Hanukkah: Celebrating Miracles

In 2018, Hanukkah is celebrated December 2 through December 10. Festival of Lights – no somber celebrating here with a holiday titled this way, not when two miracles are commemorated. Eight days of celebrating, lighting of candles, foods fried in oil are all elements of the holiday you may be familiar with. Hanukkah means “dedication” or “rededication”. The ancient Israelites were victorious over the...

Serving Beverages on Thanksgiving

Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, whether it be traditional fare or your own twist, is always a challenge. Roasted turkey is straightforward enough but the table is often filled with a wide range of flavors. Do yourself a favor and skip considering the sickening sweet dishes that find their way to the table when considering wine pairings. Nothing will pair well with candied...

Oktoberfest – No Airfare Required

Oktoberfest, one of the world’s greatest annual events, is soon to be underway (the 185th Munich Oktoberfest runs from September 22 to October 7.). Oktoberfest is an event worthy of your attendance and one that you would likely feel the urge to return (as opposed to Mardi Gras, Carnival in Brazil, and your last family reunion). The event takes place 15 days before the first...

Irish Breakfast Pudding – A Game Changer

Sometimes I just want to break all of the rules and other times in the midst of problem solving the rules get broken. The problem was how do I make Irish breakfast for 12 in my home kitchen without missing the game and losing my mind. There are 10 unique items on the plate of Irish full breakfast. Coordinating it all is no small feat, which...

The Game – 52nd Super Bowl

It’s here! No typical Sunday Funday this week, no way, it’s Super Sunday. Just two years ago we celebrated the milestone 50th Super Bowl. While the viewers did not break a record, it was the third most watched Super Bowl in history. One’s 52nd birthday may not get quite the attention of the 50th but this year the movement is growing for the day following the...

My Dry Rub and Red Wine Barbecue Sauce Recipes

When barbecue season arrives you have to have a few go-to tools on your culinary tool belt. I have my dry-rub prepared and ready to go in my pantry as well as my favorite barbecue sauce in a jar in the refrigerator. When you have a great dry rub and sauce ready to go dinner can be made in a flash. Here are my recipes developed...
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