Za’atar Crackers

Za'atar Crackers on a sheet pan

If you love za’atar flatbread but want an easier way, Za’atar Crackers are for you! Perfect for a cheese plate or to dip in hummus, labneh, or muhummara red pepper-walnut dip. Here’s the thing about za’atar crackers: they are in essence a shortcut to the most traditional way to eat za’atar, which is man’oushe flatbread.…

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Authentic Eggnog

Eggnog with cinnamon swirl in a crystal punch bowl

The richness of this authentic eggnog recipe is lightened with a big puff of whipped meringue and whipped cream. You can go non-alcoholic, but the rum really does cut the richness. Authentic eggnog, rich and creamy and heavily spiked, has always for some reason seemed out of reach come Christmas and New Year’s at home.…

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Irish Coffee

Glass mug of Irish coffee with cream on top

Peggy’s Irish Coffee recipe is strong and bracing, with the flavors of the coffee and whiskey offset by sugar cubes and a thick layer of heavy cream. A Post Written by Peggy Abood Maureen and I have always felt a special kinship to Saint Patrick’s Day which must have originated with birth when our 100%…

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Hemingway Daiquiri

Daiquiri in a coupe glass with a lime wheel

This post is written by Peggy Abood, sister of Maureen! She is one of the world’s great Hemingway devotees. The Hemingway Daquiri is so refreshing, using fresh-squeezed citrus. Blitz all of the ingredients with lots of ice to go for a frozen Hemingway Daquiri. I know when the love affair started. I wasn’t looking for…

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Kir Royale with frozen berries

Kir Royale with frozen berries

Champagne is given the royale treatment in the Kir Royale. A simple way to bring extra color and flavor to your special toasts. This post is by Peggy Abood! Admit it, you’re a sucker for the name too, aren’t you? Anything with the word “royale” in it has got to be worth the effort (and…

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Amaro Cocktail

Amaro cocktail on the bar with Amaro Nonno bottle

The world of Amaro is rich and deep! An easy Amaro cocktail is just the ticket before or after dinner, especially a big feast. It was the bottle that got me at first. I’ve always been an easy sell for a beautiful bottle of spirits, especially when the liquid gold inside is a mystery. I…

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Peggy’s Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary cocktail on the bar in an orange and gold glass

A few tips for a great classic Bloody Mary cocktail recipe, for your celebratory brunches and beyond! Mix your own or use a quality purchased Bloody Mary mix. In the late ‘80s, the hottest ticket on a football Saturday morning on campus was certainly whoever Notre Dame was playing that day. A close second, though,…

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Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

The classic Gin Fizz is made even better with a whisper of orange blossom. The froth on top makes for one of the prettiest cocktails you can serve. A post from Peggy Abood. When Maureen and I first started talking about sharing cocktail recipes with you, she said we have to do some that are…

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Mulberry Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan cocktail on the rocks on a marble bar

Here is a fabulous riff on a classic: the Mulberry Manhattan, using the blackberry-like flavor of Mulberry syrup. You won’t find the syrup just anywhere! Check it out here. Greetings from Peggy Abood! Maureen considers me her family mixology master, so she invited me to share some fun cocktail recipes and info with you.  I say…

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Fresh Mint Slushie

Fresh Mint Slushie with fresh mint and cucumbers on the counter

This fresh mint slushie, given some body with a hit of cucumber, is great with or without alcohol (bourbon, vodka, gin, arak or ouzo–any of these are great). Serve the mint slushie for a twist on the mint julep for the Kentucky Derby, and then all summer long for a fabulous barbecue party drink. Admittedly,…

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