Drink Up: The Summertime Blues

Feeling blue about the end of summer?  Cheer up, bluebells, there’s still a little time left before Labor Day.  And if that thought doesn’t brighten you up, maybe this little concoction will.  It’s a refreshing mix of Summer’s best, and only requires a few ingredients and some light berry-squishing.  The Summertime Blues makes a good mocktail without the rum as well, in case you’d like to jump into your convertible and take off for the beach before Autumn arrives and ruins all the fun. Read More Drink Up: The Summertime Blues

Rum Diary: A Flight of Daiquiris

For many people, July means fireworks, festivals and farmers’ markets.  For my friend B and I, it means Daiquiri Day.  National Daiquiri Day (it’s real) is July 19, and to help the daiquiri throw off its kitchy, tiki-bar associations, we concocted a trio of fantastic new flavors that harmonize like the Dixie Chicks at a rum-soaked county fair:  Strawberry Basil Balsamic, Watermelon Mint, and Grapefruit. Read More Rum Diary: A Flight of Daiquiris

Chillin: Cold Sesame Soba and Green Beans with Miso Dressing

It’s hot, Persephoneers. And here at the Fuj household, we’re surrendering the grill tongs and heading indoors for some lighter, cooler meals. For us, that means summer noodles and vegetable salads from Japan. Read More Chillin: Cold Sesame Soba and Green Beans with Miso Dressing

Cool Beans: Bean Salads to Unite Us All

Summer isn’t the most fun time for vegans to eat with their non-vegan friends. Cookouts and picnics tend to be all about grilled meats, leaving the vegans to pick at a pickle sandwich while others are piling their plates with hamburgers and mayonnaise-laden sides. In response to Bryn’s brilliant article, I’ve created a couple of bean salads that will please members of both camps and promote herbivore/carnivore unity. I recently tried them on my foolhardy test group of vegans and omnivores, and everyone was holding hands and singing “We Are the World” by dessert. But that might have had something to do with the sangria. Read More Cool Beans: Bean Salads to Unite Us All