Golden Chicken, Corn & Orzo Soup

Serves 6 1 T. olive oil 2 large ribs celery, finely diced 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 pinch saffron threads 1/2 t. dried thyme 2 qt. homemade or low-salt chicken broth 2 c. finely diced or shredded cooked chicken (I used a supermarket rotisserie chicken) ½ c. orzo 1 c. frozen corn ¼ c. […]

Caramelized Onion and Portabello Mushroom Soup with Goat Cheese Croutons

3 T. butter 3 cloves, garlic minced 1 ½ lbs. onions, halved, thinly sliced 8 c. vegetable stock 4 sprigs thyme 1 c. dry white wine 1 ½ lbs. Portabello mushrooms, halved 18 slices baguette, 1” thick 3 T. cognac or brandy 8 oz. goat cheese, room temp Melt 1 T. butter in heavy large […]

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Bacon

Serves 6 to 7 8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4″ strips 2 ½ lb. butternut squash (about 1 medium), peeled, seeded, and cut into ½” dice (about 6 cups) 1 small Granny Smith or other tart-sweet apple, peeled, cored, and cut into ½” dice (about 1 cup) 1 ½ T. finely chopped fresh sage […]

Mark and Tony’s Peach Jalapeno Martinis

Love the slow burn! 4 oz peach vodka 2 oz white cranberry juice 1 oz Triple Sec Juice of one lime 1 tsp. sugar one jalapeno   Add ice to shaker and two slices of jalapeno (take out the seeds). Muddle the ice and jalapeno a bit – not too much as it will make […]

Sylvia’s Champagne Cocktail

Pretty and packs a punch! 1 1/4 cup southern comfort ¼ cup sweet vermouth ¼ – ½ cup grenadine 5 cup chilled sparkling wine Chill first three ingredients 2-6 hours. Into flutes, top with sparkling wine. (For each bottle of champagne, I think I got about 8 servings) Sylvia Valdez

Pomegranate Mojito

Muddle 2 T. raw sugar, T. fresh lime juice, and 12 mint leaves in tall glass. Mix in 6 T. white rum and 1/4 c. pomegranate juice. Fill glass with ice. Top with splash of soda water. Trisha (who has never been to the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, but who likes this drink […]

Orange Drop Martini

2 oz. vanilla vodka (Grey Goose) 3/4 oz. orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier, Harlequin, or Triple Sec Fresh squeezed orange juice Shake over ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Heaven!

Sylvia’s Rose’ Sangria

1 bottle rose wine 1/4 c. brandy 1/4 c. triple sec 1 c. fresh orange juice 1/4 c. simple syrup, or more to taste orange slices, lemon slices, lime slices, blackberries Combine all ingredients ina large pitcher, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. If you do not serve […]

Pomegranate Cosmo

2 cups (16 ounces) good vodka (recommended: Stolichnaya or Finlandia) 1 cup (8 ounces) orange liqueur (recommended: Cointreau) 1 cup (8 ounces) pomegranate juice (recommended: Pom Wonderful) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes) Lime peel strips, to garnish Combine the vodka, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lime juice in a pitcher and refrigerate […]

Tangerine Mimosas

0 servings 1 750-ml bottle chilled dry Champagne 5 T. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur 2 1/2 c. fresh tangerine juice Tangerine peel twists (optional) Divide Champagne among 10 Champagne glasses. Add 1 1/2 t. liqueur, then 1/4 tangerine juice to each glass. Garnish with tangerine peel. Trisha