California is rich with Mexican culture and, this time of year, Dia del Los Muertos is everywhere. The festivities start on October 31st and continue through November 2nd. Sugar skulls in the shape of coffee mugs, flower vases, even toasters are plentiful, but it wasn’t until I watched Coco that I understood the sentimentality behind […]
It’s the night before Halloween and we’ve got something super-cute brewing in our kitchen with a chocolate Cauldron Cake decked out with ghoulishly green pistachio pudding slime on top, gumball bubbles and cotton-candy steam! We’re saving time, but not skimping on taste with boxed cake mix and Nutella for the frosting, ’cause we fancy like […]
Saturday night, Shawn built a nice campfire in the backyard for us and our neighbors came over for a simple dinner of hot dogs and fire-roasted corn. Our friends never visit empty-handed, often showering us with gifts. This time, I asked my beautiful British import of a girlfriend to not spoil us, but she showed […]
Soul Cakes are a recent discovery for me, found on an album, of all things, reviving the works of old British minstrels in delightful fashion. The tune was found in 1891, taken from a little girl at a Cheshire school, but the cookies date farther back, to the Middle Ages when saffron came to England. […]
Dragon's Kiss Cocktail came about one Friday night when I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from work. Brain-dead and ready for the long weekend, my stomach was grumbling like a caged beast. What usually happens in situations like this one is that I push the shopping cart up and down every ...