Category: Recipes

Cosmic Cocktails | Libra | Tip the Scales

Or, rather, don’t–your local Libra wouldn’t like that very much. It’s no surprise that with a set of scales as a symbol, Libra is the Sun sign of balance. Equity. Justice. When you consider that Libra is also our second air sign (the first was Gemini), you will not be surprised that we have another not-to-be-tied […]

Cosmic Cocktails | Virgo | Downtime

Virgos are the worker-bees of the zodiac, they have a need to be constantly busy, constantly doing, and often doing things for others. They are well-suited to the task-master positions of a Personal Assistant (the power behind the power, so to speak) and their perfectionist tendencies make them great managers, though they do have to […]

Mothers Day Recipe: Pork Chops with Roasted Grapes

Treat mom to an amazing meal on Mothers Day. And whatever you do — don’t make her do the dishes. Grapes on their own are a perfect snack but ever thought of roasting them? Once you do, you’ll want to put them in everything!  Like vegetables, grapes caramelize when roasted bringing out their inherent sweetness […]

Almost Mardi Gras, Are You Ready?

I know this week’s highlight is Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Awareness Day for those not coupled-up), and while I’m still deciding what sweet treat to make for Tuesday night, my mind keeps wandering a week forward and thinking Mardi Gras. Which means, of course, that next weekend will be time to start up the dough […]

Written in the Stars

Destiny? Fate? An excuse for every human foible? That, my friends, are just some of the things folks find when they gaze up at the night sky. Me? I have perhaps more than the average interest in astrology but I take it, like most things, with a few grains of salt and a whole lot […]

She Was Afraid to Come Out With the Vodka…

She was afraid to come out with the Vodka She was as nervous as she could be She was afraid to come out with the Vodka She was afraid that somebody would see Two three four tell the people what she bore It was an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Martini That she […]

Paging Professor X to the Cocktail Bar…

Alphabetical series always have a few trouble spots and X is a biggie. I suppose I could have gone for something musical with a xylophone-inspired cocktail, but I opted to go with the other tried-and-true x-answer: x-ray. There’s seldom, if ever, a good reason to go in for an x-ray–it’s almost always for a broken this […]

Dreaming of Summer

Or, well, at least the foods of summer. Especially watermelon. It was all I could think of when I saw that this week’s Alphatini was to be w-inspired and, despite the unseasonableness of the craving it just would not be stopped! Now, true, our summers aren’t exactly the most pleasant and, despite my cold-natured body […]

Slow, Southern Style

I’m sure you’ve heard the edict that proclaims white shoes after Labor Day a fashion sin so large you’ll shame 4 generations back if you break it? Frankly, I think white shoes at any time of the year only forgivable if you’re a bride or a toddler in a pageant dress, but that’s just me […]

Pear-Cranberry Crisp Recipe

This Pear-Cranberry Crisp was the grand finale to our 2011 annual LAFF Gal Pals holiday feast (see the entire menu).  It’s a sweetie, literally.  Everyone loved it.  Don’t forget the cinnamon ice cream.  My favorite! 3 pounds ripe Anjou pears (about 5), peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 c. fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed […]