Category Archives: Cocktails and Mocktails

Kel’s Old-School Moscow Mule, Perfect for Summer

During our last time in Manhattan, we went to the Russian Tea Room and I was intrigued by what was served in the beautiful, shiny copper mugs. Let’s be honest, even though I bartended for several years, I had never heard … Continue reading

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Party On with Kel’s Prickly Pear Margaritas

This past Christmas while Brad and I were in Phoenix, I started thinking about what kind of margaritas I’d be making this year for Cinco de Mayo. Quite the little planner, aren’t I? Only for important stuff, though. Anyway, what actually happened is I … Continue reading

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Kel’s Homemade Eggnog, White Russian Style

I love this time of year when eggnog finally arrives in the grocery stores, but this year I decided to make my own, after reading all the artificial colorings, flavors, etc. on the side of the carton. Not as convenient … Continue reading

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Kel’s Tart and Tasty Raspberry Lemonade Gelatin Shots

When my sweet niece Mercedes posted a You Tube video of these gelatin shots to my FB page, I knew I had to try them – they were so cute and looked perfect for summer. I mean really, how Martha-Stewart … Continue reading

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Kel’s Berry-Berry Vodka-Inspired Mojito, Perfect for Summer Sipping

If you read my recent Blueberry Bliss blog, here’s how to make my Berry-Berry Infused Vodka as promised, along with a recipe for a great mojito-type cocktail. This is so incredibly refreshing and the mint pairs nicely with the berries. … Continue reading

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Fired Up About Fire in the Triangle

  I had the great fortune to be a media judge this week at the Fire in the Triangle Competition Dining Series quarterfinal battle (lucky, lucky, lucky me!) If you’re not familiar with this Iron Chef-style competition, it is part … Continue reading

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Blueberry Bliss: French Toast Casserole, Berry-Berry Mojitos and More

I was lucky to be invited to my friend Don’s organic blueberry farm the other day. It is not yet open to the public (maybe next year) so I agreed not to mention the location at this time. There were … Continue reading

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Chilled Cantaloupe and Ginger Soup or Cocktail — Your Choice

  Those of you who follow my blog know I love soup, especially chilled ones in the heat of the summer. Here’s a recipe I’ve been working on for a nice and refreshing cantaloupe and ginger soup. The sweetness of … Continue reading

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Marvelous Ways to Make and Serve Macerated Oranges

The first time I made macerated oranges was years and years ago for a small dinner party I threw for some of my colleagues at Duke. I had made my yummy stuffed shells, which is a quite hearty pasta dish, and … Continue reading

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Inspired by Push-Ups: The Adult Version

  “I got bim bam banana pops, dixie cups, all flavors and pushups too.  I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by” ~ Van Halen Last weekend an ice cream truck drove down my street, which is … Continue reading

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