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

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

Bloody Mary With Tabasco-Spiked Ice Cubes

A Bloody Mary was a favorite drink for Gene and me way back when and we even canned our own when I had my big 40 x 120 foot garden and lots of tomatoes to use up.   See my post Gene’s Original Bloody Mary.  Remember, you can always add the following ingredients to taste and we found this recipe to … Continue reading