Corona Beans with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary

The mammoth Corona Bean is a splendid legume.  Smooth, white and impressively big dried beans cook up fat and pale beige after a soak and simmer.  I love these mighty beans as a cocktail nibble.  Perfect with a Negroni or glass of wine. Corona Beans with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary Corona Beans, dry single dry…

Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Bay Lime Cooler

Here’s a refreshing summer cocktail that uses my Bay Leaf Liqueur.  It’s a balanced sweet/tart flavor, fabulously aromatic with bay and lime mint over a base of gin. I love growing scents in my garden — and lime mint is unique, in that it doesn’t smell minty.  Instead it’s more green, limey and herbal.  You…

Bay Leaf Liqueur

Many years ago I planted a tiny sweet bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) in my garden*.  It has flourished, and produces an abundance of dark green leaves. I love experimenting with flavors in my cooking and cocktails, and decided to do something bold with my bay leaves.  The result is Bay Leaf Liqueur — an elixor…

Rose Drop

My beautiful Gertrude Jekyll rose is about to bloom — time for a Rose Drop.  This recipe was recently featured in the May 2017 Sunset magazine.  Enjoy! For me, the garden is a place of deep inspiration for my cooking.  I have a beautiful rose bush* — right now in full bloom with deep pink,…

Yellow Watermelon Rum Slushie

Summer Happy Hour alert:  combine frozen yellow watermelon, fresh squeezed lime juice, thai basil, and white rum.  This delicious frozen cocktail was a hit at my house this week. Three fragrant ingredients combine to produce a sophisticated and interesting cocktail:  watermelon, orange blossom water, and thai basil.  I love the beautiful color of yellow watermelon,…