Holiday Entertaining Ideas
Make it easy on yourself when entertaining by setting up a simple snack buffet table with tempting tasties for your guests to sample and savor.
Sweet Treats and Warming Beverages
St. Patrick's Day Favorite: make some home made Bailey's-style Irish cream, delightfully rich chocolate truffle bonbons, Irish scones or a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.
Easy Does It Breakfast Recipes for a Crowd
Don't spend all your time at the stove cooking breakfast for holiday guests. Try an overnight breakfast recipe or breakfast casserole to keep the morning meal simple but yummy with plenty of time for socializing.
Party Season Favorites
Harvest bounty or curse? By the end of summer we all have far too many squashes, but zucchini baked into a chocolate cake makes a moist and delicious healthful dessert that nobody will know has a hidden ingredient!
Cool Treats for Summer - Simple Smoothies
On a hot day or on a busy morning, my go to recipe is a simple smoothie. In less than five minutes I can whip up a nutritious, creamy frozen (or not) smoothie and get chilled or out the door in record time.
Enjoy my time-tested and family-favorite creamy smoothie recipes! Choose from fruity or frappe style - including a nutritiously delish chocolate mint delight that won't bust your budget or your diet.
There's one herb that never fails to blossom in my garden every spring - chives. The lovely purple-pink flower heads wave over the green chive leaves. The plant is tough and survives even Vernont winters, but the flavor is delicate.
When I want to add a subtle onion taste in a salad, omelette, sauce or dressing, or give a bit of spice to a baked potato, I go for chives.
Chives are carefree perennial herbs; no pests bother mine, and they continue to grow until frost, producing new herbal leaves from spring until late fall. I cut the leaves fresh just as I need them, plus I freeze bunches of chopped up washed and dried chives to use all winter.
In the spring and early summer I visit the plants every morning while they're blooming, to clip off several of the pretty purple-pink flower blossoms just as they open fully, so I can make Chive Blossom Vinegar!