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Taco Shop Avocado Sauce

Taco Shop Avocado Sauce

Salsa believe-or-not is another word for sauce. Wait … what? Yeppers, and it doesn’t have to have tomato in it either … The best thing about salsas? They are easy! That’s why I always make sure during barrel-tasting events as well as other smaller events […]

Gram-gram’s peach upside-down cake

Gram-gram’s peach upside-down cake

It’s my Gram-gram’s birthday week! Who is Gram-gram? She was definitely a force of nature and my fiercely loyal grandmother. I always know that her birthday is coming up because it was during Summer solstice week. She always told me that God wanted her to […]

Sesame Green Bean Salad

Sesame Green Bean Salad

Green beans always bring back memories of sitting next to my Gram-gram with a colander on my lap and one on hers, between us an empty bowl and a larger bowl filled with fresh green beans. While watching her favorite soap opera we would snap […]

Green chili casserole

Green chili casserole

Half bags of stale tortilla chips are the cupboard’s dust bunnies. With children being home for the summer and summertime parties there is a greater chance for you to have the dreaded half bag of stale tortilla chips. This recipe will use those chips, and […]

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

A sweet potato by any other name is just … a yam. Well … not exactly. In northern America sweet potatoes are referred to as both, so if you are standing at the produce section the sign advertising sales on yams … chances are if […]

No Stress Chocolate Cake

No Stress Chocolate Cake

I have to admit I have always avoided baking. The main reason why is that I have zero patience. Double-boilers, sifting ingredients, measuring precisely … yeah … yuck. My mother and grandmother (Gram-gram) were wonderful at it and I always marveled at their talent and […]

Cream of asparagus soup with lemon and thyme

Cream of asparagus soup with lemon and thyme

We always have a barrel tasting event at the winery right before the summer season hits and smack dab in the middle of asparagus season; I have been making this soup for years. My favorite part of this recipe is every time I order the asparagus […]

What the heck is blanching??

What the heck is blanching??

Well … it’s a lot less scarier than it sounds! It’s mainly a vegetable thrown into water for seconds, taken out and then put into a ice bath. Yes, that simple. First of all you need the vegetable … I used asparagus as the sample, because it’s […]

Miss Joan’s finger-licking-good shrimp

Miss Joan’s finger-licking-good shrimp

These sunny spring days always remind me of my Uncle Jack and how he loved this restaurant in Southern California that had seating on a dock and was known for buckets of peel-and-eat shrimp, mussels, clams or a combination of the three that were served at the table. […]

Mom’s Futures Picnic Bean Salad

Mom’s Futures Picnic Bean Salad

  My mom’s bean salad was a staple for all of our futures picnics back in the day when we first opened. I still have her notebook on how many cans she needed per fifty guests, when she needed to have it delivered, and by […]