Agave Negro

Agave Negro | From My Sweet Heart

  •  2 blackberries (plus another for garnish)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces of Cazadores Reposado Tequila
  • 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice (lime slice for garnish)
  • 3/4 ounce of Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of Chambord
  • 1 ounce of chilled club soda

 

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 2 blackberries.  Add ice, tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and chambord.  Shake well.  Pour into a rocks glass.  Stir in the club soda. Garnish with skewered blackberry and lime wheel.

It is AMAZING what a difference fresh ingredients play in something so simple as a cocktail.  This is a very refreshing summer cocktail.  The flavor of those 2 little blackberries really shines through.  I hope you enjoy this while listening to a clip from one of my very favorite artists……Jamie Cullum.


Velvet Hearts

“WHEN YOU ARE SORROWFUL LOOK AGAIN IN YOUR HEART, AND YOU SHALL SEE THAT IN TRUTH YOU ARE WEEPING FOR THAT WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR DELIGHT.”  Kahlil Gibran

Velvet Hearts | From My Sweet Heart

 These simple vanilla cookies are buttery and light.  But with the addition of cream cheese in the mix, they are substantial and almost savory.  I hope you will try them and jazz them up in any way you like.

Sadly today, my son said goodbye to his good friend who was taken from us much too soon and way too young.  The kitchen is always my solace.  I baked these with the most heartfelt thoughts of this young man, and in loving support of all the friends and family he left behind.  I hope that soon, we will all find peace in our own hearts again.  But I hope this…..especially, for my son Matt.

Hold tight to those who mean the most to you….and bake these for someone you love…….. [Read more...]

Lemon Lavender Cookies

“THERE’S A FEW THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN LIFE: ALWAYS THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER, KEEP ROSEMARY BY YOUR GARDEN GATE, PLANT LAVENDER FOR GOOD LUCK, AND FALL IN LOVE WHENEVER YOU CAN.”  Alice Hoffman

Lemon Lavender Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

About a month ago, I participated in an online bake sale.  I bid $50 on some cookies and I won!!!  Sadly, though, I never received the cookies!  It’s no matter, because I would have donated the money to that great cause even if I had been overbid.  But what was disappointing is that I bid on some Lemon Lavender cookies because I have never tasted lavender in food before.  And I wanted to taste what they should taste like, before I tried them on my own.

But since the return of my kitchen mojo…I decided to go ahead and attempt this for myself!  And I must tell you that I really enjoyed working with this lovely, pretty and aromatic herb.  My fear was that I would use too much, and my cookies would taste like a bar of savon du provence! (Where is Jill Colonna when I need her!)  Well let me tell you.  These were so good….no bars of soap here!  Just a light, lemony, sweet, crispy cookie with a subtle hint of home grown. . . . . [Read more...]