Bitter Orange Cocktails
Recipes History Bitter Orange Cocktails

What do you do with bitter/sour oranges? Due to their acid, they’re probably not anybody’s favorite fruit to peel and eat. But that abrasive personality makes them ideal for marinades, marmalades, salad dressings, sauces and spreads, homemade bitters and cocktails. Like other citrus, the bitter orange is native to southeast Asia, but it spread to Spain in the 10th Century and later to Mexico and the Caribbean as a side effect of colonialism in the new world.

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Updating Tom and Jerry
Recipes History Updating Tom and Jerry

My mother owns a Tom & Jerry punch bowl and the accompanying traditional mugs (as seen here). All of these are pulled out for making Tom & Jerrys at Christmas, and for the rest of the year they hibernate quietly in cardboard boxes alongside the other festive holiday decor. In my (now quite fuzzy) childhood memories of the ’70s and early ’80s, the adults in my life were young and long-haired.

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Snacks to Help You Tri Harder

If you’re a longtime reader, you may have noticed I’ve posted more infrequently lately. There’s a reason for that: In order to fulfill a personal New Year’s Resolution this year, I’m training for my very first triathlon — a sprint tri in Central Park that takes place next month. Now, maybe some people can complete an Ironman event in their sleep, but if you’d known me when I was a sprout, you’d know what a big deal even a sprint-length triathlon is for me.

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Recipes Recession-Proof Espresso: Be Your Own Barista

I must say, I’m a little torn these days between supporting my local coffee shop and saving some money by making my own espresso drinks. They need the money. I need the money. I’ll probably just split the difference. I love the community that local, independent coffee shops provide, but having worked as a barista in college, I also know that the process of creating coffee drinks is easy (and yes!

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Resolution #5: It’s All In the Timing

What’s even more confusing than the research flip-flopping every decade or so on whether it’s okay to eat buttered toast or not? Recent findings indicate that you also need to pay attention to the time of day to determine what to eat. Yup. One more thing to think about. But the good news is, Resolution #5 is pretty easy to incorporate. You just have to remember two little rules about timing:

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Day 11: Herein We Go a Wassail-ing
Recipes Day 11: Herein We Go a Wassail-ing

*This post marks Day 11 of Miss Ginsu’s 2008 Advent Calendar. When I lived in Minneapolis, one of my friends organized annual holiday caroling. It was probably my favorite thing about the whole holiday season. We spent far more time “practicing” than caroling (you can accurately insert “goofing around” for the quoted material above), but it was good fun for all. We stuck to the classics, and Here We Go a-Wassailing was always on the list.

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Day 4: Holiday Glühwein
Recipes Day 4: Holiday Glühwein

*This post marks Day 4 of Miss Ginsu’s 2008 Advent Calendar . Ever open up a bottle of wine and then wish you hadn’t bought it? It’s not corked or anything. It’s just… not your thing. The Germans have a thrifty and practical solution for this in the form of glühwein, which you might also know as Norwegian glögg or simply mulled wine. In fact, most wine-drinking cultures have some kind of mulled wine tradition, so I don’t wonder whether this recipe started with the need to do something with unsatisfactory vino.

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Recipes Day 1: Welcome Cocoa

*This post marks Day 1 of Miss Ginsu’s 2008 Advent Calendar . One of the things I enjoy most about winter is that feeling of warmth and comfort that comes after being outdoors in the dank chill. There’s nothing like skating, or sledding or shoveling the walk (or simply bearing up to the driving the winter wind), and then finding yourself indoors — safe and cozy. It’s the “fresh, dry socks and a cup of hot cocoa” feeling.

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The Ginger Fizz: Vote. Drink. Hope for the Best.
The Ginger Fizz: Vote. Drink. Hope for the Best.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, but in a tense time of great anticipation for the American people, this Election Day brings long lines at the polling places, a huge throng of first-time voters (noobs) and the need for a great autumnal cocktail. Because whether you’re happy with the outcome of the poll returns or not, I think we’re all going to need a drink. I’m not going to go with red drinks or blue drinks here, because 1.

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Egg Cream: No Egg, No Cream. Still Good.

“When I was a young man, no bigger than this A chocolate egg cream was not to be missed Some U-Bet’s Chocolate Syrup, seltzer water mixed with milk Stir it up into a heady fro', tasted just like silk You scream, I scream, We all want Egg Cream” — Lou Reed from Egg Cream If you ever move to New York — and lots of folks do just that each year — you are bound to encounter the classic beverage that goes by the name Egg Cream .

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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