Juice of One Lemon … and other odd measurements


Half of 1/3 cup = 2.5 Tablespoons

  • SMIDGEN – 1/32 teaspoon. 2 smidgens = 1 pinch
  • PINCH – 1/16 teaspoon. 2 pinches = 1 dash
  • DASH – 1/8 teaspoon. 8 dashes = 1 teaspoon

1 lemon yields 3 tablespoons juice (1.5 oz; 45 ml)
1 lime yields 2 tablespoons juice (1 oz; 30 ml)

Source: Various sites, including thekitchn and accuracy project


Whirled Crystallized Ginger Tea

IMG_3190Cook’s notes: Reworking one of the tea recipes in Singers’ Home Remedies: Garlic, Honey, and Ginger page to use my Vitamix blender instead of straining out the ginger. It has a lot of lovely flavor and most everything is measured in three’s. Honey and black pepper are supposed to be good for a cough; ginger soothes a sore throat.

Makes 2 to 4 servings. Serve warm.


Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a pot on the stove. Add 3 Tablespoons crystallized ginger. Reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes; remove from heat.

Pour the ginger water into the Vitamix container. Add 3 Tablespoons honey, 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, and a large pinch of black ground pepper.

Secure the lid. Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase speed to 5 or 6. Blend for about 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

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Gingerbread Snacking Cake

Cook’s notes: I’m going to a Yule party, and I wanted to bring gingerbread to share. However, I wasn’t sure about bringing Drambuie Gingerbread, so I looked for an alternative recipe that doesn’t use alcohol. The only modification I made to this recipe, from gingerbread snacking cake – smitten kitchen was to replace the molasses with maple syrup. My cake came out more golden than dark brown, but it was easy to put together in a stand mixer. The top is slightly puffed, and even the raw batter smells good.IMG_2817.JPG

No-Chill Cutout Cookies

Cook’s notes: This recipes used to be posted on the Penzeys site, but it is no longer there. Luckily, I had an arcIMG_2702.jpghive copy of this recipe, which makes buttery, delicious cookies. The original author said, “These cookies are especially quick and easy because you don’t have to chill the dough before rolling.” I doubled the vanilla in this recipe. No frosting is needed. And of course, the number of cookies depends on the shape you cut. I got well over 50 moon cookies.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Heat oven to 400°F.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and the vanilla, mix until well blended.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder then gradually add to the butter mixture and blend well. Form the dough into a smooth ball. (Add a little water if needed.)

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Cut out with cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Fill each cookie sheet with cookies of equal size to ensure even baking.

Bake for 6 minutes (a bit longer for thicker cookies), but they shouldn’t brown at all. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.

Almond Flour Brownies

IMG_2692Cook’s notes: I adapted this recipe to use a brownie pan from Wilton. I like the way it makes individual brownies with edges. If you don’t have one, use a 9-inch square pan. I was surprised by the divots in these brownies, but a friend pointed out it was perfect for whipped cream. The flavor is amazing. The maple syrup seems to deepen the chocolate flavor. I may not go back to traditional brownies after tasting these gems.

8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips (by weight)
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 cups almond flour
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat a brownie baking pan (with individual wells) with cooking spray.

Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds on High. Stir after heating. Repeat two more times. Stir constantly until completed melted.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat eggs completely. Beat in maple syrup, salt, and baking soda. Blend well, then beat in almond flour. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and combine completely.

Scoop the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick.

Cool the brownies in the pan on a rack for a few minutes. Let cool on a rack for about 1 hour.

Source: Adapted from PCOS Health Coach