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 …


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 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 …