RECIPE: Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Carrot cake and carrot bread seem to be on the menu year-round; but fall means pumpkin bread. This recipe incorporates that other favorite fall ingredient, cranberries. Thanks to Cheryl Indelicato, proprietor of HandCraft Wines in California, for sharing this recipe: PUMPKIN CRANBERRY BREAD RECIPE Ingredients For One Loaf 1 cup solid-pack pumpkin 1 cup sugar… Continue reading “RECIPE: Pumpkin Cranberry Bread”

COOKING VIDEO: How To Make Beef Jerky

  Sales of jerky and beef sticks more than quadrupled between 1995 and 2006. We don’t have statistics on homemade jerky, but given how easy it is to make, we’re surprised that more people don’t make their own—especially when there‘s a good sale on beef. Making jerky is a great way to preserve meat when… Continue reading “COOKING VIDEO: How To Make Beef Jerky”

TIP OF THE DAY: Cream Of Chestnut Soup & Other Chestnut Recipes

Cream of chestnut soup is just one delicious way to enjoy roasted chestnuts. Photo © Evegny B | Fotolia.   When the air becomes crisp and the autumn leaves rustle, the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Served up by street vendors in our town, this is old-time comfort food. In addition to snacking… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Cream Of Chestnut Soup & Other Chestnut Recipes”


This could just be the “perfect poison” you’re seeking for Halloween entertaining. The ingredients are simple, except for finding that perfect candy spider: SPIDER BITE HALLOWEEN DRINK RECIPE Ingredients For One Drink 2 ounces Frangelico 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce grenadine (you can buy HFCS-artificial grenadine or make the real deal with this… Continue reading “HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL RECIPE: The Spider Bite”

FOOD HOLIDAY & RECIPE: National Soft Pretzel Day

Bake big, soft pretzels and invite friends to bring the beer.   Whether or not it’s actually National Champagne Day (see previous post), we know that it’s National Soft Pretzel Day. Hard pretzels are ubiquitous, but soft pretzels have become so popular that they’re no longer a ballpark or theme park snack. You can now… Continue reading “FOOD HOLIDAY & RECIPE: National Soft Pretzel Day”