Appetizers inspired by a gift from the Ukraine

I was presented with a hand carried jar of processed Ukrainian market Peppers and Tomatoes prepared and canned with love.  I stared at the delightful contents through the glass jar for weeks on my counter.  I contemplated how to best present and share this gift of “gold”.  I wondered if “Anna” would know how much this handmade gift meant to me.  After all…I had never met her in person.  Her love was felt in the hand carried gifts brought back by her friend.  I studied the foreign language on the metal lid and thought, “I have never seen a more cleverly invented seal design”.cucumber-appetizers-foodiefad-com-copyright

 The contents served several groups of house guests in a lovely Cucumber appetizer I designed.  I will remember the taste all my life and will never be able to duplicate it.  I am sharing this with you today… […]

Cranberries with Port

Stop!  Do not get out the can opener…I am about to blow your mind with the easiest, tastiest side dish.  Making Thanksgiving dinner for everyone?  Perfect this will take no time.  Tasked with bringing a dish?  Great, this will make you a star.  No matter what your fancy, enjoy this dish that is not only Read more about Cranberries with Port[…]

My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed

2016 Thanksgiving Menu Baby Kale, Swiss Chard, and Spinach Salad with Roasted Vegetables and a Dark Cherry Vinaigrette Smoked Maple Orange Bourbon Brine Turkey Breast Cajun Smoked Turkey Breast Grand Marnier Apricot Stuffing Gluten-free Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing Smashed Potato Casserole Modern Green Bean Casserole Roasted Butternut Squash Cranberries with Port Onion and Shallot Popovers Pumpkin Mascarpone Read more about My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed[…]

Planting Trees: Fruit For the Next Generation

 

A child’s life is impressionable. My father shared stories about his early years before he passed away.  When he talked about the Great Depression I imagined his life as a young boy; working hard on the family farm along side his older brothers and sisters who shouldered the heaviest part of the work.  He tempered his description with references of, “we had no want because we lived on a farm”.  Hardships were about life and death […]

Eat your heart out!

Do you love to ski or snowboard?  How about going to a beautiful snowcovered mountain town just to enjoy some time with family or friends?  Or perhaps you’d love a weekend getaway to enjoy a hot tottie by the fire at a ski resort?  Whatever your pleasure, how hard would you work for your dinner Read more about Eat your heart out![…]