Clementine and a Fizzy Vinho Verde

What a beautiful weekend. Happy Father’s Day to anyone celebrating in any capacity. I enjoyed a really wonderful hike to Lava Canyon with my sister and dad as well as a really solid biker bar lunch in a town aptly named Cougar. Basically just all around great day.


I’ve been wanting to make orange cupcakes for awhile but something about the flavor sounds tacky to me. It reminds me of the fake flavoring found frequently in candies or dental treatments. And I can’t go fake flavoring. So the other end of the spectrum is timely. It involves squeezing oranges, de-seeding oranges and then balancing the rest of my ingredients so that the acidity isn’t too strong.

Neither of these options sounded awesome. But they did give me a craving for Clementines. The sweet, innocent cousin of oranges. Easier to squeeze, no seeds to worry about, and pieces work much better as garnishes. ‘Let’s see what happens,’ I thought.

I like what happened. Clementine juice added moisture to my batter, but not too much. The end result was slightly addictive, as are most things tangy. Big fan.

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Cupcakes (makes 12)-


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 /2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice of (2) Clementines
  • 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream


  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • Juice of (2) Clementines

clem 3Pre-heat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin. Combine cupcake ingredients (adding Clementine juice last) and beat until smooth. Bake for 20 minutes. While cupcakes cool, whip frosting ingredients (again, add Clementine juice last). Garnish with Clementine pieces. Don’t eat too many 🙂


One of my favorite restaurants in the Portland area is Verde Cocina. It’s fresh and delicious Mexican inspired food. The organic and locally sourced ingredients make me feel slightly better about the giant portion sizes.

I went with my sister and one of my best friends this week to celebrate a milestone day. I was feeling ambiguous about my beverage and asked our server for a recommendation (bubbly, for sure). He challenged me to try their Vinho Verde. Very effervescent, he said. Dry. Bordering on sparkling wine land, but not quite.

I like a challenge and was extremely pleased with his recommendation. Vinho Verde means “cheap and cheerful” in Portuguese. The Broadbent Vinho Verde was super refreshing and light. There was a slight hint of lime in the color, but the taste pallet I got was extremely dry– I’m going to be a wine snob and say paper and almond. Worked perfectly with the mild tang of the cupcakes. Highly recommend for any Summer’s evening.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.



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