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Cranberries and their Measuring Equivalents

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Food Tips | Cranberries and their equivalents

Cranberries are such a sassy fruit, don’t you think?  With their bright red color and crimson hue, they are quite an attention-getter.  Typically fresh cranberries are available at your local grocery store from October through December; however, they can be enjoyed year-round in a variety of ways.  Not only are these beautiful red orbs perfect… Read More

Apple Favorites

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Apple Favorites

September is the time of year when we are blessed with a bounty of orchard-fresh apples!  From tart to sweet, there is certainly no shortage of varieties available to us. While we usually have no problem buying apples all year round, there are a few types (e.g. the Jonamac and Honeycrisp) that are only available during peak season. Here in Florida, these type… Read More

How to Take Corn off the Cob

– Posted in: Food
Cooking Tips | How to Take Corn off the Cob. So easy, and done in minutes!

You will not believe how easy it is to take corn off the cob with only a knife and a cake pan.  Either a Bundt pan or an Angel Food cake pan will do nicely.  Typically, the Angel Food cake pans have a larger opening – so they are perfect for holding larger ears of… Read More

Season Fruit with Salt

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
Food Tips | Season your fruit with salt to enhance its natural flavor!

While we are all aware of the natural sweetness of fruit, some folks do not know that its flavor can be improved upon when you season it with salt.  My husband was one of those people.  He was simply amazed at how much better watermelon tasted with just a pinch of these white morsels!  When… Read More

Easter Candy Favorites

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Easter Candy Favorites

The thought of spring conjures up happy images like warmer weather, green grasses, egg hunts … and Easter candy favorites. From bunnies, marshmallow treats and a variety of other flavors, we have been fascinated with these sweet treats for decades.  No spring-themed festivity would be complete without them, and put simply – they are just… Read More

Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey Gravy

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Recipe | Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey Gravy | Some of the best gravy I have ever tasted, and it was made ahead of time!

One of the best lessons I learned a few years ago was that you did not have to roast an entire turkey to make delicious-tasting gravy.  Limiting yourself to Turkey wings, onions, and other fresh ingredients will do just as well. I searched and experimented with many gravy recipes over the years; however, the one that… Read More

How to Dry Herbs with a Wooden Hanger

– Posted in: Food, Gardening, Tips, Thrills & Tales
How to Dry Herbs with a Hanger | Great use of an old wooden hanger, and drying herbs has never been easier!

Does anyone remember the old wooden hangers of yesteryear?  They were well-built, and primarily made for hanging pants and skirts.  In today’s world, they make a great tool for drying herbs – with little fuss.  This method of drying is extremely easy!  It is not nearly as labor intensive as my old way – which usually required standing on a small ladder and neatly tying… Read More

In Season: Sweet Cherries

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
In Season | Sweet Cherries | Enjoy them now, for the selling season does not last long!

I’m always excited when that special time of year rolls around – when cherries are ripe for the picking, and waiting for us at the local farmers market.  Since we can’t pick cherries here in Florida, I have to buy this super fruit at a local store.  As I was grocery shopping yesterday, the produce section was ablaze with… Read More

How to Wash Grapes with Corn Starch

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Tips | Fruit | How to Wash Grapes with Corn Starch

You go to the store and pick out the freshest grapes one can find.  You take them home and put them in the refrigerator.  Soon thereafter, you decide to eat a few.  As you take the grapes out of the bag, you notice a white, waxy residue all over them. Unappetizing and dirty looking, you decide to wash them… Read More