Lessons in the Garden

The trees are budding and the sprouts are in the windowsill, soon it will be time to plant our garden. Below is a brief history of my “gardening” life. Do you grow things to eat in the summer? What do you grow and why? I’d love to learn from your...

The Great St. Paddy’s Day Inferno

St. Patrick’s Day at the McGuire’s —it was going to be grand! Five couples plus ourselves would gather in the dining room of our newly built home to enjoy some traditional Irish fare. It was our first real dinner party in the home that we had spent the previous year...

Six Items Every Kitchen Needs (But Many Don’t Have)

Once you have the basics, here are the items that we find most useful for putting together fabulous meals in your own kitchen. If you are just beginning to stock your kitchen, there are some fairly obvious things that you need to have: pots, pans, measuring utensils,...

Eat Your Vegetables!?

We know that fruits and vegetables are all good for us, but are they equal? For many of us, it is almost a collective childhood memory: you’re sitting at the dinner table, on your plate is a portion of broccoli/spinach/carrots (or fill-in-the-vegetable). You’ve...

Three Tasty and Simple Veggie Sides

Here are three veggie side dishes that we make on a regular basis. They are flavorful, but what we like most about them is that they are simple. With just a few fresh ingredients we can quickly prepare a hot vegetable side to go with dinner. Sautéed Spinach Heat 1...

A Book for the Season and a Recipe for the Books

This is just one of the many beautiful illustrations in Cranberry Thanksgiving, a gem of a book that I had growing up. Maggie, Grandmother and Mr. Whiskers, warm by the hearth, decide to let the thieving Mr. Horace inside to share the last piece of pumpkin pie....