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Rompope {cocktail} and ‘Winter Cocktails’ cookbook Giveaway

Winter Cocktails {Quirk Books} |

“The first rompope, a derivation of Spanish ponche de huevo (egg punch), was brewed by seventeenth-century nuns in the Santa Clara convent in Puebla, Mexico. According to legend, Sister Eduviges requested that the nuns be allowed to drink the rompope they were only permitted to make. Legend also has it that there was one secret ingredient in the recipe that Eduviges took with her to the grave.

Rompope is served chilled, often over ice, but it can be served warm, which is how I prefer it when cold weather sets in. Either way, it’s rich, velvety, fragrant, and certainly full of cheer.” – Winter Cocktails {Quirk Books}

The Best Winter Salad and Delicious, Healthy New Year Recipes

The Best Winter Salad |

This simple Winter Salad requires almost no preparation is full of flavor and nutrition. Baby winter greens, red onion, pomegranate seeds and Seckel pear slices in a simple Apple Cider Vinaigrette deliver visual appeal, flavor, texture and great nutrition too!

Fresh Colorado Greens in Winter: Jay Hill Farm and Michael Pollan Giveaway!


Last year about this time when I was in my full locavore challenge mode, I had gone out to dinner at Restaurant 4580 in Boulder.  It had been a few months since I’d seen greens and had been craving a salad for weeks.  I was diligent about only eating what was available locally and seasonally […]

Berries In Winter


A  favorite childhood story of mine  was about my Great Grandmother’s meeting with a young scientist who had visited the Carnegie Institute in Washington D.C.  where my Great Grandfather was the administrator.  Grampy brought him home one day because this young man was brimming with enthusiasm to speak to a ‘real housewife’ about his concept. […]

Read Your Ingredient Labels and Check Your Expiration Dates People!

After all the Halloween mayhem subsided Sunday night, the culling through candy began.  When I was growing up the most menacing issue in my small town was whether someone stuck a razor blade in an apple.  We were free to have our candy and any fruit taken to the local hospital to be x-rayed before […]

Winter Citrus White Sangria

Winter Citrus White Sangria -

Not only is this Winter Citrus While Sangria refreshing but also beautiful to look at. Combining several of winter’s prized fruits infuses sweet and tangy flavors for a perfect winter sipper. If you prefer to not include the fruit in the sangria servings be sure to use them in some other way; they are delicious once infused with the sangria!

To add fizz and sweetness before serving I prefer San Pellegrino’s Aranciata sparkling orange beverage which has a softer flavor, is less sweet and fizzy than many citrus sodas. If not available a similar citrus soda will also do the trick.

Black Pepper Scones with Grapefruit Curd

Black Pepper Scones with Grapefruit Curd. A sweet, tangy, spicy way to start any day! -

Black Pepper scones may sound more action-packed than one would choose for a scone but it’s not the case. These scones are slightly sweet, moist, with the zest of grapefruit setting the flavor. The pepper really stays in the background adding some spice at the end of the bite! Paired with a luscious Grapefruit Curd and you have a unique, seasonal breakfast that will having you coming back for more!

Do note the Grapefruit Curd needs to chill for 8 hours after being cooked so that timing should be factored into your planning.

First Day of Winter Share


I don’t use emoticons.  To me they signal the backward slide of written civilization toward the caveman times where the use of stick drawings was progress.  I mean really who turns their head 90 degrees and smiles as the colon followed by the right parenthesis depict?  HOWEVER were I to use an emoticon (and I […]

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops. Swirl this pop in a cup of hot milk for rich, creamy peppermint hot chocolate. With printable gift labels!

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops are both a fun craft recipe, gift idea and a delicious way to make peppermint hot chocolate from scratch. Mini Dixie cups are filled with melted chocolate, itty bitty marshmallows all on a candy cane stem that when hardened is a stirring stick to turn plain hot milk into a magical winter treat! [Free printable labels|] included!

DIY Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub {all natural homemade gift idea}

DIY Homemade Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub with free Printable labels -

This simple, creamy Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub is destined to become your new favorite and a favorite gift to give! The coconut oil has a moisturizing emollient effect on the skin and smells delicious like a tropical vacation. The essential orange oil adds a fresh lively scent of citrus. The sugar provide a gentle exfoliation without any harsh drying effects and dissolve easily in the tub or shower. Cute printable gift labels add the finishing touch to make this a perfect gift you can create in less than 30 minutes.

Persimmon Winter Bundt Cake with Hard Sauce Glaze

Persimmon Winter Bundt Cake with Hard Sauce Glaze.Warming spices make this seasonal cake recipe perfect for any occasion. Gluten-free or gluten options. -

This bundt cake is full of winter spices and is a wonderful way to use fully ripe persimmons. My pick is ripened Hachiya persissons which give it a light, sweet flavore.

Though this cake is gluten free it was adapted from a gluten cake. For those preferring to use gluten all-purpose flour merely substitute it for the full flour amount (2 1/4 cups) or for the gluten-free all-purpose flour and still add the oat flour.

In my experience gluten-free cakes have the most structural integrity if they are allowed to cool fully. I prefer not to use gums in my baking, being able to tell they have been used in the taste and texture. There are no gums in this cake either so letting the cake fully cool is important.

Warm Cranberry Honey Dressing and Winter Salad

Warm Cranberry Honey Dressing with Winter Salad. A beautiful, creamy option to dress up any winter salad! -

This beautiful pink dressing is full of healthy ingredients and vibrant flavors and blend perfectly in unison. A great option of holiday dinners as well as any night a salad it in order, it will perk up the most ordinary of salads!

Making salad in winter offers the opportunity to combine fruits and vegetables with both visually beautiful and wonderful flavor results. This recipe is for a side salad portion which can be doubled for an entree salad or quadrupled if serving a group not on individual side salad plates (not preparing the side salads but allowing diners to serve themselves).

Kissing Winter Goodbye: Homemade Pear-Infused Brandy


Normally this time of year would be a seasonal cusp, ebbing and flowing between a dwindling winter and promise of summer.  This year however it has been unseasonably warm punctuated by a brief attempt at snow last week.  As winter disappears quickly into our rear view mirror I had the idea to infuse some brandy […]

‘Glasgow Tonic’ or ‘Uncle Wilson’s Hot Toddy’

Glasgow Toddy |

‘Glasgow Tonic’, or ‘Uncle Wilson’s Hot Toddy’, as this beverage is known in our house was born a few years back when a well-loved family friend was visiting from Glasgow Scotland.  I don’t now recall if I had a cold, was getting a cold, wanted something warm (and spiked) to drink or what the circumstances […]

Winter Salad with Hot Cranberry Dressing & Baked Salmon with Curly Kale


As promised I am sharing another favorite, lesser known seasonal cookbook.  If you might be fortunate to hail from the Pacific Northwest you undoubtedly know of Ann Lovejoy.  She’s an accomplished author in the cookbook and gardening genres.  I first came upon Fresh From The Garden Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Kitchen Gardens in a local Boulder bookstore […]

Persimmon Margaritas with Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Persimmon Margaritas with Cinnamon Simple Syrup -

Persimmons give a nod that the cold weather months are upon us. Their sweet flesh has an irresistible color and their flavor is sweet and subtle. These margaritas truly welcome the season with layers of moody flavor from the reposado tequila, homemade cinnamon simple syrup and a touch of alderwood smoked salt on the glass rim. They are unexpected and great for holiday entertaining.

There will be more puree than required for a batch of 2 margaritas however I feel sure you may want a second round once tasting these and can also use the puree for other recipes such as [Persimmon Pudding|]