Baby Back Ribs Already Cooked – Now for a Healthy Dessert

Even as someone who loves to cook, it’s a rare Thursday when I don’t buy either the already cooked baby back ribs ($10 a rack) or whole, roasted rosemary and garlic chicken ($5 each) at Tops Market (formerly Sunset Marketplace)… Continue Reading


Top o’ The Tops For St. Patrick’s Day (Read to the Bottom for Ticket Give-Away)

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, two memories come to mind. First is when friend Jim put green food coloring in his kids’ milk to celebrate the day while their mom was away at school and Jim was in… Continue Reading


Chicken Marbella, Not Chicken Marsala

I’m honored to be hosting a friend’s upcoming, significant birthday party. It’s a good thing I love a culinary challenge, because the party girl requests we work the menu around some guests’ dietary restrictions. Our goal:  Prepare delicious appetizers and… Continue Reading


Hollandaise & Asparagus, Together Forever

When I was a kid, my exposure to vegetables mainly consisted of stuff from a can. Now, the I consider the concept of mushy asparagus in a can a first-degree culinary crime. I was about 15 before I tasted fresh… Continue Reading

Foodies’ Valentine’s Day Countdown

Married or single, when I think of Valentine’s Day, my mind still goes to romantic dinners. As you may recall, last week I said you had plenty of time for Valentine’s Day food preparation. I shared a fondue recipe from… Continue Reading


One Week Until Thanksgiving: We’re on a Roll

After joining my sister to help out at Living Hope Compassion Ministries Thanksgiving dinner Saturday, I feel as if I’ve already had Thanksgiving. More than 500 people came to eat the free meal prepared by Living Hope folks, with more than… Continue Reading

Happy Halloween; Hello Thanksgiving Turkey Ordering Time

Halloween is the speed bump that forces us to stop and fully embrace October’s last gasp before we just speed head-first into Thanksgiving plans. And I don’t know about you, but as a foodie, my mind is already wandering away… Continue Reading


Fall in Love With Fall Foods

I know that right now it’s unseasonably warm in the north state, and it feels more like early summer, but trust me, it’s fall. I know it because my giant oak has started its annual leaf dump onto my roof… Continue Reading