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      Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker

      Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker

      While I was on Summer break, I did a lot of eating and drinking. A LOT! The Home Chef Extraordinaire outdid himself with all sorts of fresh, healthy, colorful foods so you can expect to see more of his tasty recipes added to my Colorful Eats series. Somewhere in between food gorging and taste testing, I got the bright idea to experiment with spirits, mixers and garnishes to see if I could create some beverages that would live up to the very high standard set by the culinary wizard. Wine.com and other places for the ingredients for tasty libations were bookmarked and favorited for easy access because each drink I came up with always seemed to require a whole new set of ingredients. One night, my kitchen island looked like a fully stocked bar in a nightclub!

       

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      You should know that I don't drink alcohol. That's right, I'm a non-imbiber and I have spent a lot of my adult life trying to find restaurants and bars that don't treat those of us who choose to not to indulge like kids or even worse, outcasts with only the standard Shirley Temples, juices and sodas amongst their limited offerings. Pre-Covid, mocktails were starting to become trendy, with some innovative spaces dedicated to the non-alcoholic lifestyle popping up all over the country. From exotic herbal elixirs to spirit alternatives, booze-free living no longer has to be boring and monotonous. 

      I wanted to share a few of my successful liquid experiments with you so Colorful Cocktails will be a new blog series featuring beautiful concoctions that I've imagined and even a few standards that I've reimagined. The first drink on the menu is called the The Heartbreaker. It was a drink originally created in honor of Valentine's Day (hence the name) and you can find variations all over the web but my spin is a bit unique. It's pale pink in color and a bit on the sweet side so I recommend serving it for showers, brunches or afternoons on the deck. And please feel free to substitute your favorite alcoholic spirit for my spirit alternative. Check out the recipe below!

      Heartbreaker Cocktail Ingredients | The Color Lab Blog

       

      The Heartbreaker

      makes 1 serving

      Ingredients

      1 oz tequila (the Home Chef's favorite!) or tequila alternative (<-- LOVE this!)

      1 oz fresh lemon juice

      1/2 oz rose syrup (this one is best - vegan and gluten-free!)

      ice cubes or crushed ice 

      edible rose petals (optional)

       

      Instructions

      1. Place tequila or tequila alternative, lemon juice and rose syrup in a shaker with a few ice cubes or crushed ice for a less intense flavor. Shake briefly to mix.

      2. Pour into a glass of your choice (these are perfect!) straight or over crushed ice for less intensity.

      3. Garnish with a few edible rose petals. Enjoy!

      NOTE: Please drink responsibly!

       

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      Until next time, raise a glass to living a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      I'm about to head off for some much needed rest and relaxation. In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. It's that time for me. It's critical at any time but especially now when the world is a bit chaotic and frenzied. So my wish for you everyday is peace and harmony - may you find you find your way to your own Shangri-la. And good food.

      But before I left, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs and he's concocted a dish that's great for lunch or dinner and perfect for kid's meals. The taste key is the use of fresh rosemary. It adds a depth of flavor to the dish and with the spicy brown mustard, provides an aromatic tanginess that is oh-so palate appealing. As is always his custom, to keep the dish healthy and juicy, the preparation is done in an Air Fryer but this main dish can be prepared in the oven as well. While the dish itself is not extremely colorful, you must admit that the addition of steamed brussel sprouts and carrots all on my beautiful serving platter makes it all photo fabulous! You can find the fast, super simple recipe below:

      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

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      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      (serves 4)

      PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES

      COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

       

      Ingredients

      2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard

      1 tbsp maple syrup

      1 tbsp fresh rosemary

      ½ tsp onion powder

      ½ tsp garlic powder

      ¼ tsp paprika

      ¼ tsp salt

      ¼ tsp black pepper

      4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

       

      Directions 

      1.  MIX together the mustard, maple syrup, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

      2.  COAT the chicken thighs in the mustard glaze and set aside.

      3.  SELECT Preheat on the Air Fryer, adjust to 380°F, and press Start/Pause.

      4.  PLACE the chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer and top with any left over glaze.

      5.  SELECT Chicken, adjust time to 20 minutes, and press Start/Pause.

       

      Until next time, live a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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        Colorful Eats: Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings

        Colorful Eats: Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings

        WARNING: This dish is NOT for those with tender taste buds. Stay away if when you think of spicy or hot foods, you think of buffalo wings or chicken curry. This time, the Home Chef Extraordinaire went full on blow-the-roof-off-your-mouth with his version of the Jamaican classic Jerk Chicken Wings. His process is not traditional, meaning these wings were not smoked and slow-cooked over an open fire, but as someone who has had Jerk Chicken prepared in that manor, this rendition is remarkably close.  


        Colorful Eats: Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings | The Color Lab Blog

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        To achieve the intense level of flavor for this dish, you might think that the prep time would be extensive but even though there are a lot of ingredients necessary to build the savory heat, this meal is so easy to make, you'll want to call on it again and again when you're in need of something fierce and fiery on the menu. As always the Home Chef Extraordinaire kept the cooking simple and healthy with the use his formidable power blender and air fryer. And the beautiful serving platter he selected makes this dish all the more spicy! (The platter seen here is currently unavailable but I love this one too!) Have no fear and give this delectable dish a try. The recipe is ready for you below:

         

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        Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings

         (serves 4)

        Ingredients

        2 spring onions, roughly chopped
        1 sprig of thyme
        1 fresh red Scotch bonnet, stems removed and roughly chopped
        1 tbsp garlic powder
        1 tbsp ground cinnamon
        1 tbsp ground allspice
        1 tbsp smoked paprika
        1 tbsp ground nutmeg
        1 tbsp cayenne pepper
        1 tbsp dried parsley
        1 tbsp white pepper
        1 tbsp ground cumin
        2 tsp sea salt
        1 tsp ground cloves
        1 tsp brown sugar
        1-12 oz bottle Red Stripe lager or any amber lager beer
        3 lbs chicken wings, cleaned, tips removed, drums and flat separated

        Directions

        1.  ADD all ingredients except chicken wings into a blender and mix well to create a marinade.

        2.  PLACE chicken wings in a large sealable refrigerator bag. Pour marinade into the bag. 

        3.  SEAL bag and toss chicken wings so they are well coated.

        4.  PLACE bag into refrigerator and marinate chicken wings for 1 hour. (Marinate for 12-24 hours for more intense flavor)

        5.  PLACE marinated chicken wings into a pre-heated air fryer. (Alternatively, chicken can be placed on a foil lined baking sheet and baked at 400 degrees, about 45 minutes)

        6.  COOK chicken wings in air fryer on the Chicken setting - 25 minutes at 380 degrees.

        7. SHAKE the air fryer basket about halfway through cooking.

        8. REMOVE the chicken wings and place on a serving platter.

         

        Enjoy!

        Love, Juliet 

         

         

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        Colorful Eats: Fish on Friday

        Colorful Eats: Fish on Friday

        So the super home chef/man in my life has another hit meal to share! As is his cooking modus operandi, this dish is colorful, easy to make, healthy and delectable. If you're in need of a delicious lunch or dinner idea and love fish, consider his appetizing recipe below. The secret sauce? Prep time is minimal and the Air Fryer gives the fish a perfect crispness without a batter. 

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        Salmon and Fettuccine Fiesta

        serves 2

        Ingredients

        1 lb salmon filet

        1 pack of refrigerated fettuccine pasta (we like this brand)

        3-4 garlic cloves, sliced

        ¼ cup diced onions

        ¼ cup diced black olives

        1 medium green pepper, diced

        2 tbsp olive oil

        ½ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, sliced

        ¼ cup black olives, diced

        1 tsp dried basil

        1 tsp dried oregano

        ½ tsp dried thyme

        ¼ tsp red pepper flakes

        1 cup diced tomatoes

        2 bay leaves

        Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste

        1 cup fresh chopped spinach (frozen spinach in a bag can be used)

        1 tbsp butter or buttery spread

         

        Directions

        1. Saute garlic, onions and peppers in olive oil.

        2. Add sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, basil, oregano and pepper flakes. Stir and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.

        3. Stir in fresh tomatoes and bay leaves. Cover pan with lid and simmer for about 20-30 minutes to create a sauce. 

        4. Slice salmon into serving sizes and season with salt and pepper. Take 1 tbsp of the sauce and drizzle over salmon.

        5. Place salmon in air fryer at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (for medium doneness). Alternatively, you can pan fry the salmon in a little olive oil.

        6. Cook fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain.

        7. Steam spinach until tender. Once done, season to taste and toss with butter.

        8. Serve by layering each serving with fettuccine first, spinach, salmon, then top with the rest of the sauce. Enjoy!

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with joy and color!

        LOve, Juliet

         

         

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        Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

        Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

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        I love to cook! Cooking is therapeutic. Dicing and chopping, slicing and dicing, grilling and chilling....it's all so cathartic. Using the finest fresh ingredients and high quality cookware is a thrill! Here's the thing. I don't have time to cook anymore and while I try to squeeze in a meal prep on slightly less hectic weekends, my intentions are usually thwarted by some unexpected business task or just utter exhaustion. Luckily, I live with the most intuitive home chef I've ever met. I'm not exaggerating when I say his skills with the skillet are incomparable. He doesn't use cookbooks and he seems to have no need to plan. (Although he does say that he consults with this cookbook for inspiration from time to time). He can take whatever food is available in our kitchen and make magic.

        Most of his meals are filled with color. Sometimes the palettes seem to be so expertly coordinated that I have ask if he worked with a color chart to create the dish. While he says it's coincidental that his meals have vibrancy and depth, I'd like to believe he has a creative eye for composition and detail and that some of me and my deep love of color has rubbed off. (You should know that I see art in everything, even food.)

         

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        Colorful Eats: A Simple, Satisfying, Eye-Catching Meal For Any Day of the Week

        His latest masterpiece was mindblowingly simple yet tasted just as layered and flavorful as many dishes I've consumed in fine dining restaurants. Also it's meatless so you can add it to your Mondays and vegetarians can enjoy. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this meal can be prepared in 45 minutes or less! 

        Vegetable Color Blast Bowl 

        serves 2

        Ingredients

        1 large sweet potato, cubed

        1/2 cup of fresh corn kernels  (frozen corn can be substituted)

        1 cup of brussel sprouts, shaved

        1 cup fresh carrots, shaved or chopped 

        1 cup fresh kale (frozen kale can be used)

        2 cloves garlic, chopped

        1/2 teaspoon cumin

        1/2 teaspoon curry powder

        1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

        Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste

        Olive oil spray or 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil

        1 cup brown rice

         

        Directions

        1. Cook brown rice according to package instructions.

        2. Place all ingredients except brown rice and kale in an air fryer (we love this one).

        3. Spray a light coating olive oil on the vegetable mixture and cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Alternatively, add virgin olive oil to a saute pan at medium temperature and saute vegetables until tender.

        3. Steam the kale until tender.

        4. Serve by layering brown rice first, vegetable mixture, then top with steamed kale. Enjoy!

        Until next time, may your life be filled with joy and color!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

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