May 15, 2020
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Hey! Welcome to Culinary Courtesan, a newsletter for those who crave the magick of food, wine, and spirits with a dash of empowerment. It’s been awhile since you’ve gotten a love letter from me. I meant to be in touch, then the coronavirus came in full force.. throwing us all for a loop.  I'm back baby! That being said.. I hope that you are well in your part of the world.

This is taking the place of my newsletter, “Pompette’. I thought it was  time for a revamp. I’ve always included the essence of the courtesans in my work which is how I came up with “Culinary Courtesan”. The ladies may have been scandalous, but they were full blown quaintrelles with lavish lives filled with the best food, drink, lifestyle and adventures. They ended up playing an important role in society due to their charm and grace. Since they were so charming and seductive, some people considered courtesans to be witches. Time to take a page or two from their playbook and live life through the senses. So..let the magick begin!

 PS: New projects on the way, a revamp of my podcast, and get the Tipsy Tarot reading of the week 
(the weekly wine/tarot readings are back).

Bisou bisou~ Shoshi

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Epicurean Horoscopes:

This month is dedicated to herbs and spices. Things that you find in the kitchen can be magickal for your mind, body, and soul.  Find out which herb or spice will make feel naughty and nice. 


Aries- (March 21- April 19

Let go and surrender to the universe, it has your back. The month brings you a bit of triumph over obstacles that have been getting in the way of your goal. Time to rehale a little. Let go of any fears that you have. Sip a bit of chamomile tea and know that everything is working out in your favor.

Taurus- (April 20- May 20)

You’ve been a bit anti-social.  A part of you doesn’t want to deal with with people since things haven’t been going your way. Some of your people haven’t supported you.  Take the time that you need, sometimes it’s best to take a step back. Me time is the best time. Get some ginger going and flowing, it will help you relax and kick the ass of your anxiety.

Gemini- (May 21-June 20) 

Time to rest a bit. The 50 Shades of you need a break. Your mind and soul need to detox some of the negative vibes that you’ve picked up. Don’t feel like you have participate in every Zoom or happy hour online.  It can be overwhelming. Good news is headed your way via a phone call or email. Any ideas that you have, go big with them. Turn it  up with passionflower. Perfect for the nerves and happy endings.

Cancer– (June 21-July 22) 

Right now you are all about improvement. Getting your skills together and becoming the best version of yourself. Every once and awhile you may feel negative thoughts coming in, try to get it in check or it will spiral out of control. Remember to celebrate all the good thing no matter how big or small. It’s the key to your happiness at the moment. Get some rose petals in your mix, it will do your self-love some good.

Leo- (July 23- August 22)

There’s nothing like with having a plan of action. When it doesn’t work out, it’s time to adjust not give up. Disappointment is a part of the process. Know that it shall pass. Sometimes when things don’t work out, the universe is simply trying to give you something better. The best think you can do for yourself is keep on going. A little bit of cinnamon is just what you need for your senses.

Virgo- (August 23- September 22)

 Thinks haven’t beem going your way, but it’s no reason to throw in the towel. Obstacles have the ability to make you stronger.  At the end of it all  you will reach your goal. It just may take a little bit more time. Good things come to those who wait. Dig deep for patience so that you keep it real with how things are going.  Get down and dirty with cloves to get your courage back into position.

Libra- (September 23- October 22)

You are starting to a get your groove back.  It’s a beautiful thing. That being said, now there’s no  stopping you. Everything that you need is already inside of you darling so rock it out. Your ambitous is leading you in the right direction, go with it. Nurture your creative side, it’s where you will shine. Get that lavender in and you are good to go with your self- confidence.

Scorpio- (October 23 -November 22)

Looks like your relationship (or lack thereof)  has had you questioning what will happen next? The situation will take a turn this month for the better. Questions will be answered and your bond will be stronger. Keep the commincation going. It will keep the love lines clear of confusion and help your love grow. Rosemary is your go to for the month. It’s packed with love and magick!

Sagittarius- (November 23- December 21) 

Your creative juices are flowing and going, keep it up Sag! Let your imagination run wild. If you start to doubt yourself, remind yourself that you’re a star.  Doubt kills goals and dreams. Give yourself support and love as you create and find new areas to play in.  The possibilities are endless. Get that cardamom in to add to your stimulation.

Capricorn- (December 22- January 20) 

Change is brewing. Be ready to brace yourself for a little bit of chaos. Some things that you weren’t expecting are headed your way so brace yourself. It’s all good, because it’s nothing that you can’t handle. Celebate your friendships and family. Pop on virtual parties or do one on one video chats.  Peppermint will get you back in shape. It’s perfect for a bit of healing your soul.

 Aquarius- (January 21- February 18) 

Opportunities will be flowing your way, but feel free to say no. Stay true to you and what your heart desires. Just because some things haven’t worked out, doesn’t mean that you have to settle.  Being selective is a beautiful thing. Keep on your course and remember you are a force. Sage yourself, it will re-enforce positive vibes.

Pisces- (February 19- March 20) 

You have been thinking about what you should have, would have and/or could have done.  Time to let go of the past and push forward. Someone is a little jelly of you and is posing to compete. As they say, when people want to copy you, it’s compliment. Watch your back. Just know what what you give out comes back so that person will be taken care of.  Use some anise for protection against the green eyes monster.

If you want a psychic reading, drop me a line to book a session.
Courtesan Cooks:
 recipes to help you make magick in the kitchen
  • Since we are still kind of confined in our living quarters there's no reason to wait to have a boozy brunch.  Pull out your favorite bourbon and  conjure up a Bourbon French Toast w/ Bourbon Maple Syrup . I have Woodford Reseve on the way so you know what I'll be up to!
  • Travel is out of the question for most of us at the moment unless it's an emergency.  I don't know about you, but I'm going to take my time getting on a plane. What I miss the most is hotels. If you also miss the taste of hotels whip up a batch of DoubleTree's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies. It's a treat that the hotel is known for. They have them warm and ready to go at the front delish! DoubleTree did foodies a solid by releasing the recipe for a taste of happiness during this stressful time.
things that make you tipsy...
  • The Penicillin- Rose Byrne virtually popped on to The Tonight Show and showed viewers how to make the cocktail, The Penicillin. She she has to improvise with her mixology tools. The commentary by her boo, Bobby Cannavale is priceless. This whole situation may make you purchase new bar tools after you see watch this. The struggle is real...but we have all been there.
  • Rosé all day- Tis the season to rose all day so get in formation to think pink. Here's one to get you going, the Jean- Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé ($11.99) .It's a nice wine for simple sipping with aromas of red cherries and citrus.

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