Recipe: West-African Inspired Watermelon Lemonade

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Makes 1.5 quarts Gulp, gulp, slurp. A quart and half of homemade Watermelon Lemonade lasts 13.3 minutes in this house. When served out of half a melon? It's gone quicker than a cat's meow. As the pitcher empties, our bellies swell - Mr. Picky's most of all. He loves the stuff. He's been known to drink an entire cup in one long draw, his eyes grinning over the rim. Today's recipe is inspired by the flavors of Ghana, where heavy watermelons pile up in the markets all summer long. This … [Read more...]

How to homebrew: German Altbier (Beer)

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I know very little about beer. So little, in fact, that I've been known to drink it on ice. While I've been told this is an epic sin, I can't help myself. There's nothing better after a hot, sweaty bike ride in the summer than beer on ice. That being said, I thought our German Global Table was the perfect opportunity to take a stab at homebrewing. This ¬†is my step-by-step eperience making German Altbier. I am using the Brewer's Best kit which can be purchased at High Gravity in Tulsa, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Lover’s Lemon Ginger Tea (Gingembre)

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Makes about 3 cups concentrated juice Want to fall in love vigorously? Ease a nasty stomach bug immediately? Wake up cheerfully? Drink a giant glass of spicy, cold lemon ginger tea. It's like a big punch in the face, but in a good way. This drink is so strong, you'll do the post-whiskey-shot shudder. Our recipe is a concentrated blend - be sure to water it down to taste. Special tip for the flu season - add a splash of hot water to dilute for a great, cleansing drink. Perfect if your … [Read more...]

Recipe: Finnish Blueberry Milk

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Makes about 1 1/2 quarts The Finns are a healthy bunch. Between foraging for berries and milking cows, it is no wonder that they also enjoy slurping blueberry milk - an antioxidant rich powerhouse of a drink. Not to mention - it's blue - an underutilized color in cooking. Pretty cool in my book. This recipe is adapted from The Best of Finnish Cooking. They used half as much milk than I did - which would make a thicker and much bluer mixture. Play around and see what works for … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grapefruit & Avocado Smoothie

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Makes a quart Want a smoothie, but tired of all the "normal" options? Try this Domincan treat - a tantalizing blend of grapefruit juice and creamy avocado. The "ice" green color will have you cooled off in no time. (Thanks to the¬†Facebook Fans who voted in this recipe) Ingredients: 3 avocados 2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice 1/2 cup sugar water (or extra grapefruit juice) for thinning to desired consistency Method: Take yourself to that special place, where the sun is shiny … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mojito

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Makes 1 drink The bold flavor of mint, lime juice, and sugar come together in this classic Cuban drink. If you have time, a simple syrup made of water and sugar cooked together is another possibility for sweetening the drink. Ingredients: 1/8 cup superfine sugar a handful of fresh mint 1/2 lime, juiced 1 shot rum crushed ice Method: Gather your ingredients... Drop a healthy handful of fresh mint leaves into a glass. Add the sugar and mash it together with the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bambus (Celebration Drink)

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Makes 1 serving Bambus is a creative way to help make poor wine pass. Simply sweeten with equal parts cola and wine. This clever technique is popular in Croatia, as well as many neighboring countries. Ingredients: 1 part cola 1 part "cheap" wine Method: Get a bottle of "cheap" wine. I was looking for Two Buck Chuck, but the liquor store I went to apparently doesn't sell booze that "cheap," so I was stuck paying $5 for this Cabernet Sauvignon. The cola was a bit easier to find … [Read more...]

Recipe: Colombian Oatmeal Smoothie (Avena)

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Makes 1 liter of "concentrate" Sweet and thick oatmeal drink can be made ahead for stress-free (and kid-friendly) brunch. Simply thin with extra milk before serving. Ingredients: 1/2 cup oatmeal 4 cups milk (plus extra for thinning drink) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon Method: Heat milk in a large pot. Bring to a simmer... Add oatmeal. I used "3 minute" Irish oatmeal. Season with a big dollop of cinnamon. Smells like autumn joy. Then add sugar - white … [Read more...]