One good toddy
Thanks to the flu, toddies have been in my cocktail repertoire lately. Brandy, whiskey and rum are the first considerations, but I've discovered that gin makes one of the best bases for toddies and this is a great example. When the Hot Gin Toddy is constructed, the botanicals of the gin are enhanced, creating an ultra-aromatic drink. As nightcap, quick warmer, or relief from a head cold, the Hot Gin Toddy is terrific.
Hot Gin Toddy
Combine 1 1/4 oz good quality dry gin with 3/4 oz lemon juice, 2 ounces boiling water and 1 teaspoon sugar in a goblet. Stir well, garnish with cinnamon stick. Makes 1 toddy.
One good veggie
Last year kale was king of the veggies. Now it's new year, new leaf. Broccoli leaves are the latest superfood. BroccoLeaf from Foxy Produce Organic SuperGreen has all the wonderful nutrients of broccoli, yet provides even more versatility and vibrancy to your food. Use it in egg dishes, salads and smoothies. BroccoLeaf, which brags fewer carbs and more protein than kale, is available in many markets, including Whole Foods and Meijer. Each bundle is around 10-12 stalks and retailing from $1.99-$2.99 per bunch.
One good website
There's help to make your New Year's resolutions come true. Chef Daniel Verati has teamed with the weight-loss program Ideal Protein to launch lowfatlowcarb.com. Dedicated to healthier recipes and cooking tips, it offers free web-based tools and recipes to promote and support healthy eating to help dieters achieve their New Year's weight loss and health resolutions. Every recipe by Chef Verati has a minimum of two cups of vegetables and five to eight ounces of protein. The site offers cooking tips and tricks, a toolbox with BMI, calorie, and calcium calculators, and even a contest to win a meal for four cooked by Chef Verati in the winner's own home.
Compiled by Kate Lawson