I had The Best meeting last week, outside in the warm sun, sipping a gorgeous sangria made by my friend Tracy Morgan of Kitchen in the Market. We were chatting all sorts of very serious things - logos, web design, cooking classes, and shoes - with a rather long discussion regarding the merits of a sangria that doesn't need to be made a day ahead.
As Tracy noted when she emailed me the recipe: "So my general spiel on this is that it needs to be simple, quick and reasonably affordable. I have spent way too much time in the past dorking around with overwrought ingredients and infusing the bases overnight blah blah. I love fresh herbs as a way to add flavor quickly and I only need to run out to my garden to make it happen."
I can attest to the fact that this sangria hits the ground running and is the perfect balance of fruity and floral for a warm spring day.
And speaking of warm spring days...if you're captured by the idea of preserving a bit of the season's bounty to enjoy when Minnesota days are dark, grey, and dreary, sign up for the Provisions class I'm teaching with Chef Scott Pampuch at Kitchen in the Market. The first of three classes is this coming Thursday evening, where we'll be making pickles, flavored salts, and pestos. Join us for chatting preserving techniques and recipes for the whole growing season, as well as drinks and treats to taste and take home. We hope to see you there!
Also, for food lovers, food industry types, photographers, writers, PR & marketing professionals, growers, publishers, editors, wanna-be bloggers, occasional bloggers, full-time bloggers, on and on and on...join the Minnesota Food Bloggers for TECHmunch Conference, Saturday, June 2, at 514 Studios in Minneapolis. We'll spend the day talking food trends, social media, technology, and blogging as a business with the likes of Andrew Zimmern, Jason DeRusha, Daniel Klein, Zoe Francois, Stephanie March, and many other local favorites. With an evening reception at Fulton Beer to cap the festivities, the day promises to be packed with information, networking, deliciousness, and beer. We hope to see you there, too!
In the meantime, plan your questions while sipping this loveliness...
Recipe for Basil Blossom Sangria (Make-and-Sip) at TC Taste/Minnesota Monthly Magazine.