Blackberry Liquorice Cocktail or Mocktail

I’m surrounded by so many ripe blackberries that I’m needing to get creative with how I use them since a girl can only eat so many baked goods and drink so many smoothies (although I don’t think I’ll ever tire of eating them right off the vine)! Long, hot summer evenings are perfect for plopping down on the porch with a good sewing book in one hand (don’t you read books on tailoring for fun?) and a cocktail in the other. I’ve been experimenting with cocktails and mocktails that I can make out of blackberries using only ingredients in my poorly stocked cupboard (most everything is in storage right now). I came up with this fun little drink that I wanted to share! Ingredients: Handful of blackberries Honey or simple syrup Absinthe and vodka (for a cocktail) Licorice or anise tea (for a mocktail) Soda water Ice Directions: Put a handful of blackberries in …

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Easy Meyer Lemon Marmalade with Lavender

A co-worker gave me a giant bag of meyer lemons from a tree in his yard. When life gives me lemons, I make marmalade! I’ve adapted the recipe, just barely, from an About.com recipe. Making marmalade is really quite simple and doesn’t have to be done in giant batches. I’ve included instructions for a large and a small batch, for canned or straight-to-fridge, and for adding lavender or other flavors.

My Mild Miso All-Purpose Salad Dressing

I love me some salad and I really love me some salad full of random toppings. I like to keep a couple of salad dressings in the fridge that have mild yet interesting flavors to complement whatever I throw into the salad bowl. This is my recipe for a miso salad dressing that has a mild asian flavor. Surprisingly, the flavor is delicate enough that it also pairs nicely with non-asian flavors. This is a spinach salad with avocado, cranberries, yellow carrots, and feta onto which I put this dressing. And it was quite tasty. Seriously! Mild Miso Salad Dressing 3 Tbs    Mirin (Japanese rice wine) 3 Tbs    Olive oil 1/4 C    Rice vinegar 1Tbs     Brown sugar 1/4 C    Water 2 Tbs    Soy Sauce 1 Tbs    Honey 1 Tbs    Miso 1 tsp     Salt 1 tsp     Ginger paste Gather all of your ingredients. Pre-crushed ginger is convenient, but you can …