I won a Joy of Cooking Giveaway! Enjoying with Strawberry-Ginger Lemonade :D

On the night of 1st January 2012, just when I returned to the hotel after an unbelievably, horribly unlucky night at the casino, I saw an e-mail from Siri in my inbox titled "Congratulations - You won the Joy of Cooking cookbook give away".

I instantly forgot all the $$$ lost and was joyfully dancing for the Joy of Cooking!

This 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking has 4,500 recipes for all kinds of meals, from all over the world, suggested menus for several holiday dinners & special occasions, numerous tips, detailed explanations and background information but straightforward recipes, and much, much, much more.

"The Swiss Army Knife of cookbooks," is what The New York Times said about this book.

Strawberry Lemonade
This giveaway was generously hosted for the holiday season by Siri of Cooking With Siri - who has been blogging since 2007 and has an amazing variety of recipes!  Thanks so much, Siri  :-)

Easy Peasy Party Pleaser - Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

So...while I excitedly leaf through this half-a-pound heavy book sipping a refreshing Strawberry-Ginger Herbed Lemonade inspired from a recipe in the book (p. 41), you may also want to give a twist to your regular lemonade next time using this easy peasy party pleaser strawberry lemonade recipe...

strawberry and ginger lemonade
Herbed Lemonade/Limeade (serves 1)
1.  Boil 1 cup water + 1 Tbsp sugar* + small piece/slice of ginger** for 2 minutes, let it cool down, then refrigerate until cold.
2.  Then stir in 2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice.
3.  In a glass, pour 1 Tbsp strawberry puree* over ice cubes, and pour the lemon/lime juice mixture over it.  Serve chilled.

*  The amount of sugar you put will also depend on how sweet the fruit puree is.  It is safer to put lesser sugar at first anyway, otherwise add more ice cubes later to dilute the sweetness.

**  You can use little rosemary, mint or thyme in place of ginger for a hint of herb.  The recipe asks to strain before pouring in glass/pitcher, but I don’t see the need, unless there are threads of ginger you wouldn't want in mouth, for example.

You can use any other fruit juice or puree of your choice.  If you have ginger syrup on hand (sugar+water+ginger boiled & cooled), then you can simply mix that up.  A lemonade has unlimited options!

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  1. Congratulations :)...Great pictures and a nice blog name as well :)

  2. Woweee! Congratulations! Looks like the new year has begun with a great start for you. Now we all are waiting for more recipes.....

  3. Congrats....Drink looks refreshing...

  4. Congrats, that lemonade looks seriously super refreshing.

  5. congrats
    1st time here. nice name of blog .do visit my site.

  6. Congrats Nisha, drink looks yummy

  7. Yes, I live in WA state.I did my masters in software enginnering from kansas state university. Are you planning for higher studies.?

  8. And I am completely green with envy!!!! Enjoy it and look forward to many wonderful replications from this awesome book :)

  9. How nice! This is my first visit to your blog, so I took sometime to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot to visit and I really enjoy the time I spent here.I'll definiteyly be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Congrats Nisha, the book is great and congrats on winning it. Am so happy for you..!
    :) Do link this recipe to my event. Will be a great drink.!

    My event- Valentines Day Special

  11. Congrats Nisha. Great to see you trying away recipes gal. Enjoy.

    Tickling Palates
    Event : Let’s Cook - Rice

  12. Sayali, Fathima, Reshmi, Deepthi, Priya, Santhosh, Anjali, Priya, Torview, Mary, Ancy and Radhika!
    Thank you so much, girls! Really Appreciate it :)

  13. Yay! I am so glad you are liking the book Nisha. the lemonade looks ultra-refreshing.


  14. Congrats! I'd love to own that book.



  15. Congrats on the giveaway win and the lemonade looks yummy and colorful. Thx for linking to the event.

    Event: Sweet Luv
    Event: Strawberries


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