Entertaining and Celebrating – Book Review


Uncle Smokey here with my first ever book review. Entertaining and Celebrating: An Elegant Feast for Every Season by Phoenix-area chef Kristal Damron, offered by Reward Your Appetite Catering. (Note – the highlight is an Amazon link.) “Recapturing Elegance” In my case it would be capturing elegance for the first time. I admit that IRead moreRead more

Barrel Cactus Fruit – Lemony and Luscious Gluten Free Cake

Here in the Southwest, there are so many native plants that provide food for the table. One that has a hidden bounty at this time of year is the barrel cactus. Barrel cactus is the generic term for a number of species of large barrel-shaped cacti. The one with the most edible of fruit isRead moreRead more

Deer Heart – Corazon Asado con Salsa de Bandera


Monica King here to talk about one of my favorite places: a ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Not the border towns, but deeper into the heart where some of the most beautiful people and country exists. Where life is like the United States was – sixty years ago. Into the Heart of Sonora Our first stopRead moreRead more

Savory Scones with I’itoi Onions


Like a hint of onion in your cooking or salads? The easiest onions to grow and use in the Southwest are the wildly popular and prolific multiplier onions called I’itoi onions (Allium cepa). Pronounced “e-e-toy” these onions are simple to grow and delightful to use. Where to Find Them I’itoi onions are shared around SouthernRead moreRead more

The Backyard Beekeeper – Book Review

Monica King here, a third generation beekeeper with a beekeeping book review. “The Backyard Beekeeper” (Quarto Publishing) is written by Kim Flottum. Mr. Flottum has been the editor of “Bee Culture” magazine for the past thirty some years. At the magazine he finds answers to questions sent in by beekeepers of all experience levels. ItRead moreRead more

Apple Walnut Salad – AKA Charoset


Jacqueline Soule here this week with one last honey recipe for National Honey Month.  I learned to make this Charoset salad back about the time we rode dinosaurs to school. My friend Sara’s “Bubbie” (grandmother) roped in us girls to help her in the kitchen. She nailed us because we were playing and giggling inRead moreRead more

Cooking With Honey – Some Tips


We have been asked for more background on the overall topic of cooking with honey.  We got together to create this post and offer this handful of hints and guidelines.  Since each of us cook and write with a different perspective, we hope you will find this article useful. From Uncle Smokey (the griller) HoneyRead moreRead more

Tasty Honey Topping

Being in a lasting relationship involves compromise. In ours, one issue is the ice cream flavor on the rare occasions we do buy ice cream. Rather than trade off over chocolate or vanilla and have one person grumpy, we buy basic vanilla and “doctor” it with home made toppings, nuts, and other tasty treats. (Don’tRead moreRead more

Ancient Desert Treat for Today – Chia Honey Banana Pudding

Monica King today to ask you – Looking for a healthy paleo desert? Here is a wonderfully light pudding using chia seeds that fits perfectly into your diet and is extremely versatile. Chia The key ingredient to this dessert is chia seeds. These seeds are hydrophilic, they can absorb over ten times their weight whenRead moreRead more

Time for Some Thyme – Soup


Summer time is an excellent time for thyme soup. Soup in summer is super! As we sweat during the day we lose minerals (electrolytes) and while there are drinks that claim to restore electrolytes, they are sugar-laced and of questionable overall health benefit. Besides, I prefer sipping something savory over sipping something sweet. Finding ThymeRead moreRead more