Mexican Red Wine Cooler with Fresh Lime

No, you’re not imagining things- there have been a lot of alcoholic beverages around here lately.  And that trend is going to continue through next week.  After that, I’m cutting myself off for a bit.  But until then, let the good times roll… This refreshing red wine cooler is like sangria’s slightly ghetto cousin.  But

Orange Spice Cooler

I’ve come to realize that drink recipes are some of the most popular posts here on Girl Cooks World.  I guess it’s probably because they’re an easy way to try something new and exotic without a whole lot of time, effort or money.  So in the spirit of giving the people what they want, here’s

Ginger and Lemongrass Syrup

It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but here’s the lovechild of my two favorite syrups: ginger and lemongrass.  The condiment shelves in my fridge are generally stuffed to the gills, and so I’m considering the consolidation of two bottles into one to be a step in the right direction.   I’m not sure why I didn’t take the

Cucumber and Citrus Mocktail

I have a subscription to Food and Wine magazine, but only because I cashed in some airline miles that were in danger of expiring.  It’s not that I don’t like food magazines, but I have a major problem with getting rid of them and they just get lost in the stacks of travel magazines (again,

The Barefoot Contessa’s Frozen Key Lime Pie, Gluten-Free

I subscribe to at least as many design and lifestyle blogs as I do food blogs.  One of my favorites?  Steph Modo.  Steph recently sung the praises of the Barefoot Contessa’s frozen key lime pie, saying it was her favorite non-chocolate dessert and that it pretty much changed her life. Other reviews were equally enthusiastic,

Chilcano de Pisco- Ginger & Lemon Pisco Drink

It’s been awhile since I shared a boozy drink with you guys and I figured the long weekend would be the perfect time to do some recipe testing.  The natural choice for the booze?  Pisco, a colorless grape brandy made in Peru that’s most commonly associated with Pisco Sours. And that’s exactly what I had

Roasted Kabocha Squash with Oregano and Mint

As much as I love reading specific-themed food blogs (dessert, vegan, healthy), I could never write one myself.  Why?  If you haven’t noticed, I’m all over the place when it comes to my cooking.  One week I’m avoiding sugar like it’s the plague and the next I’m making baked goods like Mud Hen Bars or

Lemongrass and Ginger Tea

The universe, it appears, has been plotting to get me to spend less time on my computer.  At least that’s the message I’m getting.  First, my laptop self-destructed a couple weeks back.  And then some of my credit card information was compromised… Bank of America sent me a new card but I forgot that I

Carrot Zinger- Fresh Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice

Some of my longtime readers might be thinking that this juice looks a tad familiar.  Yep- it’s essentially the same carrot, ginger and lime combo that I discovered last year while cooking my way around Jamaica.  It’s got the same ginger punch, but the freshly extracted juice is a couple notches more intense than the

Very Cherry Lime Mojito

Now that I’ve officially fallen prey to the Valentine’s Day bug, I’ve been trying to create a new, pretty, and pink hued cocktail.  My original intent was to use up some pomegranate liqueur that’s been sitting around.  But I suppose the reason it’s been sitting around is because I really don’t like it.  At all.

Karpalojuoma- Cranberry Sparkle

I had so much success with the Sima, that I wanted to try my hand at another Finnish fermented drink.  This time I choose a cranberry sparkle, made from just four ingredients: cranberry juice, water, sugar and yeast. I love that such a fun, fizzy, pink-hued drink can be made with such common and simple

Watermelon, Ginger and Lime Juice

Bored with your standard morning orange juice?  Or do you want something interesting to give the kids while you’re slurping away on a Watermelon and Tequila Mojito? I’ve realized that ginger and lime are a pretty magical combo that can transform ordinary juice into something extra special.  It worked wonders in with the Carrot, Ginger

Sujonggwa- Persimmon Punch

I’m pretty sure that this punch is popular year round in Korea, but the first thing I thought of when I took a sip was the winter holiday season and mulled wine drinks.  But this drink differs from its European counterparts because there’s not as much alcohol, although you can always add more, and it’s

Ginger, Lemongrass and Thai Basil Sparkler

Despite my love of fun, non-alcoholic beverages (kombucha, tea, lemonade, hibiscus coolers, etc., etc.), I’m always dropping the ball when it comes to making them for dinner parties.  Folks usually only have one option: water. But from now on, I’m going to try to up my drink game, big time.  And this ginger, lemongrass and

Hello Detox- Part Deux

Yep, it’s that time of year again… time for me to get my semi-annual (more or less) cleanse/detox.  I just did some major closet and fridge spring cleaning and now it’s time to focus inward for a couple weeks.  And just like last time, I’ll be posting some detox-friendly recipes rather than taking a vacation

Royal Tahiti Cocktail

When I said that I might throw in some tropical drinks to take me away Calgon-style, this is exactly what I envisioned.  It looks like a lava flow, but it’s made with bananas, cream of coconut, lime juice and rum.  A little bit of strawberry puree gives it some color and sweetness.  It was adapted

Buttermilk Pound Cake with Meyer Lemon Glaze

Remember when I sung the praises of Elizabeth Barbone’s gluten-free column at Serious Eats and told you I’d report back with other special finds?  As it turns out, I’d already pinned her buttermilk cake recipe on my kitchen inspiration board over on Pinterest.  I took that as a sign that this was the recipe to

Spicy and Sweet Ginger Lemonade

It’s been a little while since I’ve been on a ginger bender and I thought with the holidays coming up, it was the perfect time to fall off the wagon.  In the past, whenever I’ve made ginger lemonade I’ve done so using homemade ginger syrup.  That’ll continue to be my standard, but using crystallized ginger

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

Here’s a fun, quick little recipe using those Vietnamese pork meatballs I posted last week.  The traditional recipe includes rice noodles in these little lettuce cups, but I decided to keep things simple… and low carb for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing. Little lettuce leaves are topped with springy

Chanh Muối- Quick Salty Limeade

Before my trip to Vietnam I anxiously checked the weather reports on a daily basis.  I’d chosen to visit during the shoulder season, when the heat and humidity in the Central region is known to be particularly bad.  One website in particular made me extremely anxious. In addition to the usual weather readings, it also

Papaya, Pineapple and Ginger Cooler

I’d like to say that I set out to create a mocktail to balance out the boozy beverages I’ve been posting around here, but this actually was intended to be a Chilled Minted Papaya Soup.  It didn’t quite work for me as a soup, but a tweak or two made it into one stellar drink.

Tej- Ethiopian Honey Wine

This recipe is so simple that it almost doesn’t warrant a post.  But it’s a super quick and easy alternative to T’ej, Ethiopian’s honey wine that’s similar to mead.  It’s light, sweet and has a definite honey flavor.  Although I wrote down a recipe as a general guideline, you can easily tailor it to your

Raw Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

It seems as though most people take issue with raw and/or vegan foods when they’re named after a non-raw or non-vegan equivalent.  Case in point: nut or rice cheese.  It’s unfortunate, because a lot of these foods are pretty darn good. I say, let’s not get hung up on the name and enjoy the food for what

Natalia’s Green Lemonade

I’ve had my Vita-mix for several years now and I’ve been drinking green smoothies on and off since then. But they’ve never become a daily staple. I suppose I never found the right recipe… until now. This green lemonade is the creation of New York nutritionist Natalia Rose. It’s easy to make, used ingredients I

Date with Fate Smoothie

The inspiration for this one comes from the Garden Isle.  I’m not sure how the topic of smoothies came up, but a friend from the north shore of Kauai mentioned that Moloa’a Sunrise Fruit Stand made a mean date smoothie.  The very next day I threw some dates into a simple banana nut smoothie and

Lait de Poule- Spiked Eggnog

I feel like the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I have my first sip of eggnog.   And although I’ve done my best to ignore the ingredient list  in my beloved Hood Golden eggnog (high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and RED 40, YELLOW 5 & 6) for the past several years, I decided that

Rhubarb and Ginger Mojito

Although I’m happy (and lucky) to live in Honolulu, there sure are a lot of things I miss about living on the mainland.  Proximity to family, reasonable real estate prices, and Trader Joe’s probably top the list.  And one more thing?  Sidewalk bars and cafes. When I lived in Chicago, I loved watching the streets

Apple and Cucumber Cooler

I grew up in a household where the only spices used on a regular basis were garlic salt and black pepper.  These days, I probably fall at the other end of the spectrum: I have shelves and shelves of spices from all over the world and, if anything, I tend to over rather than under

Nepali Lassi

I realize that this drink isn’t going to necessarily appeal to all of you out there.  Most of the lassi I’ve had in the past are sweet, fruit-based yogurt drinks; this Nepali version takes a decidedly more unexpected approach with the addition of salt and cumin. When I was younger I never understood why salt

Cucumber, Lime and Mint Cooler

Here’s another recipe inspired by Heidi Swanson to kick off the last week of Cleanse Month.  The cucumber cooler recipe in her new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, inspired me to adapt my Cucumber Agua Fresca drink into frozen slushie form. You get the same heat relief of a 7-11 Slurpee without the high calorie

Watermelon and Tequila Mojito

I know it’s not even August yet, but I feel like summer is passing me by.  Around here, kids start school next week… is that crazy or what?  In my day, we got out of school in the middle of June and didn’t go back until after Labor Day. I’ve been working too much lately,

Mexican Mojito

When do you think of tequila, do you think of wild college parties, body shots, and Tijuana?  Me too.*  And I’ve never really thought of using tequila for much else besides the occasional margarita.  But this Mexican take on the mojito has gotten me rethinking tequila’s versatility. Refreshing, light and citrusy, I can’t think of

Jamaican Carrot-Ginger-Lime Juice

I’ve bought those half gallon jugs of Odwalla carrot juice several times but never managed to actually finish one.  I wish somebody had told me the Jamaican secret to making carrot juice awesome- ginger and lime. We had some beautiful weekend weather with light winds, which made it the perfect time to do some surfing. 

Chicha Morada- Peruvian Purple Corn Drink

Had I seen these gorgeous purple corn husks outside of a Latin American grocery, I would have guessed that they were purely ornamental, much like the ones that emerge as decorations every fall in picturesque places like New England (I’ve never seen anybody attempt fall decorations beyond a pumpkin or mum plant out here in

Mahana Cocktail

You guys may have noticed that Thursday’s post went up late and Friday’s post was non-existent.  This was supposed to be Friday’s post, but my laptop more or less bit the dust.  Luckily a friend has an old laptop I could borrow and so with a couple updates and installations I’m good to go until

Peach Ginger Smoothie

I’m very lucky that I don’t get major withdrawals when I stop coffee and caffeine cold turkey. I always hear of people who feel lethargic or get major headaches the first couple days of a cleanse or detox.  But just because I’m not drinking coffee or tea doesn’t mean that I don’t like a morning

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

So it might be a stretch to call this matcha green tea latte a Korean beverage but several Korean cookbooks for Western audiences included some matcha green tea desserts and beverages.  This iced version of a matcha green tea latte was so good I figured if you don’t want to beat ‘em, join ‘em. I’ve

Detox Tea with Burdock Root

Sorry for the radio silence guys.  I unexpectedly took a couple weeks off from blogging to relax and enjoy the holidays.   I read a couple great books (like this one and this one), watched a ton of DVDs (my favorites being this, this and this), and did crazy stuff like going to bed at 9:30.  

Jamaican Ginger Beer

By now it should be apparent that I’m something of a ginger phene.  I mean in the past two weeks alone I’ve posted recipes for Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice, Tangy Red Cabbage with Ginger, and Rhubarb Ginger Crumble.  I can assure you I won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Although I made a Boozy

Rhubarb and Ginger Spritzer

There’s a big misconception out there that we don’t have real seasons in Hawaii.  Sure, we have temperatures in the low 80s year round, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) ways to tell that spring has arrived. The days are longer and drier.  Monster surf on the North Shore winds

Shandy for One, Australian “Lemonade”

When I research foods from various countries I try to get my hands on as many cookbooks as I can… old, new, popular, obscure, I love them all.  I had to chuckle when I was reading an old Australian cookbook that said that if you walked into a bar or restaurant and ordered a lemonade,

Iced Mexican Coffee with Café De Olla

My biggest challenge when it comes to coffee is keeping it as a weekends-only or special occasion treat.  I feel so much better without caffeine but man do I love coffee.  The smell, the taste, the buzz.  But I’m pretty particular about what I drink- I blame it on my summer jobs as a barista

Sima- Finnish Fermented Lemon May Day Drink

What would you say if I told you that with just a couple lemons, some sugar, yeast and water you could be enjoying a tasty home-brewed, slightly alcoholic drink tomorrow night?  Pretty impressive, right? A number of my friends have gotten into either beer or wine making.  I’m thinking I’d rather just stick with the

Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lemon and Mint

Just about every Moroccan cookbook I saw had a recipe for a cucumber salad with mint leaves, lemon and, in some variations, orange blossom water.  I gave it a go and, frankly, was totally underwhelmed.  Maybe it was the fact that I’d grated the cucumber, which quickly became rather limp and lifeless, but the salad

Frozen Coconut Rum Drink

A true Type A personality, I tend to get pretty disappointed when a recipe doesn’t turn out.  But sometimes it leads to something even better.  Case in point: the gizzadas (Jamaican chewy coconut tartlettes) I attempted were a total failure.  The filling was too watery and the pinched dough of the crust didn’t hold up.