No matter what time of year it is, marinating meats is a must !  You don't have to be grilling outside to enjoy the taste of marinated meats.  There are many herb and spice combinations you can blend to make your own marinade and below I have listed a few.  It is recommended that the base of your marinade be 1 cup oil, 1/2 cup wine or vinegar, salt, pepper, 1 clove garlic crushed and then add any combination of herbs and spices you wish.

Seasoning suggestions for beef are: bay, oregano, rosemary, savory and thyme.

Seasoning suggestions for pork are: anise, car

September 10th in Lenexa, Kansas is the annual Spinach Festival!!!  Popeye's Festival!!!  If you are a spinach lover, this would be heaven!

Can you just imagine how many foods there will be that have spinach in them?!   Everything from quiches to dips to soups, etc.!  I have never attended, but I was reading about this festival several months ago. 

What is your favorite way to eat spinach?  I think my favorite ways is a fresh spinach salad and also fresh steamed spinach with butter, salt, pepper and a little malt vinegar.  I also love

Yesterday, I blogged about sesame seeds and today I would like to share some little bits of trivia that I have researched about the sesame seeds.

Did you know that thousand of years ago that the Assyrians believed that their gods drank sesame wine before creating the earth?

Did you ever wonder where the phrase "Open Sesame" came from ?  Well, Ali Baba used this expression because of the way the plant bursts open its pod and scatters the seeds.

Did you know that India ink comes from the black residue from using sesame oil in lamps?  Fragrant flowers were dip

I hope all of you had a nice Labor Day weekend.  We finally had some cooler weather and enjoyed it so much.  This weekend, I had the most delicious Asian Chicken Salad and they used toasted sesame seeds on the top of the salad.  It was just wonderful and the toasted sesame seeds gave it such a nutty flavor.

To toast sesame seeds, you just place them in skillet with medium heat and toast until they turn a golden brown.  Cool them and then store in an airtight container.  After I toast mine, I usually keep a jar of them in the refrigerator. 


There are two other festivals around the United States this weekend and they are the Golden Onion Days in Payson, Utah which is September 1-5 and the Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch, New Mexico which runs Septmber 3-4. 

I have always wanted to go to the Hatch Chile Festival!  I hear only good things about it and the friends I know that have attended had a blast!!!  If you are lucky enough to live in the southwest part of the US, then some local grocery stores will truck in loads of the chiles and then roast them in the parking lots for customers to take home.  They

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