Category: Indulgences

Popcorn Is My Crack

Confession: I’ve never done crack but let’s just say I am addicted to Trader Joe’s Bollywood popcorn which by the way is being phased out because not enough people buy it. Right now, I saw the bright blue package at the Trader Joe’s Swan/Grant store for 99 cents. The manager confirmed Bollywood popcorn is going […]

What’s for Dinner? Popcorn

This is one of my most favorite dinners to eat at home – a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. What could be better than popcorn dusted with chocolate? Perhaps popcorn drizzled with chocolate sauce? I love popcorn with sea salt & pepper and popcorn with white cheddar cheese. Even popcorn with olive […]

Does Absinthe Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

The headline in VinePair’s blog — Will Absinthe Make Me Hallucinate? — caught my eye. According to the article, it’s a myth. Since absinthe was banned in the United States for a period of time, this medicinal-like spirit is surrounded in myth and mystery. Anything that is banned automatically becomes more desirable. I drank absinthe […]

Tucson Bright Idea: Hub Ice Cream Factory

Tucson diners all know Hub and its fabulous ice cream flavors (love the salted caramel) and if you go to the Hub when it’s crowded you have to snake in through the diners, the servers and the decibels to get a scoop of ice cream. Not any more! Starting May 22, go directly to Hub […]

Second Helpings? Overeating Stomach Problems

What happens when you over eat? You wish you wore your fat pants. You regret asking for second or (gulp) third helpings. And generally you do not feel very well. You and the people around you will suffer from your flatulence (gas). You vow never to over eat again…until next time. Most likely if you’re […]

National Mojito Day – July 11

Did you know that the mojito has been routinely presented as a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway? Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail with five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice) or simple syrup, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety […]

Does Ice Cream Make You Happy?

Baskin-Robbins believes that ice cream puts people in a happy mood and they asked a behavioral food expert to do a survey proving what flavors make you the happiest. Salted caramel makes Circle of Food jump for joy as well as rich coffee. And when I think back to my childhood when I ate the […]

When Inspiration Strikes: Pork Cutlets Cristo

Todd and I take turns each week setting the menu, grocery shopping, and cooking supper. We’ve been doing it this way since we first moved in together and I am continually grateful to has a husband that enjoys cooking as much as I do. Sometimes my menus are very specific (especially if I’m working on […]

Daring Bakers: Easter Breads

The April Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den . She challenged us to Spring into our kitchens and make Easter breads reflecting cultures around the world. We actually don’t do a whole lot for Easter–in fact, this year we did absolutely nothing as family members had other engagements and we’d just spent the […]

The Proof is in the Bread Box

After a successful-yet-leaves-room-for-improvement attempt at last month’s Daring Bakers challenge I wanted to try the given recipe again but tweak it a little. What I’d ended up with was a tasty, if somewhat dry, pastry that I thought could do with some enriching to make it work better with the vagaries of gluten-free baking. In order to […]