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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

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

Egg Grading – What Does it all Mean?

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Egg | Grading | What Does it all Mean? Learn the lingo in less than a minute!

Eggs – from graded, pastured, cage-free and more – it can be confusing these days just trying to buy a carton of eggs!  When I was a younger lass and went to the store to buy eggs, it was a simple chore.  There was only one type of eggs!  That’s just not the case anymore. Today, it would seem… Read more

How to Store Lemons

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Cooking Tips | How to Store Lemons and keep them fresh up to 4 weeks!

So, this was my question … “What is the best way to store lemons when you are not going to use them within the next 24-48 hours?” Performing my own due diligence, I read many articles in magazines and on the internet about just such a query.   I soon found out that there are many differing… Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Pot-of-Gold Treats for Children

– Posted in: Food, Winter Season
St. Patrick's Day | Pot of Gold Treats | An adorable recipe for children. No cooking, baking, or dirtying up dishes ♥

In the past, I have posted about Jell-O desserts for adults and children.  One such post was this July 4th Desserts for Children. Since these posts have always been popular, I thought that I would come up with a new one for St. Patrick’s Day!  These little Pot-of-Gold Treats were inspired for children and toddlers, but I am sure the… Read more

National Chocolate Cake Day

– Posted in: Food, Winter Season
National Chocolate Cake Day | Some of the best things in life come straight out of the oven!

January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day!  It probably is not a holiday most folks know about, but it certainly is one that you can sink your teeth into.  Pictured in this post is Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake, with “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting, covering every delicious inch of it. Both the cake, and the frosting, is… Read more

How to Test Your Baking Powder and Soda

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tips | How to Test Your Baking Powder and Soda

If you are not having much success with how your baking goods are turning out lately, there may be a simple answer.  It could be something as simple as old baking powder or baking soda.  You have to toss them when they have reached their expiration date. The process of finding out if your baking powder… Read more