Failing Inspection

This morning our local paper featured its report on recent restaurant inspections. My stomach tightened as I scrolled through the list of establishments that failed; happily, none the places we order take-out from were highlighted..this time. There were a few surprises though, local favorites were dinged for everything from grease build-up to improperly stored medicine….

Bite-sized, twice baked potatoes

Well, that was easy! Yesterday we met with our neighbors (outside!) for wine and appetizers. I made mini-twice baked potatoes. Talk about a trifecta- great presentation, taste and SO easy to make! First, I poured a bit of oil in the bottom of a pyrex pan and sprinkled on some salt and garlic powder. Then…

Our Cabernet Wine Tasting

As I was buying a bottle of Malbec yesterday for this week-end’s wine tasting, I realized I hadn’t written yet about last month’s Valentine’s Day Cabernet blind tasting! (Our monthly journey into wine education and sampling has become a”thing” we really look forward to.) It was a hilarious evening as my husband and I kicked…

We interrupt this winter to bring you: a taste of summer.. 🌺

This is a lazy chef’s dream: easy recipes that taste good, look pretty, are endlessly customizable and healthy for you. This one, from Cookie and Kate, fits the bill.. and for all of you struggling through a long winter, the flavor of the sauce will transport you to Florida.. where it was 84 degrees yesterday….

“Grate Night” (the fusion of grapes & a date.)

I’m not sure when (or if) I will ever stop associating wine tasting with Covid. Our little tasting party was after all, the last cancellation on our 2020 calendar before we officially fell into the “Upside-down.” This was the final social event my husband and I argued about.. he was sure this whole Corona issue…

Newtella

Gosh I have loved Nutella and yes, it’s bad for you..as in HORRIBLE!!! Here according to meghantelpner.com is the sad, sad truth: Nutritional Breakdown Nutella contains 70% saturated fat and processed sugar by weight.  A two-tablespoon (37 gram) serving of Nutella contains 200 calories including: 99 calories from 11 grams of fat (3.5g of which…