when the cookie crumbles…into your alcoholic milkshake

Guys. I am extremely excited for today’s Cocktail U session. Many of you return dutifully week after week (and thank you for that!) to sample from Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box, then enjoy adult beverages that match up with these recipes. This … Continue reading

scone city

We made our first visit to Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box in January 2015 and it floors me that I continue to find recipes worth getting excited about. Besides the first two boxes,we’ve since added two smaller–and most definitely quirky–books.   … Continue reading

gin, bubbly, and WWI? vive la france!

Bounjour mes amis et mercie d’etre ici aujourd’hui. Now that my high school French has been exhausted, I will return to the English language as we embark on yet another session of Cocktail U. To match the French-ness of last … Continue reading

oh crepe

oh crepe

Bonjour and welcome. I wish I could tell you that spring has sprung in Minnesota but alas it has not. Just this past weekend, I watched in horror as two feet of snow fell over 24 hours. Looking through Great-aunt … Continue reading

ham hock soup

ham hock soup

If you celebrated Easter, you may be trying to work through mountains of ham leftovers. This is the situation I find myself in and I wondered if Great-aunt Helen’s recipe boxes could help.I tried looking under H for ham – … Continue reading

boulevardier, shall we?

As much as I love food and drink, it was with some embarrassment that I never knew what to order in a bar. Cocktails and mixed drinks (the same thing? even experts can’t agree) always intrigued, but aside from asking the … Continue reading

the bite of the british snake?

the bite of the british snake?

Despite my promise to return one week later with a drink to accompany Great-aunt Helen’s Chicken Wings, it’s now been two weeks since reporting in. I’ll play the Mom Card and say it’s been another bunch of crazy weeks with … Continue reading

i’ve got wings. from my mom.

Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box sat lonely on my kitchen counter while I once again drowned myself in another summer of school’s out. With kids home full-time, the blogosphere disappears for me. I even wrote about it a few years ago … Continue reading

a spirited frap

Just two weeks ago we enjoyed a pan of Great-aunt Helen’s Toffee Squares. A promise was made to return with a suitable beverage pairing and though having kids out on summer break has derailed me, a promise is a promise … Continue reading

baking bars: toffee-tastic

Anyone else see a river of chocolate, Willy Wonka-style, in this picture? As a child, I toured a local department store’s annual Christmas display with my school. Their elaborate productions changed yearly and in my 6-year-old eyes, they’d outdone themselves … Continue reading

cracking old-school crackers

We’re back to flipping through Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box, but this time we look outside of that box. Turns out there are two smaller recipe books in her collection as well and while they contain fewer recipes than the boxes, … Continue reading

getting our (whiskey) fix

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Last week’s rhubarb pie went over so well that there is none left to enjoy with this week’s cocktail. I’d wanted to make another, but haven’t gotten around to it. So we’ll just imagine a slice of thisas we sip … Continue reading

rhubarb pie, please

Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box has yet again yielded riches. Seasonal riches at that. With rhubarb growing strong in the backyard, my family had been making noises about bringing that rhubarb inside and putting it in a pie. So when I … Continue reading

old-fashioned southern comfort

Cocktail U is once again in session. Thank you for coming to class this week. If you’ll please take your seats, I’ll first pass platters of Great-aunt Helen’s Grits. Our assignment this week was to find a cocktail to accompany … Continue reading