Category Archives: Libations

keeping cozy

Hello! It’s been a while since my last dispatch. A lot has happened: a move from the Bay Area to Portland, unpacking, settling into both a new house and a new pace of life. How’s that for an excuse for not writing?  Continue reading keeping cozy

when friends give you lemons

I have the pleasure of having a friend who has a large Meyer lemon tree in his backyard. Mind you, we were friends before I knew he had a lemon tree. In fact, we may have been friends before he bought the house with the tree. At any rate, my friend has been known to leave a shopping bag of lemons on my doorstep, and when this happens, I make things. Lemon pudding cake, limoncello, lemon curd. You get the idea.  Continue reading when friends give you lemons

say no to toxic yellow

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Let’s face it, most of us use today as an excuse to have a drink and a taco or two. And no, it’s not Mexico’s independence day. In actuality, May 5 marks a victory for the Mexican Army. But because this is a food-focused, not a history blog, I’m going to stick with what I know. And what I know is any excuse to make a proper margarita is a great day in my book.  Continue reading say no to toxic yellow

drinking the season

There are many things I love about this time of year. My favorites are artichokes, rhubarb, asparagus and nettles, although I think rhubarb is at the top of my list. I remember a patch of rhubarb that grew under a cherry tree in the yard of my childhood home. I also remember my mom and dad warning me to stay away from the poisonous leaves and my mom making strawberry rhubarb jam. It’s definitely a flavor of nostalgia for me, and there’s also something about the unique taste of rhubarb that I’m drawn to. In April, when I typically start seeing rhubarb in stores, I get excited. I like to ease into rhubarb season by making my favorite cocktail, the rhubarb daiquiri. The flavor of the rhubarb really comes through and melds well with the rum. For me, this drink represents spring.  Continue reading drinking the season