Easy Entertaining… Bacon Wrapped Pineapple with Kentuckyaki Sauce

It all started with the pineapple I had on the counter.  It was ripe, ready to eat and I had friends stopping by for a glass of wine.  I needed a quick appetizer, and always have bacon on hand – everyone knows that salty and sweet are match made in heaven so I whipped up batch […]

Our Favorite Things… Blue and White Pottery

Blue and white pottery has long been a tasteful and timeless home decor and dinnerware choice of both homemakers and interior stylists alike. Although I still love the classic blue and white patterns (think Blue Willow, South Hampton, the gorgeous french and Italian patterns), I’m also loving the fun new patterns that are available today. […]

Our Favorite Things… Chasseur Cookware

We don’t carry a lot of cookware in the store, so I wanted to be sure we had a product on our shelves that was versatile and a good option for healthy cooking… cast-iron definitely fits the bill. I absolutely love this Chasseur enameled cast-iron cookware – it’s not only beautiful but so practical! Enameled […]

Easy Korean BBQ Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

Love this quick and easy fusion of flavor… a little Asian with a little Hawaiian barbecue.  A delicious and healthy weeknight option or a casual gathering with friends. Serves 6-8 Pork & Pineapple Recipe One medium sweet onion, sliced vertically 3 pounds of pork tenderloin ½ teaspoon salt & pepper ½ teaspoon ground ginger & […]

Our Favorite Things… Hydrangeas & Fall Foliage

What’s more beautiful on a sunny autumn day than colorful fall leaves scattered among hydrangeas?   Why not bring that look inside?  This beautiful hydrangea pottery can adorn your table from spring to fall by just changing the greenery and flowers. Paired with rich colored fall foliage and hydrangea stems, the pottery’s terracotta accents just seem […]

Recipe Triple Play… Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki  

What’s not to love about Bourbon Barrel Foods’ Kentuckyaki?  This all-natural sauce is sweetened with Kentucky-grown sorghum syrup, flavored with fresh garlic and ginger; and a hint of Kentucky bourbon too. Looking for a little more kick?  You’ll want to try Kentuckyaki Hot & Spicy for sure! Both are perfect as a marinade on salmon, […]

Eating Healthfully… Grilled Sesame Teriyaki Tuna

One of the quickest ways to a healthy summer-time dinner is fish on the grill.  Impressive enough for company, but simple enough for any night of the week. A personal favorite of mine is Grilled Sesame Teriyaki Tuna.  I find yellowfin tuna a great option for this recipe – it’s got a nice mild flavor […]

Eating Healthfully… Asian Cabbage & Kale Slaw

Nothing pairs with summer grilling like a great slaw.  Although I love the classic sweet mayo based coleslaw, I also find the lighter (and healthier) taste of this Asian slaw delicious and refreshing paired with fish or chicken. Asian Cabbage & Kale Slaw 4  Cups    Kale washed with ribs removedthen rolled and sliced thin (chiffonade) […]

Super Substitute…. “Saffron” Yellow Basmati Rice

Many of us have a recipe or two that calls for saffron and experienced sticker shock when we looked at the price tag. Saffron is a spice derived from the crocus sativus flower (or the Saffron crocus). As Saffron crocus grows and flowers, its vibrantly colored stigmas (or threads) are harvested, by hand, and dried to […]

Culinary Classics… Creamy Coleslaw

When I was growing up, I often saw my mother, and my grandmother, reach for their Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for inspiration when making the family meal or getting ready to do some baking. That same classic red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook was the first cookbook I received as a […]