Classic Banana Bread

  Sunday Morning Coffee   I haven’t slept in since 2003. Okay there were a few mornings in recent years where the Grandfather clock struck 7 before the children stirred and I thought a miracle had happened. But I don’t mind it so much. ’03 brought us our first baby. I can recall darting out […]

Valentine Petits Fours

  Cherry. Cranberry. Amaretto. Jam.   Those four words brought my tweets to a screeching halt one day this past November. A Twitter conversation with my dear friend Jeanne at Inside Nanabread’s Head began a discussion which evolved into a delightful jelly swap over the holidays. The flavor profiles of the jam she mentioned were […]

Championship Chocolate Cupcakes

  Cake Decorating | Championship Chocolate Cupcakes   The New Year brings new features for Cakewalker. One of which is the addition of how to andtutorial posts. Some of them may have accompanying recipes; others might simply be photo-driven techniques. You’ve all been so graciously supportive of my standard story, recipe and picture formatted posts (not to worry, […]

Sideline Salsa

  Unsung Hero     There’s no denying the superstars of Super Bowl fare are chicken wings and guacamole. It’s a national fixation that will see record prices for the fowl in 2013 and staggering numbers for pounds of avocados consumed are expected to keep the bar at previous years’ levels. With their versatile array […]

The Happy Hunny Pot

  She claimed she only knew how to make coffee and toast. And then there was this delicious open-faced melt she would make: A piece of bread topped with sliced tomato, avocado and cheese—then placed in a hot oven until the cheese was all melted and divine, draping over the bread like a warm blanket. […]

An Easy Smile

  Mildred Coombes answered the piercing question, “What is it?” This question had a solid footing in the back of my mind for a couple of months. My wife and I were settling into the home we had just bought, our first, in Burbank, CA. Built in the late 30s, the home was adorable with […]

Man Candy

  Every year I anticipate its arrival with the zeal of a child who awaits Christmas day. It’s a nicely hopped pale ale from the Sierra Nevada® Brewing Co. called Celebration® Fresh Hop Ale. Typically released in November for the holidays, Celebration® Ale is an American IPA style beer, amber-red in color with a robust mouth feel. […]

Mature Over Time

    Just over a year ago a simple offering from a gentleman enlightened me. It was a most pleasant surprise, one that profoundly changed my dated opinion regarding port style wine. Until that moment, my one and only prior experience of trying port was at a wine tasting course in college–an experience that wrinkled […]

First Feast

  My wife and I are planners, especially in regards to events and holidays. I’m not certain if it’s the years we spent working in the hospitality industry, or just who we are as people, but we do devote a modicum of time to thinking things through. Our best laid plans may not always pan […]

Dandy Little Addiction

I knew I had to make it from the moment I saw the photo. The recipe was promptly bookmarked. Two years have passed since I first gawked at the homemade Cracker Jack from friends Cheryl & Adam Barnes—the powerhouse duo behind Picture-Perfect Meals. Cheryl is the voice and recipe developer that makes up half of […]