Cocoa Granola

True confession:  this recipe came about because I ran out of cinnamon.  This culinary constraint propelled me to create a new granola flavor — and it worked beautifully. When you let this granola sit with milk for a minute or two in your bowl, the chocolate milk result is delightful — just like back in…

Venus Thistle Cocktail

A cocktail is an impression of a greater experience –  evoking something beautiful, mysterious, tender, dramatic.  My Venus Thistle Cocktail is an impression of the stunning wildflowers and rocky crags of Pinnacles National Park. Its namesake wildflower, The Venus Thistle, blooms bright and fresh in a harsh and dry landscape. Scotch was the natural choice…