Star Anise and Tangerine Infused Vodka

For those of you who aren't familiar, alcohol infusions versus mixing flavors into alcohol is like the difference between letting sliced fruit marinate in a jar of water and merely adding fruit juice to the water.  Infusions don't dilute the original liquid or add volume to it.  They leave behind pure flavor.   I like … Continue reading Star Anise and Tangerine Infused Vodka

Sweet Potato Casserole

During the holidays, people get a hankering for sweet potato casserole.  You know, that dish made up of sweet potatoes, marshmallows, and brown sugar?  My problem with this traditional side is it's often made from canned sweet potatoes (full of corn syrup) and ends up being cloyingly sweet.  But since it's one of my husband's … Continue reading Sweet Potato Casserole

Tangy Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

One of my favorite foods to eat during the summer is watermelon.  It's refreshing, hydrating, nutritious, and oh-so delicious!  This savory-sweet recipe is another way to enjoy nature's treat that beats summer heat. Recipe for Tangy Watermelon Salad 3 pounds cubed watermelon (6-7 heaping cups) 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar Herbs de Provence, to taste … Continue reading Tangy Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Fresh Spiced Cranberry Sauce

When I was a kid, I thought all cranberry sauce came out of a can in one big can-shaped jelly mold.  I thought it tasted OK, but something about it was weird and unnatural.  Then many years later I discovered that cranberry sauce could look like, well, sauce.  And it tasted so...delicious.  After that day, … Continue reading Fresh Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Butternut Squash Mash

If you've ever tried to peel and cut up hard winter squash, you'll appreciate how little effort this recipe requires.  There are so many variations and adjustments you can make to suit your needs.  I listed some ideas below to get you started.  I tried the recipe as both sweet and savory versions, which were … Continue reading Butternut Squash Mash