Sugar Facial Scrub with Honey from ‘Honey Crafting’

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I am completely besotted with a new book that has come my way: Honey Crafting.  Like most, I respond quickly to the aesthetics of a book; its shape, any texture in the cover, color, font style. I immediately loved everything about this book. I love the handmade feel of the paper cover in amber tones of honey. I love the friendly fonts that harkens back to simpler times but that feel hip instead of ‘old’. I've long believed in the properties of honey. I've been told if one eats honey from … CONTINUE READING

Ball Park Nachos and the Ultimate Nachos cookbook Giveaway!

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I personally don’t know anyone who does not like nachos.  Of course everyone also makes them almost identically; corn chips, cheese, maybe some meat and/or beans, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole if it’s a big night.  What if I told you there are not only multiple ways to make them but internationally inspired versions?  Breakfast options?  Dessert recipes?  Versions that surly have not ever crossed your mind even in your wildest moments of reckless kitchen creativity?  They do exist and are all … CONTINUE READING

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Sour Cream Raisin Pie | recipe at

If you are like I was when I first heard of Sour Cream Raisin Pie, you might say ‘ewww’; hopefully to yourself but it would be understandable if you uttered that aloud.  I’d lived most of my life knowing of many pies, standard and exotic, but this one never crossed my path until about 4 years ago. My step father, who is also the innovator of the ‘Ring of Fire’ breakfast recipe I shared on New Year’s Day, ushered this dessert into my pie-consuming consciousness.  I don’t exactly recall how it … CONTINUE READING

Summer White Wine Fruit Popsicles and Black Box Wines

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If a few months ago you would have asked me my opinion of wine-in-a-box, I would have done a rapid fire flashback to the 1980’s and my parents swilling from a gigantic cardboard box of wine, finding the replacement of their cocktail hour jug wine from the ‘70’s an upgrade.  When I was old enough to sample it myself, I found it both frightening and fortunate that it was on its quick way out of vogue. Speed forward through a lengthy stint of living 30 minutes from California’s wine country, … CONTINUE READING

Southwestern Bacon Cheeseburgers

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With Father’s Day coming this weekend my mind turns toward all things manly: meat, grilling, fishing, meat, camping, meat, sports, after shave and meat.  I’m not sure why men are pegged with desiring 30 ounce steaks and portions fit-for-four but it does lend itself to the opportunity for indulgent foods to grill. We typically get out into nature for Father’s Day.   We’ve taken fishing picnics, gone on hikes and always do some good cooking.  I have to say the most memorable for me in my family … CONTINUE READING

Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee Ice Cream Pie -

When I was growing up vanilla was my all time favorite ice cream flavor.  Maybe that seems boring but I think sometimes it’s the more simple flavors and recipes that allow really great quality food to be more easily identified.    My second favorite flavor was Butter Brickle and I share that with trepidation knowing there are a crop of younger diners who have no idea what Butter Brickle even is. Butter Brickle was originally developed in the 1920’s and was a combination of vanilla ice cream … CONTINUE READING