***This post has been sponsored by Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey; a sample was received in consideration for Tuesday’s review as well as today’s recipe share. Other than that, no further compensation has been received and the opinions expressed below are entirely that of the author. No further affiliation with Kilbeggan Distillery is being claimed. And now with that out of the


English: Teriyaki-like marinade for chicken th...

English: Teriyaki-like marinade for chicken thighs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marinating meat is a popular and relatively cheap way to spice up any dish.  The technique has been in use for many thousands of years.  It has often been used as a way to preserve as well as tenderise meat in the pre-refrigeration era (most of human history).  This is probably …


A Summer Soup

Chowders are usually heavy soups perfect for cold, winter months to warm you up when the weather is frightful.

Corn Chowder

This chowder, though, is light, a little sweet, and full of summer vegetables. I served it as part of my book launch tasting menu this weekend and it was perfect for a rainy, summer day spent in a bookstore. The leftovers …


Redskin Potato Salad from What to Feed Your Raiding Party

The temperature is rising and the sunny days of Summer are just bursting with cookouts, pot-lucks and pool parties. A creamy potato salad is great for these get-togethers because it can be made up to 2 days ahead and the flavor actually improves as it sits!

Frequently, a potato salad either features an oil-and-vinegar dressing or a mayonnaise-based dressing. My …


I love being a food writer for many reasons; one of them being that people send me things for my “inspection.”  After checking things out, I pass the items on either donating them to charity or giving them to someone I know will make good use of them.  Such is the case with the second bake book I received from …


Green tea leaves, from a small teabag
Image via Wikipedia

June is National Iced Tea Month. Here are some fun facts about iced tea, courtesy of Honest Tea:

•         As of June 1, iced tea turned 106 years-old (what’s old is new again)

•         80 percent of the tea served around the world is iced tea

•         Studies show that drinking tea is a good …


The Bing cherry owes its development to the Ch...
Image via Wikipedia

The California cherry folks sent me an easy recipe for Bing cherry pie. I am drooling. Even ~ I ~ cook make this pie and I don’t bake. The only caveat is when it’s cherry season, I don’t turn my oven on because it makes the house too hot and makes the air conditioner work harder.

Oh, …


Chicken Skewers
Image by futureshape via Flickr

This recipe sounds amazing! I just got it from a friend, but it would be nice to try for the memorial day weekend. Chicken is relatively cheap and it is easy to make  a lot of it for your party because you just put it on the grill on skewers.


-1 cup pineapple juice…


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