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


Jun 30, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub

Although I am a gardener as well as a cook,… a strawberry rhubarb shrub is not a bush.  Even if it does sound like a fancy new hybrid.  Neither is it some obscure heirloom plant nor new GMO Frankenfood.  It is… (drum roll)… the basis for a cocktail that is both trendy and historic.  Or a nice non-alcoholic beverage if … Continue reading

Iced Algerian Tea Served

Jun 21, 2014

Blog Hop Giveaway – Algerian Tea

One of the best things about blogging is the friends you make.  Today some of my local blogging buddies are holding a Sizzling Summer Blog Hop Giveaway (more below).  And as my part in this, I am giving away the ingredients (other than the sweetener) for “Algerian Tea” which you can drink hot or cold. Algerian Tea was discovered by … Continue reading

Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

May 29, 2014

Old Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

Do you adjust your beverage favorites as the seasons change?  With summer on the way, I am ready to put some ice cream in my drinks–starting with an old-fashioned chocolate ice cream soda. I had my first chocolate ice cream soda ages ago at a small town ice cream parlor in Wilton, Iowa. We’d make an annual trip there to … Continue reading