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Pink Pancakes

Add a little love to your breakfast by blending a little beet juice into your pancake batter. Perfect for Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day.


Blood Orange & Grapefruit Superstar

One of my favorite cocktails—back when I could actually drink one and NOT be up until the wee hours of a the morning as a result—was the greyhound. Second only to a strong margarita on the rocks (with salt!), the pairing of grapefruit juice and gin was pure happy to me. So simple! SO GOOD. So, the grapefruit in this drink is a nod to that old “friend,” the blood orange is me taking advantage of my obsession this month with that beautiful citrus, and the starfruit garnish makes it a strong contender for any Oscar party at the end of February. A nominee for best drink at an Oscar party, if you will. Hope you like this one—and please, add a shot of gin for me! M Blood Orange-Grapefruit Superstar Ready in: 10 min  Yields: 6 drinks Ingredients: 4 pink grapefruit 4 blood oranges 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 starfruit Mixer of your choice Juice to mixer ratios: Champagne (1:1) Soda water  (2:1) Ginger beer or ale (3:1) Gin (your call!) Directions: Juice grapefruit …

Cranberry Cheer

Another mocktail for you—with some sugared holiday cheer! As always, I’d put money on the possibility that these things would be great with a shot of vodka…or perhaps gin on this one?? You’ll let me know? These have just the right amount of cranberry tang, and they look pretty stunning with those sugared cranberry garnish—those little guys are quite tasty, too. Enjoy! M Ingredients: 2 cups cranberries 2 cups sugar, divided 9 cups club soda or sparkling water Toothpicks or cocktail garnish spears (is that what you call those things??) Directions: Bring 1-1/2 cups of water and 1-1/2 cups of sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Pour in cranberries, then remove from heat. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. To make sugared cranberries for garnishing: Using a slotted spoon, scoop out 3/4 to 1 cup of cranberries and place them on a cookie cooling rack with parchment paper below. Space them out so that they don’t dry clumped together. Let sit for 1 hour. Pour remaining 1/2 cup …

Cranberry Tart or Crumble

This is the first time I’ve ever baked with cranberries, and it will not be the last. I’ve been a little sensitive to overly sweet things in the past couple years (headache city!), so I loved the tartness of the cranberries mixed with just a little sweet from some brown sugar. You can make this dessert two ways—as a tart, or as a crumble. It just depends on what you’re after. The nice thing about the tart is that it shows off the cranberries, and the nice thing about the crumble is that it keeps the crust/crumble in better shape. It was super delicious both ways, so you really can’t go wrong. I recommend serving this dessert with ice cream (or a non-dairy version; I really like Almond Dream)—it perfectly balances out the sweet and tartness. You can also use a dollop of sweetened cashew cream. Hope you like this one—more cranberry baked goods to come between now and January! M Cranberry Tart or Crumble Serves 8 to 10 Prep time: 20 min | Bake …