Category: Holidays

Labor Day Barbecue Look-Back

Labor Day Barbecue Look-Back

I’m not able to post a new recipe over this Labor Day long weekend, so I thought I’d share links to a few of my favorites from the grill that seem oh-so-appropos for the holiday.

New Year’s Eve in Vegas

New Year’s Eve in Vegas

There’s no place like Las Vegas.  It’s glitzy, and plastic, and neon, and fun. We went to Vegas for New Year’s in 2013 to celebrate my bonus son’s 21st birthday (“bonus son” = stepson, with a more positive connotation; it means I’m “bonus mom”).  It […]

New Year’s Brunch

New Year’s Brunch

I’ve always felt that the way I spend New Year’s (Eve and Day) foreshadows my experiences for the rest of the year.  And it usually does:  we’re either traveling with family, having a special outing with family, or spending time at home with family, celebrating […]

Pampas Grass:  A Champagne Drink

Pampas Grass: A Champagne Drink

The Pampas Grass: a champagne drink that honors winter grapefruit juice with a sparkling and Midori compliment.

Glasgow in December (2)

Glasgow in December (2)

A December business trip to Glasgow provided a brief opportunity to soak up its food, shopping and culture. It did not disappoint!

Sweet Potato Biscuits: Family History, Love on a Plate

Sweet Potato Biscuits: Family History, Love on a Plate

Sweet Potato Biscuits are made on special occasions in my family, and epitomize the feeling that Food is Love. Well, it is. Try them and see.

Found (and edited) Recipe:  Scotch Eggs

Found (and edited) Recipe: Scotch Eggs

I spent years yearning for the Scotch Eggs I’d had at a Dickens Festival in Galveston, Texas. The Grill-Meister made them for Christmas breakfast, and they were a hit.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Mashed Potato Pancakes

It’s not an original idea to make potato pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes, but we’re especially partial to this version here at Glover Gardens.

Favorite Kitchen Gifts: Love My Cutting Boards

Favorite Kitchen Gifts: Love My Cutting Boards

41 years ago, my Dad made cutting boards for Christmas gifts in a lean year. This year, he outdid himself with a new one as a gift for me. Awesome.

Gift from the Kitchen:  Zippy Southwest

Gift from the Kitchen: Zippy Southwest

Zippy Southwest is a wonderful spice mix and a quick and easy gift from your kitchen.

Raspberry-Nut Christmas Bars

Raspberry-Nut Christmas Bars

These bar cookies are inspired by an old recipe from the now-defunct California Pistachio Commission. I played around with the recipe and made a few changes, and now they are a must-have during Christmas at Glover Gardens.

Spatchcocked Turkey.  Say What?

Spatchcocked Turkey. Say What?

Spatchcocked turkey is everything you want in a turkey: moist on the inside, with crispy, savory, mahogany skin on the outside.

Glasgow in December

Glasgow in December

On the way to Glasgow – what does Christmas look like there compared to Glover Gardens?

Setting a Beautiful Table – Whimsical Christmas

Setting a Beautiful Table – Whimsical Christmas

I used to live in a 1920s pier-and-beam wood cottage. It was really fun to dress the old girl up for the holidays. Some of the table-setting tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years are illustrated in the photos from a special holiday dinner when my folks met my inlaws-to-be for the first time.

Countdown to Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving

I like starting from a blank slate and creating a sense of bountiful harvest and plenty in my dining room for Thanksgiving.

Thankful for…Bay Leaves and Family

Thankful for…Bay Leaves and Family

A co-created centerpiece brings the family together in a meaningful discussion of what we’re thankful for.


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