Comfort Food

When I’m stressed, I go straight to the kitchen. Baking, fixing, feeding people…it just helps. Especially over the past few weeks, I have turned to this corner of my house to let some anxiety go and feed the ones I love. Here are a few recipes for a cocktail, tacos, and cookies (what a combination right?) that I have cranked out the past week.

First up, the cocktail. From Sideshow Pete, it’s called the Gardner’s Tonic. If you need some new coupe glasses, here is a (big) splurge option…it’s just stunning. Also, I love this one for more of a practically price choice.


Also, 100% of profits from their new cocktail book goes to out of work bartenders around America until the end of April!

1.5 oz Gin

1 oz Lemoncello

1 oz Lemon Juice

.25 oz Simple Syrup

2 dashes Bitters

Tonic Water

In a shaker, combine all ingredients, then top with Tonic Water!

Next up, Coca-Cola Brisket Tacos. The name says it all. If you need a dutch oven, this is what I have and love it!

1 3 lb trimmed grass feed beef Brisket
3 yellow onions quartered
2 Mexican pure cane sugar Coke (don’t substitute with regular!)
1 T cumin
1 T Chile powder
1 t Chipotle Chile powder
1 T Kosher salt
1 t black pepper
Add all dry ingredients together to make a rub. Place onions on the bottom of a Dutch oven, place brisket on top of onions add both cokes. Place lid on Dutch oven
Bake at 325 degrees for about 5 hrs (and let your whole house smell amazing!)
Check on brisket after an hour and baste if top looks a little dry.
Once it has gotten to the point that it falls apart w a fork. It is done. Shred with 2 forks and keep in juice and serve.
We serve as tacos on grilled flour tortillas, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots a little cheese dip (store bought is fine). I also squeeze a little lime on the top.
Serves about 30 tacos. Also good on top of a salad and for leftovers for the week, and who doesn’t need some of those right now!

Lastly, Bob’s Favorite Cookies. If you like to bake, and don’t have a stand mixer, this might be a good time! William-Sonoma is doing 20% this one right now.

First, preheat oven to 350

1 cup softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking) grind in food processor until course, not pwder!

2 1/4 cup flour

1 T vanilla paste

1 t Kosher salt

1 t baking soda

1 cup heath bits

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup dried tart cherries


Cream butter, sugar, drop eggs in one at a time. Then add vanilla, flour (slowly!), rolled oats and mix. Add salt and baking soda then slowly mix in all chocolate chips, cherries and heath bar bits.

Once mixed in, use an ice cream scoop (easiest way!) separate them on baking sheet a couple of inches, and bake for 12-15 mins.


Thank you for letting me share with you some fun, around the house things that have helped me. I hope they help you too!

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