Beverages, Recipes

Accidental Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Cocktail

Accidental Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

The other day while making strawberry rhubarb jam, I had a bit of a problem. A good problem. My strawberries were just too juicy. I’ve been using the same recipe for 3 years now, adapted from Preserving Summer’s Bounty. First macerate the strawberries in honey overnight. Then, mix together strawberries and juices, extra honey, lemon juice and rhubarb. Cook that down and you have jam, right? In this case, very wrong. At the stage that I should have almost reached the jellying stage, I was instead left with somewhat of a strawberry soup. A deep, rich red broth with the occasional strawberry or hunk of rhubarb bobbing up and down.

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Local Luck of the Irish

Irish Boozy hiding in a Mason Jar
Irish Booze Hidden in a Mason Jar

I’m not Irish, not in the littlest bit. A pure bred Polish girl is what you’re looking at. But when my mom remarried over a decade ago, she chose an Irishman, with roots from Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast. I met his family for 5 minutes when they came for the wedding in 2001. When I really met them for first time we went to Ireland in 2002 and spent barely a week with them, but they welcomed me like I had always been part of the family. Two years later when my friend and I backpacked across Europe, my stepfather’s parents welcomed us into their home and insisted on taking us to visit every tourist location and castle within a 50 mile radius. I swear his mom, then in her 70s had more spunk and energy than we did at 21. We weren’t allowed to sleep in or lounge around–there was always something to see and do. His niece, my cousin in law, took us out on the town in Belfast and introduced us to Spuds (loaded baked potatoes–the Irish solution to our late night post bar diner food). So while I have no actual Irish blood in me, I think a bit has rubbed off.

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas Recipes: Eggnog or Eggnot?

Photo from MarthaStewart.com
Photo from MarthaStewart.com

I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater. I’m willing to try most things and enjoy them equally. But for whatever reason, I can’t get behind eggnog. I don’t think it’s the raw egg part. Who knows what’s really in that supermarket eggnog, but the real stuff, in case you hadn’t guessed,  has egg whites. I can deal with that. I eat home made mayo and make Caesar dressing. I really can’t pin the exact reason, there’s just something about the stuff that creeps me out.

Whether I like it or not, eggnog is pretty synonymous with Christmas. Almost as much as Christmas cookies are. I’d like to say cookies are what children think of and eggnog is the more adult version, but I know PLENTY of adults who’d rather go for the plate of cookies rather than a glass of eggnog. You know who you are…

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On the First Day of Christmas Recipes: Let’s Have a Cocktail

HolidayCocktail
Photo from Marie Claire

Last week I promised you Twelve Days of Christmas Recipes. And damn it, I don’t go back on my word! But sometimes I have these wonderful ideas and then when I try to execute them, I realize how big I dream. I’m not going to give you a Partridge and Pear recipe. Given, this is probably the easiest day to follow the song. I don’t really know how I would give you a recipe for Twelve Drummers or Eleven Pipers unless we just stuck with butter cookies cut into shapes. So instead, I’m going to share with you the twelve types of things I think are essential for a perfect Christmas, finishing off with my ideal Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. How does that sound? All on the same page here? Good.

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A Perfect Holiday Gift to Give (or Keep for Yourself)

Well, there’s not much left to can this time of year. Or I guess the bigger problem is I’m running out of room for everything! There’s only so much a Brooklyn apartment can store (and a Brooklyn couple can eat!). But I can’t completely give up preserving! Instead, I’ve moved from jars to bottles…

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