Salmon Spread – A Favorite New Year’s Appetizer

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away and many are planning menus for their celebrations. This easy and quick to prepare appetizer is a favorite of mine. Prepare day of the party to ensure the freshest quality and best taste. A frozen piece of salmon can be thawed fairly quickly in an ice…

Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Vanilla, Fruit & Nut Granola

Have you considered giving a “food gift” to someone on your list this year? From cookies to pies, candy to homemade vinegars, a make-it-yourself gift is a welcoming change over store bought purchases. It tells the recipient that you care enough to take the time to make them something special. Making homemade gifts are many…

Cooking Success: Top 10 Secrets

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen creating new dishes and experimenting and making recipes. This results in many trips to the grocery store, cooking and baking lots of food, and making many messes in the kitchen. To stay organized and to ensure cooking success, these are the 10 top things I do…

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Tips for Hosting

Only 6 days until Thanksgiving and if you’re hosting, this is the time to kick your preparations into action. Here’s some tips to ensure you have a successful day. TODAY: If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to plan your menu. If you are hosting, make a list of all of the…