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

Tips for Green Holiday Parties: Water Pitcher

Nov 6, 2015

10 Tips for Green Holiday Parties

Right now, as much as I love the holidays, it’s hard to think that far ahead. Autumn temperatures have been summer-warm–beyond any fall lover’s fantasy.  On these blissful, balmy afternoons, I am picking raspberries, cutting roses.  Yes, way up north in Wisconsin.  If things were more seasonal… frost tipping our still-green grasses… or dreary nights mixing rain with snow, I … 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

Garlic Roasted Beets, Served

Jan 20, 2015

Garlic Roasted Beets

Did you hear the announcement that we (in the northern hemisphere) are halfway through meteorological winter? It sure made me feel better! Until I started to worry about the piles of beets stacked up in the basement refrigerator. Beets are high in antioxidants and folate–it wouldn’t do to let them spoil.  And so I made Garlic Roasted Beets.  My sister … 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

Pickled Cranberries with Chicken

Jan 3, 2015

Sweet Pickled Cranberries

Do you know what’s lurking in the back corners of your refrigerator?  I dare you to look!  I just found two partly used packages of cranberries on the bottom of my fruit drawer.  Since we have all had our fill of cranberry sauce this season, I made Pickled Cranberries!  While canning is often considered the province of summer and early … Continue reading

Dec 23, 2014

Vanilla Cranberry Cream Dessert

Is it wrong to make the same Christmas dessert two years in a row?  Does it help if you have a dessert buffet with a variety of options?   I served these Vanilla Cranberry Creams last Christmas where they were definitely a hit.  Every year I try something new, but this year’s new recipes have failed repeatedly (that is two … Continue reading

Mar 7, 2014

Homemade Meyer Lemon Curd (with Printable Labels)

A few weeks ago my produce buying club had a deal on Meyer Lemons–I took this as a sign.  You see for a whole year I had been thinking about making Meyer Lemon curd.  Yes, this was clearly meant to be!   It started when a couple of my blogging friends (Karis & Abby) made orange curd.  They both did … Continue reading