drinks

If you’ve made my lemongrass-ginger syrup, you’re probably wondering what else you can do with it besides pouring bottomless lemongrass-ginger ales. (Not that there’s anything wrong with bottomless lemongrass-ginger ales!) So, how about a spritzy white sangria filled with all of our favorite flavors of summer: tangy lemongrass, zippy ginger, juicy peach, and a hearty […]

August 15 2014      24 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

I propagated a few store-bought lemongrass stalks a few years ago when I first moved into my house, and every year since then, they’ve been the gift that keeps on giving, year round. Each little lemongrass plant (which began its life as a clump of three rooted stalks) has grown into a wild-looking shrub with […]

August 3 2014      33 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

I finally broke down (or rather, my 10-year-old bender finally broke down) and bought a Ninja Ultima blender — seriously, best investment for the kitchen this summer. This thing doesn’t just blend, it pulverizes! Anything and everything I put in it! Needless to say, I’ve been on a juice and smoothie kick the last few […]

June 21 2014      40 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

It’s not even summer yet, but it sure feels like it. The current heatwave in Los Angeles has us sweltering in 90-plus degree heat, even out on the coast where it’s usually temperate. And if you stepped inside a California supermarket right now, you’d think summer was in full swing. Our produce aisles are packed […]

April 30 2014      16 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Last week while I was on the road, I kept hearing from friends who caught the mystery bug that’s “been going around”… and apparently this bug gets around quite a bit, as it moved from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Monterey Bay and all the way down to Los Angeles. Thankfully we never met, […]

January 13 2014      25 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Ah, ’tis the season. Even here in Southern California, where we don’t have as much differentiation between the seasons, I’m always surprised at the turn of weather when I’m no longer sitting on the porch sipping rosemary lemonade. Instead, I find myself cozied up in the kitchen, pouring myself a steamy hot toddy scented with […]

December 19 2013      18 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

When it comes to mulled cider, I usually freestyle it depending on what I have in the pantry. Sometimes there’s allspice, sometimes it’s nutmeg… sometimes there’s booze, sometimes it’s virgin. But this version is my all-time favorite mulled cider recipe and I can easily drink an entire pot by myself on a lazy, loungy night […]

December 2 2013      16 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas