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…

Citrus Lemon Tart with Easy Tart Pan Removal Tip

In Arizona, it’s almost time for our gorgeous aromatic citrus trees (including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit) to begin producing. You can smell the luscious scent of their leaves in the air now. One of my favorite desserts to make once the citrus comes fully into season is a lemon tart. The sweet, cookie-stye crumbly…

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…