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Caleb’s Margarita

My friend Caleb hails from San Antonio, Texas, and as such he lightly salts his speech with “y’alls” and knows his way around that city’s storied breakfast tacos. Caleb’s a man of varied talents and quirks, many of them nurtured … Continue reading

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Sangria Shrub

I’ve always liked the idea of sangria. It’s festive and pretty and if I’m having a glass, it usually means it’s warm outside and/or there are Spanish nibbles in arm’s reach, all of which I’m very fond. The unfortunate reality? … Continue reading

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Greyhounds

There are two kinds of grey, wintry, rainy days: the ones you embrace (cozy socks, roaring fire, Downton Abbey marathon, big bowl of soup) and the ones you don’t. This recipe is for those days, when you’d rather put on … Continue reading

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Raspberry-Apricot Shrub

Shrubs (from the Arabic word shurb, or “beverage”) and switchels have been around since colonial times in this country, but really took off in the 18th and 19th centuries as a popular temperance beverage spiked with vinegar rather than alcohol. … Continue reading

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Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based British liqueur infused with citrus and spices, was the 19th-century creation of oyster house proprietor James Pimm, who served it in tankards as a health tonic. In the intervening years, Mr. Pimm’s “fruit cups” were … Continue reading

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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

There’s something very 80s about the smoothie. (I’m willing to wager that Jane Fonda knocked back a few of the frosty drinks in her Lycra and legwarmer days.) In my young 80s-saturated mind, every low-fat-crazed Californian got from one place … Continue reading

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Peppermint Cocoa

It’s been a busy, bustling holiday season this year, nearly every hour accounted for (many of those hours spent at parties, though, so I’m certainly not complaining) and to-do lists crammed to the hilt with cheerful pursuits: working, gift-shopping, cooking, baking, mailing, … Continue reading

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Homemade Amaretto (Part Two)

It’s been four weeks since we embarked on this little kitchen project, but I’m happy to report that our amaretto is ready! Exhale that bated breath, uncross those fingers and wonder no more, dearhearts: it is marvelous. The amaretto tastes … Continue reading

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Limonada Fresca

In taquerias around town, almost every shop offers a selection of agua frescas, big glass barrels of refreshing house made fruit juices ready to be doled out by the ladleful.  I’m partial to horchata (a sweet rice-and-cinnamon delight that would … Continue reading

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