Yes, you’d heard rumors about mint: “Be careful, or it will take over your garden.” “No, really, it’s surprisingly aggressive.” “Mint is the Tribble of the plant world.”
So you were careful. Once you put in a couple of raised beds — that’s where you planted the mint.
But the Continue reading “Mint or basil?”
I work my way through the party, smiling, waving, shaking hands. I check with the bartender, who assures me that she has everything she needs.
I field a couple of compliments on my new jacket. I wanted to wear my velvet smoking jacket, but it’s still a bit Continue reading “Cornbread-Tres Leches Ice Cream”
I have had to face the harsh reality recently that I have aged out of some of my travel-related bucket list items. As much as I would really, really like to be able to put an alligator wrestling certification on my resumé, I’m afraid that it’s not going to happen Continue reading “The Steamer Trunk”
You promised your therapist that you would try to take better care of yourself. And you really meant to. But the kids had camp, and then your sister had a fight with her boyfriend and showed up at your house with three suitcases. And then the weekend you thought you Continue reading “Labor Day refreshments”
I think that it’s fair to say that Florida doesn’t have the best reputation.
Take, for example, the “Florida Man” game. If you’ve never tried this, your eyebrows are about to rise higher than you ever suspected was possible. Open an internet search engine, and enter the term “Florida man” Continue reading “Miami Dancehall Cocktail”
Days like this call for something cold, boozy and tropical, something with a lot of crushed ice.
- Unsweetened dry mango
- White or silver rum
With a heavy knife, chop the dried mango into a small dice — very small pieces. Add the chopped mango to a large, wide-mouthed Continue reading “Mango daiquiri”
We had just come home from a long trip, and I’ll admit that I was a little out of it. Jet lag and a week of over-indulgence had definitely taken a toll on me. And yet I made a surprisingly good decision — there was still time to go to Continue reading “Drinking the blues”
- 3 ounces cold-brew coffee concentrate – Trader Joe’s makes a very good one.
- 6 ounces half & half
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- frozen coffee (see below)
- dark chocolate, frozen (optional)
The secret to truly excellent ice coffee is coffee ice.
We’ve all been there, really, truly enjoying Continue reading “Warm heart, iced coffee”
You know how you can be in a large crowd, almost overwhelmed by the dozens of conversations going on around you, but if someone 30 feet away says your name, it grabs your attention immediately? I have the same reaction if someone is discussing pizza or tells a knock-knock joke. Continue reading “Strawberry rhubarb collins”
On a good day, a cucumber is 96 percent water. That hydrocentic (a word I just made up and am very pleased with) nature of a cucumber lends itself really well to cocktails. If you can extract the water? It’s bonded with cucumber flavor. That makes for a very good Continue reading “Cucumber fizz”