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Fresh Limeade

28 Aug

I am completely addicted to this stuff.  We’ve made it several times this summer, thanks to the kids’ help.  They have graciously juiced bagfuls of limes from our local Mexican grocer.  This recipe is based on Mark Bittman’s suggested ratios; however, you should obviously adjust it to suit your taste.  I think it’s perfect as-is, but Sam likes his a little less tart.

Fresh Limeade

1 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
1 1/3 cups simple syrup*
4 cups water or sparkling water (it’s the best!)

Combine ingredients in pitcher and serve over lots of ice.

This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity, simply use the ratio 1:1.3:4.

*To make simple syrup, just combine equal parts water and granulated sugar in a saucepan.  Boil gently until sugar is dissolved.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  It will keep for weeks.


Cranberry Relish

7 Dec

My sister-in-law introduced me to this new take on the classic cranberry sauce.  It’s now a staple at our holiday meals.

1 bag (12 oz) cranberries
Juice of one orange
1 cup sugar

Simply blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until finely chopped.

Sweet Mango Lassi (Aam Lassi)

7 Dec

A lassi (LOSS-ee) is basically an Indian yogurt smoothie.  Consequently, it’s my favorite treat to have along side Chicken Tikka Masala.  Don’t skimp on the  fat — the whole milk makes the shake.  You can make this ahead and whip it again just before serving.

Sweet Mango Lassi

2 cups whole-milk yogurt
1 cup frozen mango, cubed*
1/2 cup sugar

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and frothy.  Serve in tall  glasses.  (You can make this up to 3 days ahead, just whip it again right before serving.)

Source: adapted from Julie Sahni’s recipe on