easy entertaining

sour cream coffee cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake With Cinnamon-Chocolate Swirl

Baked is the name of a bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn that is worth a visit should you ever find yourself in the area. Baked is also the title of a cookbook which has received lots of attention since it’s release in 2008, and understandably so, it is a fantastic book. This sour cream coffee […]

blueberry-basil vodka gimlet

Blueberry-Basil Vodka Gimlet

It remains unlear if a Gimlet was named after a British Admiral ship doctor named Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette or for a tool called a “gimlet” that is used to tap barrels of alcohol aroard 19th-century British navel vessels.  What is widely known is that scurvy (caused by a lack of vitamin C) could bring down a ship […]

marinated goat cheese

Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

Chances are, you have had this before, especially if you love cheese. If not, you have been missing out.  Marinated goat cheese is an easy and delicious thing; and if you are entertaining, your guests will love it.  It’s casual and flavorful, and it takes very little time to whip up.  Goat cheese, or “chevre” […]

The Federation

The Federation

Smooth and refined deliciousness. The Sazerac, credited as being one of the first true cocktails, is a New Orleans take on a traditional rye cocktail. The Federation puts a further spin on the Sazerac.  The combination of Anejo tequila instead of rye mixed with creme de cacao leads to a sweeter, richer, cocktail with a […]

pineapple mint martini

Pineapple Mint Martini

A pineapple mint martini is a twist on a classic and is worth a try if you love gin and are looking for a light refreshing, slightly tropical cocktail.  H.L. Mencken, an American journalist, satirist, and cultural critic once called a martini “the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”  E.B. White, an American […]

cheese board

How To Make The Perfect Cheese Board

Everyone should know how to make a great cheese board.  I love cheese, I always have and I always will.  It is my guilty pleasure.  To this day, I will order it over dessert in a heartbeat.  What can I say: we are who we are.  My older son is the same.  Even without trying, […]

Comment Policy

Simmer + Sauce reserves the right to remove or restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the topic conversation, contain profanity or offensive language, personal attacks, or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Any post found to be in violation of any of these guidelines will be modified or removed without warning. When making a comment on my blog, you grant Simmer + Sauce permission to reproduce your content to our discretion, an example being for a possible endorsement or media kit purposes. If you don’t want your comment to be used for such purposes, please explicitly state this within the body of your comment. If you find evidence of copyright infringement in the comments of, contact me and I will remove that in question promptly.