Put a Hole in it – Stay Cool with Ball Jars & Elixir Recipe

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Photo by David Kiang

I get a hammer and a screwdriver and put the disk part on top of the ring. I pound a hole into the disk with the screwdriver, being careful not to drive it so hard that I damage the table beneath.water lid Then I flip the lid and whack it with a hammer to seal the scratchy edges.  I usually have to wiggle in a bigger hole with the screwdriver,  because I like fat straws.

Do this. Don’t buy water in plastic bottles. Just don’t.watermelon 1

And drink this all day – (from my book of course).

Homemade Watermelon Ginger Elixir 

3 quarts lemonade
2 cups watermelon juice (puree watermelon in a blender to make juice)
2 cups or more ginger juice
Sprigs of fresh mint, rosemary, or lavender

Mix everything together in a beautiful pitcher. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Excellent wth a shot of vodka.


2 cups sugar – –  2 cups fresh lemon juice – – 3 quarts water

Melt sugar and lemon juice together in a small pan over medium-high heat just until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, combine them in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is melted, also about 10 minutes.) Remove from heat and mix in enough water to make 1 gallon.The concentrate keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. Mix with water before serving.

Ginger Juice

1 pound fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced or chopped in a food processor – –  4 quarts of water

Place ginger and water in a stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook at a high simmer until reduced to a quart, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, strain ginger pieces from the liquid, and store in a clean quart container.

(To make a cup of healing tisane, mix 1/4 cup Ginger Concentrate with 3/4 cup hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon and sweeten to taste.)

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Delicious Passover Catering Menu A la Carte

Our holidays are steeped in tradition. We like everything to be as it is, as it was, as it ever shall be. But what if a delicious new roasted chicken appeared in your life? Could you try something new? What about some Passover Catering to lighten your load?  What if this chicken tzimmes had all the goodness in one pan? Dried apricots and plums, braised with carrots, sweet potatoes and chicken on the bone.


I’m trying something new, a new brisket recipe! The most popular on Epicurious for Pesach. Caramelized onions top the roast for the usual three and a half hours of braising. I’m adding some red wine and herbs to fortify the flavor. It’s a two day process so, get your order in early to ensure delivery.

The usual menu is also available if you want to mix it up even more! Give us a call, and we can chat about your Passover Catering – Make it easy on yourself!