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Grilling Season!

Grilling Season!

Grilling season is upon us! We sure had a lot of fun welcoming the season with a big grill event at Home Appliance! Smokers, sous vide, and grill marks, oh my! Here are the recipes for all of the dishes (and cocktails) that we served,…

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when Mexico came out victorious over France. In the United States, it has evolved over the years as a celebration of Mexican culture & heritage. For me it is my wedding anniversary as well! We…

Spring is In The Air!!

Spring is In The Air!!

I can’t say that Spring is my favorite season, but it is certainly the one that stirs the most excitement. I know that may not make a lot of sense but living in Northeast Ohio, there is nothing more hopeful than those first tastes of…

Italian Dinner Party

Italian Dinner Party

Who doesn’t love a home cooked Italian meal? The epitome of warm & comforting. The aromas of a sauce that’s been simmering for hours, fresh basil & grated parmesan cheese have the power to draw anyone in. I love hosting dinner parties, but I don’t…

Entertaining:  French Dinner Party

Entertaining: French Dinner Party

When it comes to entertaining, my goal is always to have as much done ahead of time as possible. I want to be able to enjoy the time with my guests, without being constantly tied to the kitchen. The beauty of this menu is that…

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 12: Dish Scrubby

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 12: Dish Scrubby

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, some hand knit help to keep dishes clean! Well, it’s the last day! Time to clean up! These little dish scrubbies were knit for you while I was in the backseat of a…

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 11: Orange Thyme Sea Salt

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 11: Orange Thyme Sea Salt

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Orange Thyme Sea Salt for cooking! Flavored Salt is such a fun way to combine aromatics and add great flavor to dishes! This particular blend of orange and thyme brings sweet & savory…

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 10: Bay Leaf

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 10: Bay Leaf

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a genuine California Bay Leaf! Bay Leaves have kind of taken the rep of being put towards the back of the spice cabinet, only to be pulled out for soups or roast chickens.…

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 9: Elderberry Gummies

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 9: Elderberry Gummies

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, immune boosters with elderberry! Elderberry, or sambucus, is an old world plant. Originating in Europe, it now grows in many other countries, including the US, near farmland and at the edges of forests.…

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 6: Shiitake/Porcini Salt

Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Day 6: Shiitake/Porcini Salt

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, something to taste Umami! Umami, elusive and deep. The direct translation is, ‘pleasant, savory taste’. The dark and mysterious of the 5 flavors. Broth with umami is essential for a well balance soup…