4 Great Drinks for When You’re Pregnant


Here I am 25 weeks pregnant! Our little girl is due at the end of March 2017 and Dan and I are so excited to meet her. Hooray for babies and big life changes!

You may also have noticed that the site has undergone a big redesign! Isn’t it fantastic? It’s all thanks to my wonderful husband, Dan Lazin, who has been working so hard on it for me (and you!) for ages. So glad it’s here and now we have the infrastructure to share more fun stuff with y’all.

So that’s it in terms of the announcements. On to the recipes!

This post is really for my fellow pregnant ladies. Here are 4 drinks that I have been enjoying and that can (if you close your eyes and believe) maybe fill the gap of a crisp glass of wine. They all include seltzer which is my favorite thing right now and it helps make sure I’m getting enough water at the same time as enjoying my special beverage. I hope this could be helpful for anyone else in a similar position or anyone who is not drinking for any other reason.

Keep reading

Pregnancy Whiskey Proxy


I love whiskey. I didn’t like it the first time I tried it. Or the second. In fact, for years I thought I hated it. Then a magical trip to Ireland changed my mind and now I love it. And although there are much worse hardships with being pregnant, I have missed pouring a little whiskey over some ice and enjoying it with a nice long chat with a friend. There is really NOTHING that can actually replace it or quite emulate whiskey.

But I can approximate the general experience of drinking a whiskey. I want something deeply brown sugary tasting with a little vanilla and other kinds of uncertain complexity to it. So here is a syrup made with molasses and honey, vanilla and spices. You pour a little over ice and top with just a bit of seltzer. It’s strongly flavored and complex, for sipping, not gulping.┬áSee the full post with all recipe links here. Keep reading

Homemade Ginger Ale


Yes, ginger can settle your stomach when you have mild nausea. In my experience it’s no match for serious pregnancy induced nausea, but homemade ginger ale is fizzy and sweet and spicy and just delicious. And you deserve deliciousness.

This recipe simply involves making a ginger infused simple syrup and mixing it with seltzer. Easy! And you can add as much or as little syrup as you like so you can have a super sweet and zippy ginger ale or a more mellow grown up ginger ale. Someday maybe I’ll share with you how to make fermented ginger beer, at some other time when I’m more patient with longer kitchen projects. ­čÖé┬áSee the full post with recipe links here. Keep reading

Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

Sign up for my newsletter!

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

Amazon.comAmazon.caFree PDFLeave a tip?Bulk orders for $5.19/copy!

Sign up for my newsletter!