Savoring the Flavors & the Festive Culture of Puerto Vallarta 🇲🇽

  🇲🇽 Ole Puerto Vallarta 🇲🇽 After three long years, we finally returned to Puerto Vallarta, one of our favorite Mexican destinations. We were initially worried about the impact of the pandemic on the area, but our fears quickly disappeared upon our arrival at the Marriot Resort, where we were heartwarmingly greeted with a “Welcome […]

Cozy up with a warm winter beverage

I wonder if others were singing, “The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar …” while we sheltered from the atmospheric rivers a few weeks ago. And the sun is out, warming and healing our land and souls. We still need water and welcome more rain storms, but in the meantime are soaking […]

San Francisco did not disappoint us on our recent visit

Jan and I had to squeeze in a Giants game before the season ends. While in the city, why not take in our favorite activities…strolls along the Embarcadero and discovering neighborhood hidden treasure eateries.  We stayed at a new hotel that was all about location for us….Hotel Via. It just so happens to be directly […]

Upside Down Cakes for our Upside-Down World

New York Times Cooking app is one of my favorite cooking tools. A recent post featured an Upside-Down Berry Cake that caught my immediate attention since Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is a nostalgic favorite.  I love reminiscing about helping my mom place the maraschino cherries between the pineapple rounds! This NY Times cake recipe has the […]

No baloney in Oklahoma?

Patty and I have traveled all over the world taking cooking classes and exploring different cultures. We were ready to fly off to Morocco just before the pandemic basically closed the world. As we are still not ready for international travel despite our love of foreign adventures and culinary treats, we’ve had fun over the […]

Keith’s 10 Tips On How To Create a Fun & Flavorful Burn Pile Stew

  The Ultimate Cooking Experience 🔥 It seems a waste of energy not to use all the heat generated from a burn pile. However, after a good day’s burn, it is great to sit around the fire with a cold beverage and a Dutch oven full of good eats. When I first started to cook […]

Zen Weekend Getaway to The Sonoma Coast

While we are still not ready for any “over-the-pond” adventures, we continue to find the treasures in our backyard. A recent trip to Sonoma County and Jenner was inspired by our culinary sentiments. Who could pass up artisan cheese, good wine and seafood? But of course, a trip to the Sonoma Coast would not be […]

It’s officially cozy cooking season!

After a long, lingering and enjoyable warm fall, Murphys finally turned winter-cold. The perfect setting for Jan and me to indulge in a cozy evening filled with comfort food and the crackles from our woodstove keeping us warm and comfy.  Since we had a rare (for this time of year) day off, I decided braised […]

Our New Family Trick For The Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey

This year for Thanksgiving, my family and I decided to try something different and spatchcocked our turkey.  I will say you will not get the same presentation of the whole turkey for everyone to oooh and ahhhh over right before carving into the bird. However, you will have everyone ooohing and ahhhing as they take […]

The Secret Food Tour of San Francisco

Since traveling abroad has been postponed until it is safer, we thought we would explore our local and not so local food scenes.  Secret Food Tour of the Mission District in San Francisco was a joyful find.  Our guide, Mark, is a fourth-generation San Franciscan, a chef, at one time a purveyor with Naiman Ranch, […]