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The Beehive Cocktail


As we move from the golden days of summer into the crisp nights of fall, it’s only right to sip on an appropriately autumnal cocktail. That cocktail is the Beehive. This drink strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spicy by combining fiery ginger with floral honey (plus a hefty amount of bourbon).  The Beehive is refreshing enough to enjoy while tailgating and potent enough to swig beside a bonfire. Our secret ingredient is Tippleman’s Ginger Honey Syrup, crafted in small batches to bring your homemade cocktails to the next level.  Grab a bottle here, follow the recipe below, and get buzzed!


How To Make the Beehive
2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Tippleman’s Ginger Honey Syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice
chilled ginger beer
lemon peel for garnish

Add all ingredients except ginger beer to a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Top with ginger beer and twist lemon peel over drink. Cheers!

A Teatime Treat from Dough Uprising: Bacon Cinnamon Buns




This post was written by Laicie Heeley, co-owner of Dough Uprising bakery and author of the lifestyle blog One Thousand Threads.

Pie, cookies, ice cream… we love all sweets the same. Well, okay… pie always wins. But the cinnamon bun is a real winner in our book, because it’s one of the most versatile treats around. Once you have the basic process down, you can put almost anything in a cinnamon bun…

Like, say, bacon, peanut butter, and banana… because as much as we love sweets, we can’t think of a single one that’s not improved by the addition of a little bacon.

Can you?

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Cookbook Review : HOME by Bryan Voltaggio

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Fast Review: Comfort food at its best from Frederick’s own Bryan Voltaggio.

Here in Frederick we have our share of delicious dining spots. One hometown chef in particular has captured the hearts and stomachs of east coast foodies. Bryan Voltaggio is the local chef-owner of an ever expanding restaurant empire – including DMV area favorites such as VOLT, Family Meal, AGGIO, and RANGE. In his first solo cookbook, HOME, Voltaggio leaves the professional kitchen to explore the joys of cooking comfort food at home. Full of approachable recipes, HOME is a tribute to authentic American cuisine with a focus on farm-to-table ingredients. Order your copy and get cooking!

Whose kitchen would you find it in: Top Chef fans, comfort foodies, cooks who love to feed family and friends 

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Cookbook Review : Savory Bites

Savory Bites cover

Fast Review: You’ll never look at your cupcake pan the same way again.

I know it’s the new year and we are all busy de-cluttering our kitchens, but you’re going to want to make room for one more cookbook on your shelf. Trust me, Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make In Your Cupcake Pan will earn its keep. Written by Hollywood chef to the stars and cupcake baker extraordinaire, Hollis Wilder, Savory Bites is full of inspiring yet simple recipes that are all made in a standard muffin pan.

Whose kitchen would you find it in: busy parents, broke college students, and anyone trying to cut down on portion size

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Cookbook Review: Done by James Peterson


Fast review: Never overcook or undercook anything ever again.

James Peterson has some serious cooking chops; he has won seven James Beard awards and is the author of fifteen books. So it’s no surprise that his cookbook Done is a life saver in the kitchen. In it he tackles more than 85 of the trickiest foods using look, smell, sound, and feel to determine when each is perfectly done. Chock full of color photographs with corresponding numbered instructions, the book is indispensable for anyone looking to master this fundamental yet difficult aspect of cooking.

With everything from pork chops to risotto, this book can elevate any home cook’s technique to a professional level. Pick up a copy and prepare to be amazed at the difference in your meals now that they are cooked to perfection.

Who’s kitchen would you find it in: ex-vegetarians learning to cook meat, home cooks looking to elevate their food to the next level, those who prefer to skip the recipe to look at the pictures

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Cookbook Review: The Cheesemonger’s Seasons by Chester Hastings

Fast review: Break away from the humdrum “cheese plate” and start enjoying cheese all year long with these seasonal inspired recipes.

It may seem strange to think about, but all cheese begins its life as grass. If cheese is an agricultural product, isn’t it natural to pair it with other farmers’ market treasures? Master chef and cheesemonger Chester Hastings bases his newest cookbook on this idea. The book is divided into four seasonal sections with recipes grouped by type of produce.

Hastings is also a firm believer in the old European adage—take very good ingredients and do very little to them.  Each recipe is perfectly calibrated to highlight the individual facets of the dish and every ingredient serves a purpose.  As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season starts, having an arsenal of low effort, high impact recipes like these is a total lifesaver.

With ninety unique dishes (over 80 of which are vegetarian), this book is a love letter to cheese that has recipes for any craving. Get your copy, head to the market, and get ready to have cheese for dinner!

Who’s kitchen would you find it in:  The culinary vagabond, carnivores toying with the idea of becoming vegetarian, anyone who likes cheese!

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Cookbook Review: One Pan, Two Plates by Carla Snyder

Fast Review: Delicious but fast recipes? Yes. Perfectly portioned for two? Yes. Fewer dishes to clean at the end of the meal? Heck, yes.

One Pan, Two Plates is all about streamlining “from scratch” cooking, with over 70 meals that minimize the damage done to your kitchen while maximizing flavor. Each recipe can be made in less than an hour (often less than thirty minutes) and is perfectly portioned for two (a notoriously difficult number to cook for).  Each meal is complete with side dishes, all prepared in a single pan.

It’s chock full of inspiring recipes that can be made on a busy weeknight, when time is a precious resource and your stomach is growling. The meals are sure to please you and your dining partner, plus you’ll also learn cooking tricks and wine pairing suggestions in the process. Grab a copy to spend more time enjoying your daily meals and less time cleaning up after them.

Whose Kitchen You Would Find It In: Newlywed foodie couples; empty nesters; busy families (the recipes easily double); college grads living on their own for the first time

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