Summer Flavor Trends         

June 2017 by Ginger Johnson      Summer is upon us and beer is abundant. I often joke that Beer Season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Truth for all of us though is that there are flavorful beers available year-round. We’re living in a luckily robust gustatory age. So, what flavors are hot this summer for beer? According to a number of online … Continue reading Summer Flavor Trends         

Punting For Dinner by Ginger Johnson

Hmmm….what to eat for dinner? Whenever I find myself with that question rolling around in my grey matter, I invariably take stock of, well, my kitchen stocks. What’s in the fridge that needs to be eaten? What’s in the larder to support the fresh goods? What looks appetizing? Who am I feeding? All those, and sometimes a few more, tend to get my cooking juices … Continue reading Punting For Dinner by Ginger Johnson

Creating Beer and Chocolate Believers by Ginger Johnson

“I used to be a beer racist, but you changed me.” – April A Ninkasi’s Believer Red has long been a beer that makes me smile. Yes, it’s delicious. More importantly I really like the philosophy around the name: Believer. We all want to believe in something and last night I made believers of new beer & chocolate tasters. April’s quote, my host of a … Continue reading Creating Beer and Chocolate Believers by Ginger Johnson

Every Day is a Beer Dinner Day by Ginger Johnson

  About 14 years ago I met Larry. It’d be unremarkable except Larry is now My Fine Husband. At the time I met him, I knew very little about beer. What makes the story is that we met at a brew masters dinner, where Larry co-hosted with his colleague, Chris, an assistant kitchen manager at the brewpub where they both worked. Larry was the professional … Continue reading Every Day is a Beer Dinner Day by Ginger Johnson

Here’s The Deal with Entertaining by Ginger Johnson

Entertain: to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.  to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to. My Fine Husband inherited my enthusiasm and love for entertaining when we got together. Rather, he accepted my desire because he has seen, though doing it with me, the true joy it can bring to others, the joy it brings us … Continue reading Here’s The Deal with Entertaining by Ginger Johnson

Big Beers and Lessons I Learned Cooking for a Crowd by Ginger Johnson

  I’ve decided I don’t want or need to be a candy maker. Let me explain. A short while ago I presented at the fabulously flavorful Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival held in dreamy Vail, Colorado USA. It was the second time I’ve done so and both times have been superb due to the organizers, volunteers, and other supporting characters that make this fundraiser … Continue reading Big Beers and Lessons I Learned Cooking for a Crowd by Ginger Johnson

Delicious Reading of Economy Grace and by Ginger Johnson

I love how certain books can whet your appetite not only for food. It gets my brain juice moving in new ways. Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal, Cooking with Economy and Grace is one of those books for me. Ms. Adler’s book was one I first checked out at a local library. Libraries are treasure troves of books of all ilk’s and one of the … Continue reading Delicious Reading of Economy Grace and by Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson returns to contributing staff of Your Home with Karie Engels

  We are pleased to announce to return of Ginger Johnson to the contributing staff of Your Home with Karie Engels. Ginger’s natural enthusiasm and energy is and always has been a tremendous asset to the site and our  excitement meter is off the chart with the opportunity  to work with Ginger once more. “It’s with great relish I’m returning to Your Home,” states Johnson. “Karie has a … Continue reading Ginger Johnson returns to contributing staff of Your Home with Karie Engels

Cooking and Booking by Ginger Johnson

Cookbooks. These two words may instill excitement or fear in you. In me, it provokes curiosity and enthusiasm. See, I look at cooking as one of the great joys of life. Farther up the this-is-what-I’m-thinking the chain of custody, I love food. I’ve always enjoyed grocery shopping and buying, sorting and unpacking the bags of lovely food brought home to enjoy. Smelling, examining, planning, cleaning, … Continue reading Cooking and Booking by Ginger Johnson