Berry and Red Wine Sorbet

A wonderful combination of berries and red wine, this easy and elegant sorbet has aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler and strawberry preserves. ¬†So refreshing, it’s the perfect light ending to any holiday meal. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover wine. ūüėČ   Berry and Red Wine Sorbet: *Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Makes: 12 Servings Makes: ¬†6 Cups Prep: 20 minutes Stand: About 1 Hour Freeze: Overnight Ingredients: 1 pound fresh strawberries, chopped 1 pound fresh blackberries 2 cups sugar 1 1/4 cups dry red wine 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt Whipped cream Black pepper (optional) Ground cinnamon (optional) Method: –In a large saucepan combine the first eight ingredients (through the salt). ¬†Cook and stir over medium-high heat until fruit softens and sugar is dissolved. –Remove from heat; let mixture cool to room temperature. ¬†Remove ginger slices; discard. –Working in batches, transfer wine mixture to a blender. ¬†Cover and blend until smooth. ¬†Strain wine mixture to remove seeds. Transfer blended (seed free) mixture to a 13 x 9-inch dish or pan. ¬†Cover and freeze overnight. –When ready to serve, scoop sorbet into wine glasses. ¬†Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with black pepper or cinnamon, if desired. Nutrition Facts: (Red Wine Sorbet) Per serving: 208 kcal, 3 g fat, 8 mg chol., 102 mg sodium, 41 g carb., 3 g fiber, 38 g […]

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Heirloom Recipe: Colonial Queen Cakes

  I found this recipe for tea cakes in a cookbook called¬†Southern Cakes. ¬†It features some of the most delightful and delicious desserts associated with Southern baking: ¬†Everything from sweet potato pound cake to red velvet cake. ¬†Reading this cookbook and admiring the lovely photographs of beautifully baked cakes so reminded me of Grandma Rieley. ¬†My grandma was a wonderful Southern cook, and she loved to bake. ¬†She also appreciated a well-baked cake. ¬†I can still hear her saying what to do or not do for a cake to turn out just right–not too dry, but perfectly moist with good texture. Watching and helping Grandma Rieley bake was one of my fondest memories. ¬†I think she would have approved of these small, elegant tea cakes. According to Southern Cakes, Colonial Queen Cakes were enjoyed in Virginia homes during Colonial times. ¬†Popular long before baking soda and baking powder debuted in the kitchens of the mid-nineteenth century, queen cakes depend on well-beaten eggs to make them rise, just as pound cakes do. ¬†Their texture is dense, closer to a delicate corn bread than to today’s muffins and cupcakes. ¬†This tea time treat is scrumptious and simple to make. ¬†So, go ahead and put on the kettle, they’ll be ready before you know it! Colonial Queen Cakes: This recipe is from¬†Southern Cakes. * Use organic ingredients when possible. Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg […]

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A Summer Fling

I’d like to start with the fact that I don’t normally get emotionally involved or gush over dessert. ¬†Yes. ¬†I enjoy decadent treats in moderation: a piece of Victoria sponge or chocolate cake on occasion. ¬†I don’t, however, just lose¬†my mind over sweet things…….until last week. It started out innocently enough. ¬†My dad is a fine gardener and always has a bounty of vegetables to share with friends and family. ¬†Every summer, he sends my in-laws squash, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, etc. from his garden; and, in an act of reciprocity, my mother-in-law bakes bread or makes a special treat for my parents. ¬†About a week ago, after receiving an installment of vegetables from Dad, my mother-in-law sent my parents fresh berries with a homemade “cream” topping. ¬†Bless her heart, she even sent some for us. Of course, Farmguy and I had no inkling this wasn’t any normal berry and cream combination. ¬†After dinner, we dished out some berries and dollaped the “cream” on top and proceeded to enjoy our desserts. ¬†After one bite, I exclaimed, “Oh my gosh–This. Is. SO.¬†Good!! ¬†It’s not like any cream I’ve ever had! We’ve got to get the recipe from your mother!” ¬†The next day, I called Farmguy’s mom to thank her for this unexpected treat and to get the recipe. ¬†I went on and on about how much we enjoyed it, and how it was the best thing EVER. ¬†The memory is blurry now, […]

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Berry and Red Wine Sorbet

A wonderful combination of berries and red wine, this easy and elegant sorbet has aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler and strawberry preserves. ¬†So refreshing, it’s the perfect light ending to any holiday meal. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover wine. ūüėČ   Berry and Red Wine Sorbet: *Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Makes: 12 Servings Makes: […]

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A Summer Fling

I’d like to start with the fact that I don’t normally get emotionally involved or gush over dessert. ¬†Yes. ¬†I enjoy decadent treats in moderation: a piece of Victoria sponge or chocolate cake on occasion. ¬†I don’t, however, just lose¬†my mind over sweet things…….until last week. It started out innocently enough. ¬†My dad is a fine gardener and always has a bounty of vegetables to share with friends and family. ¬†Every summer, he sends my in-laws squash, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, etc. from his garden; and, in an act of reciprocity, my mother-in-law bakes bread or makes a special treat for my parents. ¬†About a week ago, after receiving an installment of vegetables from Dad, my mother-in-law sent my parents fresh berries with a homemade “cream” topping. ¬†Bless her heart, she even sent some for us. Of course, Farmguy and I had no inkling this wasn’t any normal berry and cream combination. ¬†After dinner, we dished out some berries and dollaped the “cream” on top and proceeded to enjoy our desserts. ¬†After one bite, I exclaimed, “Oh my gosh–This. Is. SO.¬†Good!! ¬†It’s not like any cream I’ve ever had! We’ve got to get the recipe from your mother!” ¬†The next day, I called Farmguy’s mom to thank her for this unexpected treat and to get the recipe. ¬†I went on and on about how much we enjoyed it, and how it was the best thing EVER. ¬†The memory is blurry now, […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Melt With You

  Basilica di San Lorenzo Chapel of the Princes Florence, Italy   It’s summertime, and the living is….well, HOT! ¬†Hot enough to melt! The temperatures have been soaring into the 90 degree F. range not only in the Southern United States but in many other places as well. ¬†So, the idea (or at least the memory) of something cold and […]

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A Summer Fling

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I’d like to start with the fact that I don’t normally get emotionally involved or gush over dessert. ¬†Yes. ¬†I enjoy decadent treats in moderation: a piece of Victoria sponge or chocolate cake on occasion. ¬†I don’t, however, just lose¬†my mind over sweet things…….until last week. It started out innocently enough. ¬†My dad is…

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Tuesday Tunes: Life’s a Bowl of Cherries….Not Really, But That’s Okay.

Life isn’t perfect. ¬†It’s not supposed to be. ¬†It’s supposed to be REAL: ¬†a messy “learning lab” of experiences, mistakes, and practicing our ability to reflect on all of it—hopefully cultivating a positive outlook. ¬†An outlook that creates a meaningful, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind life. ¬†A life we can share by loving and uplifting others…..and, ultimately, ourselves. So, here’s the thing: […]

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A Summer Fling

I’d like to start with the fact that I don’t normally get emotionally involved or gush over dessert. ¬†Yes. ¬†I enjoy decadent treats in moderation: a piece of Victoria sponge or chocolate cake on occasion. ¬†I don’t, however, just lose¬†my mind over sweet things…….until last week. It started out innocently enough. ¬†My dad is a fine gardener and always has […]

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