Pomegranate Rickeys

Pomegranate Rickeys | From My Sweet Heart

Create a festive twist on the more classic lime rickeys by making your own pomegranate syrup!

 

Makes 8 fizzy and fun cocktails.

 

  • 1 cup of 100% pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of gin
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 cups of chilled seltzer water
  • Ice cubes
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish

To make the pomegranate syrup, combine the juice and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. (This can be made in advance and stored in your fridge the way you would a simple syrup.)  Stir constantly for 2 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.  Raise the heat slightly and bring to a boil for about another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and refrigerate until cool. 

To prepare the cocktails, for each drink, combine 2 Tablespoons of pomegranate syrup, 2 Tablespoons of gin, and 1 Tablespoon of lime juice in each of 8 tall glasses. Stir gently.  Fill the glasses to the top with ice cubes.  Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over the cubes.  You can also add them at the end, but I found that they ‘hung’ around better because they got caught in between the cubes.  Slowly pour in 6 oz of chilled seltzer.  Serve immediately! (These are equally pretty when they have been fully stirred!)

This is a fun twist on a classic…so it makes sense to enjoy this while viewing this fun clip on one of my favorite singers, Nina Simone….singing one of her all time classics!  Enjoy!

Poppy Pistachio Wafers

“THROUGH THE DANCING POPPIES STOLE A BREEZE MOST SOFTLY LULLING TO MY SOUL”  John Keats

Poppy Pistachio Wafers | From My Sweet Heart

The unseasonably warm temperature here in D.C. yesterday was the talk of the entire afternoon!  Every where I went on my errand runs, store clerks, customers, UPS men in their cute little shorts and their really nice legs…..everyone……was beaming about the absolutely beautiful, warm, sunny day.  Everyone, that is, but me!  You see, the hectic holiday has had me a little out of touch with the news and weather.  With everyone hogging the tv for football,  and with me totally saturated with holiday sweets…..I decided to set out to pick up some ingredients for some savory baking.  Little did I know that I wouldn’t be needing my long sleeved sweater and fleece jacket!  I could only strip down so much and my errands kept me out most of the day.  So by the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was bake and the only thing I wanted to do was take a shower!  But the beautiful day soon turned into an even more beautiful evening.  And with a couple of hours of solitude, I baked these delicious, savory wafers and enjoyed them with a cup of tea on my deck at dusk.  The colors of these wafers were so striking, that I decided to photograph them before baking.  But it was after they came out of the oven, and when the sun began to set, that the magic began….. [Read more...]

A Reminder on This Day….

be HAPPY say THANKS often and keep GIVING

 

Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

“I WOULD RATHER SIT ON A PUMPKIN AND HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF, THAN BE CROWDED ON A VELVET CUSHION.”  Henry David Thoreau

Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

I often walk this fine line of trying to be creative or walking off of the deep end!  And what I’ve learned is that sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone.  Keep things simple and let the ingredients speak for themselves.  And for me, this applies most of all to baking cupcakes.  Maybe I’ve been watching Cupcake Wars too much!  And if you’ve ever seen that show….they combine some funky flavors in one cupcake! But you will find this pumpkin cupcake recipe to be pretty straightforward.  What works well with pumpkin?  For me, it was the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice combined with the cool tang of cream cheese, the toasty crunch of pecans and the sweetness of a drizzle of maple syrup.  If these speak to you then……. [Read more...]

Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Sorbet

“IF I COULD BE GRANTED A WISH, I’D SHINE IN YOUR EYE LIKE A JEWEL.”  Bette Midler

Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Sorbet | From My Sweet Heart

Don’t these pomegranate seeds look like pretty polished rubies?  I just love the color of them.  And they add such an elegant and special flair to just about anything!  This tartly sweet sorbet is a perfect example.

It is featured on Yummly in this article:   Super Pomegranate Recipes to Brighten Up Winter.  (You’ll find other great pomegranate recipes, too!)

In this sorbet, you will taste more of the tart pucker of the grapefruit juice mellowed by the slightly sweet hint of the pomegranate.  And of course, the special, delicate crunch of nature’s perfect little jewels!  This is by far, the most refreshing sorbet I’ve ever had and it would simply be the perfect sparkle at the end of any meal!  And speaking of sparkle……. [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cake Balls

“WE CAN ONLY BE SAID TO BE ALIVE IN THOSE MOMENTS WHEN OUR HEARTS ARE CONSCIOUS OF OUR TREASURES.”  Thornton Wilder

Red Velvet Cake Balls | From My Sweet Heart

I was recently asked by Karina, a friend and former co-worker,  if I had a recipe for red velvet cake balls.  While I knew I had a recipe for red velvet cupcakes, I had never attempted to try and form them into cake balls until now.  Karina and I share a love for baking. (Especially on Sunday mornings!)  And she also told me that she wanted to make these to bring to her family on Thanksgiving.  So I was definitely up for the challenge!  Karina has so many wonderful qualities about her.  But the thing that I’ve always admired the most is that while she considers herself happy and lucky in her life, she has such a sense of gratitude about it and never seems to take it for granted.  So Karina….I hope you enjoy these.  And I wish you a lifetime of happiness and a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!  I have never been a huge red velvet fan ……until now!  And I think what has made all the difference for me is………. [Read more...]

Autumn Fruit Chutney

“THY BOUNTY SHINES IN AUTUMN UNCONFINED AND SPREADS A COMMON FEAST FOR ALL THAT LIVE.”  James Thomson

Autumn Fruit Chutney | From My Sweet Heart

There is a different kind of simplicity that I search for in the fall.  While in spring and summer, I am content to eat some strawberries off the vine, or a fresh peach flavorful all on it’s own; in autumn I look for more comfort.  For a blending and melding of fruits and flavors.  And warmth!  And this union of fruits and spices does not need to be complex.   Crisp apples, pears and cranberries melt together with the warmth of cinnamon and brown sugar and curry.  This chutney takes little time and effort to make, but seems to simmer for the longest hour of my life!  And I could almost be content with the lovely scent which begins to waft through my kitchen.  This fall fruit chutney was created to…… [Read more...]

Baker’s Mantra

Baker's Mantra | From My Sweet Heart

Orange Nutmeg Popovers

“ONCE YOU GET A SPICE IN YOUR HOME, YOU HAVE IT FOREVER.  WOMEN NEVER THROW OUT SPICES.  THE EGYPTIANS WERE BURIED WITH THEIR SPICES.  I KNOW WHICH ONE I’M TAKING WHEN I GO.”  Erma Bombeck

Orange Nutmeg Popovers | From My Sweet Heart

Well you can’t take it with you.  So you might as well bake with it!

Nutmeg is one of my favorite spices and it combines beautifully with orange to make these popovers something extra special. 

Popovers are really so easy to make because they require only 5 ingredients, all of which are combined in a blender.  Today, I chose to add orange zest, freshly grated nutmeg and freshly cracked black pepper to create such a subtle hint of sweetness and a warmth and heat which permeate each sumptuous bite of this oddly formed, egg-like bread!  I served these orange nutmeg popovers with….. [Read more...]

Sweety Pies

Sweety Pies | From My Sweet HeartA GREAT KITCHEN READ!!!

 

SWEETY PIES…..Patty Pinner

“An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, With Pie

 

 

The most fascinating cookbooks to me are those that give an insight into the life of the person writing it.  In this cookbook, you are served up so much more.  Patty Pinner shares her love of pie through the recipe and memoir contributions of her friends and family.  All of whom are women, with a story all their own to share.

Ms. Pinner writes, “In the same way that I enjoy collecting recipes, I take real pleasure in gathering the stories of the women the recipes belong to.  I am a firm believer that what a woman cooks is a window into her womanly personality – what she thinks, how she behaves, how she feels about herself, and the people she cooks for.

While the culinary focus of this book is creating the perfect pie, you will not be able to help but smile as you read about each of the women offering their most seductive, sumptuous, and soulful dessert recipes.  To many, the all American Pie is the ultimate expression of comfort and goodness.  And in this book, clearly, these women share the same sense of pride and passion about pie and their own personal recipes.  But as you stir from chapter to chapter, you are pulled and kneaded and enfolded into what feels like such a sense of sisterhood, and friendship, and community.  And you find that you don’t know which pie you would like to make first.  Not because they all look incredibly delicious; but because when you make that pie, you feel like you will be taking on some of the character and personality of the woman who created it.  And these women are warm and witty, familiar and fascinating, sassy and spirited; and I don’t know who I want to emulate first!  I have tried many already, and while they all have been good,  one of my very favorites is the oatmeal nut pie.  Inside the 168 pages of this beautiful book you will find…. [Read more...]