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May 22, 2015

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Before we get started, let it be known that the title of this post does not reflect the actual quality of these cookies. Just because they are easy, does not mean they are basic. They are, however, the perfect everyday cookie recipe for when you just need a taste of the OG of cooke genre. The good ol' choco chip. The captain of the cookie ship. The savior of PMS across the land. The supre- I'm going to stop now.

For a long time I was afraid to make cookies from scratch. I have no idea as to why, or no past horrific experience with trying that led me to be so fearful. Sometimes I don't make sense. But sometimes I do, and that's when I make cookies.

The universe would be really happy if you made some chocolate chip cookies today.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 1 dozen  (one is missing from the photos because I can't be controlled and kept eating the dough)
1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup all purpose flour (I actually used whole wheat!)
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more if you're crazy like me)

In a large mixing bowl, combined softened butter, both sugars, and vanilla extract. Crack in your egg, then stir until combined. Carefully add in your flour and baking soda, and mix well. Your dough should start to form, and at this point, knead in your chocolate chips. Roll and pat into a ball, then transfer to a tupperware or other airtight container to keep in the fridge overnight.

To bake, preheat your oven to 325, then roll the dough into tiny balls with the palms of your hand and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes on the baking sheet to firm up after you remove them from the oven. Enjoy!

May 21, 2015

Blueberry Margarita ft. IZZE!

Memorial Day is one of those tricky holidays. It's snuggled right between Mother's Day + Father's Day, and has the title of being the unofficial start to summer. Do you go away for the weekend? Or do you kick it at home and throw a BBQ? For me, lucky (or unlucky) enough, Memorial Day always falls a few days shy of my birthday, so the festivities are always in high gear!

This year, we teamed up with IZZE to create a refreshing, boozy, delightful cocktail to sip on while enjoying your own Memorial Day festivities. With a few simple ingredients, you'll have a perfectly crafted cocktail that'll not only make for a beautiful landscape on your party table, but also a smile for your boozy taste buds.

Stay tuned with Food and the City, as we take on more IZZE challenges through the rest of 2015!

Blueberry Margarita

creates 2 margs
1 12fl oz bottle of IZZE Sparkling Blueberry
3 oz Tequila of choice
1.5 oz fresh lime juice
Fresh blueberries + lime slices for garnish
*optional: salt for rim

Combined all of the ingredients except for the garnishes in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a quick mix, then equally pour contents into additional glasses filled with ice. Garnish each drink with fresh blueberries and lime wedges and enjoy!

Tip: Serving these in mason jars with some blue and red striped straws makes this drink extra festive and fun for Memorial Day!

May 19, 2015

Spicy Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl

I think it goes without saying that one of the greatest things about summer is all of the grilling that goes on. Taking dinner outside and whipping something up that has that smoked, grilled, almost burnt-like flavor. It's divine.

With the weather seriously heating up in NYC lately (no, really. it was 90 the other day), I've been thinking up ways to incorporate more grilling into my weekly meals. 

This dish is not only packed with flavor, the chickens rests nicely on a bed of veggies, giving you the perfect balance of protein and green. Please smother yourself in this tonight.

Spicy Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl

serves two
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (I used Lawry's)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch of black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil

assortment of vegetables* I just used a frozen back of broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

Combined all of the ingredients besides the vegetables, reserving 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, in a plastic bag. Mush it all around to evenly coat the chicken breasts in the marinade. Transfer to the fridge and allow the chicken to sit for at least 30 minutes.

Heat your grill to medium-high, and give it a generous spritz of cooking spray. Grill each piece of chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and meat is no longer pink in the center.

While your chicken is grilling, prepare your vegetables. If you're using a frozen pack as well, just follow the instructions on the back of the package. This typically requires 4-6 minutes in the microwave. If you're using fresh veggies, this may require more time, so be sure to adjust that into your cooking scheduling.

When chicken is nice and grilled, transfer each to its own serving bowl filled with veggies. 

May 07, 2015


It's time to show that special lady in your life some lovin'! She's been there for you through thick and thin, dealt with your rebellious years, and still had dinner on the table by 5. Is she superwoman? Or is she just Mom? We're not sure if there's a difference.

Here are a few fun ideas to shower your momma in this Mother's Day!

May 06, 2015


When I think of May, one of the first things that pops into my head are weddings. Well, that, besides all of the other May-things of course. Memorial Day, Mother's Day, not to mention the greatest day of the year (my birthday). May is sort of like the unofficial start to every great summer happening.

That being said, if you're attending any love-days over the next couple of months, here are 15 perfect options to consider when thinking about your outfit!

May 01, 2015

10 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo That you NEED To Try

Happy Friday, ya'll! What better way to spend the weekend other than menu planning for next weeks Cinco de Mayo festivities?! Margaritas, fajitas, and lots and lots of cheese. Feel free to close your eyes and pretend calories don't actually add up. I know that's what I'll be doing.

Here are 10 dishes you just need to try:

Check out 7 Rockin' Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
by Mel at Mode