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Poolside Recipe Tastings

Recipe tasting, signature cocktail drinking and episode taping on a hot summer day. Berry Lemonade martinis (based on this recipe but with citrus vodka of course), chickpea flatbreads, and strawberry chicken panzanella all from the July issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Our July episode comes out later this week! Happy summer, y’all.IMG_7481IMG_7482IMG_7485IMG_7489Rob_shaker_yall
We also enjoyed the ginger-lime icebox cake but were too sloshed hot to remember to take photos.
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Mini Episode: The New Victorihemians

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The new what? In this segment from the June 2018 episode, Rob and J. own up to confused feelings about “The Natural Life” feature on page 116 of the Better Homes & Gardens June 2018 issue. Meet the forager family behind the Insta account Fox Meets Bear and decide for yourself if their style is 1980’s “Country Living,” an update on Victorian naturalism, trapped-in-the-70’s-Woodstock–or do we have it totally wrong? (J. provides a little corrective at the end of this mini episode.) By the end, we crack the code and determine that swingers, open relationships, sex dens and far away husbands are soooo gay pride. Suggested signature cocktail for this episode: a sparkling wine with a shot of an herbal aperitif, such as Aperol, St. Germain or Cap Corse, garnished with a shasta daisy.

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It’s National Martini Day!

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Today is National Martini Day! Do you like it dirty? Or straight up? Or are you like us: “If I can pour it into a martini glass, it’s a martini.” Let us know how you’re celebrating on this most important national holiday!

For some cocktail inspiration, check out these resources:

Could Be Better’s monthly signature cocktails, of course

Tales of the Cocktail’s Top 8 Martini Recipes

Craft & Cocktails – Ashley Rose Conway’s insanely beautiful cocktail blog

The Best Cocktail Bars for Celebrating National Martini Day

Welcome To My Bar Blog – Recipes and garnish inspiration from Fede’s home bar

Videos

Behind-the-Scenes Video: June 2018 Issue

Go behind the scenes with us when we recorded the June 2018 episode. Here, we discuss the South Carolina garage converted to a beach house, as featured in the June 2018 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine (page 60). But who is the unnamed man in the photoshoot? We also discuss a new product for our new as-yet-only-fantasized-about lifestyle brand inspired by Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James line.

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Visit our YouTube channel for more videos and listen to the complete June episode here.

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The June 2018 Issue: The Gay Pride Episode

CBB_June18_1200x1200In this episode of Could Be Better, it’s time for Gay Pride Month, but something’s a little amiss. There’s only one rainbow in the whole issue, the recipes feature low-alcohol cocktails, and the Editor’s Letter leaves us filled with regret. We’re determined to make it #werk, however, so we plow on while sipping this month’s signature cocktail, the Tito’s Smash (courtesy of the back cover…we’re making a real difference, girls). We take a trip back to the mid-80’s for color trends, swoon over Reese Witherspoon’s new Draper James line, tour a garden we’ll never have, and choose between summer tablescapes.

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Plus: peach emojis, hookups who linger for the photoshoot, and the long-awaited launch of our lifestyle brand! (It’s OK to launch a brand with no products, right?) Go behind the scenes and check out video of us tasting rose-flavored recipes while on vaca in Provincetown.

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The Tito’s Smash: muddle grapes, serrano pepper, a sugar cube and lime. Add vodka (we doubled it, of course) and orange bitters. Voila. A Tuesday night party!

Music by Bensound. Credits and baking by Tim Lawton. Welcome to your better life and Happy Gay Pride Month!

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Video: June 2018 Recipe Testing

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Everything’s coming up roses! At least, everything in Chef Tim’s kitchen as we try out a few recipes from the June 2018 issue. While on a quick Memorial Day weekend getaway to Provincetown, MA, we sampled the feature recipe from the Roses Parade article (page 134), the rose and pink peppercorn donut tea cakes. These moist, gently-flavored cakes have a cream cheese glaze and beautiful rose petal and peppercorn “sprinkles.” We also sipped on a rose syrup cocktail, juiced to the max with grapefruit juice and a healthy dose of vodka, of course. Check out the video on our YouTube channel and get a preview of our upcoming June 2018 episode, coming to your podcast feed soon.

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June Episode Coming Soon!

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Heads up, CBB fans! We’re taping a new episode of the show TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 22nd) and spilling the tea (and a cocktail or two) on what we think about the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Drinking on a Tuesday night–what could go wrong? Be on the lookout for a full episode by the end of May.

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Plus, we’ll both be traveling over Memorial Day weekend (to the same place!) so there will be some super-special travel bonus content coming to our Instagram Story, YouTube and this site soon.

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What did you think of the June issue? Are you down with more #pink? What’s your signature cocktail for the month? Let us know in the comments or share on our Facebook page!