Crispy Cheesy Pepper Bacon Bites–An Irresistible Tapas Treat!

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 you’re lucky enough (they’re irresistible and guests love to snatch them up), right to your entertaining table. They combine three of the most…

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Vino: A Poet, a god and a Few Ancient Mixers

The great Roman poet Horace once wrote, “No poem was ever written by a drinker of water.”  Possibly, Horace was a tremendous admirer of Bacchus, the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine. And possibly the most intriguing, the god of ritual madness and ecstasy. Bacchus was one of the primary gods worshipped in…

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Cioccolato e Caramello Gelato Affogato

What a big name for such a simple decadent treat. Serve this as a dinner aperitif—one won’t spoil your appetite. As an after dinner treat in place of dessert. Or anytime you wish to experience the harmonious blend of coffee, cream and chocolate. Let your imagination run wild with the additions: Kahlua, chocolate fudge, sprinkles,…

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A Tale of Ireland Sure to Warm the Cockles of Your Heart

This is a true personal account drawn from the memory of my dear British friend, Jackson Stones. We thank you, Jackson for your time, warmth and generous contribution. “It was a few years ago now, but I remember it well. Galway, is a tiny city in the far west of Ireland. A small university town…

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Chocolate Stout or Gunness Float

This remarkable velvety brew will make you dream of the return of St. Patrick’s Day, everyday! Creamy, sweet, chocolaty, semi-bitter edged, frothy, buttery…heaven! In the past, I have always used Guinness, but ever since discovering the “chocolate stout,” I have never looked back. Having said the latter, “both” ales are marvelous—especially in this delectable frothy…

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