beyond burgundy: 7 oh-so-chic nail shades for fall

chic nail polish for fall beyond burgundy: 7 oh so chic nail shades for fall


Come September, the chance to paint on dark nails feels like a relief. After months of bright pinks, florescent neons or sea-inspired blues, wearing deeper shades on my nails make me feel a bit moody and mysterious and…dare I say cool?


Burgundy has always been a go-to (along with black) for fall and winter months—I love the sophisticated, wine-inspired hue—but this year I’m craving a little something different for my nails. A little more of a unique, off-beat fall color. Here, seven shades I’ll be painting on these next few months.


nail shades for fall beyond burgundy: 7 oh so chic nail shades for fall

one: chinchilly, by essie |  two: russian navy, by opi | three: power clutch, by essie | four: jade is the new black, by opi | five: toast, by RBG | six: crossroads by phillip lim for NARS | seven: fighter, by RBG


This season, I’m loving soft, feminine grays, like Essie’s Chinchilly, sophisticated navy shades like Russian Navy by OPI and barely-there nudes like Toast (what a great name!) by RBG. I’ll be rotating these all throughout fall (that is, when I actually manage to get a chance to paint my nails!)—what are you wearing?




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the year of 50 books: 26-30

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Now that the cool weather has started rolling in for fall, I’ve been flying through books. There really is no better feeling than spending a cozy day on the couch with a blanket and a good read. And this batch was full of them—there was a book with a little thriller action, a book with some family drama and books filled with a whole lot of wisdom from smart women. Let’s get down to it:



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This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper You may have seen preview trailers for the movie version of this book, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey—I’ve been dying to see it since it came out but haven’t gotten around to it. The timing of my reading this book was actually just a happy coincidence. While I always make a point to read the book before seeing the movie, I didn’t actually know this was coming out as a movie until I was almost done with the book. I’m kind of glad, too—there’s something special about forming your own idea about characters before seeing how Hollywood has type-cast them to life.


Tropper’s novel centers on a family gathered together to practice shiva in honor of their recently deceased father. The Foxmann family is a fun bag of tricks—there’s Judd, the narrator of the novel, who just discovered his wife is cheating on him, along with his siblings Wendy, Paul and Phillip, the youngest brother Judd describes as “the Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead.” (<< I’m a huge McCartney/Beatles fan, so this cracked me up). And let me tell you…you think your family has issues? Wait until you meet these guys—let’s just say a week in the same house poses an interesting challenge for all of them. The whole book had me cracking up, feeling strangely sad and sympathetic at times and even missing my own crazy family. Tropper wrote the novel with a thread of biting, sharp humor woven throughout, but took care not to discount the individual struggles that each character was experiencing—his prose was so engaging to read that there were occasions I almost rode past my subway stop, I was so engrossed. This Is Where I Leave You is an incandescent, brilliantly written book about loss, love, forgiveness and the experiences that bind us together. It was above and away one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. What are you waiting for? GET IT! Rating: 10 out of 10



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Obsessed, by T.R. Ragan I truly don’t know what it is with me and stalkers, you guys—I promise this isn’t a sign of a larger issue. You don’t need to report me. Seriously…


Unbeknownst to me, Obsessed is actually book four in the “Lizzy Gardner” series, created by T.R. Ragan, that follows—you guessed it—a detective named Lizzy Gardner. I didn’t find it totally off-putting that I hadn’t read the other three books before reading this one…I was able to get a pretty firm grasp on the characters anyways. There were a few moments where I was like, “Huh? What’s her back story?” but for the most part, if you want to dive right in here, you can. A word to the wise, though: this book does not have a happy ending (I mean, with a title like Obsessed, did you think it would?). It follows the story of radio psychologist Madeline Blair who, in fear of dipping ratings on her show, tells her listeners she has a stalker. Um, in case any of you were considering this—DON’T BE STUPID AND DO THIS. Especially if, like Madeline, there is a real-life man obsessed with you and your scary faux-stalker story sets him off to “protect” (aka stalk) you. And once he finds out that you were lying? Well, things are going to end pretty bad for you, friend.


Naturally Madeline hires Detective Gardner to help protect her and trace down the unhinged man now wreaking havoc in her professional and personal life. The manhunt that ensues will risk the lives of Lizzy, Madeline and several others close to them (sorry to be so cagey, but I don’t want to give it away!). For me, Obsessed was one of those “love the book, hate the ending” moments—I didn’t want my experience with the book to be colored by what I deemed a really awful (albeit intriguing for the next installment) ending. I think you’ll see when you get there—there’s definitely more of Lizzy’s story to come. Rating: 8.2 out of 10




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The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan You’ve probably heard of this collection of essays—whether you read Keegan’s viral essay just days after her death or read the startling number of accolades from some of the biggest names in the literary world. Keegan’s whole book—a collection of essays on love, death and growing up—was published posthumously, after she tragically passed away in a car accident just five days after graduating from Yale.


And sure, there’s a good part of me that read out of a bit of sad, morbid intrigue initially. But I stayed for Keegan’s gutting, blisteringly honest writing. She may not have led a long life, but the one she did lead was full of kindness, growing pains and an introspective outlook that’s rarely present in the most self-aware 50-year-old, let alone a 22-year-old. Within the first pages, you learn the title of the book stems from one of the more beautiful quotes in Keegan’s essay, “We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.” My first thought was, well—me too. And that’s kind of how I experienced Keegan’s essays. There were lots of “me too’s” along with a few “She totally said what I was thinking-s.”

I just thought every word in the book was so beautiful, partially due to Keegan’s sheer talent as a wordsmith, and partially because of what the book stood for as a whole. A moment preserved in time of a young women who hasn’t had the chance to become jaded yet—hasn’t had the chance to write down her words and then go back years later, embolden by age and the wisdom imparted by her years and change them. The circumstances surrounding her book, the fact that it was published as-is, with minimal editing, made it all the more raw, fresh and realistic. As she says in the book, there is something romantic in preservation at a moment of static bliss. Rating: 9.5 out of 10



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Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty Oh hiiiiiiii, it’s just me!! The Liane Moriarty groupie, back at it again!! I refuse to apologize for soaking up as much as I can from Moriarty, especially given her latest (and newest) read is her best yet.


Like most of her novels, this is more of an ensemble drama than a story about a single person. That’s what I like best about Moriarty’s writing—you can somehow care about half a dozen characters and the outcome of their trials and tribulations equally. It really is a true gift. Anyways, Big Little Lies centers around a group of Australian “Kinder” parents, whose kids are all starting at the local prestegious school at the same time—sort of Gossip Girl style, only with the parents instead of teens. You start the story knowing someone has been killed—but not knowing how it happened or who is to blame. Moriarty focuses on the intersecting stories of three women—Madeline (the town fireball), Celeste (the trophy wife who has it all) and Jane (the reserved outsider)—and how their friendship, self-preserving lies and greatest mistakes influence the lives of everyone around them. I wanted to have Madeline on my team, I wanted to befriend poor Jane and I wanted to shake some sense into Celeste—I just wanted to know them all! Big Little Lies was juicy and scandalous and sublimely entertaining—I loved it, of course. And trust me when I tell you—you won’t see the ending coming at all. Rating: 10 out of 10



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I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron As a writer (both on this here blog and in real life), I’ve long worshiped at the alter of Nora Ephron. I like to think I could be even 5 percent like her when I grow up. I read her work every few years, finding I can relate to it different now, as a writer and New Yorker, than I could when I was a freshman in college, just trying to make it to class on time.


I Feel Bad About My Neck has long been one of my favorite Ephron collections—it’s full of her signature quick wit and dry sense of humor that became a hallmark of her classic films like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. True, most of it centers on her experience with aging (something I guess I can’t complain too much about yet since I’m only 25), but there are still nuggets of wisdom to take away as a reader, no matter what your age. One of my favorite quotes from the book? Well I have two: “What failure of imagination had caused me to forget that life was full of other possibilities, including the possibility that eventually I would fall in love again?” (discussing her divorce and meeting her new husband) and “I now believe that what my mother meant when she said “Everythign is copy” is this: When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you; but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh. So you become the hero rather than the victim of the joke.” Rating: 9 out of 10





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slow-cooker pulled pork with honey corn cakes

pulled pork sandwich recipe slow cooker pulled pork with honey corn cakes



I debated endlessly as to whether or not I should post this recipe. You see, slow-cooker pulled pork is my secret weapon—my Hail Mary, my trump card. Any time I want to make people happy (make their stomachs happy, really), I make this pulled pork recipe. So naturally, I like to keep it close to the chest. Because it really (really really) is that good.


Slow-cooker pulled pork is at almost every family function we have. It’s my Auntie Lina’s specialty and we all beg for it any time there’s a celebration or get together on the calendar. Now that I live on my own and do my own entertaining, pulled pork has become my own party go-to. The guys love it, the ladies love it and—perhaps most importantly sometimes—it lays a solid base for a night of drinking. Hey, just being honest.


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Obviously, after all that internal debating, I’ve chosen to share the recipe. And I implore you: make it wisely. It can cause, in not-so-rare occasions, cases of mild obsession, over-eating out of deliciousness and even impromptu marriage proposals. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


These pulled pork sandwiches are best served on toasty potato rolls (MUST be potato rolls) with a decent helping of corn cakes and honey butter on the side (more on that later). This will make about 15 pulled pork sandwiches, which makes it great for a crowd.


You’ll need: 

  • One pork shoulder or pork butt between 3 and 4 pounds (you should be able to find this at the meat counter of your grocer).
  • 1 cup water
  • 18 oz (one bottle) Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

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Place the pork and water into a crockpot or slow cooker. Cook through the day (3.5-4 hours if you have it set to “high”, between 5.5 and 7 hours if you have it set to “low”). You’ll know it’s done when the meat is fragrant, a light brown color (as seen above) and literally falls apart at the touch of a fork.


Remove it from the crock pot, place on a cutting board and begin to shred the meat with two forks. Drain the crock pot, the add the shredded meat back into the pot, along with the BBQ sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

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Stir to coat then allow to cook for another hour. You can keep it on “warm” throughout your party if you have guests serving themselves.


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For the mini corn cakes (which taste better than regular corn muffins, because they’re mini), I use a Jiffy cornbread mix—keep it basic, because the real magic here is in the butter. I first had the corn cake/honey cinnamon butter combo at one of my favorite restaurants here in Astoria, Butcher Bar, and knew I needed to try making it at home someday. It’s so easy!


You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup stick butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Whip ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer until they’re combined and the butter is light and fluffy. Serve on everything from corn cakes and pulled pork (duh) to waffles, french toast and sweet potatoes!


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is your workout ruining your skin? 3 easy fixes

workout skin fixes is your workout ruining your skin? 3 easy fixes


There are a lot of obvious pros to working out—a hot bod, for one….plus boosted confidence, a happier outlook thanks to all those endorphins, and face time with that cute guy in your running club, just to name a few. But all that sweating (and running, and crunching, and sports-bra wearing) can take some surprising tolls on your skin. I mean, you’re already getting up at the crack of dawn for a 6 a.m. boot camp class…should you really have to deal with acne or a rash or irritation? I think not. Here, three easy fixes to workout skin woes:


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It’s actually a myth that the act of working out causes acne—in fact, regular sweat sessions will improve the look of your skin (just a little perk we like to call the post-workout glow). What does cause acne? Sitting sweat. If you’re someone who works out on their lunch break, hits up a spin class then brunch with friends or works out in the evenings and doesn’t shower until the morning, you’ve probably experienced bouts of face and body acne. The reason? Sweat that isn’t washed off your skin post-workout can breed bacteria, which in turn causes breakouts to occur. An easy solution: once you hop of the elliptical and pack it up for the day, do a quick wipe down of your face, chest and upper back with a clarifying/acne specific wipe, like Murad’s Clarifying Wipes for Blemish Prone Skin. They’ll remove any traces of bacteria, so even if you’re headed home to shower, you won’t risk breeding some blemishes on your way there.


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A word to the very sweaty: moisture-wicking workout clothes are a must. High-tech workout gear may seem like an unnecessary indulgence (trust me, I work out in old college tees as much as the next girl), but they really are worth their weight in…um, sweat? If you have sensitive skin, you’re more likely to develop rashes or eczema from frequent workouts (irritation tends to develop at “tight” areas, like around the arm pits and band of your sports bra). Tops and gear that boast “moisture-wicking” features are designed to help move heat and moisture away from the skin and keep skin (and subsequently you) cooler and more temperature controlled. I swear by Nike’s Dri-Fit line, and Under Armour has some great pieces as well. Trust me—once you go moisture-wicking, you’ll never go back (that’s totally a saying, right?)!


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Chances are, if your thighs rub together like 99% of the population, you’re going to have to deal with chafing. The irritation, causes by the repetitive rubbing together of your skin, is especially common in runners and can be super super painful if it goes untreated or isn’t prevented. I’ve heard of people using deodorant to ward of thigh rubbing, but products formulated especially for this problem, like Glide sticks, are just as (if not more) successful in preventing skin irritation. How it works: pre-run or workout, put a few coats on your trouble areas (typically the thighs, although it can be the armpits too). The stick will prevent that friction from building up, leaving you without a painful and blistery rash at the end of your workout. I’d say that’s a win, no?




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designer crush: emily henderson

designer emily henderson designer crush: emily henderson


I’m constantly finding design inspiration on Pinterest, but rarely is there one single designer I find on there that I’m just like, “YES. Yes—he/she absolutely gets my style.” I thought it was mostly because I describe my style as “charming schizophrenia” but maybe it was just because I was waiting to find Emily Henderson.


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I was turned on to Emily’s designs months ago, but I’ve been rabidly consuming her every project since. Henderson, who started as a Jonathan Adler shop girl, was a prop stylist before she went on to win HGTV’s Design Star. She’s really big on one philosophy—that a room, regardless of trends or price or what’s “cool” should just feel like the occupant. I love that straight forward, personality-driven focus to design. Because if moroccan rugs are hip and everywhere but just so not your thing, then why do them?


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I love her use of color and how each room she designs treads the line between playful and timeless. For now I’ll be stalking her blog, watching her new video series with Target and pulling inspiration from her rooms—like that amazing velvet headboard. Yes, please!



butternut squash and sage pasta

butternut squash butternut squash and sage pasta



Butternut squash is probably the Pumpkin Spice Latte of the food world. Call it “basic”, call it over-used from September to December—but even you can admit: it’s so delicious.


I try to cook it as much as possible during the fall months but there’s only so much roasted butternut squash a girl can handle. This week, I decided to mix it up by combining it with one of my other favorite things: pasta.

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Butternut squash and sage is a fool-proof combo, and for good reason—the duo team up to create a sauce that’s rich, layered and just a bit indulgent (ahem, given the heavy cream and all). It’s a yummy twist for those fall nights when you’re just not feeling marinara sauce again. You’ll need:


  • 1 medium butternut squash, cubed and and skinned
  • 6-8 sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan  cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


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Cube your butternut squash, then toss on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper, adding 4-5 sage leaves to the pan. Roast in the over at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or until the squash is mush but still holding it’s cube shape. Set aside.


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While your butternut squash is roasting, set a pan of heavily salted water over high heat to boil. This sauce is best with fresh pasta—we have an amazing factory on our street that sells theirs out of a storefront—but if you go with dried, that works too! Once the water is boiling, set the pasta in and allow it to cook.


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While the pasta is cooking, place the roasted butternut squash in a food processor, removing the sage leaves first. Add the garlic, then drizzle in a little olive oil, salt and pepper then blend on high until the butternut squash has turned the consistency of mashed potatoes and is free of chunks.


Add the pureed butternut squash to a large skillet with the heavy cream, milk, nutmeg, parmesan and 2 sage leaves. Stir to combine and allow to simmer on low for five-ish minutes. It will be really thick—that’s the nature of the butternut squash and it holds really well to the pasta, but if the consistency isn’t right for you, feel free to add a bit more milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Add your cooked pasta to the pan with two tablespoons pasta water, then toss to coat. Plate, then top with a bit more parmesan cheese and serve with an Olivia Pope-worthy glass of vino. Buon Appetito!!




2 adult lunchables perfect for work this week

adult lunchables 2 adult lunchables perfect for work this week


I’m notoriously–almost comically–bad at eating lunch at work. I’ll get so engrossed in what I’m doing that suddenly 3:30 pm will roll around and I’ll wonder why I’m crazy grumpy and have a raging headache.


In an attempt to try and improve this unhealthy habit, I’ve been making an effort to pull together little “lunchables” for myself, packed with a light meal and snacks that I can pick at throughout the day. They’re not huge, because I rarely have time to each much, but they definitely keep me from A) Wasting money on more food, B) Getting too hungry and C) Spending all my money in a low blood sugar-induced raid at the Chipotle across the street. Here are two of my favorites:


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Turkey Veggie “Burritos”

Easy as can be: simply roll up lots of veggies (I use cucumbers, peppers and carrots) in slices of turkey or another deli meat of your choice. I typically pack a stick of cheese, a GoGo Applesauce (which I’m pretty sure are for toddlers but whatever) and a few (ok…maybe more than two…) of Trader Joe’s AMAZING peanut butter cups to go along with the turkey rolls.


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Another standby? A trusty Greek lunchable, made by combining my go-to Greek salad recipe, homemade tzatziki dip and a bit of bread or pita chips. Sometimes I’ll swap the bread out for a batch of falafel if I’ve had the time to make it Sunday night. The best thing about this combo is that everything gets better after sitting around in the fridge for a few days. The flavor in both the salad and the dip is stronger, meaning you can make big batches and be set for the week–that is, if you don’t mind a little lunchtime repetition!



tropical tiki-tinis [+ a girl's night in] with pinnacle vodka

girls night cocktails tropical tiki tinis [+ a girls night in] with pinnacle vodka



Whether it’s been a really long week or just a while since you’ve seen each other, sometimes you just need a good girl’s night in. There’s nothing better than couch time with your favorite ladies, with cheesy rom-coms on in the background, way too many sweets and girlie cocktails for (multiple) cheers. The cocktail pick for the night? A sweet and refreshing tropical concoction with Pinnacle vodka!


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The star of the tropical tiki-tini? Pinnacle’s Tropical Punch Vodka, one of their 40 yummy flavors (and one that happens to go well with literally anything). For the tropical tiki-tini, you’ll need:


  • 1 part Pinnacle Tropical Punch Vodka
  • 2 parts iced tea (I used peach for a little extra somethin’ somethin’)
  • Orange, pineapple or other tropical fruit for garnish

Shake together well, then pour a round for yourself and your girlfriends. Garnish with a few wedges of fruit and colorful, playful straws. Cheers to girl’s night!


p.s. Check out below for Pinnacle’s fun mixology video for the tropical tiki-tini:

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sauce poached eggs with ranch home fries

sauce poached eggs brunch recipe sauce poached eggs with ranch home fries


You may have gotten a little sneak peak of this dish during my bacon bloody mary post yesterday–I’m sorry for the tease, but trust me this is worth the wait. Eggs are above and beyond my favorite brunch dish–I have to be in a special sort of mood for french toast or waffles, and I don’t really like pancakes, so if we’re out to brunch, there’s a 99% chance I’m ordering eggs. Usually it’s eggs benedict–until, that is, I discovered the sauce-poached egg dish at The Penrose on the Upper East Side. It changed my brunch life, and this recipe might just change yours.


goat cheese sauce poached eggs with ranch home fries



sauce poached eggs recipe sauce poached eggs with ranch home fries


The best thing about this dish is the simplicity. You can forgo making your own sauce–it’s too time consuming when it’s late Sunday morning and you’re starving and football is on in an hour. Instead, you kick jarred sauce up a notch with an extra dose of onion and garlic, and then let it go to work on poaching the eggs. Sound confusing? It’s not. Here ya go:


You’ll need (makes enough for two small skillets, or four eggs):

  • 1 jar pre-made marinara sauce
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  •  4 eggs
  • herbed goat cheese
  • salt and pepper


Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Saute the onions and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, until soft and fragrant. Add the jar of sauce and simmer on low until it’s bubbly and heated all the way through. Pour the sauce into a cast iron skillet, then create small holes in the sauce where you’ll crack your eggs. Crack them gently into the spaces, then sprinkle the whole dish with salt, pepper and crumbles of goat cheese.


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Pop it into the oven and cook until the egg whites have solidified, but the yolks are still runny (about 10 minutes, but keep an eye on it). Serve with warmed bread to use as the vehicle for the eggy saucy goodness to get to your mouth.


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Oh, and I bet you spotted those extra-delicious looking home fries yesterday too, huh? The key to these is a packet of ranch dressing mix–yes, you heard me right. Head to the salad dressing aisle, grab a packed of powdered Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix and toss it over cubed potatoes that have been coated in olive oil. Bake in a glass dish in the oven, mixing occasionally, until crunchy and cooked through. Skip the ketchup, because you totally don’t need it with the extra kick of ranch in there.


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bacon bloodies and brunch with pinnacle vodka

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I have to admit–I’m a bit late to the art of the bloody mary. I just tried my first one earlier this year and I have to say, I wasn’t bowled over. Upon first impression, it was sort of like drinking cold tomato soup–not the most unpleasant thing ever, but not my traditional cup of OJ and champy. However, I’ve since gotten them at a few different restaurants around NYC and I’m finally starting to understand the buzz. When done right, bloody marys are gooooooddddd–plus I love that they always come piled high with extras, because more food.


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For my latest post in partnership with Pinnacle Vodka, I decided to whip up my own version of the infamous bloody mary, and serve it up alongside a hearty, saucy brunch. There were so many Pinnacle flavors that would have gone amazing with this recipe (especially Atomic Hot), but I decided to stay classic and just go with their traditional unflavored version. Here’s what you’ll need for each bloody mary:


  • 1 shot Pinnacle vodka (or, if two shots is more your style, get at it)
  • 4 parts tomato juice
  • 1/2 part lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 part cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 part juice from the pickle jar
  • 1 part Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 part finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 part hot sauce or sriracha
  • 1 pickle and 1 slice of bacon, for garnish


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Shake up the ingredients in a cocktail tumbler, then serve chilled with an extra sprig of parsley, a speared pickle and a strip of bacon (pro tip: this will make your guests very happy). The hot sauce and pepper gives these the perfect hit of heat, the pickle is a nod to tradition and the bacon is here to party. Game on.


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Serve along a few hearty brunch dishes (I’ll be sharing the recipes for these ones tomorrow!) and you have the formula for a perfect fall Sunday. Cheers!



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Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, or find more fun entertaining and drink ideas on our Pinterest page.


Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission.  This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media.  The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.