Fresh Grape Mocktail

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Making grape juice is not something I ever aspired to do, but now that I have, I can’t believe how simple it is. The reward is a fresh and naturally sweet juice with a tart note, making it a delightful base for a cocktail.

I don’t like overly sweet drinks, so I play up the tart side of grapes by pairing the juice with club soda, lime and a couple dashes of bitters. If you like sweeter drinks leave the bitters out. Continue Reading →

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Kizhi Island, Russia – Travel Tuesdays

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

I am starting a new section on my blog called Travel Tuesdays. It will feature amazing places I have traveled. I hope you enjoy this new addition. First stop is a small mystical island in Russia.

I am delighted when I find a place so magical that it makes me believe I am in fairy tale. That is what happened on Kizhi Island in Russia. Even the locals consider this to be a sacred space.

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The Church of the Transfiguration was built completely of wood without a single nail in the early 18th century. Continue Reading →

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Everyday Eggplant & “In a French Kitchen” Review

Everyday Eggplant & "In A French Kitchen" Review | She Paused 4 Thought

I have always dreamed of taking a cooking class in France. So when a milestone birthday came along, my husband took me to Paris. That was when I first met Susan Herrmann Loomis.

I enrolled in her Market Cooking Class. We began the class by learning to shop at the local farmer’s market for the best produce of the season. Once in the kitchen, we got our “hands in the dough” transforming all the goodies into a fabulous, fresh, French meal.

susan loomis cooking class Paris | She Paused 4 ThoughtShopping at Marché Raspail & plating Duck Breast a l’Orange with Braised Asparagus.

I was in heaven. You can read about my adventure here. When Susan mentioned she was teaching French cooking classes in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a few months, I jumped at the opportunity. It was fabulous as we learned and lived food for four days. Continue Reading →

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Roasted Grapes & Hatch Chiles on Goat Cheese Crostini

Roasted grapes and Hatch Chiles | She Paused 4 Thought

I have roasted many fruits before and never once considered grapes. My loss because when grapes are roasted, the natural sugars caramelize and the flavor matures into an intense explosion of sugary goodness. I’ve rectified my habits, and recently roasted a batch of Red Moscato grapes, which I took to the Hollywood Bowl, where I served it with Brie and crackers, to rave reviews.

I went even further when I received a Hatch Chiles Crate starter kit from Melissa’s Produce. They inspired to kick roasted grapes up a notch. This time I used Black Moscato grapes and a roasted mild Hatch Chile cooked together, which provided just the perfect balance of sweet & spicy. This time I paired the mixture with whipped goat cheese on a slice of a French baguette – it was heaven! Continue Reading →

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Summertime Garden Party Menu

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A summer party should be easy, stress-free and permit ample time to spend with your guests. Enjoying the weather outside with friends and homemade food is what I think makes summer memorable.

Recently I attended a garden party with some of my fellow blogger friends and it was so much fun that we decided to share our day and menu with you.

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