Jelly Belly Cocktails

Halfway between the family farm and Napa Valley lies the town of Fairfield, home of Jelly Belly.  We made the stop on our most recent journey and was quickly reminded of the Cocktail line that I hadn’t tasted in awhile. You can buy bags already mixed, or make your own of all the favors:  Pina Colada, Mojito, Strawberry Daquiri, Margarita, Peach Bellini, Pomegranate Cosmo… There’s … Continue reading Jelly Belly Cocktails

Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub

We received some concord grapes in our produce box, and after eating a few they started to languish in the fridge.  Not wanting them to go to waste, I remembered my friend NC making a grape shrub last year, so I quickly searched the internet for a recipe and got to work. I used this recipe from Food 52:  https://food52.com/recipes/19334-concord-grape-balsamic-shrub 3 1/2 cups Concord grapes … Continue reading Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub

Olympics = Caipirinhas

Each Olympics I host an Opening Ceremony party, with the theme being whatever country is hosting.  With the fiesta kicking off in Rio this year, I grabbed a bottle of cachaça to mix up their national drink for the big night. Caipirinhas are pretty easy to make – you just need the chacaca, sugar, limes and ice. Muddle 4 lime wedges and 2 teaspoons sugar … Continue reading Olympics = Caipirinhas

Kumquatcello continued…

After letting my kumquats sit for about 35 days, I strained them yesterday to finish off my kumquatcello. First, I strained the kumquats through a fine sieve into a large bowl. And while they continued draining, I made some simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio (aka, 1 cup water per 1 cup sugar). Next, I assembled my jars and added the strained kumquat liquid into … Continue reading Kumquatcello continued…