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

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

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

Strawberry, Banana and Mango Smoothies

I usually have these three fruits on hand; bananas on the counter and frozen strawberries and mangoes in the freezer. So, in Midwest Living Taste of Summer 2015 I was able to make these recently. Just delicious…

Lavender-Infused Mom Collins

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  This refreshing drink appeared in an email from Joy the Baker.  I loved the idea of using lavender as every year I harvest the flowers, dry them and save for future recipes such as this.  This is a great spring/summer drink for those who enjoy lavender as much as I do. I’m … Continue reading