To quote a good friend of mine, “holy crap on a cracker!” – my cookbook – Cooking With Cocktails – hits store shelves, today.
I might pee my pants a little bit. I’ve been sharing that unnecessary bit of bodily function news on various social media platforms all week. I’m so nervous and excited, I keep oscillating between peeing everywhere and feeling the need to vomit. Wow. If that sentence doesn’t get your stand-mixer motor runnin’ to cook up some new recipes loaded with cheese, butter, carbs, farm fresh produce and alcohol, I don’t know what will.
To celebrate the book release (which is today – did I mention it’s today?!), I have the honour of being hosted by 15 delicious & talented bloggers for the Cooking With Cocktails Blog Tour!
These folks are seriously badass and you’re going to want to check them out. Fo’ realz. Plus they’ll be sharing recipes from the cookbook, doing reviews, asking me lots of questions and giving away copies, too.
I’m not even able to describe how grateful I am for their (and your!) support of my book. And that’s not even because I’ve had 3 gin martinis. It’s been incredible to see how warmly and fully everyone has embraced it and I’m over-joyed (if not a bit overwhelmed) by everyone’s generosity.
For once, I’m kind of speechless.
So if I haven’t said it already, thanks. For effing everything.
The Cooking With Cocktails Blog Tour Stops
Over the next two weeks as the posts go live, I’ll link to the feature directly. You can also hop on the tour via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram if that’s more your jam, where I’ll be posting the links and sharing their photos.
Grab your glass, a fork and buckle up.This bus ride could get a little bit b-a-n-a-n-a-nuts!
Cook. Eat. Imbibe. Live. And repeat.
…preferably without pants. I hate pants. Leg. Prisons.
02/14: Julie Espy @ Bread Booze & Bacon. She’s a tattooed, carbaholic food nerd that loves Guiness and whiskey. She’s also the inspiration behind Cooking With Cocktails’ JD Mac and Peas (pg. 153). Oh yeah, and she’s become one of my longest lived blog friends. Julie makes food that is damn good. In the words of Jules: Dive in. Take a bite. And be happy.
Read the post, watch the video & get the recipe –> Bourbon Soaked Cherries Tiramisu
02/15: Meghan McMorrow @ Fox and Briar. She’s a passionate, self-taught home cook who believes most things are better homemade, and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated. She also cooks with lots of garlic (like me) and wine (like me). Meghan and I get along famously.
Read the post, enter the giveaway & get the recipe –> Strawberry Chambord Whipped Cheese Toasts
02/17: Natalie Jacob @ Arsenic Lace. She’s a bartender, beverage consultant, stylist, and recipe developer, stirring and shaking in NYC. She’s highly specialized in the areas of tiki and the classic tropical drinks (so fun!), enjoys antique furniture & vintage clothing, and has kick. ass. hair. Not that affects the cocktails she comes up with… Or maybe it does. MAYBE it’s the source of her superpower!
Read the post & get the recipe –> Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour
02/19: Deborah Balint @ Rainy Day Bites. She’s the host of a monthly Instagram cookbook club. She’s also a food photographer, food stylist, cake decorator, lawyer, and mom of two teenagers. Not to mention a wonderfully talented and supportive friend. If you’re hungry for food, she’s always cooking something yummy up!
Check out her Instagram update –> Crunchy Pommes Frites with Madeira wine and balsamic reduction
02/20: Kate Richards @ Drinking with Chickens. She’s a “Drinkin’ Lady” who grows things and then mixes them into drinks. Sometimes the chickens help. Or they spill things. Or eat garnishes. And she’s clever like the fox. Or, like the chicken. Kate’s awesome. She cracks me up and inspires me to no end – I totally want her boozy chicken life. It’s magical.
Read the post, ogle chickens & get the rough guidelines of the recipe –> Cooking With Cocktails: A Book Report (Moscow Dark & Stormy)
02/21: Suzie Durigon @ Just Crumbs. For her, it’s always been about food. Growing it, learning about it, cooking it, and sharing it. Suzie’s a part-time culinary instructor, a “wanna-be” farmer, a mom and a wife (in no particular order). And she’s got some seriously exciting things involving local food, outdoor dining, farm to table meals and baking it forward coming up. Plus she’s hiiiiiilarious! Watch for it!
Read the post, enter the giveaway & get the recipe –> Peach Schnapps and Blueberry Crisp
02/22: Jayme Marie Henderson @ Holly and Flora. She’s a dear friend who can assemble care-packages with the best of ’em! She’s also a full-time, certified sommelier, self-taught photographer, home cook, and backyard gardener. Jayme creates the most amazing garden-to-glass cocktails and recipes, using the vegetables and herbs she grows in her yard. Oh yeah, and her blog won the 2016 Saveur Best Drinks Coverage Reader’s Choice award this past year. She’s such a badass.
Read the post & get the recipe –> Mint Cucumber + Smoky Jalapeño Margaritas
02/23: Trish Bozeman @ Rhubarbarians. She’s your friendly neighborhood wine-o who thinks she can cook. But really, she totally can. Trish creates amazingly delicious recipes with produce from her CSA bin or farmer’s market. Her dishes are da’ bomb! Plus, cocktails galore. Because hell, yes.
Read the post & get the recipe –> Ale Stacked Mushrooms
02/24: Adrian Harris & Jeremy Inglett @ The Food Gays. These 2 food writers create colourful, tasty food. And damn beautiful photographs! But that’s not all – on their blog they also share lifestyle finds, and travel and restaurant experiences around Vancouver. Oh. And they both love pizza… And folks who like pizza really are the best kinds of people. Adrian and Jeremy are fellow Vancouverites that I’d be happy to share a cocktail with any day.
Read the post & get the recipe –> Layered Naked Champagne Cake with Buttercream Frosting
02/25: Ashley Rose Conway @ Craft and Cocktails. She’s a cocktail shaker and piñata maker who’s always in the pursuit of fun and the perfect drink! Bourbon, vintage glassware, red lipstick, traveling, and craft supplies are her necessities in life and they’re kind of mine too. Ashley makes the most amazing drinks which is why I knock back pretty much everything she creates on her blog. You will too!
Read the post & get the recipe –> Boozy Beet Shrub Cocktail: Cooking With Cocktails
02/26: Julie Espy @ White Lights on Wednesday. You met Julie on the first day of the tour. This is her other blog where she makes all kinds of delicious sweet and savory recipes and hosts DIY projects and blog tips & tricks. She wants to inspire you to try a new recipe, and make everyone you know think you’re a genius in the kitchen. I think we can all get on board with that.
Read the post & get the recipe –> Crock Pot Cuervo & Tecate Pork Carnitas
02/27: Jackie Dodds @ The Beeroness. She creates recipes with craft beer to cook dishes that are extraordinary in complex flavours. Need I say more? Okay – Jackie’s blog was a finalist for Saveur Magazines Best Original Recipes, 2014 as well as crowned winner for Best Beer Coverage Reader’s Choice in 2015. Oh, and you should definitely pick up her cookbooks, The Craft Beer Cookbook: 100 Artisan Recipes for Cooking with Craft Beer and The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Sliders, Skewers, Mini Desserts, and More–All Made with Beer.
Read the post & get the recipe –> Lager Simmered Chicken Thighs
03/01: Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison @ Well Preserved. Joel is a home cook and a writer. Dana’s love of great food is only matched by her love for tasty design. Together, they’re Well Preserved. They write about topics like hunting, urban gardening, foraging, food security, small farms, farmers markets, sustainable fish, and of course preserving among many other things. They live with 500-700 jars of preserves in their home. And their cookbook, Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen, focuses on fresh ingredients and 6 ways you can preserve each one. It’s also stunning. Pick it up.
Read the review –> Cooking With Cocktails Cookbook Review
03/02: Sean Bromillow @ Diversivore. He educates his readers about what they can eat, how they can eat it, and how best to both explore and enjoy the world of food. And he schools me every time we get into a debate – his wit is oh so clever! Sean’s recipes are a celebration of good, tasty food. His passions for science and for wonderful, weird food make for pretty damn delicious eating.
Read the post, enter the giveaway & get the recipe –> Red Wine Chorizo with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs
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