July 4th

Getting ICED on July 4th!

Image July 4th is almost here! If you happen to celebrate big with friends and family then this is a recipe that will rock their socks off. After a long day of grilling, there's nothing better than cooling off in the heat with a little Italian Granita. Think of it as shaved ice, but BETTER.

You can make granita so easily, without the need of ice cream machines. All you'll need is a freezer, a blender, fruit, sugar and water. Yes, just 3 ingredients! Flavors range from coffee to wine to fruit to herbs. Once you know the basic recipe, you can make pretty much any version of this Italian summer classic.

Personally, I love mixing all the seasonal fruit together to make one super flavorful and fruity granita. Specifically I like the blend of strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots or melons combined with the citrus zest of a lemon or orange. Fresh mint is a wonderful compliment as well, but feel free to tweak the recipe to your liking.

Here's what you will need:

1/4 cup Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup

1lb Fresh Fruit

1/4 cup water

Here's how you do it:

1. In a blender, place your fresh fruit of choice along with either a squeeze of citrus juice or a few splashes of water. Add your simple syrup or agave syrup. The liquid is what will help the fruits puree into a smooth consistency.

2. Once pureed, our into a cooled bowl for chilling. Here you can add your fresh herbs, zest, alcohol, vanilla extract or other added flavors.

3. Place in the freezer and scrape well with a fork every 3 to 4 hours until frozen and fluffy in consistency.

When it comes to a granita, it is really about tasting as you go and checking consistency. Don't be shy to add a bit more water if your puree is looking a bit thick, or lessening the simple syrup if the fruits are a little on the sweet side.

I hope you enjoy making some summer granitas!

-Chef K


July 4th!



               It wouldn’t be Fourth of July in the city without the Macy’s firework display! Now on its 37th year, this is the spot to be in New York for Independence Day. Not only is there going to be a spectacular display of fireworks overlooking the Hudson River but Usher will curate this show for the first time ever. The optimal viewing spots are going to be on 12th Avenue between 23rd and 42nd streets but anywhere with a view of the Hudson River will be just fine for all those who are trying to avoid the massive crowd this year! They are advising everyone to start arriving around 5pm in order to secure a spot so pack up your goodies and bring your loved ones for a front row view of history in the making! This once a year extravaganza begins at 8pm on the 7/2/13 and will be featuring performances by Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez. Mark your calendars New York, Fourth of July is only a couple days away!