Coffee Talk: How to Live Everyday with Joy and Gratitude

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  I don’t believe in coincidence, but I believe in divine, universal moments. Remembering this magic truth often escapes me during the normal hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Sitting in rush-hour traffic and spilling coffee all over my work pants doesn’t make me…

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Pickled Peps

The theme of this month is, “I have too much produce because I went to Aldi and went hog wild on their bulk items and now I don’t know what to do with it and I hate waste so I need to use it no matter what.”  You got that? While at Aldi, I needed…

30 Minute Pasta Sauce

A hot batch of pasta sauce doesn’t strike me as a “go-to” summer meal when it’s 95 degrees outside, but when life hands you 2 pounds of tomatoes something must be done.  Last week I made this delicious Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa, where I roasted tomatoes and garlic in the oven and blended it up…

Roasted Chipotle Garlic Salsa

Salsa is my love language. I’ll take it anyway I can get it. Bean, corn, green, red, spicy, sweet, chunky or blended – its hard for me to narrow it down to one favorite because I don’t have a favorite child.  Delicious as a chip dip, perfect as a meat marinade, and the best flavor-enhancer…

Strawberry Basil Sparkler

Summer is the best time to use fresh fruit and herbs to your advantage. The price is right for in-season fruits and the flavors are unmatched compared to other times of the year. I dusted off the ol’ bartending skills and put together these Strawberry Basil Sparklers , guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser for…