Vodka Lemonade

VODKA LEMONADE To get the lemoniest lemonade, you need to use the whole lemon – including the rind. The oil from the skin of the lemon gives it a supercharged flavor boost, and turns the drink a lovely, frothy yellow. This little trick makes a next-level lemonade, and with a good blender it couldn’t be easier. If you want to turn this into a cocktail, try adding cucumber vodka and a cucumber garnish. It’s incredibly refreshing – so light you […]


Honey Taffy

I remember making taffy in girl scouts. We thought it was the best girl scout meeting ever, the kind of sloppy, messy fun that only an adult who’s never done it before would take on with a gaggle of giggling second graders. By the time we’d finished we were wearing more of the taffy than there was left to eat, and all those grubby little hands had left smudge marks in the candy. By the end of the afternoon, my […]


Aymeric’s Spicy Chicken Legs

This recipe comes from my old friend, Nelly Salvacion. Her seven-year-old grandson, Aymeric, is a bit of a picky eater, so she invented this recipe for yogurt dipped chicken legs. Now it’s his all-time favorite food. Don’t be fooled by the yogurt in the recipe – there are lots of speecy, spicy ingredients in these legs – and be sure to make the mango cucumber salsa that goes with it. It’s heaven. I added a couple of chicken breasts just […]


Blueberry Pie

Blueberries have a powerful flavor; the second one of these little blue miracles touches your tongue the brain shouts blueberry! – sweet and pure. What more could you want in a pie? Why, more of it – more blueberries piled as high as they go and covered with a dense rye flour crust. I love this crust because it’s not too sweet, balancing the overall taste experience so that the pie is not cloying (some blueberry pies can overwhelm with […]