Sorbet & Champagne Cocktail

Dec 30, 2015

Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail

Don’t you love foods that can do double duty?  Buy it for one purpose… then get inspired!  Take sorbet for example.  You can feed it to a sick child (or a teen who just had their wisdom teeth out—ahem) or you can add it to Champagne or Prosecco for a festive New Year’s (or other special occasion) drink.  Or Mom … Continue reading


Dec 13, 2015

Christmas Drinking Custard

I’ve been watching the photographs for years.  Thick liquid custard, dressed up and poured into a mug.  Can you look and not be tempted?  This special drink is known by many names: boiled custard, drinking custard, crème anglaise–and bears a strong resemblance to egg nog.  But in lieu of eggnog’s nutmeg and cinnamon, you get a heady dose of fragrant … Continue reading


Nov 23, 2015

Spiced Cider Syrup (Instant Hot Apple Cider)

Now that we’ve had a few cold days, I can feel winter in the air. I love the change of seasons (especially when it follows a long autumn) with winter’s promise of snowdrifts and sugarplums. Winter is especially nice if you serve it up with a warm drink like hot spiced cider. Made from freshly pressed apple juice, warmed with … Continue reading


Sep 27, 2015

(Real) Pumpkin Chai Latte

My oldest daughter is seriously pumpkin obsessed–every fall she goes wild with pumpkin foods and decorations.  Since she is also the queen of tea, I was not at all surprised when she announced she was going to learn to make Pumpkin Chai Latte.  Chai is defined by Wikipedia as “a blend of black tea and herbs and spices, originating in … Continue reading


Aug 2, 2015

Strawberry Simple Syrup (or Blueberry or …)

Hot enough for you?  Even in Wisconsin (where some years I never turn on the air conditioner) we are feeling the heat.  My favorite new way to refresh?  Homemade “soda” with Strawberry Simple Syrup.  Staying hydrated is critical when the temperature rises.  Plain water is, of course, the gold standard, but sometimes after sweating for a few hours, a special … Continue reading

Creasmsicle Martini Closeup

May 9, 2015

A Brunch Creamsicle Martini & a Giveaway

This year I wanted to do something  a little different for Mother’s Day brunch. The food always includes some new dishes but after many (many) years of mimosas, it was starting to feel like a beverage rut. So this year I am making Creamsicle Martinis.  The inspiration behind this shakeup comes from Nielsen-Massey, premier producer of fine vanilla products. They … Continue reading

Chicken Pattie with All Natural Margarita

May 5, 2015

All Natural Margarita & Tex Mex Chicken Patties

Cinco de Mayo comes at the perfect time of year. Spring is out in force and after months of All Natural Margarita Deprivation, who doesn’t want to celebrate. Pitcher on the patio anyone?  I used to make Margaritas from bottled mixers bought at the liquor store. Then I read the label—how many unpronounceable chemical names can you add–not to mention … Continue reading

Ruby Smoothie

Feb 24, 2015

Goodbye Ruby Smoothie

I discovered today’s smoothie in my new Coconut Cookbook. The recipe seemed perfect–simple and healthful–and it even used leftover local foods from last summer. But I did have one concern. There was no way I was going to call a fun drink like this, a Strawberry Beet Smoothie. Not even to myself.   When I poured it out of the blender … Continue reading

Valentines Prosecco Cocktail

Feb 8, 2015

Ruby Prosecco Cocktail

When I first read about this Prosecco Cocktail (on the Comfort of Cooking Blog), I thought of Christmas. Flavored with cranberry and orange, the drink perfectly celebrates the flavors of the season.  But it was so pretty, with its rosy-red color and sparkling bubbles, I decided to make it for Valentine’s Day. I’d even serve it at a winter brunch–as … Continue reading

Hot Cocoa from Scratch Topped with Whipped Cream

Jan 8, 2015

The Best Hot Cocoa from Scratch

What would winter be without cocoa?  I have many wonderful childhood memories but one of my favorites is sledding–right in my own front yard.   I grew up on a big hill, and on a snowy day, all the neighborhood kids would be over, sledding first, then making snowmen and snow forts.  When it grew too dark to go on, everyone … Continue reading