Balmy Sunset Cocktail

Besides my wine I enjoy an occasional fruit flavored drink, especially in the summer time. Even though it is winter in Michigan right now (the oranges are especially delicious this time of the year) I thought I would bring a touch of “sunshine” to everyone. This cocktail comes from Susan Belsinger and Carolyn Dille, who … Continue reading

Pudding Shots Two Ways with Cream Liqueurs

HAPPY NEW YEAR and the best to everyone in 2018! Pudding shots are an easy, do-ahead dessert and perfect for a brunch table on New Year’s Day. A little creamy, chocolatey and enhanced with a liqueur is a nice addition to help celebrate the New Year. I have provided two recipes and made the first … Continue reading

Shrubs and Drinking Vinegars

These beverages are popping up all over since I had my first shrub back in July at a restaurant in Philadelphia.  I’m hearing about them on the news, in magazines and  saw them offered at a local restaurant. Shrubs appear to be very popular right now as mixologists add liquor to their own versions of … Continue reading

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