Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I’d forgotten about hot chocolate until recently. As a kid, my mom would make it sometimes by just stirring leftover chocolate frosting into hot milk. Or sometimes we’d just have Swiss Miss (the sugar-free variety after my dad was diagnosed with diabetes). I thought about that again when I was thinking of edible gift ideas. […]


Paloma Cocktail Video – scroll down for recipe If you’ve seen any of the cooking videos I’ve made with Carlos — enchiladas, pollo al carbon, carne asada, choripanes, ponche navideño — you’ve seen us drinking Palomas. Palomas aren’t a new cocktail by any means, but they do seem to have recently been discovered by bartenders […]

Best Smoothie Recipes – The Ultimate Guide

Smoothies are great way to ingest all the food groups that your diet is lacking in one big gulp. Dairy group, vegetable group, fruit group, protein group, fat group, even whole grains — any and all can be crammed into a smoothie to make your body (and your cardiologist) happier. I must point out the distinction […]

Super Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina is a blue-green algae (though that is a misnomer for cyanobacteria — a photosynthesizing bacteria) that can be found in healthy places like the ocean and Whole Foods. In dry, powdered form, it’s a deep, rich forest green and reminds me of a high-quality dry tempera paint. Once blended into a green spirulina smoothie, […]

Cherry Lemonade Recipe

I’ve always loved the concept of pink lemonade, though I don’t love the concept of artificially colored food and drink (except when it comes to Skittles and Starburst and Jelly Belly — then I am powerless over their bright and joyful colors!). And like any other red-blooded American I also love Sonic cherry limeade. But […]

Berry Banana Oat Smoothie

Since hitting the halfway point of pregnancy, a smoothie before “real breakfast” has turned out to be the easiest way (for me) to ensure I’m getting the extra 300 nutrient-dense calories I need per day to nourish the Ravenous Fetus. Not that I really count the calories in my pre-breakfast smoothies, but I’m guessing they work […]

Orange Spice Coffee Cocktail

Orange Spice Coffee Cocktail! 2 Shots 1 Take with Skyy John, the Tipsy Bartender! We shot this back in November, 2013 and then promptly lost the footage somewhere amongst our myriad hard drives, SD cards, secret safety deposit boxes and Swiss bank accounts. But now it has been FOUND! Skyy and I make my warming […]

Bubblegum Cocktail!

Bubblegum Cocktail Video! scroll down for recipe The newest in the 2 Shots, 1 Take video series, we shot this a few months ago (before my nervous breakdown, haha. I kid. Sort of.) in Los Angeles. The sparkling and hilarious Reb from Pancake Manor shared her creation: the Bubblegum Cocktail. If you haven’t seen Pancake […]

Ponche Navideño – Mexican Christmas Punch

Part four in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Mexico, focus on: PONCHE NAVIDEñO! Big thank you to our friend Carlos for joining me on the show again to share his ponche recipe! ¡Feliz Navidad, y’all! Ponche Navideño is a hot punch made from fresh and dried fruits, with the option of adding […]