Us boys have a special bond, particularly because there are just so few male bloggers out there.  This connection, as well as our mutual love for all things booze, is where the idea for The Boys’ Club stemmed from.  For those of you who missed the memo (obviously you’ve been living under a rock), The Boys’ Club is a new blog that will feature cocktail recipes and stories pertaining to our personal connection to alcoholic beverages.

While we’ve all played a huge role in the creation of this new blog, I must give credit to Russell of Chasing Delicious, who is the one who approached the crew a number of months ago about organizing this (he also designed this awesome logo).  And what a ride it’s been.  The four contributors – Russell, Ken (Hungry Rabbit), Mike (Verses From My Kitchen) and I – have been Skyping, Facebook Messaging, G-Chatting (basically anything but the telephone) constantly, planning the launch of our site, which we think is going to be a lot fun.

Here’s the deal: The Boys’ Club launches on Tuesday, September 4th (that’s this coming Tuesday).  We’ll be starting off with a week of fantastic recipes and tales from our contributors.  Prepare yourself… each drink looks so delightful, I’m pretty certain you’re going to want to rush out and make a batch of every one of them.

Our goal is to get the word out about The Boys’ Club, so please tell all of your friends about it.  Also, feel free to join (and share) our Facebook pages and follow us on Twitter.

  • August 30, 2012 - 5:41 am

    movita beaucoup - Dude(s), this is way awesome. Can’t wait to check out The Boys’ Club…ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 8:01 am

    Daisy - Congratulations, Brian! I am thrilled about the cocktail recipes to come and will be following along. xx DaisyReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Cookin' Canuck - Four of my favorites, all in one place. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

    Joanne - This is such an awesome idea Brian and I can’t wait to frequent it with (constant) regularity!!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 9:58 am

    MikeVFMK - I’m thrilled to be part of this with you guys and I’m equally as excited for what the three of you post!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 10:51 am

    Monet - Hi love. I can’t wait for this. When I first heard about the collaboration, I got so excited. You guys are going to do good things, there is no doubt. I am not the best drink maker, so I’m sure this will become a valuable resource for me. And you guys are all so talented. Can’t wait!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Russell is one of the boys - Guess who can’t wait! Ok. I’ll tell you. It’s me!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - Well hooray for booze! I can’t wait to see what you guys have lined up!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I cannot wait for this, you all are so talented!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    Heidi @foodiecrush - Super fun! Can’t wait to see what you boys have inside that little treehouse.ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Elizabeth - Can’t wait to see what you’ve got going on!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    chinmayie @ love food eat - Wohoo! This sounds like fun. Looking forward to getting drunk 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 4:56 am

    Mike - That’s a very good initiative. There are far to fewer guys blogging…we should stand out a little bit more!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 7:24 am

    Carolyn - Four of my favourite bloggers out there, together on one project…it’s gonna be great! And I have much love for all things booze too. Bring it.ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Helene - Can’t wait! What an awesome project.ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 7:37 am

    joey @ 80 Breakfasts - Mmmm! Looking forward to it :)ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 7:40 am

    TidyMom - I’m so excited to see what you guys mix up!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Sommer@ASP - Tuesday’s going to be a HAPPY day!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Jeanette - Can’t wait to see what you boys come up with!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 10:46 am

    amelia from z tasty life - oh, how i love this… i will be living vicariously as a tom-boy (which I was) through this wonderful blog and ideas. Wishing you lots of fun and success in this new exciting blog-venture. (P.s. those mugs are fantastic!)ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Nicole - Great collaboration, I’m looking forward to it. There is a little bar where I grew up that serves Moscow Mules in the copper mugs. I have been searching for some mugs for probably 10 years, any chance you would share where you got yours?ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Michelle Jaffee - I predict great things! #EasyPredictionReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - I’m getting thirstier by the minute … tick tock.ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Stacey - Going to share again! Can’t wait to see what’s in store from you boys!ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Gail - The boys may be writin’ ”em, but the girls will be shakin’ ’em.ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Yay for boys club!! can’t wait to test out some of the recipes!ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - This looks like it will be lots of fun! It’s nice to collaborate on a creative project with friends:) cheers to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Bunkycooks - Can’t wait to see the new site and the cocktails you create!ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    JulieD - I cannot wait!!! So fun!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking - I saw a teasing preview on facebook and can not wait to see what we guys are going to amaze us withReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn. . . I loves me some blog entries, especially when they are about blogs!

    ¡Esto es lo que parece una feminista!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats - I seriously can’t wait any longer. Have always been drooling over here and at Russell’s too. It’s 4th Sept here in Asia, since we tend to be ahead of time. LOL.. Right now, I just have to be patient, and am eagerly waiting. All the best fellas!! Cheers, JoReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    Kristen - I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2012 - 10:31 pm

    Matt 'mmWine' Horbund - We will have to talk about the Boys Club when we meet in Oregon October 10th! Aside from the wine blog since 2008 (which I’ve had to take more than too many breaks from), I tried to start a Spirits, Cocktails and Beer site – and it was going great until a family illness. Inspiration to kickstart it again abounds! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • October 1, 2012 - 11:00 am

    Gender Roles in the Virtual Kitchen « Feast With Me - […] Then as I learned about blogging and all the free, delicious recipes on the internet, I still noticed the lack of a male presence. So many food bloggers are women, and the male bloggers who actually do blog about food are aware of this. One of the more prominent male food bloggers I follow, Brian at A Thought for Food, realized this to the point that he and other male food bloggers decided to go in on a shared project entitled “The Boys Club”, a blog about alcoholic beverages and the writers’ personal experiences with these drinks. “Us boys have a special bond, particularly because there are just so few male bloggers out there.” – Brian, A Thought for Food […]ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    Gender Roles in the Virtual Kitchen : Feast with Me - […] “Us boys have a special bond, particularly because there are just so few male bloggers out there.” – Brian, A Thought for Food […]ReplyCancel

We’re on the Cape again and I couldn’t be happier.  This summer, my first not working a 9-5 job, has been a busy one.  But the one thing I’ve had to look forward to were these few extended trips to our (Eric’s family’s) vacation house.  This particular trip is a bit different though.  My family has come up from New Jersey and they’ve rented the house next door.  The whole crew is here, including my niece, who got to meet her pup-cousin Maki for the first time.  I can’t tell if she’s intrigued or terrified (I’m talking about Maki.  I’m sure Ayla is fine).  I’m excited to have the families together and for my parents and sister see what Eric and I have been talking about all these years.

Besides spending quality time with my family, filled with afternoon lake activities and leisurely walks on the beach (I know, tough life), I attend to a lot of the cooking. Dishes aren’t in the least bit complicated and I love cooking here because it usually means that we get to eat outside, surrounded by tall trees and a warm breeze.

The summer may be rolling to an end, but it’s not over ’til it’s over.  Swim, host a BBQ, take a long afternoon nap, eat lots and lots of ice cream. There’s still time.

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  • August 27, 2012 - 3:13 am

    Kiran @ - Enjoy Cape Cod! I can’t wait to visit someday.

    This is a very unique and delicious recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Yum and yum. And that sounds like such a lovely time! Gorgeous shots too.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Jeanette - Glad to hear you enjoyed some relaxing family time this summer. I love bok choy and your preparing looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 9:36 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - How wonderful to all be together. This looks like a perfect side dish or maybe even lunch for me:)Enjoy these special days together.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 10:23 am

    Stephanie - Don’t think I’ve ever made bok choi/hakurai turnips this way before. May have to give it a try.

    Sounds like you guys have had a wonderful summer! ^_^ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Oooo.mmmmm.ggggg. That’s all kinds of gorge. eous.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Monet - Hi sweet friend. What a wonderful time of family and rest! It is wonderful that your family is also visiting. I can’t wait to see pictures. And this braised bok choy looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it with me!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 11:48 am

    Eliana - This looks awesome Brian. Don’t know anyone that can make veggies look better than you!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Liren - How fabulous to have the whole kit and kaboodle to enjoy the Cape with you! So glad you are able to indulge in family time, plus beautiful food eaten outdoors. There’s nothing better :) Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    shelly (cookies and cups) - Where in NJ is your family from??
    And you made that bok choy gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - What a coincidence–I’m planting my bok choy in the garden this afternoon and now I have something to make with it! Braising is totally the way to go with bok choy, isn’t it? Enjoy your time on the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - We’ve been eating braised bok choy with butter and wine all summer, but now I need to try it your way!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Eileen - That bok choy and turnip mix looks wonderful! I have to confess that I never know what to do with bok choy, especially since we have a vegetarian in the house, which = no oyster sauce. But I could definitely get behind some of this. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Sippitysup - I “pre took” your advice and had a beach picnic myself yesterday. It is like I can read your mind. GREGReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - wow Brian! You have such talentReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    amelia from z tasty life - i have loved this summer… and every summer i can remember… it sounds like you are having a wonderful one, with family and good food. The pictures of the turnips are gorgeousReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some bok choy, especially when it’s like this cartoon –

    Me encanta las vegetales en combinacionReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    El - I love summer and the feeling this evokes. Have a great time with the whole clan. the dish looks great.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 7:18 am

    Jeanne @ CookSister! - Beautiful – and so simple! Sounds like a perfect vacation with all the families together and long lazy days :)ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Carolyn - Ah, the Cape. Sounds like one heck of a family vacay, with yours there too. I need recipes for bok choy, I never quite know what to do with it. Thanks, love!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    Kristen - It’s so great that your families can all be together… what fun to share your Cape experience with them!
    And they are lucky to have you as their cook!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Chef Dennis - Brian

    sounds like you’re just loving life my friend! How nice your family got to come up to spend some quality time just enjoying the good life! Your dish of bok choy and turnips looks amazing and your images are gorgeous!


  • August 28, 2012 - 10:37 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - Beautiful dish Brian! So fresh!ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2012 - 5:46 am

    Ann Mah - Enjoy the rest of your summer! There are few things better than family, friends and farm-fresh produce combined together. I can’t wait to try this (almost) one-pot meal.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Joanne - I’m fairly certain that this dish is the epitome of everything you were just talking about! Fresh flavors, simple food and just delicious!ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - YAY for vacation time at the Cape!! Love to your family and can’t wait to hear about it. Oh and this dish, GORGEOUS. As always.ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 3:23 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Sounds like you are fully taking advantage of these last days of summer, enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    Top 10s | 80twenty - […] from her book. 5.  This just made me happy and I wasn’t even invited! 6.  Amazing! 7.  I had this on my list for 3 months and have not yet made it??  Don’t worry. I’m on it. 8.  I […]ReplyCancel

  • October 14, 2013 - 3:36 am

    Lauren Scott - Made this tonight from our CSA turnips/bok choy as well–amazing! Just delicious. Thank you so much for sharing!

Summer has flown by in a way I’ve never witnessed before, but I think Eric and I have done our best to make the most of it.  We got our hands on bags of cherries, husked countless ears of corn, sliced up peaches and devoured bowls of berries.  Summertime dishes are some of my favorite and, especially here in New England, where our produce seasons can end rather abruptly, you really have to work to cram them all into your diet.

It’s hard to say what the weather will be like these next few weeks.  Right now, it’s mellowed out quite a bit.  The humidity has dissipated and the highs only reach the 70s.  But, knowing how temps have been these last six months, I suspect we haven’t seen the end of this muggy season.

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  • August 20, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Jeanette - Oh my – I want a bowl of this right now! I’ve never tried watermelon gazpacho, but I love both watermelon and gazpacho, so I know I’d love this. Gorgeous color!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Let’s just go ahead and use a funnel for this.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Stephanie - I’ve never used watermelon like this before. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - I am most definitely a gazpacho naysayer, but the addition of watermelon in this one might help me change my mind. What a beautiful summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:30 am

    Brooks│Cakewalker - My word this look glorious, Brian! This gazpacho will find its way to my table especially since Sac sunshine is relentlessly pushing daytime mercury into the 100s. The California growing season will keep these ingredients on hand into October, just about the time the sun decides to cool it.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:36 am

    MikeVFMK - This looks marvellous! I love a great gazpacho and watermelon included just enhances how great this is. Love this, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - What a great way to enjoy the flavors while they’re around! I’m also shocked at how insanely fast this summer flew by. I don’t remember it ever speeding by quite this quickly before.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Monet - Highs only in the 70s? Now why am I not in Boston with you and Eric? And with a lovely bowl of this watermelon gazpacho, I’d be even happier. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been wanting to try a watermelon gazpacho and now I have the perfect recipe. Thank you for sharing, my friend.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    RavieNomNoms - My goodness what a lovely color that is! I mean that is just amazing. Yes the weather has been very nice in CT as well. I am enjoying the low 80s while I can right now before the muggy hits again. I hear you on the short “in season” seasons here in New England. You really have to pay attention before they disappear!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 3:13 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - What a beautiful creation! I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - Gazpacho is a perfect summer dish. I love how you made yours with sweet watermelon and would love to try it with a little spice from serrano chile’s. This looks fantastic, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - So pretty, I was ready to eat it before in went in the food processor. And the idea of red wine vinegar with watermelon makes me really happy. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    Stacey - This looks delicious and I love your fab photos! Would be nice to enjoy right now – 90 and huuuumid.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    JulieD - That’s just completely gorgeous, Brian!! And I love that you used feta too!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction - This would make a wonderful summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - awesome Brian! I am sharing this on my facebook fan page todayReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Bob - I would love to have a bowl of this gazpacho right now!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 6:47 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Watermelon + dill? How interesting! This looks sooooo delicious.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    Lori @ RecipeGir - So perfect for end of summer! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    TidyMom - What a fabulous way to enjoy watermelon!
    Gazpacho naysayers? GASP!!!! I’ve always been a fan!!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 11:35 pm

    Kelsey - Totally intrigued! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 6:44 am

    Joanne - I agree…this weather may seem tame at the moment but it’s all a ruse in my opinion. I’m sure the 80s and 90s will be back with a vengeance. I recently came around to gazpacho and this watermelon variety is one that I need to try. It actually might be the only fruit I haven’t eaten yet this season!ReplyCancel

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    TFB - Looks amaazing! xx

  • August 21, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Kiran @ - Amazingly refreshing, Brian! So sad summer is coming to an end. Bet I’d be making this before it’s too late 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) - Oh wow, that looks amazing! So many neat things you can do with watermelon..ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Hmnnnn. . . I think that I loves me some gazpacho, but I’m not quite sure about the watermelon thing.

    Es muy importante de tener cuidadez con la arena cerca de la vaselina.ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Seriously refreshing stuff!ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - I would love a big bowl of this, right now. gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I just discovered that I like gazpacho last summer… And, now I am obsessed with it. I will definitely give this one a try. We just got another watermelon from our fruit CSA this afternoon… Perfect timing!ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2012 - 11:14 am

    sippitysup - My first watermelon gazpacho was in a restaurant. It was sweet and spicy and had me hooked. I’ll give yours a go too. GREGReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    foodwanderings - I usually jump into the ingredient list and I like what I see. I bet Jonathan would love this. He is the one in this household who is big on gaspachos!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Kathy - Panini Happy - I would absolutely love to taste this!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - I don’t get gazpacho. Just saying. Who doesn’t heat there soup up?! Lovely ingredients though ; )ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 9:33 am

    katie - Yes please! I recently had a tomato watermelon salsa so I think I would love this gazpacho!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 11:55 pm

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - What a refreshing dish for late summer! I love the textured topping.ReplyCancel