For me, this is the time of year for a good gin & tonic, and judging by a shortage of tonic waters at the local grocery stores right now, I'm not the only one who thinks so. I thought it would be a good time to update and rerun this piece for July 2014, with lots of updates. The recipe section has been extensively updated. I have also posted a roundup of commercial tonic … [Read more...] about Making Tonic Water from Scratch – My Descent into Madness
We don't normally run many recipes (though I wish I had a recipe writer). However I'll sometimes write posts about cocktails, holiday recipes etc., and we sometimes excerpt recipes from cookbooks here. Author Nancy Rommelmann also contributes to this section.
My flashback started with a little piece about making butter from scratch on The Splendid Table. The writer mentioned how important the quality of the cream was, and I was reminded of my childhood - stepping out to the front porch every morning to find the latest delivery from the milkman sitting in a little wire basket. If I got up really early, I'd hear him coming up the … [Read more...] about Butter and Memories – How to Make Butter From Scratch
Penne all’Arrabbiata This great wine piece by Darryl Joannides includes a recipe for Penne all'Arrabbiata. It was late January 1997 and a particularly dark, wet, and dreary winter’s day. We were on the back end of a 3-week trip driving all over the Italian peninsula and beginning to get that type of weary that sets in when you’ve been away a long time and constantly on the … [Read more...] about Wine Musings: Meeting Royalty
This is a recipe my father used back in the 40's. Many years ago, I found it among his things, but never made it until tonight. Now I will never make any other version. It's really airy yet creamy, with just the right balance of booze.After several requests, here is my dad's 1940's recipe for eggnog. After all, we still have New Year's to go through! This is guaranteed to … [Read more...] about By Request, My Family Eggnog Recipe
When Jack Yoss was the chef of the excellent Ten 01 restaurant in Portland, one of his most requested recipes was the Thai ribs, which were only available in the bar. He was kind enough to send it to me, and several readers have thoroughly tested the instructions and cut it down from a restaurant-sized portion to one that is more manageable. The final result is really good, and … [Read more...] about Jack Yoss Thai Ribs Recipe