Day, you have to make everything heart shaped. It’s a rule or something. Like heart shaped personal pizzas with heart shaped pepperonis, obviously.

Behold the perfect Valentine.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaThese are pretty basic but fun to make. Just make or buy your favorite pizza dough, separate it into 4 equal parts, and shape it into hearts.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaTo make the hearts I used a fondant cutter. A mini cookie cutter would also work. You can even fold the pepperoni and cut a heart like you would with paper hearts. Since I made mini pizzas I made mini hearts.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaAdd your sauce and cheese, and then the pepperoni hearts. Tip: If you put some cornmeal on your baking sheet your pizza won’t stick.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaThat’s it. Pop them in the oven and then behold the cuteness. I never want to eat regular shaped pepperoni again! So dainty.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizzas

These are also perfect to make for girls night or with the whole family, any time of the year, really.

 

 

Aperol, Rose, and Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe

 

As you can see above, I really like this cool spot in San Diego called Polite Provisions, and one of my favorite drinks on the menu is the Veronica Rose. The menu’s description reads “Aperol, rose gomme, and sparkling wine”. Perfect.

It’s delicious and beautiful, but since I can’t get down to San Diego every time I want one, I recreated it at home. Here’s my version of the Veronica Rose.

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine

 

This recipe makes two drinks:

1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. rose syrup (I recommend Royal Rose Syrup)
3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz sparkling wine

Stir Aperol, rose syrup, and bitters with a cube of ice, strain into chilled glasses. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist or, as I like to do, a rose petal.

Veronica Rose Recipe - aperol, rose, and sparkling wine

Or if you only want to make it a serving for one…get serious, just use a larger glass.

 

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine

Warm Up With Nutella Hot Chocolate

Based on all of the snow and rain pictures that I’m seeing across social media this week, I think it’s safe to say we could all use a little hot chocolate. If you want to warm up and don’t give a fuck about the calories, you need this hot chocolate in your life. It’s my favorite recipe because it contains NUTELLA.

Nutella Hot Chocolate!!!

 

In fact all you need is Nutella and milk. That’s it.

Ingredients:
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup Nutella

Heat the milk in a small pot over medium heat. Add Nutella and whisk until it’s combined and frothy. Pour into mugs and enjoy.

Optional: If you want to get really wild, sprinkle with a pinch of flaked sea salt.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

 

 

Bring In The New Year With This Cocktail Cooler

You guys didn’t think I would leave you in 2014 without a drink recipe did you? If you want to do something other than champs, try this Remsen Cooler. It’s gin based because gin is my favorite.

This recipe is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a mild cocktail so you can drink your way into the new year and not pass out before the ball drops.

Remsen Cooler Recipe

 

Recipe makes one drink.

2 oz dry gin
Juice of 1 lemon
Top it off with club soda
Serve in a tall glass over ice

Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2015 is amazing.

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