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Sweet Potato & Rosemary Cocktail

There are few things I love more than seasonal cocktails (that might be a lie, the list of things I love is very long). In the past, however, I’ve always shied away from sweet potato cocktails, finding them offensively sweet and way too viscous (how appetizing is that word?). Thankfully I’m a food blogger with access to more sweet potatoes than anywhere else in the country, a big rosemary bush in my yard, and a bottle of vodka made from sweet potatoes, so I’m the perfect person to solve my own cocktail problem. And solve it I did! May I present a sweet potato, rosemary, vodka, and prosecco cocktail that is earthy, fresh, sweet, and a little bit sparkly?

sweet potato cocktail


Sweet Potato & Rosemary Cocktail

makes 4

sweet potato simple syrup


2 large sweet potatoes

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp butter

2 cups of water

1 cup brown sugar

Pinch of salt

Large handful of rosemary, plus more for garnish




4 oz vodka

4 oz sweet potato simple syrup

2 cups prosecco


To make your simple syrup, heat your oven to 375F. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes and toss in butter and 1 tbsp brown sugar. Roast for 30 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.


In a pan on the stove combine your sweet potatoes, water, brown sugar, salt, and rosemary. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool to room temperature and then puree. Push through a fine mesh strainer.


Combine 1 oz sweet potato simple syrup, 1 oz vodka in a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Top with prosecco and garnish with rosemary.

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Lovely Internet 10.23.15

1. This week we finally reached the Back to the Future future date, October 21, 2015. What did they get right about the future we’re now living?

2. The evolution of food styling.


4. Super curious about mpreg, sugar babies, and other modern day internet inspired curiosities? This is the web series for you! (Seriously thought, I just learned about half of this two minutes ago).

5. Good job, America. We terrorized a bright teenager so much with our racism that he’s leaving the country. This is horrible, and short sighted. Young people like Ahmed should be America’s future, let’s try not to drive them away?

6. When school serve students food from local farms, less ends up in the garbage.

7. I contributed a recipe to The Casual Veggie Cookbook, which is now available!

8. The history of “ax” and “ask.”

9. I sat here and read everything this woman has ever published. I needed it. Thank you, Aela, for sharing your story.

10. Well this certainly makes me feel better about my queso habit.


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Pumpkin Pound Cake

this recipe originally appeared on Our State

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In case you missed the signs, it’s pumpkin season! Some of you, I know, just squealed with glee. The rest of you flinched in horror. I get it! Pumpkin has become synonymous with overly sweet, overly spiced, overly orange. Never fear, this recipe is not one of those. The pound cake itself is dense and rich. The spice is subtle. The color is… naturally orange. It’s pumpkin the way it’s supposed to be. The way October and the Gods of Fall intended it to be.


pumpkin pound cake


In fact, today, all across the internet, pumpkin recipes are going live as a part of the #virtualpumpkinparty, organized by Sara over at Cake Over Steak. So if you’re not pumpkin’ed out take a gander at the list at the bottom of the post because I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the hats that pumpkin is wearing this season.


Pumpkin Pound Cake with Spiced Glaze


1 cup butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsps powdered ginger

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cloves


for the glaze:


1 tbsp whole milk (or bourbon)

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger


Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat the butter in a large bowl and gradually add in sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition. Add in vanilla extract.


Sift together flour and baking soda into a bowl. Add to the egg mixture, one third at a time, alternating with pumpkin.


Spoon batter into a greased 10″ bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a plate.


Whisk together milk, spices and sugar. Slowly pour the glaze evenly over the cake. Serve warm.


Virtual Pumpkin Party 2015 Link List! 


B. Britnell • Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Macaroni
A Couple Cooks • Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter
I Am a Food Blog • Roasted Pumpkin and Pork Stuffed Shells
Well and Full • Harissa-Spiced Pumpkin Gnocchi
Loves Food, Loves to Eat • Pumpkin Pork Burrito Bowls
Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Challah
Snixy Kitchen • Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake
Hungry Girl por Vida • Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb Cake
Donuts, Dresses and Dirt • Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles
Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Caramelized Onion Galette
The Frosted Vegan • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps
Warm Vanilla Sugar • Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Ice Cream + Affogato
An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream
Kitchen Konfidence • Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger
Chocolate + Marrow • Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter Swirl
The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes with Pumpkin Spice Caramel + Coconut Cream
Salt & Wind • Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with Pepita Streusel
With Food + Love • Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Beets
A Cookie Named Desire • Pumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Ginger Cheesecake
Nommable • Pumpkin Moon Pies
Feed Me Phoebe • Thai Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp and Bok Choy
The Yellow Table • Coconut-Curry Pumpkin Soup
Ginger & Toasted Sesame • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnudi
The Crepes of Wrath • Pumpkin Pie Cake
The Swirling Spoon • Pumpkin Hand Pies
Erin Made This • Pumpkin Rye Waffles with Coconut Caramel
Beard and Bonnet • Pumpkin Spice Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches
My Name is Yeh • Pumpkin Slice and Bake Cookies
Earthy Feast • Pumpkin-Stuffed Turnip-Ravioli with Pepita Pesto
Broma Bakery • Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Brownies
Floating Kitchen • Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum
The Sugar Hit • Pumpkin Everything Bagels
The Bojon Gourmet • Pumpkin Flatbread with Gruyére and Crispy Sage (gluten-free)
Sprinkled with Jules • Pumpkin Spice French Macarons
Feast + West • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark
Jojotastic • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rimming Sugar
Fix Feast Flair • Pumpkin Spice Japanese Cheesecake
Appeasing a Food Geek • Pumpkin Ale Cake
Tending the Table • Roasted Pumpkin with Tamarind and Coriander Chutney
Long Distance Baking • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream + Pumpkin Pancakes
My Blue & White Kitchen • Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto
Fork Vs. Spoon • Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding
Alyssa & Carla • Pumpkin Tea Bread (in a Coffee Can!)
Twin Stripe • Pumpkin Spice Toffee
Le Jus d’Orange • Lentil-Stuffed Acorn Squash, Crispy King Oyster Bacon + Aged Goat Cheese
The Scratch Artist • Japanese Pumpkin Temaki with Ginger Kale Chips
Brewing Happiness • Caramelized Apple Pumpkin Muffins
Blogging Over Thyme • Homemade Candied Pecan Pumpkin Ice Cream Drumsticks
Heartbeet Kitchen • Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes
The Speckled Palate • Pumpkin Brown Butter Streusel Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt • Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie
Style Sweet CA • Chocolate Stout and Pumpkin Checkerboard Cake
Fork to Belly • Pumpkin Orange Brulee Pie
Tasty Yummies • Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Påte á Chew • Pumpkin Almond Cake with Almond Butter Frosting
Holly & Flora • Pumpkin Pie Martini with Coconut Cream + Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Southern Soufflé • Sorghum Pumpkin Soufflés
Okie Dokie Artichokie • Creamy Pumpkin and Chorizo Pasta Bake, Cheese Tortellini, Sage-Mascarpone Sauce, Toasted Hazelnuts
Kale & Caramel • Pumpkin Goat Cheese Polenta with Brown Butter Thyme Mushrooms & Kale
The Little Epicurean • Maple Pumpkin Butter Brioche Toast
Vigor and Sage • Maple Pumpkin Harvest Smoothie
Tried and Tasty • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Sprouted Routes • Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pepitas (gluten free)
The Fauxmartha • Baked Pumpkin Donuts
So… Let’s Hang Out • Grain-Free Apple Crumble Pumpkin Pie
Wit & Vinegar • Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Treats
Dunk & Crumble • Pumpkin Roundup
Biscuits and Such • Pumpkin Pound Cake
SugarHero! • Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pound Cake
A Little Saffron • Spiced Pepita Brittle
Farmette • “Tis Different” Pumpkin Pie

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