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How to Make Pumpkin Oranges

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Halloween | Healthy and Nutritious Pumpkin Oranges

With the pumpkin season among us, this has to be one of the cutest and healthiest Halloween snacks that I have ever made!  Making Pumpkin Oranges is super-easy to do, and a lot of fun in the process.  If you have children or grandchildren that you need to entertain and feed during the fall season… Read More

Food Safety – Use Colored Grilling Tongs

– Posted in: Food, Spring Season
Food Safety | Use Colored Grilling Tongs

Cross-contamination of food occurs when bacteria or pathogens are transported from one object to another. This can happen in many different ways.  A common source of cross-contamination comes from utensils that were used to prepare different types of foods.  It makes good sense to use color-coded grilling tongs when handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.  Using one… Read More

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, Spring Season
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

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