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The Not-So-Humble Kumquat

Fruits of the Oval Kumquat, Fortunella japonic...
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The kumquat. It sits in your grocer’s produce section, usually hiding in a little bin somewhere near the organic plantains and the little lime and lemon juice bottles shaped like their namesakes. It’s tiny, a little bigger than your average genetically enhanced grape, and orange—and you’d never guess what’s inside. Continue reading The Not-So-Humble Kumquat

The Best Hot Toddy

My Favorite Hot Toddy

My brother-in-law is a bar tender at a swanky bar in Chicago and inspired this recipe for a perfect hot toddy:


  • 1-2 oz straight rye whiskey
  • 1 lemon wedge, juiced (about 1/2 Tbsp juice)
  • 1/2 tsp buckwheat honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 8 oz hot water


  1. Boil the water
  2. In a mug juice the lemon wedge, add honey and cinnamon (honestly, just a dash. Add too much and it will get clumpy. ewe)
  3. To get really fancy, take a sharp knife and dig out 2 little holes in the lemon wedge rind. Insert the cloves in the little holes. Add the lemon wedge+cloves to the mug
  4. Pour in the hot water and stir
  5. Drink (carefully)!