This honeysuckle season, try preserving the edible flowers by infusing them into a deliciously sweet and floral Honeysuckle Vodka. champagne-tastes.com

Honeysuckle Vodka

This honeysuckle season, try preserving the edible flowers by infusing them into a deliciously sweet and floral Honeysuckle Vodka.

Honeysuckle Vodka

This honeysuckle season, try preserving the edible flowers by infusing them into a deliciously sweet and floral Honeysuckle Vodka.

Each spring, the woods behind our apartment turn white with honeysuckle blossoms, and it smells spectacular.  If you, like me, grew up eating the tiny, minuscule drops of ‘honey’ from these flowers, you may have also wished that you could somehow, possibly, get a bunch of these dainty flowers together and miraculously collect all of the sweet nectar.

I don’t know how many thousands (or millions) of flowers it would take to harvest a jar of honeysuckle nectar, and I’m not even sure it would be possible.  What I do know, however, is that you can preserve those delicious and edible flowers in vodka.  In doing so, you’ll infuse the vodka with both the delicate floral scent of the petals AND the taste of the nectar.  This Honeysuckle Vodka is a simple and easy way to savor these edible wildflowers.

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Bourbon for Derby Day! This Derby Day, celebrate with these Bourbon-filled recipes. champagne-tastes.com

Bourbon for Derby Day!

Bourbon for Derby Day! This Derby Day, celebrate with these Bourbon-filled recipes. champagne-tastes.com

Bourbon for Derby Day

22 Recipes Featuring Bourbon! This Derby Day, celebrate with these Bourbon-filled recipes. champagne-tastes.com

22 Recipes Featuring Bourbon

This Kentucky Derby Day, celebrate with the drink Kentucky is known for– Bourbon!  Add this southern tipple to your cocktails, to your food, and to something sweet– and celebrate Derby Day Kentucky-style!

It’s almost here– the Southern race that inspires ladies all around the country to don big hats and sun dresses.  And fellas, go grab those linen suits– it’s time for the Kentucky Derby!!  Every year, the Derby is held on the first Saturday in May.  Whether you plan on watching the few minutes of horse-racing excitement in person at Churchill Downs, or from afar, this Triple Crown kick-off is a fabulous reason to celebrate!

This Derby Day, as the horses race down the track– celebrate with Kentucky’s most famous export (except, possibly– fried chicken)— Bourbon!  This southern spirit has a wonderfully distinctive flavor, is free from additives (including added sugar!), and 95% of the world’s bourbon is made– that’s right– in Kentucky!  Practice your southern drawl, taste test some bourbon, and whip up some of these deliciously boozy treats!

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Glamping Recipes for the Happy Camper - These delicious recipes will help you camp with style, and eat well while you're enjoying nature! champagne-tastes.com

Glamping Recipes for a Happy Camper

Glamping Recipes for the Happy Camper - These delicious recipes will help you camp with style, and eat well while you're enjoying nature! champagne-tastes.com

Glamping Recipes for the Happy Camper – These delicious recipes will help you camp with style, and eat well while you’re enjoying nature!

Do you “glamp” instead of camp?  “Glamping”– or “glamour camping”– is a perfect way to “be one with nature,” but still feel fancy-schmancy.  That’s right– it’s how you can sleep in a tent, feel rugged and wild, but still not feel deprived or miserable.  Some people (like my friend Jaline) glamp by setting up giant tents filled with bed-like air mattresses, gorgeous rugs, and high-end lanterns.  Others (like me) stick with a simpler tent set-up, but refuse to compromise on the food.

If you, fellow camper, want to step things up with a high-end camping experience– start by picking what’s most important to you!  Do you want to wake up in the woods, but feel like you’re in a 5-star hotel?  Try upgrading your equipment, or invest in some battery-powered twinkle lights.  If you, like me, know that you will be positively grumpy without a hot breakfast and a savory, flavorful dinner– keep reading!!!

These Glamping Recipes for a Happy Camper take a bit of planning and prep-work, but mean that you can dine in style while you lounge in the wild!  Most of these recipes give you a heads-up about any special equipment you need to have (like access to a campfire or a camping stove), and others are simply travel-friendly– using ingredients that don’t require refrigeration or cooking.  All of these drinks and meals will leave you full, satisfied, and ready for another day of adventures!

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Are you tired of buying store-bought kombucha? This tutorial will walk you through How to Make Kombucha-- all the way from the scoby to the bottling!

How to Make Kombucha

Are you tired of buying store-bought kombucha? This tutorial will walk you through How to Make Kombucha-- all the way from the scoby to the bottling!

How to Make Kombucha

Are you tired of buying store-bought kombucha?  This tutorial will walk you through How to Make Kombucha– all the way from the scoby to the bottling!

Have you ever bought something at the grocery store totally by accident?  Did you misread a label, or just not understand, even a little bit, what you were buying?  I have– and that, my friends, is how my love affair with kombucha began.  Maybe I was in a hurry, maybe I was faint from hunger, or maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me– but I thought I was buying a sparkling juice (or sparkling tea, or SOMETHING ELSE– I forget).  One sip, however, clued me in that I was not drinking what I expected to be drinking.

Kombucha can be an acquired taste, but by the time I finished my first bottle, I was sold!  Have you fallen in love with kombucha too?  Are you tired of paying $3+ a bottle, when you clearly MUST drink this every day???  Here’s what to do about it.

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These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos

These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos

These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Last month, I flew to Florida for the best friend’s wedding.  I spent my time getting the obligatory ‘I wore SPF 5 million but I’m insanely white’-sunburn, crying ugly (but happy) tears as she walked down the aisle, and eating as much fresh seafood as humanly possible.  What kind of seafood?  We ate oysters– of course– because I can’t find those at home, but also mahi mahi, grouper, and whatever type of fish tacos I could find.

When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about fish tacos– savory fish tacos, fish tacos with fruity salsa– I wanted them all!  These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia tacos are the brainchild of my seafood-obsessed mind and the piles of rhubarb and strawberries I brought home from the market last week.  Want some?  Keep reading!

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These Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas use rhubarb simple syrup and frozen strawberries for a cold and delicious spring cocktail!

Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas

These Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas use rhubarb simple syrup and frozen strawberries for a cold and delicious spring cocktail!

Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas

These Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas use rhubarb simple syrup and frozen strawberries for a cold and delicious spring cocktail!  This recipe is sponsored by Drizly, but as always, all opinions are my own.

It’s rhubarb season!!!  I’m kind of ridiculously excited about rhubarb this year, and it’s been overflowing in my kitchen.  Hopefully, a little bit (or a lot) of my rhubarb-mania will spill over into your food and drinks this spring!  Today, rhubarb, along with its best friend strawberry, will be hopping into some ice-cold, party-ready Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas!

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These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt

Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos

These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt

Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Burrito

These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Whenever I sit down to order food at a restaurant, my eyes scan the menu for something fishy. Is there something new for me to try?  Has their chef had a moment of seafood brilliance?  Last summer, I bit into something amazing– an ahi tuna burrito.

When I ordered it, I wasn’t completely sold.  Would the toppings overwhelm the tasty ahi?  Was it crazy to use a fish that shines so well all on its own…. in a burrito?  It turns out that it was crazy– crazy delicious!  (It’s okay if my jokes make you shake your head– but keep reading for the ahi!)  This is my version of that fish-licious wrap!  These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are stuffed with tasty seared ahi tuna, veggies, and two easy and quick sauces.

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This Lavender Lemon Bourbon Sour is a sweet spring cocktail! Mix one up in no time with lavender simple syrup, lemon juice (or Myer lemon juice), and bourbon.

Lavender Lemon Bourbon Sour

This Lavender Lemon Bourbon Sour is a sweet spring cocktail! Mix one up in no time with lavender simple syrup, lemon juice (or Myer lemon juice), and bourbon.

Lavender Lemon Bourbon Sour

This Lavender Lemon Bourbon Sour is a sweet spring cocktail!  Mix one up in no time with lavender simple syrup, lemon juice (or Meyer lemon juice), and bourbon.  The bourbon for this recipe was provided by Bulleit.

Have you tried mixing your own cocktails at home?  If you, like me, have stared in amazement (and total confusion) at overwhelming walls of cocktail mixers and expensive bottles with unfamiliar names, then it’s possible that you, like me, have shrugged your shoulders, grabbed a reliable and familiar bottle of wine, and headed home.  And that, my friends, is totally okay.  If you’d like to practice your über-chic bartender moves at home, however, keep reading!

For this incredibly easy cocktail, we’re going to ignore those bottles of brightly (and artificially) colored drink additives and mixers, and walk right past the pre-made simple syrups.  This Lavender Lemon Bourbon Sour is a spring cocktail at its finest– and is incredibly easy to prepare.

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This deliciously flavorful Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with thick sliced bread stuffed with whipped ricotta, sweetened rhubarb, and diced strawberries.

Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

This deliciously flavorful Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with thick sliced bread stuffed with whipped ricotta, sweetened rhubarb, and diced strawberries.

Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

This deliciously flavorful Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with thick sliced bread stuffed with whipped ricotta, sweetened rhubarb, and diced strawberries.

The birds are chirping, my herbs are happily sunning themselves outside, and rhubarb is back in season.  That’s right– it’s SPRING!  If you’re happily jumping in puddles after rain storms, leaving your doors and windows open to get fresh air, and sighing happily at all the spring produce– you aren’t alone!  Grab some rhubarb, add strawberries to your shopping bag, and celebrate spring with this Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast!

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This easy Strawberry Raspberry Clafoutis is a light and delicious French cobbler, and the perfect way to show off your spring and summer berries! champagne-tastes.com

Strawberry Raspberry Clafoutis

This easy Strawberry Raspberry Clafoutis is a light and delicious French cobbler, and the perfect way to show off your spring and summer berries! champagne-tastes.com

Strawberry Raspberry Clafoutis

This easy Strawberry Raspberry Clafoutis is a light and delicious French cobbler, and the perfect way to show off your spring and summer berries!

One of my favorite desserts is the French fruit dish clafoutis.  Pronounced ‘cla-foo-tee,’ this fluffy deliciousness doesn’t know whether it’s a cobbler, custard, or cake.  It’s full of indecision.  It will confuse guests who haven’t had it before, but they’ll inevitably decide they don’t care what it’s supposed to be, because it is just so tasty.

Traditionally, clafoutis is made with whole sweet cherries.  However, sweet cherries tend to be fairly expensive where I live, and when I buy them I usually devour them all gluttonously before I could even imagine putting them inside a dessert.  When I make clafoutis, I tend to use whatever berries I have on hand, but one of my favorite combinations is Strawberry Raspberry Clafoutis.

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