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    A couple of weeks ago I posted about how we went grape picking and the numerous jars of jelly my wife made with them. I also mentioned that we had plenty of leftover grapes for pie making and for me to experiment with. For awhile now, I have had a renewed interest in making shrub, a classic...
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    Well, it looks like Summer has finally hit Wisconsin, at least I hope it has. The weekend was warm and the last few days have been in the upper 70's. And while I like all the seasons, it has been a long, cold, wet Spring and I'm ready for some warmer weather. In anticipation of the warmer...
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    The last couple of weeks, here in Wisconsin, have been unseasonably warm. We hope for days in the 70's in May, though often it only gets into the 60's, but the last week or two has seen temperatures in the upper 80's and even lower 90's. Looking for ways to cool off I decided to make a few...
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    I wished that I lived in an era and society where we valued hot cocktails more than we do, nowadays. Of course, that wasn't always the case. For the better part of human history, warm, alcoholic beverages were a symbol of hospitality, at least in the cold, northern climes. The holiday season...
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    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Spices, cranberries, and lemon zest infused vodka. Served over rocks or as part of a cocktail. Spiced Cranberry and Lemon Vodka Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe I cup fresh cranberries 1/4 cup sugar 2 tbs sugar 2 pieces star anise 5 cloves 4...
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    For many people, maybe even most people, Christmas is a time of tradition. We gingerly pull out Christmas decorations that have been handed down from generation to generation. We bake the same cookies our mothers used to bake for us. We listen to the same recordings of Christmas songs that we...
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    America has come a long way since the days of jug wine, cheap, tasteless beer, and sweet sparkling "champagne." I can remember, from my own childhood, holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas usually meant that the adults drank Cold Duck and Asti Spumante. For those of you too young to...
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