Cocoa-Espresso-Cardamom Almonds

This little piggy went to market and brought home these wonderful roasted almonds. Perhaps that’s the second verse of this nursery rhyme? This is the perfect simple treat to make during the busiest time of the year. [Read more…]

Boston Sour

Looking for an iconic drink for the holidays? Here’s a twist on the classic Whiskey Sour that Ed discovered. What makes it a Boston Sour? Add an egg white to give it some froth. The rest of the ingredients remain the same.  [Read more…]

Baby Kale-Sun Dried Tomato-Pine Nut Salad

This is a great salad that can easily be adapted for an everyday meal or a Thanksgiving side. Over the last few years a few family members have served kale salads for our winter holidays. They’ve started with mature kale which requires a bit of massaging to remove the bitterness. [Read more…]

Pistachio-Cranberry Chocolate Bark

‘Tis the shopping season but also the cooking season. I spend more time baking and cooking for Christmas than I do shopping. Likely because I much prefer being in the kitchen then at the mall. [Read more…]

Bourbon and Almond Baked Brie

My first memory of a baked brie is from a holiday party my parents had back in the early 1990’s. Perhaps I had one prior but that’s a food memory that has stuck with me. Gooey cheese, jam and pastry all baked together. It doesn’t get much better than that. [Read more…]

Pomegranate-Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Thanksgiving (also known as my favorite holiday) is almost upon us and this calls for an extra special cocktail. I was already thinking this and then was officially assigned one on my brother’s (Geoff T) Thanksgiving weekend food and drink spreadsheet. I’m not the only one in my family who takes food and drink very seriously. [Read more…]

Rosemary-Brown Sugar Syrup

This is the key ingredient in a Pomegranate-Rosemary Gin Cocktail. The “woodiness” of the rosemary really comes through in this syrup. Using brown sugar instead of white sugar also gives it more depth.  [Read more…]

Belgian Beef Stew

The beef stew of our childhood was made of beef but also contained potatoes, carrots, celery and onions (maybe wine but never beer). Neither Ed nor I prefer our beef stew that way so when I found this recipe many years ago it became the standard in our house. Largely because it’s just beef and onions, oh and with some really good Belgian beer and bacon. [Read more…]

Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Looking for a sweet for your sweetheart? Try this five ingredient, super easy to make recipe. Fair warning, your loved one may go through a variety of mixed emotions that range from love to hate. [Read more…]

Beer Cheese

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Whether Ben Franklin actually said this or not (there’s debate out there) I think he’d be even happier with this beer and cheese combination. What better time for beer and cheese than the Super Bowl?  [Read more…]