Raspberry Soda

Raspberry Ginger Soda

  Raspberry bushes hang heavy with their ripe, purple-red fruit this time of year.  We pluck them from wild bushes along neighborhood paths, and I seem to bring home a flat or two with each visit to the weekly farmers market. We eat our fill fresh, macerating them in honey with a touch of vanilla… 

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Springtime Limoncello

Growing up, every gathering at my grandfather’s house involved full spreads of Italian food and seasonal libations. I remember polenta poured onto ten-foot tables, antipasti plates stacked high with marinated squid and salty olives, and different types homemade pasta. While most dishes, like pasta (hold the clam sauce, please), truly appealed to my youthful tastes,… 

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Chai Butter Tea Vertical (2 of 3)

Chai Spiced Butter Tea

I’ve never been one for breakfast.  My stomach doesn’t really wake up until mid-morning.  Sure, I try to take the time to make a hot breakfast for my little boy before he heads off to school, whether that’s fried eggs and fresh tomatoes, or homemade oatmeal.  For the most part, I sip something first thing in… 

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Traditional Wassail Recipe

Love and joy come to you, and to your wassail too!

I love a traditional wassail, and I make it three times  a year – on the first day of snow, on the longest night of the year and on New Year’s Eve.  And today marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day.  We’ll celebrate with wassail and by lighting a candle that… 

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Making Golden Tea: Turmeric, Ginger and Honey in a Molcajete

Golden Milk: Creamy Turmeric and Ginger Tea with Coconut Milk

This winter, we discovered Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea, and fell in love with its astringent, but smooth and bright flavor.  I often make it now instead of the hot chocolates, molasses milks and herbal chai my family loves.  When I can get it, I like to use fresh turmeric in my cooking.  I love… 

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Kombucha Kamp SCOBY and Tea

A Recipe for the Holidays: Cinnamon Spice Kombucha

It’s this time of year, the cold days of late fall and early winter that I crave sweet spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves.  I flavor my cookies with them.  I season my wine with them, and even my vinaigrettes for salad.  And one of my favorite ways to use these sweet spices so beloved in wintertime… 

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water kefir grains

How to Brew Water Kefir (a quick tutorial)

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare  and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet kvass.   Similar in flavor to a dry, slightly fizzy lemonade, water kefir is pleasant and even small children can enjoy it.   When my son was littler than… 

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Ginger Bug

How to Make Ginger Bug for Homemade Sodas

A little jar of ginger bug, a slurry of ginger and sugar, sits on my countertop next to my sourdough starter, where, fed daily, it bubbles and foams.  I remove a little bit at a time, no more than 1/4 cup, to make old-fashioned sodas like homemade root beer, ginger mint soda, rhubarb soda and… 

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tea for continuous brew kombucha

How to Make Kombucha (Continuous Brew)

I tend a pot of continuous brew kombucha on my kitchen counter where it sits, transforming sweet tea into an ancient, acidic, vinegary tonic that we sip in small amounts, though I also use it in my kombucha vinaigrette.  We treat kombucha with care, consuming a little bit at a time, for it’s also strikingly medicinal… 

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Mulled Wine Recipe

Heady and Aromatic: Mulled Wine for the Holidays

As the cold of winter sets in, I want for warmth and for companionship.  It’s this time of year that we bring friends to our kitchen table a little more often, sharing with them sweet things from the kitchen: homemade cookies, sugarplums, turron de navidad, gingerbread men and we wash it down with sweet and… 

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