Wasabi Aioli

Ever want to mimic a sauce that you were served at a restaurant? Have you ever tasted something so delicious that you write down what you think are the ingredients on your napkin? How would you like to learn my recipe for an unusual aioli? Why is it unique? The ingredients are orange juice and […]

Buttery Chicken Pot Pie

If you heard about a buttery chicken pot pie, would you be interested in learning about it? Ever wonder how to prepare the type of crust that taste like you spend a lot of time preparing? The key to this remarkable pot pie is nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, prepared chicken and cold butter. How is […]

Spice Blends and Rubs

How would you like to learn how to make dry rubs that can be fruity, herbal, mellow or piquant? Ever wonder how you can make creative dinners with minimal fanfare? There is a way to do this. Blending certain herbs into what is known as a dry rub. I promise if you follow these recipes […]

Sugar Cookie Mix + Apples = Curious Reader

Do you ever wonder how you could use cookie mix for something besides cookies? There is a way for you to prepare buttery delicate crust with minimal fanfare. The ingredients are literally in the bag. Read further and I will show you how. Apple Tart 1 Package Sugar Cookie Mix 1 stick unsalted butter, melted […]

A New Ingredient For Mole Chicken is Smoked Saigon Cinnamon

Did you ever linger in front of a spice display? Have you ever found a new ingredient and wonder what to do with it? Did you search the internet for recipes containing the ingredient and did not find one? This is what happened to me recently when I discovered Smoked Saigon Cinnamon manufactured by Mc […]

How to Get Free Advertising

Press releases are a great way to advertise without spending money. Your only investment is time anc creativity to “get the word out” about an event or product. They are can be as fairly simple to complete and can be as creative as you are. Press releases have not evolved over the years but the […]

National Tortellini Day

On February 13th, we celebrate National Tortellini Day, an annual celebration of this versatile Italian pasta. It is a favorite among adults as well as children who like the shape because it is easy to eat. Tortellini is a ring shaped pasta filled with meat, cheese or nuts. It can be used as an ingredient […]

Motivational Speeches

I am a big fan of motivational speeches. You know, speeches that create a stir in your heart and nudges your mind into thinking.  There is a  speech that was written by Russel Conwell in 1887 that has not lost its relevance.  Yes, lives were hectic even back then.  The speech speaks of taking a personal […]

Seed Catalogs

At this time of the year, mail order seed catalogs start to arrive in my mailbox. With the cold weather outside, it is nice to site on the couch with a cup of tea and scan the seed catalogs and plan our garden. They hold the promise of warm days ahead. To help us with […]

Happiness is a State of Mind

I decided to get up with the sun today. The past few weeks, I have waited to the last minute to get out of bed. My days have started on a frantic note so I made the conscious decision to change this. I also have a lot to do this morning. The dogs were happy. […]

Nature as Design

As I was preparing for an outdoor dinner party, I swept the front porch. Coffee, our 14 year chocolate lab, resides there most of the time. She loves to greet anyone who comes by. Even the postman brings her treats. I noticed this spider web on the posts by the front steps. My first inclination […]

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