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


Pizza + Arugula, Pear & Kiwi Salad = Florence

I am not one of those people who’ll name-drop countries I’ve traveled, any more than I feel it’s good manners to speak openly about a party I attended, lest others weren’t there. Likewise, with travel, I’m keenly aware of what… 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


Two Decadent Recipes Feature Organic Products … (Unrelated to ‘Chopped’)

My original headline was, “My Fantasy: Chopped!” But, as the headline suggests, it would be a highly unrealistic dream for me to be a contestant on “Chopped“, the Food Network program over which I’m pretty much obsessed. Even so, I’m… 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


Italian Roast Pork, Just in Time for Tops’ Italian Days

  It’s Italian Days at Tops Market in Weaverville and Redding. In addition to such Italian staples as pastas and sauces, Tops Market (formerly Sunset Marketplace, in Redding) also has its own ground sausage – mild or spicy ($2.99 a pound). Plus, Tops Market… Continue Reading