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Posted on Jan 5, 2014 | 4 comments

Winter Cocktail: Tom and Ruby

Winter Cocktail: Tom and Ruby

This drink is named after my stepmother. Let me explain. Pay attention, as this will not be so easy to follow after you’ve had a Tom and Ruby. My brother’s mother was my father’s first wife. My mother was my father’s second wife. Ruby is my father’s final wife. A sparkling gem of a woman, she vibrates calm, warm energy. Much like this drink that she introduced me to this Christmas. The original drink, a Tom and Jerry, was created in the 1850s and involved separating a raw egg and processing the two parts independently. This simple version requires you do nothing more strenuous than open a carton of eggnog. This can be a good thing after a long day returning Christmas presents while driving through snow. (Uphill, both ways). I don’t get a lot of snow around here, but a warm, cozy drink is always a welcome treat. Just like Ruby! Tom and Ruby   Print Cook time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   Warming, aromatic, soothing...

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Posted on Aug 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Chiaritas (Chia Limeade Margaritas)

Chiaritas (Chia Limeade Margaritas)

Chef Marcela Valladolid is my new best friend. Okay, technically, I have not actually met her. But she’s got that whole Fabulous thing down. And she makes food I want to eat. Well, she makes Mexican food which, I guess, pretty much everybody wants to eat. But the way she does it, I want to cook it too. Then, I want to invite all my Mexican in-laws over to my beautiful house to share my authentic food prepared on my gorgeous grill with a stunning view of the San Diego coastline behind me…oh wait, that’s her. Well, no matter. Once we meet and become BFFs, I’m sure she’ll let me come over and cook at her house. Cute Banker’s family is of Mexican descent, and I thirty minutes from the border, which is the same thing. At least, when it comes to my affection for Mexican food. I was cooking tortillas over the open flame on our stove before I could even say Valladolid. (I can really roll right...

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