A Really Good Mojito

Tony is King of Mojitos . . . but he’s still keeping his recipe top secret. So, when I’m not able to enjoy sun and Tony’s mojitos on their Sonoma courtyard, I use this recipe. INGREDIENTS: 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves Juice of 1 lime 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup, or 2 to 3 […]

Lemon Drop Cocktail

2 servings 2 lemon wedges sugar ice cubes 1/2 c. lemon-flavored vodka 1/2 c. Cointreau or other orange liqueur 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 2 T. lemon-lime soda 1 T. sweet and sour mix Put lemon wedge onto rim of 1 martini glass; rotate glass to rim with lemon juice. Repeat with second lemon wedge […]

White Wine Spritzer

Fill a LARGE goblet or snifter with ice, all the way to the top. Take 3 generous lemon twists, twist them up really well, then run them around the rim and inside top of the glass and slip them in among the ice cubes. Pour in enough white wine to come halfway up the ice, […]

Strawberry Mojito

(Shake this drink before adding the carbonated soda water, to avoid making a mess.) 2 tablespoons simple syrup 6 strawberries, hulled 10 mint leaves Soda water Juice of 1 lime 2 jiggers (3 ounces or 6 tablespoons) rum Lime sugar (see note) Strawberries and mint, for garnish Combine simple syrup, strawberries, mint leaves in a […]

Strawberry Sangria

1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine 1 pound fresh strawberries (about 2 pints), hulled and sliced 1 cup fresh apple juice 1/3 cup Triple Sec liqueur 1/4 cup sugar (more or less depending upon the ripeness of the berries) 2 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches) Combine all the ingredients in a large […]

Strawberry Prosecco Lemonade

2 fresh, ripe strawberries 1 large spring fresh basil or mint ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. Bonny Doon Framboise 3 oz. Prosecco, chilled Splash of sparkling water In a 10 oz. highball glass, muddle the strawberries, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup. Fill the glass three-quarters full with […]

Root Vegetable Gratin

I saw this recipe in GQ, and decided to make this for a progressive dinner I went to in November.  It is so delicious with vegetables that aren’t used very often.  I added one yukon gold potato to the selection.  There wasn’t a scrap remaining in the dish after the entree was  served! SERVES 6 Prep time: […]

Lemon-Sherry Vinaigrette

Yields about 2/3 cup 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil 3 T. roasted tomato oil  (see recipe for Slow Roasted Summer Tomatoes in Vegetables section) 2 T. sherry vinegar Finely grated zest of 1 small lemon (about 1 t.) 1/4 t. Dijon mustard 1/4 t. kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper (about 6 grinds) Large pinch […]

Potato Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Makes 6 to 8 servings 2 lbs. baby red potatoes (about 2 dozen) 3 T. red wine vinegar, plus more for sprinkling 1/2 t. kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling 1/3 t. freshly ground pepper, plus more for sprinkling 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil 1 bunch chives, trimmed and minced 6 to 8 c. crinkly […]

Peppercorn Parmesan Dressing

2 cups good-quality mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup very finely diced shallots 1/4 cup sour cream 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic 1 tablespoon ground […]