Food & Wine

Foothills Brewfest returns May 5

It’s beer-thirty in the foothills. A dozen or so local breweries and a cider and a mead maker will be serving fresh pours at the fairgrounds. The event is Foothills Brewfest ...

Pouring out ‘thanks’

Auburn Recreation and Park District (ARD) Administrator Kahl Muscott and longtime Boardmember Scott Holbrook visited all the Auburn breweries to present a special “thank you& ...

Tortellini, Italian Tuscan, baked potato and pasta e Fagioli soups

Well here we are, the fourth month of the year. One-quarter of the year has past. We have welcomed spring and had great barbecue weather the last week, but this weekend is going to ...

Egg-cellent recipes for one happy feaster

Well here we are the end of the third month of the year and only a few days away from Easter. Clean the kitchen and get the ovens warmed up. Here are some of my favorite recipes fo ...

Jazzing up the old leg of lamb

Happy Spring! Just don’t look outside because it is still winter outside. Where is the time going? We just finished with our Irish holiday and don’t blink because Easte ...

Four leaf clover, three beef corned

Well we have two days to get our Irish ready. How can we not cover Corned Beef? We have made it an American thing and, well, let’s just embrace it. If you’re thinking i ...

Fresh from the farm

Fresh veggies and fruit. The whiff of hot kettle corn. Live music and ambient hustle and bustle. All things to expect in your neighborhood farmers’ market in warmer seasons. ...

A toast to artichokes

You’ve heard of avocado toast, but what about artichoke toast? This may be your new guilty pleasure — regardless of whether or not you fall in a certain millennial age ...

Irish classic dishes

Week two of Irish recipes. It is 17 days of food, fun and green beer. These two recipes I found in a storage tub under my house. We were cleaning out and getting rid of junk and ca ...

A feast for festive month

Well hello March. It’s my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birth month, it’s also an Irish festival for the first half. With a last name of Gilligan, St. P ...

When life gives you lemons

Well this week has brought to my attention that everyone has lemons. My sister-in-law delivered me six shopping bags of lemons a few weeks ago, my neighbors are offering lemons, ...

Carrot Cake Jam

This sunny jam, sweetened with crushed pineapple and spices, tastes just like carrot cake. What a treat on a winter morning! Carrot Cake Jam Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups finel ...

Scrumptious salmon, shrimp and salad

Happy Lent! We survived the Mardi Gras season and Fat Tuesday.. Now on to Fish Fridays.. Well as a kid we were not a Fish family so the Fridays during the Lent season were always h ...

The good and bad side benefits of chocolate

Valentine’s Day is here, and the chocolate is abundant in stores and wrapped in beautiful bows, ready to be gifted and consumed. The conversations can be heard throughout the ...

Fall in love with Irish cream and cookies truffles

Truffles are one of those deceiving desserts that look like they must have taken hours to make and years of experience. And, true, there are some truffles out there that are pure w ...