HOMEMADE GRANOLA

SEA OTTER CLASSIC INSPIRED GRANOLA

This homemade 'granola blend' features my Nonna’s nutmeg flavored candied walnuts; as well as dried apples, almonds, apricots and cranberries. A bicycle basket made for a perfect gift display. We added gourmet salt water taffy (huckleberry flavor) for the Sea Otter Classic opening. To balance out the sweetness I threw in a bag of jalapeno… Continue reading SEA OTTER CLASSIC INSPIRED GRANOLA

Chef Lorena's Cuban Sandwiches 'At the Beach'

Pebble Beach Food, Wine and Chef Lorena Garcia’s Cuban Sandwiches

At the Pebble Beach Food & Wine events, we fell in love with Chef Lorena Garcia, celebrating Latin American foods. The fire pits at Spanish Bay were the beautiful Pacific Coast setting to our feast. You are Invited: The Venetian’s exclusive party at the outdoor fire pits at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Chef Lorena Garcia… Continue reading Pebble Beach Food, Wine and Chef Lorena Garcia’s Cuban Sandwiches

BACON WRAPPED HOT DOGS

PEBBLE BEACH, FOOD-WINE & BACON WRAPPED HOTDOGS

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs...last spring we were in food heaven at the 2017 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Event. This feature article generated over 1 million hits. Food, wine and hot dogs brought Huckleberry Hill into the spotlight. This week we are gearing up for PBFW 2018. We wanted to take a moment and encourage… Continue reading PEBBLE BEACH, FOOD-WINE & BACON WRAPPED HOTDOGS

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

EASTER BASKET CAKES

  Nonna Cathy organized a really easy no-bake dessert. While the Easter eggs are being hidden children can be occupied making their individual mini basket.** She ordered each child a 'mini cake' from the bakery with each child’s name. Nonna purchased rectangle wafer cookies to make the “basket” sides. She put out Easter candies, jelly… Continue reading EASTER BASKET CAKES

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Pantry Ingredients: Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

I look down and smile at Snowball, he is such a cute fluff ball. Can’t help spoiling him. “Buona Pasqua,” I smile at my little pooch. He follows me to the kitchen, I am slow as it is early and I have not yet had caffeine. Bella Sophia is home this week, enjoying spring break…we… Continue reading Pantry Ingredients: Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

COOKING & BEVERAGES

Italian Easter Cookies-Keeping Tradition

-PUPA CU LOVA-** These cookies bring me back to childhood. Francine and I would each cherish our annual Easter egg treat made by Nonna Frances. My sister Fran loved the egg, with a little salt added. I ate the cookie-we are a dynamic cookie eating duo. **(Easter sure is early this year! This is a… Continue reading Italian Easter Cookies-Keeping Tradition

Simply Yummy Irish Guinness Stew

Irish Stew

We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s Celebrate with Guinness Irish Stew. I inherited red hair and freckles from my namesake, Grandma Maxine. She was a beautiful Scottish Irish woman. I miss her amazingly big heart, contagious laugh and delicious family meals. In honor of grandma, at Huckleberry Hill, we are celebrating our Irish… Continue reading Irish Stew

LOVING CITRUS

The Best Ever Lemon Almond French Toast

Perfect for a weekend brunch. Enjoy this dish during the week for "brinner" (breakfast-for-dinner). I find that the fruit and rind of citrus lends a complex flavor to French toast. Nothing takes a recipe from ordinary to extraordinary with the smell, texture (and balance of bitter and sweet) like a high quality marmalade. Papa Vince… Continue reading The Best Ever Lemon Almond French Toast

Chinese New Year- Firecracker Shrimp!

Happy Chinese New Year- Celebrate with Firecracker Shrimp!

Happy Year of the Dog! February 16, 2018 is Chinese New Year. Feast of Lantern’s (Fra Diabolo Italian Influenced) Firecracker Shrimp Recipe is a favorite. We love to make this for holidays such as Chinese New Year or Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns (celebrated on Monterey Bay each summer).    We have a long family history on… Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year- Celebrate with Firecracker Shrimp!

FUN AND SIMPLE HOLIDAY TRADITION

Valentine Treats

Super delicious and simple this 'no bake' Valentine’s Day treat is a favorite. So fabulously addictive. Best of all, it's very fun to create... especially with little helpers. Make it a family event. The memory will be a cherished Valentine Day tradition! At Huckleberry Hill we enjoy having these treats with hot chocolate, cuddling up… Continue reading Valentine Treats