Hearty Country Winter Gatherings With Western Bison Stew

Winter is not a good time to go outside to gather for a family meal.  However, if you’re like me, by the end of February I have cabin fever. So those that have 3 season patios or even a screen in porch, are the lucky ones that can move outside for a grand winter picnic. …

It’s Marti Gras with New Orleans Jambalaya

                Valentine’s Day isn’t the only big festive holiday we have in February. Mardi Gras, this year, is just two days after the day of love. A Carnival Celebration of Fun for all. Every year, our family travels to to New Orleans for a few days of Mardi Gras fun. There are so many flavors…

Simple Family Style Valentines Day Dinner

     Valentines Day is just not just for romantic couples, but full loving homes. Eating together as a family is a way for them to engage and connect with one another.  Having theses dinners with the entire family was a great treat in our house.  When we came home to California from Europe, big family dinners were a…

How to Make Spicy Chocolate Fondue

One of the greatest loves of a Mid-Century Modern lifestyle is throwing Fondue parties. Remember back when it was all the range. It was fun and easy! A chocolate fondue is a great main event for any party back then and today. However, to make it special and different – add a spicy component to…

February Soup and Salad Supper : Cioppino

February is the start of Lent, and this soup and salad menu is great for those Friday Night Lenten Suppers.  This wonderful seafood stew has became a Ash Wednesday celebration that starts Lent.  As a Military retiree, I’ve traveled the world and lived in many cultures. On specific location was living on the Presidio in…

SPAGHETTI CARBONARA (A ROMANTIC DINNER FOR TWO)

Have an easy romantic dinner at home with Spaghetti Carbonara For Two with bacon and cheese. Serve it with sparkling wine and dessert for a stay-in date night! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m guessing you’re here looking for a menu with recipes to make for your other half. Or maybe you’re single and want to treat…

Comfort Food for February: Mac and Cheese

by Lisa M. Skinner                 Who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese? No one that I know of. I used to have little cooking competitions with my dad. I always felt like he was cheating because I didn’t know to think outside the box on recipes. To get creative and make it an experience instead of…

Cookbook Review: 500 Casseroles by Rebecca Baugniet

 As January is National casserole month, it only seemed fitting that we reviewed a book of collected casserole recipes.  This months review is “500 Casseroles” by Rebecca Baugniet.  The book although small in size is great in the value of its recipes.      Although, there isn’t a story behind each recipe, there is a short…

A Robert Burns Dinner Celebration

                Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, was the Bard of Ayshire. He is a national poet and lyricist from Scotland. To this day he is celebrated worldwide. The Burns Supper, traditional celebrated on January 25 (the Bards Birthday) is an institution of Scottish life for immigrants and expats all over the world.  It…

January is Casserole Season!

If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy-to-prepare; Cottage Pie is one of those dishes! In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. However, this dish is equally good with ground beef or…