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  • September 15, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Kulsum - LOVELY photos B, xoReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 12:57 am

    Mike C Smith - 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 SmithReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 8:48 am

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

  • September 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

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

  • September 16, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Dan from Platter Talk - Fantastic piece with absolutely beautiful photography. Love it all, thank you for posting!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Gail Dosik - Brian, how beautiful!!! And no white beekeeper suit!!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 11:47 am

    The Bearfoot Baker - Gorgeous pictures!! I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 3:12 pm

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

    Creo que este canción no tiene que ver solamente con miel –

  • September 17, 2013 - 7:13 am

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

  • September 17, 2013 - 7:14 am

    Carolyn - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2013 - 8:32 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Gorgeous photos, Brian! She is so brave to do that without her suit! :)ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 3:55 am

    Rochelle - 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!ReplyCancel

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 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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  • September 12, 2013 - 12:19 am

    Ethan - 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 oldReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 5:11 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 7:16 am

    Joanne - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Such a fun giveaway! This recipe looks lovely.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Ali @ Inspiralized - Happy early birthday, Brian! Really enjoying your blog – your photography is amazing, very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Dan from Platter Talk - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 9:51 am

    dixya| food, pleasure, and health - happy birthday :) Hope you have a wonderful one..I am a gin + tonic girl with 1 lime..ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:31 am

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

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:32 am

    katie - I tweeted about the giveaway too! @ktnloReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Alison - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Sarah H.P. - My favorite cocktail is a Kahlua and Cream!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Liren - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:31 am

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

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    Jeri Smith - 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 betterReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 12:32 pm

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

  • September 12, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Alina - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Morgan @ Peaches, Please! - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Eileen - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 2:39 pm

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

    Wishing you a very happy birthday…ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Adri Barr Crocetti - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    KL - Tanqueray and tonicReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - such an interesting combo!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut - I love the idea of black pepper in a cocktail!
    My fave is a classic Mai Tai!
    Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Babs - A really great margarita!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Debbie Bray - champagne cocktailReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Chhavi - I love caipirinha..!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:16 pm

    Jessica w - I like things sweet so I like an amaretto sour the bestReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:42 pm

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

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    Monet - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:11 pm

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

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:13 pm

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

  • September 13, 2013 - 1:57 am

    Christy Spurlock - Spicy Bloody Mary’sReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 2:02 am

    Christy Spurlock - I tweeted about the giveaway……

  • September 13, 2013 - 3:48 am

    Sara Peterson Davis - We love a classic gin and tonic, or a mojito.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 4:38 am

    Today's Dental - Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Carolyn - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Kimmers - 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:48 pm

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

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Oriana - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    6 Things to do This Weekend 9/13/ | Elements of Summer - […] Ginger and Black Pepper Margaritas – tonight my friends and I will be “touring” some very cool bars in honor of my birthday downtown, and I wanted to provide you the opportunity to have a unique drink with us! […]ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 10:03 pm

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

    ¡Hasta la Margarita, Siempre!ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2013 - 10:50 am

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

  • September 14, 2013 - 8:45 pm

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

  • September 15, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Beth - I love an Old Fashioned or the Vieux Bonal at Au Cheval in ChicagoReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 3:19 pm

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

  • September 16, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - i just moved so i am out of touch. This looks amazingReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2013 - 12:35 am

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

  • September 17, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    Jennifer P - 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!!)ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Mona Martin Davies - I love me a sidecar.ReplyCancel

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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  • September 9, 2013 - 12:40 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - 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?ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 8:40 am

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

  • September 9, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I am going through major Boston seafood withdrawal!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 9:17 am

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

  • September 9, 2013 - 10:14 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Dyyyyyyyying to eat mussels agaaaaaaiiiiin. So much that I need to add alllllll these extra leeeeeeeetttterrrrsssss.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Arthur in the Garden! - Yummy but I prefer scallops!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Andrew Frishman - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Dan from Platter talk - I read this with hunger and envy. Great post, wish I had been there!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - Oh I just LOVE this, I can almost smell the goodness from here!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 3:49 pm

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

  • September 9, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Aimee Wimbush-Bourque - Sounds like the perfect getaway, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - You guys have the best weekends!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 11:19 pm

    Monet - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2013 - 1:30 am

    Alison Lewis - sounds totally divine!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2013 - 11:57 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Mmmm…love mussels. That sauce sounds divine!!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2013 - 12:22 pm

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

  • September 11, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - Wonderful flavors!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Liren - Nothing compares to a bowl of mussels. Divine.ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] these mussels in an herb cream broth. mouth watering. […]ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 4:50 am

    Rochelle - 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…ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2013 - 12:17 am

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

  • October 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Erin @ MyRecipes - This meal sounds completely ideal. White wine and crispy bread are musts!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    Gourmandize - 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!!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Vernon Lingardo - delicious mussels that contain lots of protein…thank you for informationReplyCancel