• Sweets
  • Cherry, Blueberry, Ginger & Basil Crostata

    I have cherry juice dripping down my arms and my fingertips are stained red. There is homemade pastry dough chilling in the fridge. I’m chanting an encouraging mantra under my breath. You can do this. You’re going to do this. What have I gotten myself into? I checked and rechecked Ina’s recipe for her Apple […]

  • Drinks
  • Hibiscus Berry & Mint Iced Tea Cocktails

    It’s Friday friends and it’s warm and overcast here in Cincinnati. Which I actually prefer–give me a summer rainstorm and I’d be in heaven. No matter where you are or how hot or cold it is, fear not, I’ve got us all covered! Is there a better way to cool off on a hot (currently humid) summer […]

  • Drinks
  • Basil Nectarine Whiskey Smash(ed)

    This drink is not kidding. It’s bold. It’s strong. It was needed at the end of this week. It was also simple—if you have some good quality whiskey, you’re almost there. Traditionally a whiskey smash is mint, lemon, and sugar muddled to death—followed by whiskey and ice. As usual I went a different route with […]

  • Drinks
  • Loquat Mule

    The loquat, an intriguing specimen of a fruit. Small, fuzzy, full of glossy dark seeds. They take a bit of work to consume. Rinse very well, remove the skin (if you want to), remove the seeds, and the reward is sweet. To me it’s a delightful fusion of a peach and some citrusy notes. Very […]

  • Drinks
  • Peach & Basil, Vanilla Vodka Mojitos

    As the heat from The Valley begins to rise and intrude upon my senses, I find myself craving languid afternoons punctuated by boozy beverages. The heat inspires indolence and indulgence. I move towards that which is effortless, in attempts to stay cool and conserve energy. The heat is my nemesis. Though, I’ll allow that as […]