Pistachio and Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I don’t bake many cakes.  I’m always happy to eat them, but the thought of frosting a triple-tiered cake stresses me out.  It’s probably for the best that we don’t have these treats around the house, as will power has never been one of my strengths.  There are no calories in a sliver or in a finger swipe of icing, right?
Breakfast breads are the cakes I so fondly remember from my childhood… banana bread or a sour cream coffee cake were made often, prepared for Sunday brunch or a quick afternoon snack.  I don’t make them quite as frequently as my mom does, but I do get the urge from time to time.  They don’t last long, either.  I’ll cut the majority for Eric to take to work, give a few pieces to friends, and save the rest for us to enjoy for a few days.
When asked to create a recipe for the KitchenAid blog, The Kitchenthusiast, I knew a coffee cake was in order. Baking a cake with pistachios has been on my list for a long time (years, in fact), so I used it as an opportunity to play around with what I believed would be the perfect pairing: pistachios and sour cream coffee cake.  And this guy (and his taste-tester husband) were not at all disappointed.
Disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, all opinions here are my own.
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Kelli @ The Corner KitchenSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:22 pm

I have a serious love for ALL things pistachio! This coffee cake looks amazing…hopping over to get the recipe!

Ali @ InspiralizedSeptember 27, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Beautiful pictures – looks delicious. This helps me transition from pistacchio-flavored frozen yogurt to a more mature pistacchio-centric food haha.

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 27, 2013 - 7:21 pm

I am with ya on the whole frosting a triple-tiered cake thing!! I can barely frost cupcakes :P This cake is definitely more my style. Looks great!

DeniseSeptember 27, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Oh, I have been craving coffee cake lately, maybe it is the chilly weather. Your version is definitely right up my alley with pistachios and sour cream is the bonus!

TieghanSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Oh I love pistachios! Just post pistachio cream pasta yesterday, but I can totally do another pistachio meal now! This looks incredible!

The view from Great IslandSeptember 28, 2013 - 4:17 am

I adore pistachios, they are so under appreciated!

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EileenSeptember 28, 2013 - 12:39 pm

This cake sounds SO good, which says something, because I am not much of a cake lover. Let’s just say I am 100% with you on the no icing. But lots of intense pistachio flavor plus sour cream tang? Yes please!

Averie @ Averie CooksSeptember 28, 2013 - 6:17 pm

The cake looks so soft and fluffy and like you, I am not one for piping 3-tier cakes. Eeek, no! I love a quickbread that doubles as a cake :) Totally same page as you. Beautiful cake, Brian!

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Liz @ The Lemon BowlSeptember 29, 2013 - 9:48 am

Beautiful photos, as always. And frankly I’m glad it’s not bright green. ;-)

MonetSeptember 29, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Delicious Brian! You know I’m a sucker for pistachios…and this cake looks so moist. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a happy Sunday!

Diane {Created by Diane}September 30, 2013 - 2:53 am

oh I’m loving by this cake. Pistachios are so delicious and your cake looks great!

Jeanette's Healthy LivingSeptember 30, 2013 - 11:41 am

I love the idea of using pistachios in a cake – naturally beautiful!

CaraSeptember 30, 2013 - 1:02 pm

How did you know I’ve been dreaming of pistachio cakes? Next time you’re in New York I’ll introduce you to my favorite one (it’ll be my second favorite after I try this though).

Jess @ Flying on Jess FuelSeptember 30, 2013 - 1:11 pm

This looks so amazing. I love anything with that almond/pistachio flavor… I’m drooling over this!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 30, 2013 - 9:17 pm

I’m with you, I’ve never been the multiple layer cake type but more of the rustic and rough around the edges afternoon snack cake kind and a pistachio one sounds fantastic!

Alison LewisOctober 1, 2013 - 1:35 am

you had me at “pistachio”

Andrew FrishmanOctober 1, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Mnnn… I Loves me some coffee cake, especially when it’s delicious.

¿Como se dice pistachio en español?

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Lail | With A SpinOctober 5, 2013 - 6:51 am

Love pistachio in cakes and this one is a keeper with no pudding and real pistachio. Yumm!

Lora @cakeduchessOctober 7, 2013 - 11:52 am

I adore baking with pistachios. You should bake more cakes b/c this one is quite lovely! Gorgeous, Brian!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 7, 2013 - 11:12 pm

How incredibly convenient that I happen to have a whole bag of pistachios in my pantry just begging for some inspiration. Can’t wait to give this cake a try!

ShainaOctober 23, 2013 - 9:17 pm

This cake is full of all of my favorite things. I adore sour cream cakes, and the vibrant hue from the pistachios is calling to me.

Zahra TiwanaJanuary 17, 2014 - 4:33 am

I made this and it was a hit with my mother in law and my co workers!

Taujna ShiffelJanuary 31, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I had a recipe for a Pistachio Cake, it was Delicious!! Unfortunately, I’ve lost it. This cake sounds like it’s going to be great!!!

Silent Sunday: The Spotted Tiger at The Hawthorne

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LirenSeptember 22, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Brian, that pork belly looks so ridiculously good, it should be outlawed. My golly. What a delicious collaboration, and beautifully photographed.

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 23, 2013 - 9:01 am

How fortunate for a community to offer an event like Spotted Tiger! i wish I was there for this, thanks for this great post.

MonetSeptember 23, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Everyone looks so hip and dapper. You can tell I’ve been living in Colorado…I miss the big city! Thank you for sharing. Wish I could dine at this lovely establishment!

RochelleSeptember 24, 2013 - 3:39 am

All that delicious looking food and great atmosphere makes me hungry, thirsty and wish that I could go visit!

Greg HenrySeptember 24, 2013 - 10:47 pm

I thought tigers had stripes! Delicious photos. GREG

Sandy CoughlinSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

Those cocktails are such a work of art! Beautiful photos.

RaulMarch 7, 2014 - 10:04 am

This post made me wish I was there to enjoy it all.

Fig and Balsamic Ice Cream

I’ve had some unsuccessful attempts at making ice cream. I blame myself for the majority of these failures (if one can refer to them as such… can something that has cream and sugar in it be bad?).  My mistake has always been that I’ve made ice cream in the middle of summer. Now, that might make perfect sense to you folks, but when you keep your apartment at 76 degrees on a balmy day, well, things aren’t likely to freeze very easily. I think my ice cream maker was having issues too. So, between those two things, the stuff wasn’t turning out the way I’d hoped.

Anyway, I decided recently that I’m not giving up. Nope. In fact, I want to start making ice cream on a regular basis. Maybe not every week, but once or twice a month (I think it might be time to get back into that gym routine).  I may not post every success on here, but given how good this turned out, I thought it’d be wrong to keep it to myself. Despite my obsession with Jeni’s Ice Cream and her beautiful book (which, shockingly, has sat on my book shelf, virtually untouched for two years.  Well, let me tell you, that book has now found a permanent place in our kitchen.

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Alice // Hip Foodie MomSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:33 am

Making ice cream on a regular basis sounds like a brilliant idea to me. . it’s the only way to get inventive, delicious and beautiful ice cream like this. Love it!

Belinda @themoonblushbakerSeptember 18, 2013 - 4:09 am

I have only got my ice cream maker recently too. In australia it is almost impossible to make ice cream in the middle of the day, so I was always have to stay up to 2am churning ice cream if I want it!
Jeni’s recipe for ice cream always comes out so creamy and does not melt as quickly (bonus).
I would never now that you had failures when I look at this delicious ice cream!

Jamie @lifelovelemonsSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:31 am

Brian, This looks amazing!!! One of the best flavor combinations is fig and balsamic, in my opinion! I need need need to get an ice cream maker!

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:43 am

Thank you for not giving up! Ice cream is an indisbutable downfall of mine, I have learned to accept. I love this twist on flavors – so creative and fresh!

TieghanSeptember 18, 2013 - 9:02 am

I need figs in my life!! Please send me some! LOL! This ice cream is gorgeous and I LOVE the flavor combos!

steph@stephsbitebybiteSeptember 18, 2013 - 10:49 am

This ice cream is screaming my name!! And I’m just loving the pink tinge :)

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthSeptember 18, 2013 - 11:11 am

this is one of the most delicious combination..

KaseySeptember 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

This is one of my favorites from her book which, by the way, I use WAY more than I ever thought I’d use an ice cream book. This is just beautiful!

Kelli @ The Corner KitchenSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Such a great flavor combination going on here, and it’s prime time for figs right now! I adore Jeni’s book….by far my favorite go-to ice cream bases!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

I’m so happy you didn’t give up and came up with this! LOVE this flavour!

Sarah | The Sugar HitSeptember 18, 2013 - 11:15 pm

Oh, deliciousness. This looks heavenly.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.September 19, 2013 - 12:10 am

I think I just died! What a heavenly flavor combo!

Irina @ wandercrushSeptember 19, 2013 - 3:02 am

OH what a beautiful combination of flavours… I can’t imagine a better bowl of goodbye-summer ice cream. The first time I had balsamic paired with fruit was only a few summers ago, and I don’t know where it had been all my life. Now I can try it in an ice cream!

Jenny @ BAKESeptember 19, 2013 - 8:53 am

I love the flavour combo of this ice cream it sounds really fun! and these photos are gorgeous!

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

omg heaven!

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Andrew FrishmanSeptember 19, 2013 - 1:54 pm

MMnnnn… Higos con vinagre!

I LOVES me some Figs!

DessertForTwoSeptember 19, 2013 - 10:11 pm

This sounds like the only ice cream you’ll ever need for the summer-fall transition.

I’m curious what the corn syrup does to the ice cream. I’ve got to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 20, 2013 - 9:08 am

I’ve been dreaming of great figs since we left Italy. They are very hard to find here. Your ice-cream is so pretty and so perfect for summer:)

Jeanette's Healthy LivingSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I love the combination of figs and balsamic vinegar although I’ve never had it in ice cream form – what a creative idea!

DeLallo FoodsSeptember 20, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Wow! Looks delicious! We love figs and balsamic–a perfect dessert!

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 20, 2013 - 4:00 pm

I love the combination of fig and balsamic. Unfortunately, I haven’t found that many good figs this year!

JoanneSeptember 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

I used to consider ice cream making to be a hit or miss kind of thing until I tried jeni’s technique. Amazing. Every time.

Also. Figs. Yes.

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Deeba RajpalSeptember 21, 2013 - 2:32 pm

What an absolutely gorgeous combination Brain! I’m loving this!

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Coty and MariahSeptember 21, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Simply stunning! This looks unreal!

Gail {A Stack of Dishes}September 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

Thoroughly divine! Love the flavor combination. Thanks for this!

Shiloh BarkleySeptember 22, 2013 - 11:48 am

Oh man this looks amazing!! Vinegar is definitely a food group in my house.

JadeSeptember 22, 2013 - 5:10 pm

this sounds so amazing! i want to make this asap! beautiful photos!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 23, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Mmm…this sounds spectacular!

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KimberleySeptember 26, 2013 - 1:29 am

Figs and balsamic and cream, oh yes. I’ve had some ice cream fails too. If I leave the bowl in the freezer for, like, forevs, it seems to help the ice cream freeze better. :)

CarolynSeptember 26, 2013 - 7:31 am

boy I wish I could eat figs. You make them look so gorgeous!

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FloptimismOctober 5, 2013 - 6:09 pm

I so rarely use figs, especially fresh ones, but I had to bookmark this recipe…the photographs are amazing and the recipe sounds delicious! I also featured it on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up today, and hope you’ll stop by to check it out. Thanks for such a beautiful post, and enjoy your weekend!


Mike BettsOctober 14, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Beautiful stuff Brian! I’d like to do a soup shoot…whatcha think
(Currently listening to your Skinny Beet interview)

Joanna ThamOctober 15, 2013 - 1:51 am

I love eating figs but rarely used them in desserts. That’s because I really don’t quite know how to incorporate them yet. This post is truly inspiring and ice-cream is certainly perfect for the hot weather here, which happens to be all year round :) . Cheers

errol samuelsMay 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

what a combination like the idea well put amazing art work

FrancescaMay 22, 2014 - 5:25 am

You’ve combined some of my favorite stuff here – balsamic, figs + ice cream!

Edible Boston: Fall 2013 – Kristin McDonnell, Beekeeper

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KulsumSeptember 15, 2013 - 12:51 pm

LOVELY photos B, xo

Mike C SmithSeptember 16, 2013 - 12:57 am

Wonderful photo’s, caught the light perfectly.
Food is my thing, and if it’s healthy food so much the better, and what can be a healthier sweetener than honey, full of natural goodness, packing energy to keep you going all day long.
Thank you for sharing
Mike C Smith

JeanetteSeptember 16, 2013 - 8:48 am

Very cool. I’ve always wanted to see how honey is made – beautiful photography!

LirenSeptember 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

What a dreamy assignment! Just gorgeous images, Brian, how I wish I could dip my finger in that drippy hive for a taste :)

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 16, 2013 - 9:02 am

Fantastic piece with absolutely beautiful photography. Love it all, thank you for posting!

Gail DosikSeptember 16, 2013 - 11:31 am

Brian, how beautiful!!! And no white beekeeper suit!!

The Bearfoot BakerSeptember 16, 2013 - 11:47 am

Gorgeous pictures!! I love it!!

Andrew FrishmanSeptember 16, 2013 - 3:12 pm

MMnnnn!… I LOVES me some honey, especially when it’s sweet.

Creo que este canción no tiene que ver solamente con miel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aklA-iwKkHE

JoanneSeptember 17, 2013 - 7:13 am

AWESOME photos. Ever since that talk at BSP4 on bees, I am kind of fascinated by them!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveSeptember 17, 2013 - 8:32 am

Gorgeous photos, Brian! She is so brave to do that without her suit! :)

RochelleSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:55 am

Last spring we has a small hive of honey bees land in our backyard looking for a place to make a home. My husband went to the local bee hive box guy and got the goods to give them a good home. Hopefully next spring/summer we’ll be able to harvest some of their raw honey and I can play in the kitchen with ideas like you have here!

Ginger and Black Pepper Margaritas and Giveaway

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.  I’m celebrating a birthday this weekend… the last year in my 20s. I know, SO OLD! I must admit that I’ve been looking forward to turning the big THREE-OH for a while. And now that we are only a year a way, we can start planning (not that I haven’t been for the past five years). Seriously, I have visions… and it involves a multi-course seafood dinner at a well known New York establishment (Eric, are you reading this?).

We’re keeping my 29th birthday quiet this year, because Eric and I could use a little alone time after a summer full of travel and family vacations and work… and more work.  The Cape house is ours (ALL OURS) and our goal is to just sit on the deck, read, listen to music, sleep, drink, eat… drink some more, eat some more. We do have grand plans to pull out the charcoal grill to smoke some more bluefish, as well as salmon and maybe even oysters (I know, I know… tough life).  Oh, yes, and there will be margaritas. Not sure you knew that I’m a tequila fan. A fresh margarita and some fish tacos… I don’t really need anything else.

My friend, fellow blogger and Boys Club contributor, Greg Henry, has come out with a wonderful new book full of unique cocktail recipes called Savory Cocktails. I had it on our coffee table for a few days and Eric and I kept poking through it, tabbing recipes we want to try.  For any cocktail enthusiasts out there, this book is totally for you.

Greg and the publisher of Savory Cocktails have been generous enough to offer a copy to give away to one A Thought For Food reader.

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post (would love to hear what your favorite cocktail is).

Bonus entry: Tweet about the giveaway by clicking here, then come back to tell us you’ve done so.

Giveaway Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Open to US and Canadian residents only . Giveaway will end on September 20th 2013 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

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EthanSeptember 12, 2013 - 12:19 am

I’m a sucker for a spicy Bloody Caesar with all the garnishes…bacon, grilled shrimp, pickled beans, pickle, the more the better!
Happy early bday! :) You are sooooo old

Belinda @themoonblushbakerSeptember 12, 2013 - 5:11 am

I must be so boring because I still can not go past a good gin and tonic. Sometimes I like to mix up a mint, cucumber and sake version but I still love original.
Happy Birthday BTW! Your not old, you are 20 plus 10!

JoanneSeptember 12, 2013 - 7:16 am

Happy birthday Brian!! It sounds like you guys are going to celebrate splendidly…or at least the way I would want to! With lots of food and cuddling lol.

And margaritas. I like cocktails with a savory edge way more than sweet ones and the ginger black pepper combo is definitely intriguing.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 12, 2013 - 7:49 am

Such a fun giveaway! This recipe looks lovely.

Ali @ InspiralizedSeptember 12, 2013 - 8:29 am

Happy early birthday, Brian! Really enjoying your blog – your photography is amazing, very inspirational!

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 12, 2013 - 9:36 am

Happy Pre-Birthday!! And, the Cape house AND these libations sound like the perfect combo – regardless of your age! Great post, once again. Thanks for the post!

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthSeptember 12, 2013 - 9:51 am

happy birthday :) Hope you have a wonderful one..I am a gin + tonic girl with 1 lime..

katieSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:31 am

how nice! my favorite cocktails are classic bloody mary’s, but I like to make it all from scratch! happy birthday :-)

katieSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:32 am

I tweeted about the giveaway too! @ktnlo

Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:42 am

I love a really good margarita and would be happy to try your spicy version. A super fun giveaway! Congrats to your friend and his book.

AlisonSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

Happy birthday! I’ve just discovered your blog and love the recipes (and photos). I’m enjoying the summer of gimlets here in Seattle, but will definitely try out this recipe!

Sarah H.P.September 12, 2013 - 11:00 am

My favorite cocktail is a Kahlua and Cream!

LirenSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:25 am

Oh don’t even get me started on getting old! If you ever get bummed, just think of me. Drinking a margarita ;) Happy birthday, Brian!

KristinaSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:31 am

I love gin cocktails, and my friend makes an awesome Aviation.

KristinaSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:32 am
Jeri SmithSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:38 am

Happy Birthday!! My favorite cocktail (although I more of a beer drinker) would have to be bloody Mary’s with the garden thrown in…Spicy Green Beans, celery, pickles, olives…the more the better

AshleySeptember 12, 2013 - 12:32 pm

My favorite is the Abbey cocktail from the Bitters book. Great cocktail book also! :)

AlinaSeptember 12, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Happy almost-30! I’ve only been following for a short time but everything on this site is lovely. My favorite cocktail would have to be a Manhattan. (& I also tweeted about the giveaway :) Thanks!

Barbara | Creative CulinarySeptember 12, 2013 - 12:54 pm

You kids and your idea of old. My daughter is 30 tomorrow…so hush!! And Happy Birthday!

I’ve got this book and just love it. I made Greg’s Aperol and Tequila Cocktail for my giveaway post; I’m a tequila lover too but enjoy branching out from margaritas and trying it in other manifestations. I’ll try yours if you’ll try mine!

Morgan @ Peaches, Please!September 12, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Happy birthday! Don’t worry, the next decade is sure to be a good one! My favorite cocktails are a really good old fashioned and a dark and stormy. Oh, and a scofflaw. Super tasty.

EileenSeptember 12, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Happy birthday! And what a great giveaway. I generally go for cocktail classics–gin & tonic is a big favorite at our house. Lately I’ve been all about Greyhounds–grapefruit juice for the win! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

MeganSeptember 12, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Ooh.. Love ginger. Love pepper. Love spicy drinks.
Definitely going to give this a try!

Wishing you a very happy birthday…

Adri Barr CrocettiSeptember 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Tanti auguri! Have a magnificent birthday and enjoy your farewell to your twenties. This book is a “must have” for anyone who enjoys a nice cocktail or who wants to learn. My favorite cocktail is surely the Hanky Panky. Please, don’t enter me in your drawing. I’ve got a copy of the book and several others ready to give away as hostess gifts this holiday season. Let’s let it go to someone who has not seen this treasure. Best wishes to your winner for much joy and conviviality!

KLSeptember 12, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Tanqueray and tonic

Arthur in the Garden!September 12, 2013 - 6:45 pm

such an interesting combo!

Shanna@ pineapple and coconutSeptember 12, 2013 - 6:57 pm

I love the idea of black pepper in a cocktail!
My fave is a classic Mai Tai!
Happy Birthday!!

BabsSeptember 12, 2013 - 7:08 pm

A really great margarita!

Debbie BraySeptember 12, 2013 - 8:02 pm

champagne cocktail

ChhaviSeptember 12, 2013 - 9:09 pm

I love caipirinha..!

Jessica wSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:16 pm

I like things sweet so I like an amaretto sour the best

Jessica wSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:18 pm
TraciSeptember 12, 2013 - 10:42 pm

My generic cocktail is gin, club soda, and lime which is way too boring so I need to learn some fun new ones!

MonetSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Ah! Happy birthday, sweet friend! I can’t wait to hear how you spent the weekend (and I’m already excited to hear how you spend the big 3-0!) My favorite cocktail is a good mojito. I wish I wasn’t breastfeeding. I would love one now!

MaryBSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:11 pm

I love any spicy cocktail or else a classic gin and tonic. The ginger in the recipe above sounds delicious!

Nadine Joy KurlandSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:13 pm

I’ve had to “train” myself to drink, but now that I have I love having an evening cocktail. This looks lovely.

Christy SpurlockSeptember 13, 2013 - 1:57 am

Spicy Bloody Mary’s

Christy SpurlockSeptember 13, 2013 - 2:02 am
Sara Peterson DavisSeptember 13, 2013 - 3:48 am

We love a classic gin and tonic, or a mojito.

Today's DentalSeptember 13, 2013 - 4:38 am

Happy Birthday!

CarolynSeptember 13, 2013 - 7:01 am

Love this! I love a good plain margarita but I am pretty sure the ginger and pepper would be great too. Which reminds me that I need to read Greg’s book and review it!

KimmersSeptember 13, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Happy Birthday! I shall be re-tweeting your give-away directly. :)

Can’t pick a single favorite, but we developed a couple seasonal House Drinks. One is the “Fall Classic”: apple cider, gin, and Fee Whiskey Barrel Bitters. The other it titled an “I Beg Your Pardon?” It is a playful whiskey sour using house made kumquat bitters, kumquat and cinnamon simple syrup, and garnished with – you guessed it — a kumquat. :)

KimmersSeptember 13, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Tweeted about the give-away. Looks like a great book.

OrianaSeptember 13, 2013 - 12:51 pm

That book looks boss. I’m really interested in learning how to mix more savory drinks.
My favorite drink is a nice and simple gin and tonic.

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Andrew FrishmanSeptember 13, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Mmmnnn… I loves me some Margaritas, especially when they are Margaritas.

¡Hasta la Margarita, Siempre!

Tamara ColemanSeptember 14, 2013 - 10:50 am

Well, this cocktails does sound savory and perfect for TACO TUESDAY! :)

Jeanene KahtSeptember 14, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Happy Birthday! I am a fan of Tequila too. Last time I was in Mexico I bought some Pomegranite (?) tequila. It was interesting!

BethSeptember 15, 2013 - 11:05 am

I love an Old Fashioned or the Vieux Bonal at Au Cheval in Chicago

SarahSeptember 16, 2013 - 3:19 pm

I love a good gimlet or a brazen brandy alexander. :-)

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 16, 2013 - 5:21 pm

i just moved so i am out of touch. This looks amazing

Michelle TingleySeptember 17, 2013 - 12:35 am

My favorite drink right now is equal parts Three Olives Vodka Dude and Orange Mango Juice over ice. Yum :)

Jennifer PSeptember 17, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Happy Birthday! Overall I have not met a cocktail i didn’t like, but my favorites are those made with fresh juices as a sweetener (don’t want or like the extra sugar!!)

Mona Martin DaviesSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:00 am

I love me a sidecar.

Mussels with Herb-Cream Broth

Unlike most of our trips to the Cape, we breezed over the Sagamore Bridge without hitting any traffic.  It was particularly odd for the Labor Day weekend.  Definitely a pleasant surprise, one we felt we deserved after a summer of sitting bumper to bumper for hours on end.  We arrived, mixed gin and tonics, and sat outside until the sun went down.  I woke up on Saturday (at 6:30, because Maki’s trained me to wake up then. Oh, the joys of having a pup), and, following a walk around the neighborhood, got started on a batch of blueberry scones.  Of course, as we finished our leisurely breakfast, talk quickly turned to what we were going to eat for lunch. It didn’t take long to figure out the perfect Cape Cod lunch: mussels with crusty bread and a crisp white wine.

A bowl of mussels is one of those unique dishes that’s decadent and satisfying and takes very little work.  A bit of butter, a lot of garlic, a splash of cream and white wine and you have something splendid.  There’s no question that bread must be served… and you’ll need the whole loaf… for scooping up mussels and dipping into this rich broth.

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Belinda @themoonblushbakerSeptember 9, 2013 - 12:40 am

That trip sounds lovely, I really want to travel and taste the local produce. Such a classical dish, who can not resist a big bowl of these?

Ali @ InspiralizedSeptember 9, 2013 - 8:40 am

Mmm… your photography is amazing, really makes me feel like I was there with you having those mussels. Thanks for the great post.

Liz @ The Lemon BowlSeptember 9, 2013 - 9:15 am

I am going through major Boston seafood withdrawal!!!

JeanetteSeptember 9, 2013 - 9:17 am

My kids love shellfish so I know they’d enjoy this recipe – love all the wonderful seafood New England has to offer.

Bev @ Bev CooksSeptember 9, 2013 - 10:14 am

Dyyyyyyyying to eat mussels agaaaaaaiiiiin. So much that I need to add alllllll these extra leeeeeeeetttterrrrsssss.

Arthur in the Garden!September 9, 2013 - 11:15 am

Yummy but I prefer scallops!

Andrew FrishmanSeptember 9, 2013 - 11:22 am

MMnnn… I loves me some mussels, especially when they were so tasty!

Los mejillones son una delicia, y se aferran a las rocas en el océano con intensidad.

Dan from Platter talkSeptember 9, 2013 - 12:25 pm

I read this with hunger and envy. Great post, wish I had been there!!

Diane {Created by Diane}September 9, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Oh I just LOVE this, I can almost smell the goodness from here!

Culinary CorySeptember 9, 2013 - 3:49 pm

I absolutely love mussels, especially when they are accompanied with a pint of ale and a pile of twice-fried frites. Yum!

Aimee Wimbush-BourqueSeptember 9, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Sounds like the perfect getaway, Brian!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 9, 2013 - 10:58 pm

You guys have the best weekends!

MonetSeptember 9, 2013 - 11:19 pm

I first had mussels in Maine…and I’ve been addicted ever since. Unfortunately, Colorado is VERY landlocked. I always look forward to summers when I travel out east. Thank you for sharing yet another delicious and delightful post. I hope you had a wonderful Monday. Here’s to an even better week!

Alison LewisSeptember 10, 2013 - 1:30 am

sounds totally divine!

Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)September 10, 2013 - 9:11 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Mussels are so fabulous, and you made them even more so with your pictures. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveSeptember 10, 2013 - 11:57 am

Mmmm…love mussels. That sauce sounds divine!!

IleanaSeptember 11, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I love mussels. Such a quick and satisfying meal. Your version looks delicious!

Arthur in the Garden!September 11, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Wonderful flavors!

LirenSeptember 12, 2013 - 11:27 am

Nothing compares to a bowl of mussels. Divine.

Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It IsSeptember 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

[...] these mussels in an herb cream broth. mouth watering. [...]

RochelleSeptember 18, 2013 - 4:50 am

Gorgeous! I would love to dip crusty bread in that cream sauce any time of year. I wonder if the store has some fresh mussels…

ShainaSeptember 22, 2013 - 12:17 am

sound so decadent. I need to make this for my mussels-loving sister the next time I have her for dinner. Perfect, Brian.

Erin @ MyRecipesOctober 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

This meal sounds completely ideal. White wine and crispy bread are musts!

GourmandizeNovember 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Hello! We are currently hosting a recipe contest in search of the best weeknight dinners. This recipe would be a great contender! The contest ends 11/14/2013. If you are interested in competing, visit our site. First prize is a $100 Willliams Sonoma gift card!!

Vernon LingardoDecember 30, 2013 - 8:06 am

delicious mussels that contain lots of protein…thank you for information