Siberian Huskies and Moscow Mules

This is Kai last week, the day after a veterinarian administered the husky’s first heartworm treatment. The medicine is a brutal, arsenical compound injected deep into a muscle in the lower back. It kills the parasite worms, which is great, but it also causes lesions within a dog’s pulmonary arteries, which is terrible. Heartworm treatment…

Elderflower Cosmo

This drink accompanied my Super Bowl Nachos a couple of weeks ago, and I’m thinking it will make a lovely preamble to Friday night’s steak dinner, too. The original recipe came from a Valentine’s Day potluck menu posted on Williams-Sonoma’s “Taste” blog. I had to do a little modifying to account for a total lack of…

Watermelon Margaritas

Quick, make these before the last watermelon rolls out of sight to make way for pumpkins and corn sheaves at your grocery store. (It’s happening now. I saw chocolate turkeys on the shelf last Saturday, and that’s just wrong. What is the rush?!) It’s hot on my backyard deck – 116°F. this very minute, according…

And The Windsor is…

 ♦ First gardenia of spring ♦ The Windsor, made best by the bartenders at The Hive in Bentonville, Arkansas. Enjoy it there if you can, but if that’s not possible, here’s your how-to. Combine in an ice-filled cocktail shaker: 2 ounces Absolut Ruby Red vodka 1 ounce St. Germaine elderflower liqueur 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice…

Pear Tart (the Drink)

  Sometimes I get recipes through circuitous routes. This one, for example. My husband and I spent a wonderful April evening at The Hive restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas. We were early for our dinner reservation and so ordered cocktails from the bar, then spent a delightful half hour sipping and perusing. Modern art decorates the…