A Very Berry Blood Orange Margarita for National Margarita Day

A Very Berry Blood Orange Margarita February 21, 2014

Did you know that tomorrow, Saturday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day? If I had my way and a moment of extra time I would campaign hard to get it moved. How? Why? What was someone thinking when they made the quintessential summer cocktail’s ‘day’ in the middle of winter. Maybe it was someone in […]


Homemade Garlic Re-Fried Beans

Homemade Garlic Re-Fried Beans February 19, 2014

When I saw Rebecca from the blog Foodie With Family tweet about these re-fried beans my interest was piqued. First because I love anything with garlic but also was just curious. Could they really be any good? Were those awful canned beans not the only solution? I knew there must be one; I’ve had some […]


A Valentine Dinner – Filet Mignon with Horseradish Dijon Sauce and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Filet Mignon with Horseradish Dijon Sauce and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes February 11, 2014

Aphrodisiacs – food and beverages thought to inspire desire – are Valentine’s Day favorites. Among the best-known temptations: oysters, Champagne, caviar, and chocolate. This year, try something new by injecting romance into the menu with…yes, mustard. Celebrated for its aphrodisiac properties by many cultures, mustard’s bite will warm the body and boost the romantic temperature […]


The Tom Collins – A Classic Cocktail for Super Bowl Sunday

The Tom Collins - A Classic Cocktail January 24, 2014

This time last year I was immersed in the opposite of what I am today; packing up and giving away and preparing to sell my home. You know what? I like this end SO much better. Still a lot of work but without the same deadlines and well, I’m in my home and not leaving […]


Kalua Pork and Rice Salad with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Kalua Pork Salad with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce January 21, 2014

One thing I knew I would love about making the Kalua Pig in a crockpot the other day was how much pulled pork I would have on hand. Plenty for a couple of meals for a family or in my case, for a couple of dishes for a party! I served both the Pork Tacos […]


Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce for Beef, Pork, Chicken and Shrimp

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Barbecue Glaze for Beef, Pork, Chicken and Shrimp December 18, 2013

I can not remember a year when I haven’t made all of my holiday gifts for friends (children are another story…they don’t want my food; they want stuff!). Although I try to make something new each year there are repeats by request. This Limoncello is one of the most requested and I even get bottles […]


Ricotta and Lemon-Basil Pasta

Ricotta and Lemon-Basil Pasta October 26, 2013

Am I alone in thinking that at times we might all take for granted how the Internet has enriched our lives? For some of you it’s probably all you’ve known but for me I remember the days of Encyclopedias and libraries for most of the information we needed and that people we knew were limited […]


Chocolate Covered Cherry Pops and a Zoku Quick Pop Maker Giveaway

Chocolate Covered Cherry Pops September 30, 2013

I imagine if I had young children around I could justify my obsession with all things popsicle…and snow coneish for that matter. But I don’t so the secrets out; I love these treats from childhood all year round even if today that might mean pumping up the volume with a liqueur or in this case […]


Red Pepper, Poblano, Jalapeno and Honey Lime Sauce

Red Pepper, Poblano, Jalapeno, Honey and Lime Sauce September 18, 2013

I was reminded when I was making this sauce with red bell peppers, poblano and jalapeno peppers as a topping for pork recently what a huge leap of faith it was the first time I made it. As you know if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, I have a huge, big, […]


Cilantro, Honey and Chile Butter for Grilled Corn

Cilantro, Honey and Chile Butter for Grilled Corn August 29, 2013

Despite my children telling me I am; I ignore them because I am not THAT bossy! Still there are times and there are places and in this one I can not help myself. GO GET SOME FRESH CORN AND MAKE THIS BUTTER! There, I said it…do I need to yell say it again? It is […]


The Best All Purpose Dry Spice Rub for Chicken, Beef and Pork

The Best Chicken, Beef and Pork Rub for Barbecue and Smoking August 20, 2013

Last month I shared how my daughter Emily is going to be the lucky beneficiary of a brand new Delta ‘One Touch’ Faucet (though I think they should just call it the ‘Chicken Cutting Faucet!). Although she is not going through a major kitchen overhaul, this surprise has whet her appetite to do a couple […]


Peach, Blueberry, Gorgonzola and Toasted Walnut Grilled Pizza Salad

Peach, Blueberry, Gorgonzola and Toasted Walnut Grilled Pizza Salad July 23, 2013

When the weather is sweltering, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. I don’t think it’s even about the stove really heating up the kitchen that much, especially in air conditioned homes; I think it’s more of a mind thing than a real thing but it is also my thing! […]


Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa July 15, 2013

I’ve got a confession to make though I’m not sure my readers are the ones I should be asking forgiveness from. I made this batch of Watermelon Salsa and I almost ate the whole dang thing. I am not lying. This green pepper hater actually made a batch of something with jalapenos combined with red, […]


Pimm’s Cup – Drink Like You’re at Wimbledon!

Pimm's Cup - Drink Like You're at Wimbledon! July 5, 2013

One of the things I most enjoy when doing a Classic for Friday Cocktails is discovering the history behind a well known drink. This is certainly one of those times and in this instance history is wrapped up with a grand tradition…what more could you ask for? Although Wimbledon started play on Monday, June 24 […]


July 4th Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cake

July 4th Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cake July 3, 2013

I don’t usually do theme foods; especially those with patriotic theme colors; or at least I haven’t since my children were small and I might have made something fun for their July 4th school events. I wish I knew where that photo of Emily is when she was in the 4th grade; marching in a […]