Toasting Irene and the October snow storm

As one announcer put it, “It’s like Hurricane Irene, only colder.” We didn’t lose power but several of our trees pruned themselves. So to toast the clean-up effort, two more drinks, each to serve two:

3. Ginger Margarita — 3 oz tequila, 1 oz Triple Sec, 1 tablespoon ginger syrup, juice of one lime, shaken

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Toasting Hurricane Irene

We flooded during Hurricane Irene, forcing us to clear out and demolish our entire basement. In addition to office supplies, suitcases, and tchotchkes, upstairs came our liquor inventory — close to 30 years of accumulated remnants of bottles from parties long forgotten. Should we toss them, combine them, do nothing? Here’s our solution. Weekend nights

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Canning As Therapy -- A Bushel of Peaches, 48 hours

For the past two months, I’ve been pestering my farmer’s market friend Sharon, of Mead Orchards in Tivoli, NY, to sell me a basket of peach seconds. I have fond memories of the crazy weekend I spent a few years back making peach ice cream, jam, and pies in 100 degree heat after buying a

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