Category Archives: Things to Sip

Canning Pear Nectar

This fall, I was the surprised recipient of a beautiful bushel of pears from what we think is a Seckle Pear tree. That gift, however, did not come co-bundled with an abundance of time. I was determined that this gift would not sit too long while I put it off until the pears were passed […]

Spinach Smoothie – Green AND Tasty

A good friend of mine often shows up to our meetings together with her breakfast – a bright green drink so brilliant, it’s hard to know how she got it to be that green.  We are talking neon, nuclear green.   So one day, I asked her.  Spinach, she says, is the key, without the […]

Cook the Book: Hot Chocolate

I’ve found that this is a real treat for little ones when you use semi-sweet chocolate; grown-ups usually prefer bittersweet. 3 cups whole milk 3 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it is just ready to boil.  Put the chocolate in a […]

Apple Picking – and then Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction

On these warm, sunny, fall afternoons, the girls and I walked with our bushel baskets to pick apples.  We’ve an “orchard” on our “property” which translated means I occasionally trim the trees that grow wild in the field right next to our house.  The apple crop this year is unbelievably abundant and even the organic […]

Cook the Book – Chai Tea

Chai Tea Chai tea is an Indian drink that has become popular in coffee houses.  It’s a nice alternative to hot chocolate. I make a batch of the spice base all at once so it’s always available. 1 bag of tea (orange pekoe or your favorite) 1 teaspoon spice base (below) 1 cup milk 1 […]

Cook the Book – Wassail Bowl Punch

Wassail is a drink that my mom serves every Christmas and I can’t smell it without remembering family times. Wassail Bowl Punch 1 quart hot tea (black or orange pekoe, or your favorite) 1 quart cranberry juice 1 quart apple juice 2 whole cinnamon sticks 12 whole cloves 1 cup sugar ¾ cup lemon juice […]


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