• Eating oranges and pomegranates during New Year's celebrations can bring good luck!

    New Year’s Recipes and Foods That Bring Good Luck

    It’s no secret that there are many food-based traditions all over the world, including things like special birthday treats, Thanksgiving menus or New Year’s recipes. Food’s a universal need, and often at the center when family and friends gather together, whether it’s to celebrate a child’s marriage, enjoy a holiday feast, welcome someone home, or even to mourn the death of a loved one. Some even say there are certain foods and recipes that bring good luck in the new year, too! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. Black-Eyed Peas Growing up, my family always had black-eyed peas served on New Year’s…

  • It's hard to argue with science-based methods for how to make mashed potatoes perfect every time!

    How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

    It’s hard to argue with science-based methods for how to make mashed potatoes perfect every time! A group of my friends and I were having a conversation recently about the best way to make perfect mashed potatoes. As boring as that may sound to some, for us it was grand — talk of butter (so. much. butter.), cream, sour cream, cream cheese and other delicious and savory additions is enough to not only keep our attention, but also make us super hungry. I believe mashed potatoes were on our menu that night as a result. At any rate, one of my friends shared a link showcasing Sunset Magazine food editor Margo True…

  • Cooking over easy fried eggs is SO simple!

    How To Cook Fried Eggs

    If you don’t know how to cook fried eggs, you’re missing out! This breakfast (or breakfast-for-dinner) favorite is ready in a flash, and tastes oh-so-good! I’ve talked about how much we like breakfast for dinner in our house, and it’s true. Nothing’s quicker than whipping up a couple of eggs in a skillet, making some toast and sitting down to eat in fifteen minutes flat. But, what if you don’t know how to cook fried eggs? It seems simple, but if one thing’s off—skillet temperature, skillet type, grease-factor, etc. —you can easily end up with a pile of overdone or stuck-to-the-pan fried egg “blech.” Here’s a tip on skillets: Make…

  • Eat Local: Josie and Shawn at the farmers' market!

    How To Eat Local

    Simple reasons why it’s so important to eat local and support the local food community! In the United States we’re becoming increasingly aware of how important our food sources are, beyond just choosing organic options from the produce isle at the grocery store. In fact, what I’ve learned over the past few years is that while organic is good, you can eat just as healthfully by understanding where your food comes from, and also how it’s grown. Most people don’t realize that it’s expensive to be “Certified Organic” by the FDA. Small-scale farmers often don’t have the ability to pay for the process, even if they are farming organically. Get…

  • Bloomin' Baked Apples From That Tip Hero Video!

    Bloomin’ Baked Apples from The Gunny Sack

    About a year ago there was a “Tasty” style video making the rounds that had everyone, EVERYONE, drooling. It involved apples, butter (lots and lots of butter), cinnamon, sugar, caramel, and a glorious 25 minutes of baking until everything oozed together into baked apple cinnimon goodness. Bloomin’ baked apples, to be exact. I’m not sure what’s better, the caramelized cinnamon sugar syrup that formed on the baked apples, or the melty butter pecan ice cream I dolloped on top. I thought it was probably a safe bet to say that the whole shebang was pretty amazing. And, like many “Tasty” inspired videos, you can’t not watch once it starts. When I finally…

  • 4 tips to organize your pantry: group and store things intuitively!

    4 Tips To Organize Your Pantry

    Guest post by Erin Holdgate, from Zillow®. Was Emeril Live still airing new episodes the last time you saw the back of your pantry? Did it take an hour to find that can of beans you bought for a special recipe? Do you dread unpacking groceries because you have no idea how or where they’ll fit? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, review these tips to quickly organize your pantry! 1. Empty it out. Organizing your pantry while it’s full is kind of like making your bed while you’re still in it. Going shelf by shelf will make it a little harder to identify organizational inefficiencies or…

  • The rise in popularity of bitters.

    The Rise In Popularity Of Bitters

    A few years ago I was in Hershey, Pa., for a business trip. I’d been to Hershey Park before; we’re lucky to live pretty close, and how can you not visit “The Sweetest Place On Earth” when it’s less than two hours away?! Right. This particular business trip was the first time I’d stayed overnight, and also the first time I’d visited The Hershey Hotel and their Woodside Cottages. It was winter, light snow flurries were falling, and it was absolutely stunning. The service was impeccable, clearly surpassing any other four star hotel at which I’ve stayed—from their concierge service to the wait-staff at one of the in-house restaurants, trevi…

  • Starting a container garden in a window box.

    5 Beginner Tips for Starting a Container Garden

    Starting a container garden is easier than you think! Over the years I’ve acquired basic knowledge for seeds and plants and growing things. That said, I hesitate to actually call myself a “gardener” because growing plants — and, more importantly, keeping them alive — has been been, shall we say, problematic. The irony of my lack of a green thumb isn’t lost on me, of course, given the fact that my mother and sister are experts in the field of gardening and farming (respectfully). And, while I don’t profess to want to be a master gardening with crops galore, I do enjoy having a few freshly grown herbs and veggies…