Growing up I was not a fan of canned cranberry sauce. The tart flavor wasn’t exactly my idea of a flavorful party in my mouth. About ten years ago I set out on a mission to make my own cranberry sauce from scratch. I’ve tried many recipes and tweaked them just a tad each year until I developed my own recipe. The flavorful combination of sweet fruits and baking seasonings balances the tartness of cranberries. This pairs perfectly with savory flavors in many dishes served during Thanksgiving. It’s also delightful with oven-baked ham during Easter dinners. In fact, cranberry sauce… View Post

In honor of National Coffee Day and all the coffee lovers worldwide -Just for fun- I want to share my favorite brand of coffee and try to get you hooked on it too. I can’t tell you the sheer volume of friends and family that I’ve gotten hooked on this Cup of Joe… it’s a lot! I have been called a coffee snob and probably am one, but not in the hoighty-toighty sense of snobbery. It’s more like being a well-versed coffee connoisseur of sorts, similar to how some people are wine aficionados. My favorite brand of coffee is French… View Post

Fresh salsa, Salsa Fresco, or Pico de Gallo, whatever name you call it by, it is delicious in its many forms! Yum! Salsa Fresca is a year-round favorite of mine, but it’s even better during the summer when veggies are fresh and locally grown. I actually prefer homemade salsa over anything jarred or canned. Plus it’s so easy to make.   It’s a perfect snack to pack and carry waterside and it’s sure to be a hit at parties. Whether you want to make it ahead of time or on the spot like I did, it’s going to be a… View Post