Archive | September, 2013
Scent of Sicily

Scent of Sicily

Tweet I have a beautiful lemon tree just outside my kitchen door and almost always have a bowl of lemons on the counter. To me, their citrus aroma shouts out freshness.┬áIf that were not enough good fortune, (I am very grateful for this lemon tree) I have two ridiculously large rosemary bushes in the yard. […]

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Limoncello Fresco

Tweet The famous Italian lemon liqueur, Limoncello, is simply lemon zest steeped in vodka for several weeks, then mixed with a simple syrup and aged a little longer. Served icy cold, (Limoncello is kept in the freezer) it’s the perfect after dinner drink on a sweltering summer evening or a refreshing libation on a sunny […]

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Flavored Ice Cubes

Tweet A scorching Arizona summer screams for ice-cold beverages. My favorite beverage happens to be water. I enjoy aqua natural (still water) and aqua frizzante (sparkling water). I’m fortunate to have a whole-house water filter to satisfy my seemingly endless thirst. You might think my beverage of choice is rather boring, but my ice cubes, […]

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Frullato

Tweet Frullati (plural) are smoothies, “Italian-style.” During the summer in Italy, you can get this refreshing, cold and creamy drink in any espresso bar. The barista will skillfully make this blended fruit and milk concoction (similar to a milk shake, only thinner) with fresh fruit, milk and ice. This adult version, adds a splash (okay, […]

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Lemon Capri

Tweet The picturesque Island of Capri, in the Bay of Naples, once a rather secret destination for artists, writers and the rich and famous, sees nearly 10,000 visitors a day during the summer. My suggestion … wait until the fall to visit this enchanting island and make this luscious libation to enjoy now. Limoncello, an […]

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Chocolate Espresso Ice Cubes

Tweet I have been making “ice cubes” to have on hand for our iced coffees. I have made Creamy Milk Cubes, Cappuccini Cubes and “Ice” Coffee. Sometimes I add chocolate to the coffee (chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven). If the whole purpose of making the cubes is convenience for an iced […]

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Sweet Cappuccini Cubes

Tweet During the hot months of summer, a refreshing iced coffee is a welcome drink. Keep these sweet cubes of coffee and sweetened condensed milk, (milk with sugar) in your freezer. Make a strong pot of your favorite coffee and chill in the refrigerator. When you have a thirst for a cold caffeinated beverage, all […]

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Creamy Milk Cubes

Tweet For those who enjoy milk in their iced coffee, these creamy milk cubes work perfectly. Because evaporated milk has had the water removed, your iced coffee will not become diluted as it would with regular ice cubes. Fill a tall glass with fresh brewed chilled coffee, add creamy milk cubes and stir. Add as […]

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“Ice” Coffee

“Ice” Coffee

Tweet One of my favorite times of the day is my mid-afternoon coffee break. It occurs some time after lunch and long before dinner. There are days I am alone and for a few precious prayerful moments, I sit in silence and drink from the cup. I give Him thanks, He fills me up. But, […]

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