Makers Gonna Make: Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler Recipe

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This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors (grapefruit and cardamom) together in one cooling, sweet and tart beverage. Perfect for warm days. I’ve been a grapefruit lover for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d always asked my grandma Etta for half a grapefruit for breakfast (no sugar) cut just the right way (Etta was the only one who knew how to do it correctly) so that I could scoop out the flesh and create  “grapefruit soup”. It’s still my favorite way to eat a grapefruit. I developed a deep love of cardamom while exploring the world of soapmaking. It’s spicy, herbal, sweet notes are incredible in both desserts and savory items. Plus, it blends beautifully with citrus and most stone fruit.

I brought these two lovely scents together in the Grapefruit Cardamom line of products at Etta + Billie 7 years ago and I’m still obsessed. Which is how I came up with the recipe for this Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler. Check out the video I made for the recipe with written directions below.

Ingredients

  • ¼ – ½ tsp rose water (this is surprisingly flavorful so start with a little and increase as desired)
  • ¼ tsp or more cardamom
  • ½ – 1 whole peeled pink grapefruit
  • 1 cup of Water
  • Ice

Tools
blender, measuring spoons, a glass

Let’s do it!

  1. Add half grapefruit in the blender
  2. Put ¼ teaspoon of rosewater
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
  4. Toss in 4 or 5 ice cubes
  5. Pour in a cup of water
  6. Blend until obtain a silky smooth (I have blendtec and set it to fresh fruit or smoothie mode)
  7. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

 

Etta + Billie List of Things to Eat, See and Do in Washington DC

Etta + Billie_Booth_Chicago RenegadeI’m headed off to Washington DC this weekend for the Crafty Bastards craft show. I’ll be doing a show I’ve never done before, in a city I haven’t been to since I was a teenager! I’m really looking forward to exploring. One of the first things I always do when checking out a new city is compile my list of food things to try cause there is nothing like experiencing a place through it’s food. Of course, I can’t spend my entire day eating (even if I wanted to) so I’ve also put together a list of sites and stores I’m going to try to check out before Crafty Bastards starts on Saturday. Got any recommendations for me?

Eat/Drink:

Rose’s Luxury: One of the top restaurants in DC, voted as the best new restaurant in the country by Bon Appetit last year. Excited to try the lychee salad and maybe some brisket. Pretty much everything sounds yummy and I love the personality that shines through on their website. No reservation policy means there is a strong chance I’ll be waiting for an hour or more…

Ethiopic: Ethiopian food is one of my favs but I almost never eat it so I’m taking this opportunity to hit up Ethiopic while in DC. Voted Top Ethiopian Restaurant in Washington City Paper’s Readers Poll.

DCity Smokehouse: I’m ALWAYS up for BBQ. Excited to try DCity’s brisket and multitude of sides.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar: DC restaurant outlet of family owned sustainable oyster farm Rappahannock (100 years old). I’m excited to try the oysters (obvy) and The Lambs + Clams.

Toki Underground: I love ramen and I love dumplings. Done and done.

Maketto: Part Cambodian and Taiwanese fusion restaurant, part coffee roaster with french influenced pastries, and part retail shop. I’m sold.

Shop:

Crafty Bastards: This craft show is big and been going strong for over 11 years. I’m really excited to check out the other artisans (people come from all across the country). The event is held outside Union Market, Saturday September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from 10 am – 5 pm. Tickets are $5-8 (depending on whether you buy beforehand or at the door). Please stop by and say hi if you’re in the area!

Salt & Sundry: Beautifully curated home goods from blogger Amanda McClements focusing on entertaining, good food and connecting with loved ones. Really excited to check this one out.

Union Market: Historic marketplace that has been around in some form since the late 1800s. The indoor open market features artisan food producers, restaurants and small independent retailers. I’m excited to check out all the local produce, cheese and of course food.

See/Do:

National Mall: Never been, can’t wait to check it out. I plan on cruising the mall using Capital Bikeshare and am looking forward to the Lincoln Memorial and National Monument.E+B_Rothko_Museum_Art

National Gallery of Art: There is nothing like seeing art in person. Excited to see pieces by Lichtenstein, Matisse and Pollock.

Screen on the Green: This is a summer only activity but I still wanted to include it since I plan to head back to DC at some point. Free movie screenings at the National Mall – BYOE (e=everything). Seems like a great way to get a peek into DC culture.

Spy Museum: Because it just sounds cool and it was recommended by two friends.

Smithsonian: I’m hoping to hit up at least one of the many many museum options.

Labor Day Weekend Recipe Round Up

Labor Day Weekend always feels like the last hurrah of summer, even though summer isn’t technically over until September 22nd. This weekend is the perfect time to gather with friends and family outdoors before the we are in the midst of falling leaves and chilly days. Take advantage of the last of the seasons fantastic produce and grilling weather. I’ve gathered up recipes to try this weekend using some of my favorite summer ingredients like figs, stone fruit, blue berries and sweet corn. Get them now, otherwise you’ll have to wait until next summer.

Etta + Billie Labor Day Weekend Recipe Round Up

1. Spicy Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Parsley | Bon Appetit

2. Fig and Lemon Fizz Cocktail | My Diary of Us

3. Grilled Cord with Honey Basil Butter | Feed Me Pheobe

4. Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction | Brooklyn Supper

5. Blueberry, Peach and Lavender Pie | Hummingbird High

Additional recipes that caught my eye:

Cucumber Mint Gin Coolers | Heather Christo

Roasted Onion and Fingerling Potato Salad | The Gouda Life

And of course you can always find more at my Pinterest page.

In the Kitchen: Summer Recipes for Foodies

Happy Culinary Day!

Clearly, Etta + Billie is heavily influenced by food. You can smell all the food inspired scents in each of our products. Since it’s Culinary Day I made a recipe round up as an ode to the art of cooking and to share my love for food. It’s also an acknowledgement my two grand mommas Etta and Billie, whose fondness for cooking and baking helped me develop my appreciation to variety of scents.

Summer Recipe

Grilled Fig with Prosciutto + Halloumi cheese
by Tomayto

Ever heard of Halloumi cheese? If you’re a fan of mozzarella and had some thoughts of grilling it but you know it can’t happen then you should give this a try. Halloumi cheese is sourced from goat, cow, & sheeps milk. It has a high melting point which made it ideal for direct grilling or frying without needing bread crumbs.

Roasted Carrot, Chickpea, + Harissa dip
by The First Mess

I enjoy time with friends and we can spend endless hours chatting away, that’s why I always make sure to have some easy snack recipes on hand. Lay some crackers, toasted baguette and/or fresh veggies on a platter and you’re good to go!

Smoked Ancho Chile Salted Steaks with Drunken Burst Sweet Cherries + Burrata
by Half Baked Harvest 

Not everyone is a fan of spicy food however this recipe will definitely be a crowd-pleaser. The sweet drunken cherries tone down the spiciness of the poblano peppers rubbed to the steak. If it is still too peppery for you, try increasing the amount of Burrata (who doesn’t love more cheese?) which perfectly counteracts hot flavors.

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles
by Broma Bakery

In season blueberries are just awesome. Add a little mint and this will be an absolute dessert slash thirst quencher!

Recipe: Pineapple Pisco-Jito Cocktail

Alyson-Thomas-Drywell-Pineapple-Pisco-CocktailI am very fortunate to have some pretty kick ass business buddies one of whom is a whiz with inventive cocktails (she’s also a major foodie), so we obviously get along. Alyson Thomas is the very talented artist behind Drywell Art (you’ve probably seen one or two of her well known pieces around). While perusing her blog, I came across this delightful sounding summery cocktail recipe. She was kind enough to let me re-post this fabulous recipe here. Get cocktailing people and be sure to check out the Drywell blog. Cheers!

Pineapple Pisco-jito
by the pitcher-full, makes 8 drinks

  • 2 cups Pisco (or rum, if you’re feeling traditional)
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lime, in quarters
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 4 pineapple spears

1. Using a wooden spoon or muddler in a bowl, crush the mint with the sugar and lime quarters until the sugar starts to dissolve.

2. Add half of pineapple and crush into mixture

3. Add 1 cup of the club soda and stir until the sugar dissolves completely.

4. Strain the mixture through a coarse sieve into a pitcher.

5. Stir in the lime juice and rum. ** You can chill the mixture now, and serve it later**

6. Fill glass with ice and add a mint sprig to each. A

7. Add chopped pineapple to glass.

8.  Pour the mixture over the ice, top each glass with club soda and serve.

Serves 8.

Website Launch Week

March 25-31

The major highlight from last week was the official launch of my website. YEAH!  Here are the other highlights from the week that have much prettier photos:

  1. Made a lovely new batch of Earl Grey Tea soap. I cannot wait to get this product on the site.
  2. After making a delivery to one of my fav boutiques, Park and Pond, I took the long way back to my day job so I could enjoy the 70 degree weather. I stopped to snap a shot of this iconic SF building.
  3. Just a little GUURL Grey Tea for my Earl Grey Soap from my friends at T-We. (pssst. Did you know I’m teaching a class on making your own tea based bath products? Check it out here)
  4. I took the Etta + Billie team out to a celebratory dinner at State Bird Provisions (Bon Appetit Magazine’s choice for the Best New Restaurant in America in 2012) on Wednesday.  It was great to have down time with the E+B crew while enjoying a fantastic, and really fun, meal.
  5. A shot of me in the Etta + Billie kitchen wearing my snazzy new lab coat. It makes me feel like a mad scientist and I love it.