beverages

indian summer iced tea

I spoke with my sis­ter in Boise yes­ter­day who was expe­ri­enc­ing flash floods and storms — quite a con­trast from the 97 degree weather we are deal­ing with here in San Diego. It’s tech­ni­cally still sum­mer, but I have a feel­ing … more




lemon slushes

One of my most pro­found food mem­o­ries from my child­hood is lemon slushes. We had a pro­lific lemon tree in the back­yard that pro­duced plump, juicy, thick skinned Eureka lemons. With them, we made lemon squares (gluten-free recipe to fol­low shortly), … more




kid margarita

An oldie, but a goodie! This is a reprint because of a com­puter quirk. This is a refresh­ing ver­sion of lemon-limeade and a nice option for any­one who doesn’t drink alco­hol. Active time: 1 minute Yield: 1 8oz serv­ing 6 oz. … more




mango strawberry sunrise

I use my lit­tle magic bul­let for this, which gives me a per­fect sin­gle serv­ing. This dou­bles eas­ily to pro­vide four lit­tle serv­ings for break­fast or an after­noon snack. Hav­ing frozen fruit in the freezer makes this a snap! On … more




all fruit breakfast smoothie

Con­tain­ing all acid and sub-acid fruits, this smoothie is a great way to cleanse your body first thing in the morn­ing.  A com­plete food with a per­fect bal­ance of pro­tein and starches which are already bro­ken down into amino acids … more




simple syrup

This is a won­der­ful base for any drink the requires sweet­ness, alco­holic and non. Won­der­ful for Sum­mer Lemon­ade as well as White San­gria, it comes together quickly, and the ratios are always the same. Prep time: 2 min­utes Total time: 10 … more




floating ice ring

I love using these when I do a punch because it’s beau­ti­ful in it’s own right, and it keeps the punch crisp and cool. Prep time: 5–10 min­utes Total time: 8 hours Yield: 1 ice ring Spe­cial equip­ment: 1-piece bundt ring 1 … more




summer lemonade

The best lemon­ade always start with a sim­ple syrup. It takes longer, but it’s smooth, with­out the grit­ti­ness of undis­solved sugar. When we received two laun­dry bas­kets full of lemons from a friend, we juiced them all and froze the … more




blueberry smoothie

Using a Magic Bul­let makes this one serv­ing smoothie a snap. If you want to dou­ble it, use the blender. Full of antiox­i­dants, this smoothie can get you going first thing in the morn­ing or pro­vide a pick-me-up for a … more




all fruit smoothie

It looks like a milk-shake, but there’s noth­ing in here but fruit. This is the snack my kids ask for most when they come home and drop their back packs on the floor. Impro­vise and use what­ever fruit is in … more




banana strawberry no-milk shake

One more creamy gfcfsf alter­na­tive to offer your­self or your kids as a treat. I like mine around 4:00 p.m. when I start my after­noon lag. With lots of fruit and pro­tein, and so thick you can float a slice … more




lemon squeeze

The Santa Ana’s are blow­ing this week. The winds that I always asso­ciate with dry warmth now pro­duce a chilly morn­ing and evening draft that reminds me it’s still win­ter. I am drink­ing hot tea in the morn­ings to stay … more




no-milk milkshake

This is so good that kids might for­get there’s no ice cream in here. And for adults, it’s a vel­vety, creamy indul­gence. Total time: 5 min­utes Yield: 2–3 small serv­ings 1 c. choco­late almond milk (Almond Breeze is GFCFSF) 1 … more




pineapple fizz

I’m always try­ing to find sur­rep­ti­tious ways to get sugar out of my kids diet. With fruit juices so full of it, this is a good, par­tially dil­luted option. Thirst quench­ing and sim­ple, it’s also a great alter­na­tive for adults … more




peach iced tea

My dad was south­ern, and iced tea was always in the fridge. Here’s a fresh way to serve it with a kiss of peach. Prep time: 5 min­utes Active time: 1 hour Yield: 15 8oz serv­ings 6 of your favorite tea … more