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Jasmine Green Tea Ginger Ice Cream
Jasmine Green Tea Ginger Ice Cream

A few weeks ago, we won a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker from another local food blogger. I didn’t really give it much thought until my husband whipped up his first batch of Strawberry Basil Gelato, and now I am hooked. It feels like I’ve spent the better part of my days lately dreaming about exotic […]



Ginger Snaps
Ginger Snaps

  Since I was a kid, ginger snaps have been one of my favorite cookies. Sure, I liked chocolate chip just as much as the next kid, but for me, nothing was better than a fresh, slightly chewy, homemade ginger snap. Over the years, I’ve tested various recipes, trying to perfect the art of the […]



Worcestershire Powder Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers with Creamy Coleslaw
Worcestershire Powder Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers with Creamy Coleslaw

Grilling season is in full swing. And what’s better on the grill than burgers? Nice, juicy, mouthwatering burgers. For this recipe, we used Worcestershire powder instead of sauce and were pleased with how much easier it was to mix. When working with Worcestershire sauce, the meat and other ingredients don’t stick together as well, making […]



Seven Savory Grilling Spices for Chicken, Pork & Beef
Seven Savory Grilling Spices for Chicken, Pork & Beef

There are numerous spices used for BBQ and grilling, but which ones are essential for America’s favorite summer pastime? Several of the following were original travelers along the spice route centuries ago. Who are we to argue with tradition? Have these in your spice rack before you plan that menu and fire up the grill […]



Smoked Chipotle Brown Sugar Chicken with Green Veggies
Smoked Chipotle Brown Sugar Chicken with Green Veggies

It’s summer time, which means it’s grilling time, and what better way to kick off the grilling season than with some smoked chicken. We’ve never smoked anything before, so this was truly an experiment, but a fun one at that. The Garlic Chipotle & Savina Rub, Paprika Smoked Sweet and brown sugar created the perfect […]



Make Your Own Rub
Make Your Own Rub

Photo Credit: Christopher Aloi To make your own rub, or buy pre-blended? That is the question. Having your own signature rub can be a lot of fun. It makes a great gift for a friend and gives you something to brag about at your next cookout… but is it for you?  There are a few […]



11 Ways to Fix-up Fast Food
11 Ways to Fix-up Fast Food

We all know it would be ideal to cook a delicious homemade meal every time. But when you have a busy schedule sometimes you have to resort to fast food. With all the different food chains available today eventually the same cheeseburgers, tacos, and pizza just get boring. We decided to come up with a few ideas to spice up old drive-thru or frozen foods to give them a more made-in-the-kitchen feel.



Fun Facts on Popcorn
Fun Facts on Popcorn

  Each year Americans consume a whooping 16 billion quarts of popcorn Popcorn can be a healthy whole grain snack depending on how it is cooked Air popped popcorn has only 31Kcal per cup Most of America’s popcorn is grown in the Mid west The peak time to eat popcorn is in the fall maybe […]



Fun Facts on Lentils
Fun Facts on Lentils

  Lentils are legumes and originated in central Asia They were found in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians in 2400BC lentils come in all shapes and colors – brown, yellow, red and black French lentils are known for a delicate taste and they hold their shape better after cooking The optical lens is named […]



Spicy Cranberry Chutney
Spicy Cranberry Chutney

  Be different this thanksgiving and wow your guests with a knock out spicy cranberry chutney to go with your turkey. This creative recipe comes from Bo’s Bowl a wonderful food blog. Indian Spiced Cranberry Chutney Ingredients 2 tbs vegetable oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 2inch cinnamon stick 3 whole cloves 1 tbs chopped […]