A Berry Good Sangria

Find an afternoon of leisure, sit on your patio or deck, and sip some berry good sangria. . . . → Read More: A Berry Good Sangria

Brandied Grapes

This month’s Food ‘n Flix movie selection was “A Walk in the Clouds.” Please keep reading to see the dish that was inspired by the film. . . . → Read More: Brandied Grapes

Spiced Grape-Orange Jam

Just enough grapes this year for one batch of jam—an experiment to combine all my favorite recipes into one. See how it turned out. . . . → Read More: Spiced Grape-Orange Jam

Broccoli, Grape and Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape and Whole Wheat Pasta Salad: The perfect accompaniment to our Easter ham. Welcome to April’s Secret Recipe Club Post. . . . → Read More: Broccoli, Grape and Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Napa Turkey Salad

I count the days until spring every year.    The count down starts in August.

Softball season starts and merges with football season.    In November—no more Friday nights standing in the cold. Then, Thanksgiving is here and basketball season begins.   Winter Break comes and goes and we are still playing roundball.   Sometime . . . → Read More: Napa Turkey Salad

Grape Jelly and Conserves

OK—It is a Jamboree of Jelly and Jam over here.   (Sorry, I couldn’t resist but remember you haven’t had to sit through Peach Palooza and Gala of Grapes this year.)

I have been picking about 5 pounds of grapes every afternoon after work and coming in to make jams and jellies.   . . . → Read More: Grape Jelly and Conserves

Grape stompin’ time….

Actually, we did not stomp anything with our feet but we used a potato masher! Join us on our wine making odyssey. . . . → Read More: Grape stompin’ time….

A Vintage Grape Jelly Recipe (and some family lore)

This is a true pioneer recipe passed down from my great-grandmother, to my grandmother, to me. . . . → Read More: A Vintage Grape Jelly Recipe (and some family lore)

Grape Jam with Orange Essence

More from our Gala of Grapes. . . . → Read More: Grape Jam with Orange Essence

Gala of Grapes

Sweet Potato-palooza….Pepper-palooza…..Now it is time for our Gala of Grapes. . . . → Read More: Gala of Grapes

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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