Category Archives: Beverage Recipes

Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2014 and a Blueberry Old Fashioned Celebrating Elixir

Asheville, North Carolina has become a weekend getaway destination for foodies far and near, year-round. The mere mention of Asheville will easily become a food-centric conversation.  The 2014 Asheville Wine and Food Festival is proof of that as the culmination … Continue reading

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Vitamix Recipe: Vitamin C Smoothie and Tips for Treating Fever

Vitamin C in the Vitamix! It doesn’t get much sweeter or prettier than bright orange to lift the mood, bring energy and help fight off a bad cold. I found myself nursing fevers and colds for five days in a … Continue reading

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Vitamix Recipe: Cold Fighting Smoothie for Sick Kids with Blueberry, Orange and Kale

My Vitamix is truly a workhorse and a natural doctor in the kitchen. Just look at the color of this cold fighting smoothie which has blueberries, oranges, kale, apples, carrots, and even a little bit of red beet (for color). … Continue reading

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Vitamix Give Away and My Most Popular Vitamix Recipes

This Giveaway is now Over. This Vitamix Give Away is the biggest give away I’ve been involved in and something you don’t want to miss out on. I know I’ve told the story of the day I received a Vitamix … Continue reading

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Green Kombucha Smoothie

Green Kombucha Smoothie made with spinach, avocado, apple, and mango is surprisingly good and super healthy. I feel good bringing you smoothie recipes because I have smoothie testers. Picky eaters who don’t eat many vegetables, but love their green smoothies. … Continue reading

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Mini Root Beer Floats with an Adult Root Beer Float Option

The soda fountain theme continues with mini root beer floats that were just too cute for words. It was a birthday party and I wanted cute, because I knew a lot of kids would be there, but at the same … Continue reading

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Best Bloody Mary with Pickled Asparagus, Recipe from a Bartender

What makes a Bloody Mary best? They need to taste like food and jump a little. I got this recipe from a very sharp bartender who knew how to balance the briny,  salty, spicy elements with just enough citrus  to pull it … Continue reading

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Red Beet Vitamix Smoothie Recipe and 10 Benefits of Beets

My grandfather always used to say in his Italian accent, “eata  youra beets, they are a good for youra blood.” He always told me that carrots were good for my eyes and beets were good for my blood.  He was … Continue reading

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Two Green Smoothie Recipes using Kale and Spinach

Editor’s Note: This link was featured in Huffington Post for National Kale Day. I am loving my Vitamix to make green smoothies.  I am back to my healthy self again, which means all out exercise. It took me about three … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail Remembers

Often times, a cocktail will illicit a memory. Manhattans take me back to my hopeful college days, where I worked as a waitress, catering to a sophisticated retro crowd that also ordered stingers and gimlets.  Martinis take me back  to … Continue reading

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Blackberry Sangria

My blackberry story continues. I can never do anything just a little bit. As I mentioned in this post featuring blackberry glazed watermelon, I have a lot of blackberries in my freezer. And, my obsessive compulsive gene has kicked in. … Continue reading

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Watermelon Sorbet and Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

It’s almost 100 degrees and company is coming. Dessert will not come from an oven. But, I know watermelon is welcome and I’m sharing two recipes with you. You cannot fail with watermelon in the hot summer. It’s the fruit … Continue reading

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Agavero, a Sipping Tequila for Erina

This is a toast to my friend Erin, whom I sadly left back in California when I moved to Nashville. She is of Scottish descent and she avidly supports her heritage, as kilts hang in her closet, and her son … Continue reading

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Sgroppino-Venetian Cocktail with Lemon, Strawberries, Prosecco

Today we visit Venice once again as we drink our way through a dessert accompaniment with  prosecco, a venetian sparkling wine made slushy with very lemony ice cream, and sweet strawberry puree. Prosecco is light, bubbly, fruity, wine not to … Continue reading

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