Remembering Seven of Our Favorite Watering Holes on Bartender Appreciation Day

Heather sips her first hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s Bar in New Orleans. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Happy Bartender Appreciation Day! Although we’re stuck at home in the midst of a pandemic, it’s a great day to meander down memory lane and remember all those great watering holes we’ve discovered over the years as we travelled from one coast to the other. Each one of them holds wonderful memories for us, always punctuated by yummy drinks and a bartender with a liberal pour. Read on to find out if your favorites made the list.

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Slow-Cooked Marinara Sauce [RECIPE]

Marinara sauce
Marinara sauce is easy to make, but oh so yummy! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Now that temperatures have dropped, we start thinking about comfort food. And what’s more robustly flavored and delicious than scrumptious Italian food on a cool autumn night? This marinara sauce is a little different than others we’ve made because it utilizes pancetta (an Italian bacon) to lend a hint of smoke to the flavor profile, which we love. It’s also great to make ahead, stores well, and is super easy to prepare. Best of all it is really versatile and goes wonderfully with everything from spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmesan to a big dish of homemade lasagna. Yum!

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Dr. Bruce Chalmer’s Favorite Apple Honey Challah [RECIPE]

Apple Honey Challah
There’s a reason this Apple Honey Challah is reserved for special occasions. It’s delicious! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Dr. Bruce Chalmer is an esteemed couples therapist based in Vermont and author of the relationship guide, Reigniting the Spark. He loves this Apple Honey Challah, which his wife makes every year for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). It is round, symbolizing the cycle of the seasons, and sweet, symbolizing a wish for a sweet new year. It’s actually one of his wife Judy Alexander’s favorite recipes to make, and one of his favorites to eat!

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Kelly Miller’s Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce [RECIPE]

Author Kelly Miller loves baking up this family favorite, Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce. (Photo courtesy Kelly Miller)

Many years ago, Kelly Miller, author of Accusing Mr. Darcy, attended a family gathering where her husband’s cousin Linda served them Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce. Upon Kelly’s request, Linda generously wrote out the recipe for her, and to this day, it remains one of the novelist’s all-time favorite desserts.

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Sara Richardson’s Dipped Gingersnaps [RECIPE]

Sara Richardson loves to bake
Sara Richardson loves to bake up happiness any time of year. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Sara Richardson, author of Home for the Holidays and First Kiss with a Cowboy, finds that over the past several months, as we’ve navigated a new set of challenges in our world, she often finds herself looking forward. One of the things that fills her with hope, anticipation and joy is this yummy cookie recipe which is delicious any time of year. We hope you love it!

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