What to do with that unwanted bottle of alcohol?

Re-Gift Bottles of Alcohol

A few weeks prior to the holiday season I was thinking that a party at the house was in order. However, the holiday season was getting booked with the typical Christmas parties, open houses and conflicting holiday travel schedules to grandma’s house. A quick look at the calendar determined that between the NFL playoff schedule …

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Does Size Matter….Garlic Cloves

Peeled Garlic Cloves of Different Sizes

I do love garlic, whether browned and simmered whole in a slow cooked marinara sauce, sliced thin and sauteed with anchovies and olive oil then tossed with pasta, used in a stir fry with broccoli or rubbed raw on toast and eaten with steak tartar. The aroma, flavor and versatility of garlic (Allium sativum) make …

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Rum from Colorado

Montanya Mojito and Strawberry Daiquiri

Recently I was in Crested Butte, Colorado ski-ing and across from our hotel there was a bar called Montanya Distillers. Thinking it was just a funny name for pub, we didn’t go there the first night, as there are so many places to go in Crested Butte, even though it is such a small town. …

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Brassica oleracea: Keeping it in the Family

Brassica oleracea - Cabbage

Much has been written in science, history and cooking on the influence of rice, corn and potatoes, yet the vegetable know by it’s scientific name Brassica oleracea (wild cabbage) is all around us, but few of us realize how often “wild cabbage” is eaten. When we were in high school and learned about the classifications …

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Condiment Conundrum

Condiments Pic #1

As a follow up to the post on What is in your spice rack? I went through the condiments that are stored in the pantry, kitchen cabinet and refrigerator. Once again, after taking stock of what had been accumulated, I could only just shake my head. The picture to the left is only a small …

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