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Gin goes well with limes, but you didn’t need us to tell you that. Gin goes well with peaches, but you knew that from the title. How to make a peachy keen gin fizz? Read on:

1 part gin (I’ve been loving New Amsterdam lately)
1 part peach juice (I used Trader Joe’s peach juice)
2 parts soda water (I used an unsweetened lime seltzer)
1 big twist, lime or lemon
2 ice cubes

1. Add ice to glass
2. Squeeze twist over ice
3. Add gin and peach juice
4. Swizzle. If some doesn’t slosh out of the glass, you’re not having enough fun with it
5. Pour in soda water, swizzle lightly for a more even beverage. Be careful, it’s bubbly!
6. Top with the twist for garnish
7. Enjoy!



Warm, comforting, full of flavor, a little spicy, and even low fat! Potato & leek soup is also a relatively easy way to sneak a few extra vegetables into your dinner plans.

2 small or 1 medium Russet potato(es)
2 small or 1 medium sweet potato(es)
1 leek
3-4 carrots
5 cloves garlic
4 c broth or stock (I used my frozen stock cubes)
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried chiles or 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp peppercorns
3-4 bay leaves

0. Add frozen stock cubes to pot and put over low heat to melt
1. Peel and dice potatoes, add to pot
2. (Peel and) dice carrots, add to pot
2.5. Turn heat up a bit above medium
3. Finely chop garlic, add to pot
4. Add 1/2 tsp salt to pot
5. Add chiles or cayenne pepper to pot
6. Grind rosemary, peppercorns, and 1/2 tsp salt (either using a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle), add to pot
7. Finely chop and clean leeks
**I do this by cutting the leeks in half, then again in quarters. After chopping slicing thinly, put the leek pieces in a large mixing bowl and cover with water. Use your hands to separate all the pieces and agitate a bit to get all the dirt out. There will also be some grit on the cutting board and knife; I do the leeks last so I can use the same cutting board for everything.
8. After potatoes and carrots have simmered for about 10-15 mins (they should be soft), add clean leeks and bay leaves
9. Simmer until leeks are soft
10. Serve and enjoy!

Bread is pretty delicious with this; I like to put a bit of olive oil on a few slices and heat in a 350F (toaster) oven for 5-7 mins


The name says it all. Mashed potatoes combined with a bit of milk and horseradish cheddar. Delicious enough to make a surprise snowfall seem a lite warmer, but easy enough to make after a strenuous snowball fight.

4-5 largish red potatoes
1/3 c milk (or half and half, if it’s really cold!)
1/2 c shredded cheese (horseradish cheddar was used in the potatoes above)

1. Dice red potatoes
2. Add potatoes to dry sauce pot
3. Add cold water to potatoes, about an inch above the top of the potatoes
4. Place cover on pot and put over high heat
5. Boil potatoes until very soft (mashable)
6. Drain potatoes, return to pot
7. Add milk and mash
8. After mashing potatoes, add cheese
9. Stir in cheese
10. Enjoy! Shown above with a pat of butter and some ground pepper

Other topping ideas: chives, diced bacon, sour cream, even a bit more of the cheese mashed in