Brazilian Lemonade

We first tried this wonderfully different lemonade at La Parilla restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas. It is slightly creamy and very refreshing.

juice from 4 lemons
1 cup sugar
6 cups water
6 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Serve over ice.


Irish Seafood Chowder

After my daughter Alycia came back from a semester abroad at Cork University College in Cork, Ireland she wanted to recreate some of the wonderful food that she enjoyed there. She found this recipe on the website for Poachers Inn in Bandon, Cork. This is a wonderful, rich chowder with salmon, shrimp & crab.  I have added conversions from grams & liters to cups & ounces as well as instructions for a few of the steps that they assumed you would know how to do.

Servings: 4-6

150g (⅔ cup – about 2 ½ Tbsp each) carrots, fennel, celery & onion, diced
1 liter (≈ 1 quart) milk
500ml (≈ 2 cups) cream
1 Tablespoon fish bouillon powder or 2 shrimp bouillon cubes (see notes)
salt, to taste
Roux, to thicken (equal quantities of oil & flour mixed to a paste)
1 ½ lemons (zest & juice)
6 star anise (wrapped in cheesecloth for easy removal)
½ teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
250g (½ lb) salmon, cut into ½” pieces
150g ( lb) firm white fish (e.g. cod, haddock) , cut into ½” pieces
3 Tablespoons white wine
100g (¼ lb) crabmeat
100g (¼ lb) prawns (shrimp)
1 Tablespoon chives, chopped

  1. Heat skillet over low heat. Add enough oil to just cover bottom of the pan. Add carrot, fennel, celery & onion. Cover pan. Stir occasionally, cooking until veggies are translucent and soft, but have not started to brown – about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the salmon & white fish on an oven tray and place in a pre-heated 180 ℃ / 350 ℉ oven for 10 minutes. It should be slightly undercooked, since it will be cooked further after adding to the chowder.
  3. Place the cream, milk, bouillon, salt & garlic in a pot and place on full heat and whisk well.
  4. When the pot is just at boiling point (be careful here not to let it boil over as it can “split” the milk) add a tablespoon of roux and whisk it well for a couple of minutes and leave to cook for a further 5 minutes to allow the flour taste to cook out (add more roux at this point if you think it needs more thickening).
  5. Add lemon juice & zest, whisking as you add.
  6. Add salmon & white fish and stir well, then add star anise.
  7. Add white wine and cook for 10 minutes. If it is too thick, whisk in some hot water to thin it out.
  8. Add crab & prawns. Cook just until done.
  9. To finish, remove star anise and stir in cooked vegetables.
  10. Garnish with chives and serve with fresh homemade brown bread.



Flank Steak Islandia

recipe from Sara Garretson – a friend of my mother’s in New Mexico

1 1/2 lb flank steak
juice & zest of one lemon
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp brown sugar
lemon wedges

  1. Trim fat and membrane from steak. Place in a shallow, non-metallic pan.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients, except lemon wedges, and pour over steak.
  3. Marinade for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  4. Drain. Heat remaining marinade to a boil, then remove from heat.
  5. Grill steak over coals for 7 minutes on each side, basting with marinade.
  6. Slice very thinly, diagonally & across the grain.
  7. Serve with lemon wedges.
  • This grilling time will produce a medium rare to medium steak.

Strawberry Kale Lemonade

adapted from MantraW

1 frozen banana (optional)
2 cups kale (or any greens of choice)
8 fresh or frozen strawberries
juice of 1 lemon
1 lemon, peeled
1/2 cup water
5 ice cubes
Sweetener to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients except sweetener and blend until smooth.
  2. Sweeten to taste.
  • I prefer honey or sugar to sweeten, but you can use any sweetener.

Lemon Rosemary White Wine Jelly

adapted from

4 cups white wine
4-6 cups of sugar (depending on how sweet the wine is)
2 – 6 oz pouches liquid pectin
Zest and juice from one lemon
Rosemary sprig, leaves stripped and chopped

  1. Measure 3 and 1/2 cups of wine into a pan, add rosemary and heat gently over medium heat until fragrant.
  2. Add 4 cups of sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Taste and add more sugar if needed. Stir until completely dissolved.
  3. When tiny bubbles form on the bottom of the pan, stir in the lemon juice, zest, pectin and the remainder of the wine.
  4. Once the pectin is thoroughly stirred in; skim off any foam; continue to cook on medium heat until jelly dropped on a plate kept in the freezer firms up and ‘wrinkles’ when you gently push it with a spoon.
  5. Ladle the jelly into hot jars; leaving 1/4 inch headspace, apply seals and screw on rings and process in hot water bath for 10 minutes at sea level or 15 minutes at 5000 feet if you are using half pint jars or smaller. Increase processing time by 5 minutes if using pint jars.
  6. Makes 4 pints.
  • Do not discard the foam – use it just like any other jam. It’s not as pretty, but it still tastes good.
  • I have used several different white wines in making this jelly – Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and even a couple of sparkling white wines (we left them open to let the carbonation out). I know many cooks say that if you don’t like to drink it, don’t cook with it, but this jelly made wonderful use of wines that I thought were too dry to drink.
  • You can strain out the rosemary if you prefer, but I like the look of the rosemary in the jelly, & I don’t object to the texture. 

Amish Friendship Bread

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
5 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Lightly grease 2 large loaf pans. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix.  Make a well in the center.
  4. Add Amish Friendship Bread Starter, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  5. Stir in nuts.
  6. Pour batter into pans.
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
  8. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.


  • Lower fat: substitute ½ cup oil and ½ cup applesauce for 1 cup oil.
  • Apple Cinnamon: add 2 apples. peeled, cored and finely chopped when you add the nuts.
  • Banana Nut: reduce cinnamon to 1/2 tsp and add 3 large ripe bananas, mashed.
  • Chocolate: substitute chocolate pudding mix and “flour” the pans with cocoa – omit cinnamon or leave it in for a Mexican chocolate flavor, omit nuts if desired.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed: substitute lemon pudding mix, reduce cinnamon to 1/2 tsp, omit nuts and add 2 Tbsp poppy seeds.
  • Muffins: pour into greased muffin tins and reduce the baking time to 23-25 minutes.
  • Pistachio: substitute pistachio pudding mix and pistachios.
  • Raisin or Date: add 1 cup raisins or dates.

Lemon Butter Tart

recipe courtesy of Mary Kay Korn
Mary Kay is the mother of my daughter Alycia’s friend and kindly shared her recipe when Alycia fell in love with these tarts.

Shortbread Crust

3/4 lb butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar

  1. Cream butter & pwd sugar.  Add vanilla and blend.
  2. Sift flour, butter and sugar, add to butter mixture.  Stir to combine.
  3. Cover dough in wax paper, chill 4-6 hours.
  4. Press into tart pan.  Bake at 325 until golden brown – about 27-30 minutes in a silicone pan.
Lemon Butter Filling

finely grated zest of 7 lemons
1 cup granulated sugar
9 extra large eggs
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp, cut into 6 pieces
powdered sugar

  1. In a food processor, combine lemon zest with 1/4 cup sugar.  Mix for several minutes, until fine and moist.
  2. Combine eggs, remaining sugar and zest mixture in a medium bowl.  Whisk until well blended, then stir in lemon juice.
  3. Cook in a double boiler, stirring frequently until mixture thickens to lightly coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in butter one piece at a time, mixing until melted and smooth.
  5. Immediately pour into tart shell and set aside.  Filling will set as it cools.
  6. Cool completely before serving.
  7. Just before serving, dust the edges of the tart with pwd sugar.
  • Makes two 9″ Tarts, 1 1/2″ deep. You can also make individual tarts.
  • The amount of juice needed is about what you’d get from 7 lemons…convenient.