Category Archives: Drinks

National Rum Day

I’ll always say that vanilla is my very favorite flavor, but lately I find myself reaching for Baileys, Kahlua, rum or other liqueur as flavoring when I bake. Recently, for instance, I splashed some into my coconut macaroons, the filling of my strawberry tart and soaked many, many raspberries in it. I have plans for other spiked treats – but then I always have a long ... Read More »

Are “smart” waters smarter?

In the summer, with heat and humidity levels rising, I tend to drink a lot more water than I do during other times of the year when I’m outside and active. During strenuous activity - say, hiking in the mountains – electrolyte supplements (usually powders that you can mix into water) can be even more helpful than plain water to replenish some of the nutrients that ... Read More »

Risks of a liquid lunch

At Purdue University, researchers have been studying the effect that a liquid lunch has on our everyday diets. And no, they’re not talking about that kind of liquid lunch. In this case, they’re talking about drinking a significant number of calories in a liquid form on top of eating solid foods. The researchers found out that not only do many people consume more calories during that ... Read More »

Red Footed Booby Martini

There are three species of boobies – a type of large seabird – in Galapagos: Nazca, Blue-Footed and Red-Footed. All three are gorgeous birds, but the Blue and Red-Footed varieties seem particularly special due to their unusually colored feet. After all, how often is it that you see a bird with blue feet? Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a chance to see the Red ... Read More »

Tetris ice

tetris ice

Tetris is perhaps the single best-known electronic puzzle game of all time, so everyone should recognize it as the inspiration for these tetris-shaped ice cubes at Instructables. Just follow the instructions to have your very own set of video-game themed icicles. Once you have the mold set up, you can freeze just about anything in the shape of a tetris piece. Tetris popsicles would look great ... Read More »

Culinary brewing

pizza beer

Beer isn’t normally one of my top choices for a post, although it might get a mention here and there as a good choice of beverage to accompany a certain dish, but because pizza has gotten a few mentions I thought I would bring up the subject of pizza beer. As the name suggests, pizza beer is a combination of the two products: pizza-flavored beer. The reddish-brown ... Read More »

Soda makers switching to sugar?

In the 1980s, most major soda producers (and many food manufacturers) switched from using sugar as a sweetener to using high fructose corn syrup because it was both sweeter and cheaper than sugar. Due to the rising price of corn syrup, as well as increased consumer demand - primarily in the name of health - for sugar sweetened drinks, some manufacturers are considering a switch back to sugar. Others, ... Read More »

How to make a root beer float

root beer float

 Although it was nothing in size compared to the record-setting Coke float, I guess you could say that I was just a little inspired by the giant ice cream soda because I decided to make myself a – much smaller – root beer float. Floats, and ones made with root beer in particular, pair perfectly with hot dogs, hamburgers and just about any other summer ... Read More »

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