Techniques and Tips

    Helping you make your best food

April 1, 2019

Pork loin is a simple, straight forward entree that is super easy to prepare. With some creativity you can stretch it for 2 or 3 meals, making it a a great main item for busy people. Unfortunately, it is often over cooked and dry,  but it doesn't have to be..... Cookin...

March 5, 2019

Roasted vegetables are a versatile side item that are easy to prepare and even easier to customize to your families likes and dislikes. Here are a few tips and a recipe for Simple Roasted Vegetables that will help to ensure a delicious result.....

Tips for get...

December 6, 2018

I love Christmas parties! I always have. The decorations, lights, garlands, the smell of a real Christmas tree that has been lovingly decorated with years of memories. I used to enjoy throwing fancier Christmas parties. Those were the days when I had lots of extra time...

October 30, 2018

 My son saw these in the grocery store and FLIPPED over them....we were shopping for an upcoming school Halloween party and he was so excited about what he called "little  monsters ". These little monsters are actually Rambutan, a mild, sweet fruit that is high in vita...

September 17, 2018

There is a right way and a wrong to cook meat, and a right way and a wrong way to slice meat.

1. The first rule of cooking meat is not to overcook it.

If you are unsure if your meat is fully cooked, I recommend using a meat thermometer(click words to link to thermo...

September 14, 2018

Football season always makes it feel like fall and fall makes it feel like red wine time! Here are two red favorites that are great crowd pleasers......both are delicious and easy on the budget.

Our Daily Red is an organic, and vegan wine (who knew wine could not be veg...

August 31, 2018

 Looking for something that will wow your guests, but not make your kitchen a mess? Maybe you are going somewhere for the long weekend and want to take some food along. Or you are having people over and it has just been an insane week, and your best intentions of cooki...

August 27, 2018

Many years ago I had a cup of fruit and cucumber spears topped with a spicy, salty, tangy sprinkle from a Hispanic food booth at a festival. It was delicious! Fresh, spicy, and bright, it packed a punch of flavor. I tried my own versions, but could not quite get it rig...

July 11, 2018

Looking for something super quick and crowd pleasing for dinner? These Roll Ups are just the thing to make next time you need to make something fast that makes everyone happy. Same flavor profile as a quesadilla, but rolled and grilled. They are easy to dip into salsa...

July 6, 2018

A new must try for the weekend......or any day really! 

This Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc -Viognier Blend is a refreshing slightly sweet ( but not very, I promise) and crisp white wine that will win you over on the first sip. It is a perfect pair with the Melt in your Mouth...

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