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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 […]

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 […]

Up The Ante

    In recent years a ritual has emerged in our house. For All Hallows Eve, the dinner of choice has been a pumpkin pizza to fill us up on a night of frolicking about the neighborhood for tricks and treats. A time or two I’d shape the pizza to imply the chilling silhouette of […]

Travelogue: What’s Right About America

  It’s there within reach…     Today, autumn was in full swing at the annual Green Acres Nursery and Supply Fall Festival in the wonderful city of Folsom, CA. What makes me especially happy and proud for my town is that this particular location was once a Circuit City, a national retailer who closed […]

Not A One Says Fall

    This was my first cookbook. I couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old, and I don’t remember if it was mine or shared between me and my sister and brother. What I do remember is my infatuation with the book’s recipe for Peanuts’ Peanut Brittle and my determination to make […]

Vine To Table: A Sunday Supper Pictorial

  Lasagna Salsiccia con Pesto