Holidays are often the time to explore one’s culinary roots, but last Christmas we had a broken stove, and couldn’t get a new one delivered until after the holiday. It had a tragic accident before I could do ANY baking, so we were without homemade goodies, including Kringle, Norwegian anise-flavored rolls, which are one of my husband’s favorites. I put… Continue reading Kringle


Aloha Burgers with Island Sauce

We are finally having a break from the cold and enjoying perfect 70 degree days on a weekend! I just had to fire up the grill and taste-test a recipe from the 1963 Better Homes and Gardens Barbecues and Picnics cookbook. This cookbook is full of a lot of “Hawaiian” recipes like Hilo Franks, Island Treat,… Continue reading Aloha Burgers with Island Sauce


Blog News

Apologies for the lack of posts this week. It’s  been a busy one. TGIF! Thanks to all of you who are following me! I am planning on moving the blog to a third-party host this weekend (fingers crossed), and hope this will go smoothly. If you are following me through WordPress, please consider following me… Continue reading Blog News


The French 75

One of my favorite champagne cocktails is the French 75. If you’ve been following my cocktail posts, this should come as no surprise because it’s also a gin-based cocktail with a lot of tartness. Let’s go to my trusty 1969 Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide for the recipe. The OMB French 75 Juice of… Continue reading The French 75


Muffin Musings: Strawberry Olive Oil Yogurt Muffins

When did the muffin morph into a cupcake? Don’t get me wrong, I like cupcakes, but if you’ve visited a bakery or coffee shop in the last couple of decades, you can’t help but notice that muffins and cupcakes are often similar in terms of sweetness. This wasn’t always the case. Although they may be baked in the same… Continue reading Muffin Musings: Strawberry Olive Oil Yogurt Muffins


Shadowleaf and Palm

Has an object ever given you an intense feeling of déjà vu? What about an object on a tv show? Well that’s what happened to me when I started binge watching Emergency! on Netflix a few years ago. I was convinced that I had seen Station 51’s lovely tropical dishes somewhere else. Did someone I… Continue reading Shadowleaf and Palm


Untwisted Grand Royal Fizz

In my continuing quest to explore the Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide from 1969, today I bring you the Grand Royal Fizz. It sounds fancy, doesn’t it? This creamy twist on a gin fizz has both lemon and orange juice, and a touch of cream (I used half and half).  Hello gin flavored creamsicle!… Continue reading Untwisted Grand Royal Fizz