Experimenting with a small batch chai tea spice mix recipe for my morning black tea. No special ingredients—a simple mix with things already in my kitchen. To make the mix: 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp ground ginger 1 Tbsp ground turmeric a few dashes of ground black pepper (I think it’s 8:1 turmeric to black […]
I’ve been posting on social media lately, raving about my homemade egg nog.
Throughout the summer, my fridge is a science lab of cold-brewing, with usually between 3 and 5 glass jars of various things brewin’: the obligatory black tea, lavender flowers, mint tea or leaves, and my newest love, dried-fruit herbal tea. (I’ve never liked hot-brewed fruit teas, but cold-brewed they are completely different and really, really […]
I’ve been experimenting with making lavender lemonade since I heard about it pretty recently. It’s such a yummy combination, and perfect for what will no doubt be a stiflingly humid New England summer. In addition to being delicious, the health benefits of this drink are pretty sweet (NPI): Lavender is a great soother; it helps […]
We recently had our first cookout* of the season. It was a good turnout. Lots of families and kids and friends. Many more to come! *I was asked, by a West Coast transplant, if “cookout” was an East Coast term. I assume it is. Maybe even just a northeast term, since I think of “barbecue” […]
I used to make a hot-cocoa mix to be made and served at my college cafe. I called it Vee’s Magical Hot Cocoa. And magical it is. Not only will it kick the buns of any hot cocoa you’ve ever had (let alone made yourself), its variations are nearly infinite, to fit any dietary restriction […]
The first time I remember having a hot toddy—a warm alcoholic beverage used to warm and heal, what’s better than that—was at an Irish pub in Amsterdam. For my whole trip there, I had a massive head cold. During the day I wandered the city, using what little brain power I had to not get lost, […]