The Surrealist (Trois Saint)

Exclusively by JCB Collection The scene: Two worn ranch-style brown leather chairs poised directly in front of the stone fireplace.  The flames are softly darting up and down and I can hear the crackle of the wood as it burns.  A smoky scent of beech wood brings me back to the very first fire I…

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…

Easy Entertaining: Party-Platters

With the holidays fast approaching, opening your home to friends and family for a party is a common tradition. Serving great food is one of the requirements for hosting a successful event. But don’t think you have to spend hours in the kitchen. One of the best ways to serve a crowd is to put…