One of the best things about blogging about food is that there are opportunities to learn around every corner.  It doesn’t always have to be about food, it can also give you an experience to learn a little bit about yourself by meeting legends in the industry. On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, I was invited to join Olives from Spain  for an intimate reception hosted by…..wait for it….José Andrés!!!!!! “Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.” ThereRead More →

There were some steamy days this week. It was so hot that I saw a bee take off his yellow jacket. It was so hot that I bought bread at the store and when I got home it was toast. It was so hot the debt ceiling needed a fan. There are good things to look forward to on the warmer days like weekend festivals and events. Actually, I’m not a fan of the crowds or being out in the heat. (It was so hot that the cows were making evaporated milk.) I do like the food that is served at a festival. There isRead More →

Kids. I have zero in my household (unless you count emotional age then there are 2). But I do have more kids than I can count that call me “aunt.” I love it. I get to be the fun, cool one who never has to be responsible for a child’s behavior. I can always say “Not my fault…I’m just the aunt.” I also get to do all the fun stuff like make silly faces at the table, shove treats in their mouths when their parents aren’t looking and tickle frowns off their faces. But I have a confession; I don’t like all the kids allRead More →

Why wouldn’t you want a cobbler to run for office? Odds are he’d be im”peached”.   That was hysterical! Do you want another joke? Or do you think my peach jokes are the pits? (I’m here all night!) So with peach-a-palooza going on in my house right now, I decided that I needed to make some sort of yummy dessert for my peachy husband. (He is kind of fuzzy like a peach.) I wanted something in the cobbler family and then I started reading about crisps and crumbles too. What the heck? I really never knew there was a difference until one of faithful friendsRead More →

In the midst of all my foodie fun, I have got to talk more about my imaginary Thanksgiving dinner.  Let’s face it; the turkey is the star of the show but what about the supporting cast of characters?  You know who they are….the side dishes. The side dishes don’t get enough credit for the role they play in Thanksgiving dinner.  Do you ever see an inflatable bowl of mashed potatoes in the Macy’s parade?  NOPE.  How about a Thanksgiving card featuring the sweet potatoes with marshmallows? NOPE.  But let’s get real here, who goes to dinner and fills up on Turkey?  Not me.  All thatRead More →

Every summer I have one conversation with my friends that seems to last at least two months.  You would think it would be about the hot weather but it’s not.  We talk about blueberries!  (Oh no, another post about blueberries.) Apparently when there is an option to go out and pick blueberries everyone feels the need to do it.  It helps that there seems to be a plethora of “U-Picks” in the area and we live in a small town so it has a certain entertainment factor. While I agree picking your own ingredients is fun, there needs to be some self-control.   Everyone starts thinkingRead More →

I did something last night that I’ve never done before.  I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it.  It was sweet and tart all at the same time.   The best part was that it was a woman responsible for my pleasure!  I’m sure you have guessed by now, I now have new favorite lemonade. I went to dinner with three amazingly sweet women last night.  When the waiter asked for our drink orders, I asked for”fun” lemonade.  He told me that they didn’t have fun lemonade just the regular stuff.  (I don’t think he appreciated my wit.  He asked if we had any questionsRead More →

Did your mom ever make a recipe that you didn’t care for as a kid but now as an adult you are kicking yourself for not eating it?  The dish that always comes to mind for me is my mom’s blueberry coffee cake. It really was a silly thing to dislike.  It was cake for goodness sake!  I just couldn’t get past those stinkin’ little blue balls.  I think I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory one too many times and was afraid I would turn violet if I ate too many of them.  (The thought of having to be juiced still frightens me.)Read More →

I really wasn’t sure if I was going to post this recipe or not.  It includes a subject that some people consider “wrong” or “shameful”.  I am not one to hide from controversy so I am going to just toss it out there Seinfeld-style.  Yes, you guessed it.  I want to talk about maceration.  (It’s a food blog, People! What did you think I was talking about?) Do you macerate?  Maybe you do and you just didn’t know the term.  Maceration is the process of softening a food by soaking it in a liquid.  It allows the soaked foods flavors to shine and absorb someRead More →