Homemade Ginger Ale

August 26, 2013
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I’m not much of a soda person (I am from the northeast, it’s called soda).  I personally haven’t purchased a cola type soda in well over a decade.  Typically, at home, if I want something soda-like, I’ll pour some juice in a glass and dilute it with sparkling water et voilà, “soda” – it doesn’t […]


Hot Chocolate

January 25, 2013
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I had a post all ready in my mind for the past couple weeks on this quinoa salad I made, our relationship with quinoa, and the effects of its globalization.  It’s a complex issue especially for us gluten free folk who often laud quinoa as the “miracle ‘grain’” for its nutritive value and just the […]


Bonnes Fêtes!

December 29, 2012
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  I hope everyone had a very merry holiday, filled with fantastic glorious food to eat!  We spent ours in a cozy chalet high in the Swiss Alps, remote and cut off from the world (not even cell signal or internet) – a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of our daily […]


Summer Ginger Apricot Wine Coolers

July 14, 2011
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I never knew what all the hype was about fresh apricots until I moved to Switzerland. My grandmother used to talk about apricots that she would eat when she was growing up in California, and I never quite understood her fascination with them because well, New England (where I grew up) just isn’t known for […]


Refreshing Summer Drinks: Coconut Iced Tea & Coffee

July 21, 2010

I don’t have much experience with Swiss Summers, but this Summer has been hot!  The past few weeks have regularly reached 30C (86F) and higher, and this particular spoiled American has been used to the luxury of central air for too many years.  That, along with being one who thrives in cold climates, makes these […]


Champagne and Creme de Cassis Aperitifs

February 6, 2010

Aperitifs seem to be pretty popular here, and almost every time I have gone out to eat, we socialize and drink from the cocktail menu before ever thinking about ordering food.  It’s a type of restauranting that is very different from what I am accustomed to in the States.  For one, I have yet to […]