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Lemonade, Hard, or Prohibition-Friendly

Laura Moriarty: Cora’s Prohibition-Friendly Lemonade, or Louise’s Hard Lemonade  Add vanilla infused vodka to tangy, sweetened lemon juice in this refreshing recipe for hard (or regular) lemonade THE CHAPERONE Also see Laura Moriarty’s recipe: Fresh Honeydew Melon Salad In the summer of 1922, only a few years before she became a famous actress of the […]

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Frosted Bellinis

Cathy Holton’s LUNCH BY THE POOL: Miss Emmy Lou’s Chicken & Rice Salad and Frosted Bellinis BEACH TRIP  Southerners love to eat. It’s a well-known fact we have some of the highest obesity rates in the country. My Yankee mother-in-law (God rest her soul) once remarked, “Well, that’s because you Southerners fry everything in bacon […]

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Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini Recipe A classic cocktail recipe for a Martini, made with gin or vodka and vermouth and low in calories. THE ADULTS Also see Alison Espach’s recipe: Mom’s Italian Anise Cookies The Adults begins with a party, and so therefore, martinis. Vodka, vodka, vodka, Emily is always saying. The martini as an upper-crust kind of drink, one […]

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Blue Bacardi

Jim Minick’s Blueberry Roll, Blueberry Smoothie and Blue Bacardi  THE BLUEBERRY YEARS One of the pleasures of writing The Blueberry Years was knowing that it would include recipes. This memoir mainly tells the story of Sarah, my wife, and I as we create and operate a blueberry farm. But throughout the book I also try to tell […]

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Mr. K’s Black Russian Cocktail Recipe from STRINGS ATTACHED

Jerry Kupchynsky, the real-life teacher at the heart of Strings Attached, was strictly old school:  A ferocious Ukrainian immigrant and World War II refugee, he was a tyrannical school orchestra conductor in suburban New Jersey.  He would yell and stomp and scream when we screwed up, bellowing “Who eez DEAF in first violins?”  His highest […]

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Guide to Wine and Literature from Author Angela Pneuman

Every writer I know has a day job to support the habit, and I’m lucky enough to write about wine. Not bad for a girl from a dry Kentucky town, right? I moved to Northern California in 1998, answered an ad in the paper, and ended up working for the legendary Robert Mondavi. Back labels, […]

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