Capers: More Than Mere Adventures! When & Why to Use this Highly Under-rated Little Green Orb…

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Capers are a tasty pungent additive or seasoning for many Italian, Mediterranean and French dishes. Many Foodies are simply crazy about the flavor that they impart. Caper berries are mainly olive green in color and are about the size of a small pea. Usually available in a pickled form, capers are an important commercial plant because almost all parts of the caper plant such as the flowers, buds, and leaves are used for medicinal and culinary purposes.

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Capers are one of the most popular ingredients in herbal teas. The bark leaves, and flower buds are used for treating various medical conditions from eye infections to arthritis; they are said to be a great body detoxifier as well.

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The color as well as the tangy, sour flavor of the caper is somewhat similar to that of green olives. Smaller caper berries are more aromatic than…

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“Boston” The Oldest City? Paul Revere? or a Little Black & White Pug? Rethink: Creme Pie!

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Though there are a few myths about its origin, Boston Cream Pie, the definitive dessert of the named fair city in Massachusetts, was first whipped up at the Parker House Hotel in Boston.

The Boston Cream Pie was originally a pie consisting of white cake with custard filling topped with a thick layer of chocolate glaze. Alright then, is it a cake or a pie? Well, the jury is still prevaricating in the chambers.

This dual personality dessert is said to have originated in the early days of colonial history, and was sometimes called a “pudding-cake pie.” Although, there are references to a similar English custard cake, its true beginning probably started back in Britain. However, in those early days, it included a raspberry jelly filling and was called Mrs. Washington’s Pie.

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In 1855, the French chef of the Parker House Hotel, Monsieur Sanzian, mucked about with the pie, adding…

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Raspberry Creme Bostonian Pie with Chocolate Ganache

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Indulge in this rich, traditional English turned Bostonian cake made with a fantastic combination of yellow cake, raspberry cream and chocolate ganache. Serve as a special after-dinner delight with a steaming cup of cappuccino or British tea.  Heaven!


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or 1 1/2 cups cake flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine, room temperature

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

Preheat over 350*

Spray round cake pan with baking spray with flour or butter and flour

In a large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, stopping to scrape batter from side and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape bowl. Pour batter into pan; use a rubber…

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Fat Tire Amber Grilled BBQ Chicken

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BBQ Best Grilled Fat Tire Amber Ale BBQ Chicken

A quintessential summertime meal–the perfect trio! The chicken and corn can be prepared on the grill and the macaroni salad made the day before. No Stove-top Heat Necessary! The Fat Tire Amber ale imparts a slight taste of spirits and the pungent seasonings kick up the flavors by volumes. Come home, pop your chicken and corn on the BBQ and within 30 minutes you’re calling this one crazy delicious dinner!! Slice up a cantaloupe, honey dew or watermelon for dessert–DONE! PERFECTION!


10-12 chicken drumsticks, thighs or a combination of both

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

½ -1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

4-5 garlic gloves, minced

Juice and rind of 1 lime—coarsely grind rind

2 cups Fat Tire Amber Ale or beer of choice—use the one you enjoy drinking

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Home-Grown Vanilla Moonshine (Extract)–Naturally Pure & Simple!

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What is more pure and economical than “homemade?” By making your own “anything” you are placing a part of yourself into your creation. We’ve all heard the term “made with love.” So, when you prepare your creations you are indeed infusing it with your own personal energy! Speaking of “infusions” here’s a little nugget of information hence, love for you. Grab the ingredients below and get to concocting!  “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” :-) “Macbeth” William Shakespeare

Yield: 32 ounces of homemade vanilla—you may also cut the quantities in half, but more is more in this situation since it keeps indefinitely and mellows with age like fine wine :-)


32 ounce jar or bottle with tight fitting lid—most times I simple use the liquor bottle

32 ounces of vodka, rum or bourbon—vodka imparts no flavor, but the…

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Guest Chef Wednesday! Jamie & Jana’s Roasted/Braised “Chicken in Milk”

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As Jamie Oliver states in the introduction of the recipe, “A slightly odd, but really fantastic combination that must be tried.” This couldn’t be more true!

Furthermore, who doesn’t love roasted chicken? It’s one of my family’s favorite weekend dinners of choice. When my friend and Once Upon a Spice follower, Jana Young Baron introduced me to Jamie Oliver’s recipe I knew I would have to give it a try. Especially, since Jamie is one of my all-time favorite self-taught chefs and I love most all of his recipes.

It requires a little more prep—not much really, but here’s what you need to know about this recipe that makes it worth the small amount of extra effort. First, it makes the entire house smell marvelous—reminiscent of childhood memories of weekends cooking with mama. Second, NO carving! The meat is so tender that it literally falls off of the bone. Third…

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Crispy Cheesy Pepper Bacon Bites–An Irresistible Tapas Treat!

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These flavorful little gems are easy to put together well in advance so you have extra time primping for your get-together. They go directly from the freezer to the oven and if your lucky enough, right to your entertaining table. They combine three of the most irresistible snack foods on earth: bread, cheese, and bacon.  Please be sure to let the bites sit for 5 or 10 minutes before serving; the cream cheese gets extremely hot.


2, 8 ounce packages of cream cheese; room temperature

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced

1/2 cup scallions, sliced, white and green

20 slices soft white bread

1 1/2 pounds pepper bacon


Mix together cheeses until smooth. Stir in peppers and scallions until evenly mixed; set aside. Trim crusts from slices of bread. Once bread is trimmed, spread slices with filling, covering completely. Roll bread up…

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