Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rosemary Gold Rush

When I'm perusing cocktail menus, there are a few ingredients that I can rarely pass up: bourbon, honey, and lemon. So how did I never know that there is a cocktail made solely from those three things?!

And then the Gold Rush entered my life.

While on a pre-Thanksgiving bar crawl in Houston, Texas, I stumbled across this version of my new holy trifecta at Mongoose versus Cobra (yup, sweet bar name). My three favorite ingredients plus my latest cocktail kick - rosemary!

I was back home for approximately 36 hours before I had to try making it myself. And it was just as glorious in my kitchen as it was at MvC. It's slightly time intensive when you start out, but make a large batch of syrup and then add it to everything in your life.

Rosemary Gold Rush
makes 1 cocktail

2 oz bourbon
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 oz rosemary-honey simple syrup (see below)
Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Shake bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice. Strain into a glass over more ice, garnish with rosemary.

{rosemary-honey simple syrup}

1/3 cup honey
2/3 cup water
4-5 sprigs rosemary

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. While simmering, use a wooden spoon every once and a while to break up and muddle the rosemary.

Place saucepan in refrigerator and let cool for 30-45 minutes.

Strain into a jar or squeeze bottle; store in fridge for 1-2 months.
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Wine Bottle Hat & Scarf

With Thanksgiving so late in November this year, I think December crept up on more than a few of us. We're eating turkey and cranberry sauce, and a few days later - bam - holiday parties and Yankee swaps are upon us.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rosemary-Cranberry Margaritas

I'm a big supporter of wine, but in my book, the perfect start to a leisurely, multi-course meal is a delicious, lovingly prepared cocktail.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Custard & Apple Tart

Apple + Pie - Check.
Ginger + Apple - Check.
Apple slices + Peanut butter - Check.

Why, oh why, aren't apple-peanut butter desserts a fall staple?

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkin Week: Homemade Pumpkin Butter

To finish out Pumpkin Week, what better than a pumpkin condiment that you can incorporate into your life for weeks to come?

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pumpkin Week: DIY Mini Pumpkins

Now for a Pumpkin Week post that doesn't involve eating any pumpkins. Or, for that matter, scooping out any pumpkin goo. Pick up a few mini pumpkins or gourds, skip the carving, and create some colorful little fall accents.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Week: Pumpkin & White Bean Bruschetta

Some foods are really delicious but just not that photogenic. Maybe so that only the faithful will get to enjoy them.

Also I take all my photos on an iPhone, so the blame may rest on something to do with that.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pumpkin Week: Curried Pumpkin & Chevre Phyllo Cups

We've tried our hand at a pumpkin entree and a pumpkin dessert; a pumpkin amuse-bouche is definitely in order. And obviously I jump at the opportunity to use cool French words.

(True story: a few months ago I made an amuse-bouche joke at a dinner party and no one laughed, or even acknowledged it. I then repeated it to my boyfriend days later for validation and learned that maybe not all amuse-bouche references are clever.)

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pumpkin Week: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Week continues with a pumpkin classic. Well, not as classic as pumpkin pie (I have never made a single pumpkin pie!), but chocolate chip cookies turned pumpkin are becoming pretty common (in pumpkin-loving households, anyway).

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pumpkin Week: Pumpkin, Gorgonzola & Prosciutto Lasagna Roll Ups

It's Pumpkin Week!

I realize that as it's been two years since Pumpkin Week 2.0, this may have lost some brand recognition. To catch you up: for a week in October, I create all pumpkin-related posts to honor the season and the blog's name. Pretty simple.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

{Vegan} Cardamom Fudge

Looking for a dessert that is:

- easy
- no-bake
- no fuss to transport
- customizable
- gluten-free and vegan

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower & White Cheddar Soup

The weather here is a bit fickle, but we've had some days where a nice hearty soup hits the spot. This is a great recipe for a filling, creamy soup, without all the cream but with tons of flavor (and a good amount of cheese).

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Perfect Manhattan

Given all the recipes on this blog, including many cocktail recipes (um, including two cucumber gimlet recipes), I have no idea how I've never included a Manhattan. My go-to cocktail, both at home and at the bar, this is sure to please any whiskey fan. (If you don't like whiskey, maybe not.)

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Okay, back to fall. I ended last week with a last hurrah to summer sweets, but after a weekend of apple-picking, those baked peaches seem like a lifetime ago.

Good thing fall baked goods are the best kind of baked goods.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Brown Sugar Baked Peaches

Okay, time for a slight break from fall.

Yes, fall, I still love you and want to eat the meal equivalent of you every day by cooking as many squash as I can get my hands on, but sometimes there are some hangers-on from summer that are too delicious to ignore.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Browned Sage Butter

If you're going to do something, do it all the way, right? That's how I've been handling the arrival of fall and the urge to cook autumnal snacks and meals. I'm just making everything I eat from pumpkin, squash, and sweet potato. So far, so good.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gallery Wall Install

Something tells me I'm not the only one who has been contemplating a gallery wall in my house for months on end. They're a little daunting, right? All those frames, all that measuring and leveling, the fear that it will look like utter crap when it's finally up...

Well, I finally bit the bullet last weekend and redid our hallway. And with a few tricks here and there, it was much less painful than I anticipated!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Game Day Sliders

Last week I said it felt like fall, but it didn't really, did it? Something was definitely missing.

Ahh, yes. Football!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Is it... fall?

Kinda maybe. I made these this past weekend in Missouri on a 97ish degree day, so maybe not. But yesterday in Boston it didn't make it past the 60s, so we're definitely in transition.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Spiked Ginger Lemonade

Do you live in Boston? Do you ever visit the Bon Me food truck? Because you should.

Just kidding. I really don't need to wait longer than 30 minutes in line for my go-to Thursday lunch. So if you're not already there, stay away.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Nutella-Stuffed Coffee Cake Muffins

Happy Monday morning!


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Friday, August 16, 2013

Candle Centerpieces

Spoiler: this may not be my most earth-shattering post. The moral is, candles are a simple and attractive way to add pops of color around the house.

Here are three ways I use candles to complement my decor:

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gooey Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut butter and chocolate. Need I say more?

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Caprese Risotto with Blackened Balsamic Chicken

Who doesn't like the combination of juicy, ripe tomatoes, velvety mozzarella, and fresh basil? If you don't, skip this post. And maybe reevaluate your life view.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY Painted Bottles

Want an excuse to save a pretty bottle? Start stock piling your favorites!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

I have something absolutely ridiculous to tell you guys.

Are you sitting down?


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Friday, August 2, 2013

Chili Spiced Haddock

Need a quick main dish with tons of flavor? The most time-consuming part of this spicy fish recipe is chopping the vegetables, which you can do ahead of time!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY Bar Tray

Who knew that trays would be a massive trend in home decor? Obviously the tray has been around for quite some time; now it just costs a ridiculous amount of money.

I made this customized serving tray to hold liquor on my bar in about 30 minutes for less than $20 - you can too!
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Monday, July 29, 2013


Growing up, my family visited New Orleans a lot, and as a kid I was in heaven eating beignets at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.

I just got back from a quick NOLA trip, where I got to see all my best friends AND my favorite aunt and uncle. Not only did I get to stuff my face at Cafe Du Monde with my girlfriends, I brought home a box of their famous beignet mix so I can stuff my face at home!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Maple Soy Steak Tips

There's something about maple syrup. I don't love sweet sauces (I kind of hate BBQ, and don't get me started on ketchup), but that rich maple flavor, especially when combined with some salty counterpoints (mmmm, salt) is one of my favorite starting points for a great marinade.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No-Sew Lengthened Curtains

Okay, full disclosure: these start with a pair of actual curtains, but lengthened with a fabric of your choice. And you could sew them, if you so chose, but my sewing machine was on the fritz.

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Monday, July 22, 2013


This is one of my go-to yummy, feeds-a crowd, not-too-bad-for-you basic recipes. Yes, it's pasta and meat sauce, but you can dress it up enough to serve to company, or just make a big batch and freeze it for yourself!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

B+W Striped Shorts

Remember 2 years ago when I finally discovered Polyvore?

Is anyone still on there?

Summer Nights
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Washi Tape Projects

Do you:
  • Have a stash of washi tape at home and are brainstorming for your next project?
  • Love looking at washi tape because it's so pretty but can't think of an excuse to buy some?
  • Not know what the hell washi tape is but get the feeling it's all over Pinterest and Etsy?

If so, read on!
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Fresh Grape Fizz

I love Trader Joe's. But they're not perfect. Maybe it's only their locations in Boston, but the produce at TJ's here has some longevity issues. Still, I do almost all of my shopping there, so I end up buying some questionable fruits and veggies.

Back to the subject at hand. I bought a 2 pound carton of their seedless grape medley, and two days later the grapes were looking as if they might not last another 6 hours. What to do with a heaping pile of slightly-softening fruit?

Make a cocktail!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

I'm back!

After a year and a half of defunctitude, The Pumpkin Patch is back in action. We've made a few small tweaks here and there to the blog's template and design, but basically the goal is to get back to posting delicious recipes, fun craft ideas, and fashion inspiration.

I'm not sure how many readers could possibly still be in existence, but stay tuned this week for brand new posts!
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