Food & Drink

Empty Nesters Kitchen Lives Fully

If the name Lisa Patrin sounds familiar, it probably is associated with visions of beautiful burgers, cocktails and perfect pastries.

Halloween can be so much more than one night of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. It can be a showing of Hocus Pocus or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It can be teeming with ghoulish drinks made with dry ice, and it can even be served up–dare we say it–for breakfast!

Vampire Punch
Makes 8 drinks, 6 oz. each
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup Campari
1/2 cup gin
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
3 cups club soda, chilled
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 orange, thinly sliced

I think September is one of the most beautiful months of the year. The heat of summer is behind us, and evenings provide a welcome crispness that invites us to set the table one last time on the deck or in the garden.

Summer is packing up and heading south. Bid it adieu and welcome autumn with this classic retro cocktail recipe—the boulevardier.
1 ½ oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon
¾ oz. Campari
¾ oz. Alessio Vermouth Rosso (sweet)
Garnish: orange twist or Luxardo cherry

Having arrived in Paris with her husband, Amory, shortly following the city’s liberation during World War II, Copper finds herself aghast at the horrors still raging in the city.

In the 21st century, online reviews can make or break a business. Also in the 21st century, some reviews matter more than others. For example, a review from the late international icon, Prince.

But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Joseph Kanon is a master of the nearly-undetectable “slippery slope.”  In his novels, both the protagonist and the reader almost miss the spider web beginning to tighten from practically the first page.


1 part vanilla vodka
2 parts cranberry juice
1 dash of grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into martini glass.

Signs of summer have arrived: Birds are tweeting, beaches are opening and the calendar is filling up with days-long sports tournaments for the kids.