1. DIY Cozy Homemade Peppermint Mocha

    A delicious take on the most popular latte of December, the peppermint mocha. 

    Homemade mint syrup and mocha make this recipe extra fresh. Creamy, minty, rich in dark chocolate…Cozy up, grab a blanket and a book, and get enjoy the start of the holiday season. 


    for the mint syrup

    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves OR 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or a combination of both)

    for the mocha

    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
    • 1 Nespresso Altissio espresso capsule
    • whipped cream
    • crushed candy canes


    1. Bring the water to a low boil. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the mint or peppermint extract and steep for 10-15 minutes (heat off or on low) until the syrup has good flavor to it. Remove the mint leaves and store in the refrigerator for future peppermint mochas. 
    2. Heat the milk and unsweetened chocolate together until melted (could be in the microwave or on the stovetop).
    3. Prepare one espresso capsule and add the milk mixture and 2-3 tablespoons mint syrup. Top with whipped cream and candy cane pieces.

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  2. Cheers to Ginger Beer!

    ginger beer cocktail

    Over the past couple of years ginger beer has been popping up on drink menus everywhere.

    Its natural refreshing flavor & hint of spice make it a versatile go-to mixer.

    3 Ginger Beer Cocktails You Must Try!

    They’re easy, delicious & oh-so refreshing. That first drink will go down so easy & leave you wanting more. 



    1.5 ounces vodka

    1 ounce lime juice

    1 ounce pineapple juice

    3 ounces ginger beer

    3 dashes Angostura bitters

    1 mint sprig

    1 pineapple slice

    2 cups ice


    1) Add vodka, lime and pineapple juices in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine ingredients.

    2) Strain into copper mule mug filled with ice.

    3) Top with ginger beer and stir.

    4) Add 3 dashes of angostura bitters and garnish with a pineapple slice and mint sprig.



    4 oz apple cider

    1.5 oz vodka

    1 can/bottle ginger beer

    cinnamon sticks & apple slices

    1 cup ice


    1) Fill your glass with ice & store in freezer to chill while drink is prepped.

    2) Pour vodka and apple cider into a jar and stir.

    3) Pour mixture into chilled glass and top off with ginger beer.

    4) Garnish with cinnamon sticks, apples & a dash of ground cinnamon. 



    10 oz silver tequila

    36 oz ginger beer

    2 cups of ice

    1 tsp agave nectar

    Juice of 2.5 limes


    1) In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice and agave nectar until the agave dissolves.

    2) Add lime/agave mixture, tequila & ginger beer into a pitcher and stir well.

    3) Add ice and stir until drink is cold.

    4) Garnish glasses with lime wheel and salted (or sugared) rim.

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  3. All Things Apples

    Apple picking is on everyone’s mind this time of year. There’s nothing sweeter than biting into a crisp crunchy apple that you just picked off the tree. McMcoun, Honey Crisp, Cortland, they’re all delicious. And there are not just apples to feast on during fall, there’s apple treats galore…cider donuts, apple fritters, apple crisp, apple everything your heart desires.


    Don’t let all those fresh apples go to waste, get creative and get cooking. You will taste the difference when you use farm to kitchen produce. With the following recipes, you can use apples three different ways,…Autumn Rum, Apple Gouda Stuffed Chicken & Apple Cinnamon Rolls. Are you drooling yet?



    Spiced Apple Cider

    • 4 cups apple cider

    • 3 cinnamon sticks

    • 3 star anise

    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

    • 1 1/2 oz spiced rum

    • 1/2 cup


    • 1 1/2 oz spiced rum

    • 1/2 cup spiced apple cider

    • 1/2 hard cider

    • 2-3 dashes lemon bitters


    1. For spiced apple cider, combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks, anise and nutmeg in a sealable container (mason jar recommended). Seal container and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Shake well before using.

    2. For a cocktail, fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Pour spiced rum and apple cider over ice. Stir well. Top with hard cider and lemon bitters.

    Want to make apple cider from scratch? Easy DIY Slow Cooker Apple Cider




    • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts

    • 1 1/2 oz gouda cheese, thinly sliced

    • 1/2 apple, thinly sliced (Honeycrisp or any firm apple works best)

    • 1 teaspoon olive oil

    • 1teaspoon fresh thyme

    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 425℉.

    2. Spray a large sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray. Slice chicken breast horizontally across, (like opening a book). 

    3. On one side of chicken layout 7-8 apple slices, followed by 4-5 gouda slices. Sprinkle cheese with 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Fold over chicken breast, then drizzle with olive oil. Finish with a sprinkle salt and pepper.

    4. Place chicken on a sheet pan and top with an extra sprig of thyme.

    5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the meat thermometer reads 165℉.



    • 1 sheet of crescent dough or 8oz tube of refrigerated crescent rolls

    • 1 large apple, diced small

    • 3 tbs unsalted butter, melted & divided

    • 1/3 cup brown sugar

    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    For the Glaze:

    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

    • 1 tsp maple syrup

    • 1 tbs milk


    1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside.

    1. On a sheet of parchment paper unroll crescent dough sheet. Brush the dough with about 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

    2. Stir together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over melted butter. Scatter diced apples on top.

    3. Beginning on the long side of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log.

    4. Slice the log into 8 1 ½ inch pieces. Arrange pieces in paper liners. Brush the top with melted butter and

    5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown (if rolls start browning too quickly, tent the top with aluminum foil.)

    6. Stir together glaze ingredients and spoon over slightly cooled cinnamon rolls.

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  4. Proper Juicing for a Healthy Life

    Proper Juicing for a Healthy Life
    This article is compliments of Lindy Schwarts - Juicing has been quite popular lately thanks to celebrities such as Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, and more especially Beyonce, because of this, many people have picked up juicing especially in hopes to lose weight. Juicing also helps a lot especially for those who don’t like eating fruits and vegetables that much and more importantly for those who want to lose a few pounds so they can hit the beach in their new swimsuit for summer or that beautiful dress for their best friend’s wedding. But does juicing really help you shed all those extra pounds? Is it as easy as they claim to be? Does it really deliver the results you want? Is it really even safe and healthy?

    What is Juicing? Just to clear some things up, juicing is a process in vitamins, minerals, and more importantly the natural juices of fruits and vegetables. But why go through all that trouble when you can simply purchase fruit and vegetable juices in your local supermarket?

    First off, most of the juices you see in your supermarket are not made up of real fruit juices but rather contain half or made from powdered juices with added water, now because of that, most of these juices contain so much sugar and other additives that can be bad for your health especially if you’ll be drinking it on a daily basis.

    As for juicing, this allows you to take in more fiber and vitamins and consume more fiber at one time, this can be really beneficial for those who don’t like vegetables very much. Juicing is also an easy way for your body to absorb the nutrients from fruits and vegetables much easier, this is important because many of us suffer from impaired digestion because we have an easier access to processed food nowadays thus limiting your body in absorbing the nutrients it needs. Juicing also allows picky eaters to try out different kinds of fruits and vegetables or for those who are looking for ways to consume more fruits and vegetables rather than just making a salad everyday.

    Juicing for a Healthier Lifestyle

    One of the most important benefits of juicing is that it offers your body a complete cleanse which, if done correctly, can lead to weight loss. Green juices especially contain high levels of chlorophyll which can help your body get rid of toxins, heavy metals, and even free radicals. This also increases your blood’s capacity to carry more oxygen by stimulating the production of red blood cells. But before you head on to your local supermarket and grab a handful of fruits and vegetables. For this article, we will be discussing on how you can incorporate into your lifestyle but before that, let’s start off with some tips and tricks on how to do the juice cleanse properly.

    Start off by thoroughly washing the fruits and vegetables you’ve bought from the supermarket before cutting, slicing, peeling them. Do not use soap, bleach, or use any commercial cleaning products when washing your fruits and vegetables. Now when you juice or blend fruits and vegetables, they need to be consumed immediately as they have a relatively short shelf life with most of them lasting up to 2 days as long as it’s stored properly.

    While juicing can promote weight loss, it shouldn’t be your means to drop a couple of pounds as consuming just fruits and vegetables in juice form is not considered a balanced diet.

    You may need to consult with your doctor before starting your own juice cleanse as a sudden change in your eating habits can surprise your body.

    While juicing does have its benefits, too much juicing can be just as bad for you, sudden weight loss can trigger a slew of health problems. Try to complement juices with your meals especially during breakfast as juicing alone cannot replace protein and other important components your body needs.

    Juicing isn’t simply limited to leafy green vegetables, go ahead and experiment with many different fruits and vegetables, you’ll be surprised to find a lot of fun and delicious recipes online that you can try out.

    Juicing is like receiving a fresh boost of vitamins and nutrients directly into your body without stimulants like caffeine, and since it’s in an easily digestible form, you can get a natural energy boost within a matter of minutes. Juicing also allows you to consume a healthy amount of vegetables in an efficient manner, this also allows you to juice vegetables that you may not like in their original form. Additionally, juicing doesn’t only promote weight loss but also helps boost your immune system, increase your energy without suffering the sugar crash by the middle of the day, and even help your brain stay healthy by lessening your risk of developing Alzheimer's in their old age.

    Juicing is intended for adults and although some companies claim they make child-friendly juices and blends, one shouldn’t buy these juices to promote weight loss. If you’d like your children to lose some weight, it’s better that you consult with your doctor to help your child lose weight the proper and healthy way. Although juicing is okay for children, they are not the perfect candidates for juicing, however, you can still introduce them to juicing especially if they are picky eaters. As mentioned before, juicing should be done to complement your lifestyle rather than become the center of your lifestyle, you can make juicing as the replacement for your coffee habit which will come in handy during the afternoon where you’ll be expecting that sugar crash. Another great thing about juicing is that you get to use every part of the fruit or vegetable thus also reducing produce waste. However, for you to have a successful juice cleanse, we recommend that you don’t add additional ingredients such as dairy and sugar. Also, while fruit juices are much more tastier compared to their vegetable counterparts they don’t include as much fructose that can lead to cravings and extra weight especially if you will be drinking this everyday. As always, check out for all your restaurant needs.
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  5. DIY Cold Brew

    DIY Cold Brew Cold brew is a hot new trend in the coffee world. Everywhere from your favorite local coffee shop to national chains like Starbucks & Dunkin Donuts offers it. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold sip of java, especially with spring around the corner. So isn’t cold brew just like an iced coffee? They look exactly the same. The answer is…NO! Iced coffee is hot coffee poured over a cup of ice, it takes less than a minute to make. Cold brew coffee is brewed in room temperature water overnight (at least up to eight hours), then poured over ice. Cold brew offers a smoother and richer flavor, it doesn’t get watery like iced coffee. It’s also lower in acidity too! Save time & money and start brewing at home! RECIPE: Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup ground coffee 4 cups room temperature water Pitcher or jar Mesh Strainer (cheese cloth, or clean dish towel) Directions: Place coffee in pitcher and pour water over top. Stir until well combined. Seal and let it sit in fridge for at least 8 hours (overnight works best!) Pour mixture over a strainer into bowl. Rinse pitcher of leftover grounds. Strain coffee a second time back into pitcher. Enjoy! (Store in fridge, & it will last up to a week)
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  6. Coffee - cappuccino and beyond

    Coffee collection

    Theres a lot of money to be made in coffee. Especially if you offer breakfast or European style food, you should invest in an espresso machine. Here are some classic coffee drinks to get you started with a great menu your guests will love:

    Espresso - the classic. Just, you know, turn on the espresso machine, pack it up, and voila! There are still several things to consider however. Beans are ever so important - and especially with espresso, if you cut corners on quality, your guests will be able to taste it. Size is also something to take into consideration. For a coffee shop, consider a larger size, whereas an after dinner espresso may be better small. Consider offering decaf espresso as well for diners who don't want a huge caffeine boost in the evening, but do appreciate the palate cleansing cadence a good coffee drink provides after a good meal.

    Espresso Roma - see above, but add a little lemon twist as a garnish. This classic Italian beverage is a light, refreshing finish to a good meal.

    Cafe Bombon - less well known and delicious, this popular Spanish coffee drink combines espresso and condensed milk in a 1:1 ratio that is simple, sweet, and delicious. Serve over ice for a sweet dessert treat.

    Affogatto - another Italian classic, gelato is served with an espresso on the side, and then the two are combined table side. The hot espresso will melt the cold gelato and make a sweet, cold, creamy treat which is perfect for the hot summer months.

    Cappuccino - another one of the classics. 1 part espresso, one part steamed milk, one part foam. If your barista is trained classically, they can make cool latte art on your cappuccino which will impress your guest and provide a pleasant visual to your presentation.

    Latte- the cappuccino's simpler cousin - just add 1 part espresso to two parts steamed milk. Consider offering different types of milk for non-dairy drinkers to enjoy in their latte (you can experiment in the same way with cappuccino but may have difficulty creating proper foam), as well as offering house made syrups for flavoring.

    Flat White - an Australian hybrid of a cappuccino and a latte, the flat white keeps the two to one coffee to milk ratio, but the milk is stretched and textured through heat to create a drink which has more volume and a different flavor than your standard latte, yet is less foamy than a cappuccino.

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