Class is in session: Chef Tom Douglas

With the holidays quickly approaching it’s time to stock up on tips, tricks and delicious recipes and what better way to do it then at Macy’s with chef Tom Douglas on Saturday 12/10. Your $25 ticket includes a seat in the class, a $10 Macy’s Gift Card and a copy of The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook at the event which chef Tom Douglas will sign for you personally.


Who: James Beard winner and Executive Chef Tom Douglas

What: Delicious afternoon with Macy’s Culinary Council and a behind the scenes look at his favorite holiday recipes

Where: Chef’s Street at Macy’s Herald Square – 151 West 34th Street, New York, 10001 Located on the all-new “One Below” level in Macy’s Herald Square.

When: Saturday 12/10 at 1:00PM



Please note: Thought this post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I am happy to share and support this delicious event!



Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob

What says backyard bbq more than fresh corn on the cob? I had the chance to hang with chef Michelle Bernstein today at Macy’s Chef Street and she shared her favorite summertime recipes including this  one for corn on the cob.

  • Ingredients
  • 4 ears fresh corn, in husks
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup Mexican creme or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese, crumbled fine
  • 2 teaspoons ancho or chipotle powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
  • Kosher salt

Preheat a grill to medium, or prepare a charcoal grill, letting the coals burn until covered with white ash.

cook the corn without removing the husk in simmering water for 6-8 minutes. Remove from the water, dry off excess water. Grill the corn turning frequently, about 4-5 minutes.

Mix the mayonnaise and the sour cream together, season with a little salt.

Remove the corn from the grill and carefully peel back the husks. (be careful, it will be VERY HOT)

Remove the corn silk and tie the husks in a knot so you can hold on to it like a handle. Cut the corn cobs in half.

Spread the cream/mayo mixture all over the corn. Shake some chili powder all over, top with a little cilantro and a sprinkle of cheese evenly all over the ears. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Serves 4

Just a note to let you know that this post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and my love for Michelle Bernstein and her cheesy corn is real.

I love working with the Culinary Council and you can find out about upcoming events on their site and their twitter @culinarycouncil

Summer soiree with Michelle Bernstein

Tis’ the season: What better way to kick off the summer season than with soiree from Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Michelle Bernstein at Macy’s Herald Square. Everything you need for the ultimate backyard bbq & bash.


Who: Chef Michelle Bernstein

What: Recipes, samples & bites, live music, and shopping.

Where: Macy’s Herald Square 151 West 34th Street Lower Level, Chef Street, New York, NY 10001

When: Friday 7/15 at 1 PM

WHY: It’s FREE and who doesn’t love a summer BBQ and if you RSVP at the link below you get a $10 Macy’s gift card at the event!





Just a note to let you know that this post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and my love for Michelle Bernstein is real.

I love working with the Culinary Council and you can find out about upcoming events on their site and their twitter @culinarycouncil


Joy To The Whisky

Blood, sweat, and tears will take you there – but the joy will take you further. A powerful concept and new campaign from Johnnie Walker that recently launched, showing us that achieving joy is easier than one may think.

Earlier this month, notable names from entertainment, sports, and business met at The Explorer’s Club in NYC and shared their favorite stories of how joy has fueled their personal success and progress during a unique panel discussion hosted by Johnnie Walker. The panel included Michael Strahan, pro football Hall of Famer and Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host, Doug Ellin, screenwriter and creator of the HBO television series and feature film Entourage, Eva Håkansson, inventor and world’s fastest female motorcyclist, and Dr. Matt Killingsworth, leading psychologist and happiness expert.

Panelists revealed personal anecdotes and proven research about how happiness makes success more likely, and celebrated Johnnie Walker’s “Joy Will Take You Further” global campaign launch.



 PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Craig Barritt

Dr. Matt Killingsworth shared: “When a lot of us climb that ladder to success, what we find at the end is another ladder. Happiness isn’t just an outcome. It can actually be an input and there’s a large and growing body of evidence that the happier you are, the more likely you are to be successful in the first place.”

The Joy Will Take You Further event also saw the premiere of a new experiment developed in partnership with Dr. Killingsworth called “Can Joy Improve Performance?” which showed how golfers could boost the accuracy of their shots when positively rather than negatively primed by their coach. The results? 100% of participants showed increased accuracy when positively primed, the accuracy increasing by 45% on average.  Check out the video here.

Michael Strahan championed the impact that happiness has had on his progress: If your starting point is happiness, there is no limit to what you can achieve. The turning point in my career was adopting a more positive outlook and reconnecting with the enjoyment of genuinely ‘playing’ the game. Making that decision gave me a new impetus and new energy.”

Eva Håkansson, focused on how failure or setbacks can push you ahead: “The path to success is never straight. It never has been it never will be. But you have to realize if you don’t make any mistakes, if you never fall you’re probably not doing anything at all. You’re certainly not doing anything new and you’re certainly not doing anything creative. But out of every mistake you make you learn something which is satisfying in itself.”

Doug Ellin referenced an early, negative experience on one of his sets. He recalls “I didn’t feel a real passion for it or a real love for it and going to set every day was a real chore. When you find something like Entourage that’s really great it’s a whole different experience.”




The gang’s all here: cocktails created using the many amazing labels from Johnnie Walker


One of my favorite cocktails from the night was the Johnnie Walker Select Casks Old Fashioned:

Johnnie Walker Select Casks - Rye Cask Finish Old Fashioned

 PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Craig Barritt


1.5 oz Johnnie Walker™ Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 sugar cube

1 orange Twist


  1. Place sugar cube in a rocks glass and soak with a few dashes of Angostura Bitters
  2. Using a muddler, press down the sugar cube and dissolve in the bitters
  3. Pour Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish into the glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist


Keep walking The Joy will take you further

Joy will take you further: Keep Walking



The Explorers Club

Standing in the doorway where so many great explorers stood we must keep walking to pursue adventure and joy of the journey!



explorers club

Scotch. Adventure. Joy. More scotch. All these things found at The Explorers Club.



Follow along on the adventure and create your joy:  #joynomics #JoyWillTakeYouFurther

Fall Into National Vodka Day

Things to be happy about this week:
Fall is in full effect now that October is here with crisp weather {and cocktails}
Sunday is National Vodka Day -YAY! The perfect reason to celebrate both? This fall-inspired Moscow Mule using Smirnoff vodka!

Now before you get drinking, here’s a little drinking history about the delicious drink the Moscow Mule.

It all began, in 1941 as John Martin of Heubelin (now the Smirnoff Co.) searched for the right mixer that would give vodka a chance to stand out in a whiskey and bourbon dominated industry. That’s when he met a man with a ginger beer brand with similar challenges.

Together, they found a delicious combination of Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and a spritz of lime and dubbed it the Moscow Mule. Soon popularity spread and by 1943 the Moscow Mule was one of the most popular cocktails nationwide opening up the chance for bartenders to experiment with other vodka cocktails and creations.


Fall Fun Mule
2 ounces apple cinnamon vodka (use the infused recipe below using Smirnoff vodka)
6 ounces of ginger beer
Splash of ginger syrup (I love Lieber & Co.)
3 ounces of apple cider
Squeeze of fresh orange juice
Diced and cubed apples to garnish
Crushed ice
Moscow Mule mug

To make:
In your Moscow Mule mug: add the vodka, ginger beer, ginger syrup, apple cider, orange juice, and apple cubes. Crush ice.
Foodie Finder Tip: I love this Lewis bag from Cocktail Kingdom – you can put the ice in the canvas bag, and use the mallet to crush ice easily and mess-free.
Add the crushed ice to your mug, stir, sip, put on a cozy sweater and enjoy!


Apple Cinnamon Vodka
1/2 bottle of Smirnoff Vodka
2 apples cored & cubed
2 cinnamon sticks
Quart-size Mason jar
Add the apples, vodka, and cinnamon sticks to the mason jar and top with vodka. Seal the lid, and let sit in a cool dark place for 2 days. When ready to use or serve, strain out the marinated fruit and cinnamon sticks, then strain the vodka through a cheese cloth before returning to the jar and mixing into your cocktails.

Your wedding forecast: sunny skies and bottles of bourbon

Wedding season is well under way, and whether you’re getting married or attending a wedding, there are two things everyone can agree on that they want for the big day – beautiful weather and a well stocked bar.

Something that ensures both is Burying the Bourbon, an old Southern tradition known to keep the rain away. The couple getting married actually buries a bottle of bourbon at their wedding venue one month to the exact date, and the rest is history (and sunny skies). According to custom, the bourbon must be sealed (so no sips to ease those wedding day jitters), and the bottle must be buried upside down. After the ceremony is over, the couple getting married digs up the bottle and bottoms up!


To celebrate, I’ve created a pair of cocktails perfect for a wedding celebration or even just for summer sipping.


Peach smash & new twist, old fashioned



Makes 1 cocktail

You will need: 

1 peach, pitted and sliced in half

1/2 lime

Handful of mint

2 oz. Bulleit bourbon

Additional peach slices and mint leaves to garnish

To make: 

In a cocktail shaker muddle the peach, lime and mint leaves

Add two ounces bourbon and ice and shake it up.

Strain and pour into an ice filled glass. Garish with mint leaves and peach slice.



All the ingredients of an Old Fashioned but in ice cube form, so your bourbon drink doesn’t get watered down and stays cold at the same time. To achieve this, I suggest using a jumbo silicone ice cube tray, or get festive with shapes like a diamond mold (see below), which I used. (Using standard ice cube trays won’t have the same effect or flavor.)

Each drink will require 2 ounces of Bulleit bourbon and one “new fashioned” ice cube.

Makes 1 ice cube 

You will need:

1 ounce simple syrup

3 dashes bitters

1 cherry

1 slice of orange rind

To make: 

Add ingredients into ice cube mold, fill the remaining space with water and freeze overnight.

Right before serving, remove the ice cube from the mold and place it in a glass of bourbon.


As the ice cube melts it keeps your drink cool while adding all the flavors of a traditional old fashioned.


Sourcing: All glassware & vases from Pottery Barn

This post is a collaboration for featuring Bulleit bourbon and Pottery Barn products. The products featured in this post were given to me but all opinions on them are my own.

Kind of a big dill: beer-brined pickles

‘Tis the season to grill, chill, drink & BBQ! I’m currently working on a few fun recipes for your next summer soiree with dishes that pair up nicely with a few cold ones. Guinness has a new Blonde American Lager which is the perfect blonde brew to match up with these summer favorites.

That post will be coming soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe you can make ahead that will be the perfect complement to your next BBQ or picnic – beer-brined pickles!


Beer-brined pickles

Makes 2 large mason jars (24 ounces each)

2 pounds cucumbers (I use Parisian pickles sliced in half lengthwise)

2 cups white vinegar

2 cups beer (I used Guinness American Lager)

2 bunches fresh dill

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon seasoning blend (I love Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute)

1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper (If you prefer more heat, you can always add more to taste)

8 cloves of garlic – smashed and skin removed


Start with clean jars. 

Wash and slice cucumbers into either slices or spears. When using Parisian cucumber I prefer spears. Tip: make sure to cut off the ends of the cucumbers. There are enzymes in them that will make your pickles soggy. 

Pack the sliced cucumbers into the jars while leaving some room in the middle of each jar for spices and herbs. Divide the spices noted above between the two jars and then add them to the middle of each jar with the dill and garlic.  

In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, beer and sugar. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat, and stir until the sugar is melted. Once the sugar is dissolved, pour the hot liquid into each jar, filling it to the top but leaving 1/2 inch head space. Put on the lids to seal and let the pickles cool before putting them in the refrigerator. Let the pickles hang out in the fridge for two days in order to maximize their marination and full flavor. They will keep in the fridge for a month (but I don’t think they’ll last that long). 

How do you like to eat your pickles? Straight out of the jar like me? Or on an actual burger or sandwich? 

This post is a part of the Guinness Blonde BBQ Challenge to use their new Blonde American Lager in BBQ-inspired recipes. I’m just getting started, as there will be another post with more summer fun recipes coming up soon!