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Easy DIY bulletin board

Here's an easy DIY bulletin board created with insulation foam board & fabric. All you need is a fabric to complement the room, a sheet of insulation foam board, staple gun and a few fun components for posting notes on this easy DIY bulletin board.  I used a combo of different ideas on Pinterest and googled: [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|An Efficient Kitchen, MISCELLANEOUS, Recipes, What's Trending|0 Comments

Day trip to Yadkin Valley wineries

Head to Central North Carolina for a get away day trip of wine and relaxation. Medaloni Cellars Yadkin Valley wineries, in the central region of North Carolina, are loaded with surprisingly decent dry white & red wines.  The sweet muscadine varietal is there but far from the predominate one.  You'll discover all sorts [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|LIBATIONS, MISCELLANEOUS, RESOURCES, What's Trending|0 Comments

Can you name 20 vegetables?

Every time I travel from Raleigh southbound to South Carolina to visit my Mom, I see a billboard along SC 95 that asks the question: Can you name 20 vegetables? Photo by Rachael Gorjestani on Unsplash Well, can you?  Set a timer for 2 minutes and jot them down or say aloud.  How [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|FARMERS MARKET, GARDENING, Kitchen Fundamentals, MISCELLANEOUS|0 Comments

Juicing Lemons

Did you know it takes approximately 10 lemons to get 1 cup of  juice? Juicing lemons is not difficult.  With a tool or technique, it's a breeze.  Don't bother buying the bottled stuff.  There is a huge difference using fresh.  Lemon juice, when fresh, will brighten the flavor of any dish.  Whether you need a [...]

Kids Cookbook

Who remembers this? I still have and remember almost every page in this very first kids cookbook my sister & I worked through. What I remember most was being able to make something so easy that was creative fun in the kitchen. We were so proud of ourselves and couldn't wait to eat it!  While [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|COOKBOOKS, Kitchen Fundamentals, MISCELLANEOUS, Recipes|0 Comments

Pork Belly

Cooking Pork Belly is easier than you think. Raw Pork Belly In essence Pork Belly is an extra thick slab of bacon.  Rich, fantastic bacon.   The first time I experienced Pork Belly it was an appetizer paired with fried oysters (http://mandolinraleigh.com/).  OMG.  First of all, I am a HUGE fried oyster fan.  This [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|Cooking Techniques, GRILLING, MEATS & FISH, MISCELLANEOUS|1 Comment

Fresh BASIL, the gentle giant of fresh herbs

Who doesn't love fresh Basil? Pesto in the works Pesto comes to mind immediately, as does fresh mozzarella and tomatoes topped with Basil chiffonade and a really nice dark Balsamic drizzle.  Aka as a Caprese salad.  Mmmmm.  Summer.   This is a gorgeous photo and delightfully unique presentation of a Caprese salad using [...]

Team Building Cooking Classes are Effective

There are a lot of choices in team building. I've seen first hand how effective team building cooking classes are! I’ll never forget the team building we had to do a number of years ago for our Baltimore district of pharma reps.  Our group of 9 was given a pair of 6ft long very skinny [...]

Make Dad a fresh Herb Grill Brush for Fathers Day!

Triple Herb Grill Brush                 Give your Dad something he'll always remember because it was made by you.  Follow three simple steps and you can have the perfect gift for grilling.  Rosemary, Thyme & Oregano are a terrific fresh herb combination for a grill brush.  The herb aromas and flavors will impart any cut of beef, [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|FLAVORING, GRILLING, Herbs, MISCELLANEOUS|0 Comments

Jumpin June Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a great choice for a weekend gathering in June.  Doubling the recipe is a cinch and it's easily prepared in steps over a 2-3 day period.  Plus this crowd pleaser freezes beautifully (minus the shrimp & rice). Photo by Fre Sonneveld on Unsplash Traditionally, Jambalaya calls for Andouille sausage & shrimp [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|Feeding a Crowd, FLAVORING, MISCELLANEOUS, Recipes|0 Comments