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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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