Candied Dried Orange Slices

Candied fruit always seems to be a Christmas-only specialty that the local baking wizard produces for potlucks and gifts before he/she vanishes with a puff of smoke, not to be seen again until next year. Well, that doesn’t work for me. It’s too hard to find good dried and candied citrus slices for my tea […]

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6 Festive Cocktails to Make Your New Year’s Party Ring!

Here we are already! Another year gone, and one more on the horizon suddenly arrived while we were cleaning up the shredded wrapping paper and tossing out the raisin cobbler that odd aunt sent us. Seemingly without warning, it’s time to come up with party favours, snacks, and cocktails for one last fling before this […]

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Winter Wassailing

I’m going to brag. I’m not shy about telling you that you’ll love this wassail. I’ve spent many years perfecting and tweaking it, and it turns out that the best flavors are the simple ones. Don’t restrict wassailing to just Christmas. All Fall and Winter, I make this comforting drink for parties, dinners, or just […]

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Throw A Relaxed “Wine Pot-Luck” Party

Have you ever been at a wine tasting and wished there was more than the usual cheese and small bite canapes to snack on? Usually, if there is meal quality food served, it’s no longer a wine tasting, but a catered dinner. I don’t know about you, but I want to relax when I’m having […]

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Coffee Talk

The people that love you are likely to forgive you for a great many things, but bad coffee is not one of them. There are rules about coffee now. We have professional baristas explaining to us which coffee goes with which food and on what day, even! You can put lemon in your espresso, but […]

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Pickle-Tini

This cocktail was an invention for a martini-bachelorette party. I was supposed to bring a batch of my favorite martinis. I’m a big lover of green olives, and a perfect, dirty, vodka martini is my favorite drink, but I realized that I had no olives at the last minute and had to improvise. As it was a bachelorette […]

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Cold Gazpacho Soup

I’m convinced that Gazpacho is only categorized as soup because it’s full of veggies and brightened with vinegar. Let’s be honest. A spoon doesn’t do it justice. This is a drink to be guzzled from a large glass or mug on a hot day or, yes, for breakfast. That tag wasn’t an accident. I love […]

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