Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and a White Russian

This is the best chocolate chip cookie you will ever have the pleasure of eating, if you have some patience. Why? Because you need to brown the butter and make the dough the day before and refrigerate it. This allows the dough to fully hydrate and prevents the cookies from spreading too much. I have … Continue reading

Parade Punch For Mardi Gras

Oscars tonight and Mardi Gras tomorrow (actually Tuesday) – I just had to make this punch to celebrate two special events. Fill a glass full of ice, add rum to taste (optional), followed by a punch base full of fresh fruit juices, lemon-lime soda and a touch of grenadine to fill your glass. Then a splash … Continue reading

Frozen Red, White and Blue Smoothies

This smoothie is one of the most refreshing frozen drinks I have ever had. Perfect for this 90 plus humid weather we are having! There are so many good fruits and ingredients in this smoothie that takes it over the top. I mean pomegranate and orange juice, blueberries, strawberries, bananas and yogurt all contribute to … Continue reading

Hot Chocolate for Adults Two Ways

I get ideas for recipes in all sorts of ways. This recipe comes as a result of reading Chef Mimi’s blog recently where she posted a delicious recipe for chicken by Nigella Lawson. As I did not have any of Nigella’s cookbooks I asked Chef Mimi which ones she might recommend. One of her suggestions … Continue reading

Homemade Boiled Cider

The next step after making your own apple cider is to make your own homemade boiled cider. It is so simple to do, just boil the cider down until it is somewhat thick like syrup. It does take a little time, almost 2 hours to boil down 8 cups to get 1-1/2 cups. You do … Continue reading

Homemade Apple Cider

This recipe turned out quite good when I needed some cider and had only the apples and spices. I always buy more apples than I can eat – I’m that way with fruit. So, why not make my own from scratch. This recipe idea comes from one of my Southern magazines and I have adapted … Continue reading

Orange, Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

I love smoothies and I am always looking for recipes where I usually have the ingredients on hand. This  tasty beverage comes from Ina Garten who never fails me with any of her recipes. I am bringing this smoothie full of great fruits to Fiesta Friday #90. A very simple recipe but one most people … Continue reading

Thai Iced Tea

This recipe comes from Italian chef, Giada De Laurentiis – she may be Italian and cooks a lot of Italian goodies but she also enjoys Thai food. Once again I was watching the Food Network channel while doing my morning workout and watched her make this tea.  It just sounded and looked so good; I … Continue reading