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


May 27, 2014

A Natural Strawberry Daiquiri

A belated happy Memorial Day!  A warm holiday weekend, freezer full of fruit and set of pretty glass straws–talk about inspiration.  Yup, it’s time for another frozen drink recipe–a natural strawberry daiquiri this time, full of the remnants of last year’s CSA berries. I’m not sure why, but part of me always believed that fruity alcoholic drinks were artificial concoctions, … Continue reading

Agua Fresca Fixings

May 25, 2014

Mango Lime Agua Fresca

This recipe for Mango Lime Agua Fresca is based on one from blogging friend, Abby, who writes The Frosted Vegan.  One of the thing I like best about blogging (in addition to the food!) is the people you meet–both online and in person!  Before I read her post, I had heard of infused water before but not Agua Fresca.   Wikipedia … Continue reading

Peach Margarita with Lime

May 22, 2014

Peach Margarita & a Glass Straw Giveaway

Is your glass (or freezer) half empty or half full? That depends on your perspective of course–and your outlook is always better with a Peach Margarita in hand! This post is co-inspired by a freezer loaded with peaches that need to be finished off (summer is coming!) and an offer  from a company called GlassDharma ( Facebook or Twitter). They … Continue reading


Mar 15, 2014

Irish Coffee & a Headcold

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I am trying to decide how to celebrate!  In my youth, this week was full of dancing and revelry, but now I may settle for a nice Irish Coffee! I still remember the first time I tasted this classic drink.  I was a college student spending a semester in Dublin and firmly committed to … Continue reading