Blakely Trettenero’s simple holiday cooking tips

Blakely Trettenero's delicious Mushroom, Herb and Gruyere Puffs pair perfectly with her Cranberry Orange Champagne Cocktail.

Salmon Deviled Eggs and Crab Cakes in a Tangy Sauce

From the archives: With Easter a tad further down the calendar than usual, we have a bit of extra time to prep, plan and create our menus. My traditional Easter menu has always included simple appetizers, ham and a decadent cake for dessert, however this year a change is in the wind. While I haven't … Continue reading Salmon Deviled Eggs and Crab Cakes in a Tangy Sauce

Dazzling and Delicious Valentine’s Day Cocktails

If you didn't plan early, making reservations at the restaurant of your choice can be quite a challenge.  Speaking from personal experience, even with a reservation, spending an hour waiting to be seated during the "night of love" is a common experience. Choosing to spend the "love fest" indoors is an excellent option. The two of … Continue reading Dazzling and Delicious Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Lavender Champagne

My patio-container lavender is now 4 years old. Last year it saw its first bloom and although it was small, it pleased me greatly. This year, it's simply gone wild and I smile each time I step out back to water my herbs. I'm so happy I kept something alive for four years. My home is … Continue reading Lavender Champagne

Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summer dreaming in late spring. It's torture to have consistently warm temps so close and yet so far. This time of year they flirt mercilessly with us, flitting in out of the forecast, giving us just a tease and a taste of sun-filled days. While all of the recipes below have a refreshing air to them, I … Continue reading Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Friday Cocktail Hour; West Coast Champagne by Shaun the Bartender

I love a great dinner party and planning one is an exhilarating adventure.  I am always on the look out for a new cocktail for my guests to sip and Shaun the Bartender has my pick for this week. With an intoxicating combination of raspberry liqueur with the orange flavored brandy, this is sure to please … Continue reading Friday Cocktail Hour; West Coast Champagne by Shaun the Bartender

Refreshing Rhubarb Cocktails

Heating up the grill for a night on the patio at my place, requires a spirit or two.  This week our flavor of choice is rhubarb and we were on the hunt for the best rhubarb cocktails out there.  Let's kick off spring with a spirit or two.... Rhubarb Ginger Cooler by Cocktail Times Our … Continue reading Refreshing Rhubarb Cocktails