Christmas in July with Nantucket Lobsters

Christmas in July is a second Christmas celebration held around the summer season, mainly during July. It is centered around Christmas-themed activities and entertainment, including small gatherings, seasonal music and specials, and shopping, with the goal of getting the public in the “Christmas spirit” during the summer season.  This years celebration is the weekend of the 24 and 25…

Dad’s Day with Beer Butt Chicken

Beer Butt Chicken seems a favorite with the beer drinking Dads.  A beer in hand, grill going strong with favors of chicken fill the neighborhood, and kids out paying in the slip in slide.  It is the start of the summer grilling season, with a big push from Dad and his grill.  Add potato salad,…

What is Heritage Cooking?

By Lisa Skinner, guest Author A fantastic food trend for 2021 is Heritage Cooking.  It is a trend that I can take delight in.  Heritage cooking is immersing yourself into a culture through the food. Delicious recipes that our ancestors before us have made. All over the TV and Internet, you will find heritage cooking…

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Very much the favorite of the Irish American families for St. Patrick’s Day. The sausages are roasted until mahogany brown and served with mashed potatoes and onion gravy are a favorite in British eateries. The British sausage became known as a banger around World War I, probably because it spluttered as it fried. Along with…

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…

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…

How to Plan a Party for the 2021 Holidays

          The 2021 holidays are around the corner! And with them comes the opportunity to entertain those nearest and dearest to you.  Hosting any kind of party can be incredibly stressful but with these easy, quick steps, your get together is going to be exactly as you envisioned it would be. So, let’s get started….

A Christmas Dinner Tradition: Prime Rib

It is that time of year again! Who doesn’t love Christmas? The lights, the music, and the food! Some families make turkeys; some make hams. But at my house growing up we had prime rib. So delicious. What I love about it though is that the tradition carried over to my children. My oldest daughter…

Community Oktoberfest Menu

 Oktoberfest was canceled this year due to the pandemic.  So this fall our small community down at the river decided to hold our own Oktoberfest following all the rules for social distancing.  Best way to plan an event like this is to have each neighbor bring a dish or two.  Add German music to get…