Arancini and Sicilian Celebrations

Making Arancini – Sicilian Pride With Chef Manuel Morsiani… Festa Italiana Monterey Bay

Chef Manuel Morsiani embraces the Italian influenced California lifestyle culture 'mash up'!

LOVING MY '69 CAMARO Z28

Cheers to Car Week! Quail Quencher Recipe

Celebrate Monterey Car Week at ‘The Quail Motorsports Gathering’ via a ‘Quail Quencher’ Each August ‘Car Week’ is a special event on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Inspired by acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay, this ‘Quail Quencher’ cocktail is an end of summer hit. There are numerous events along the Monterey Bay during Car Week. A crown… Continue reading Cheers to Car Week! Quail Quencher Recipe

-LOVE MY SICILIAN COUSINS-

Viva DiFranco … Viva Las Vegas

At Huckleberry Hill we are sharing a delicioso Sicilian pepper recipe. Let's celebrate the launch of a Las Vegas variety show while gearing up for a retro good time along beautiful Monterey Bay! La dolce vita in bella California.   In celebration DiFranco Entertainment has shared their Sicilian ‘familgia’ recipe. Enjoy and we will see… Continue reading Viva DiFranco … Viva Las Vegas

California Travel

CALISTOGA- Mud, Water, Wine and Gourmet Granola

Amazing wine tasting, culinary adventures, farm to table produce, spa treatments and 'taking the waters'. Nothing is better than a Calistoga get-a-way. Best yet, we secured a favorite granola recipe, happy summer! Let’s travel north of Monterey Bay, over the Golden Gate... We fell in love with the ambiance, quaintness and care given to us… Continue reading CALISTOGA- Mud, Water, Wine and Gourmet Granola

FEAST OF LANTERNS-CELEBRATE!

Easy Firecracker Shrimp

Join us this summer in celebration of the annual 'Feast of Lantern’s' festivities via our (Fra Diabolo Italian Influenced) firecracker shrimp recipe. We love to make this for holidays such as Chinese New Year or the Pacific Grove Feast of Lantern Festival (celebrated on Monterey Bay at the end of July).    We have a long… Continue reading Easy Firecracker Shrimp

FOURTH OF JULY TRADITION

Auntie Fran’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

 Happy Fourth of July! Stay Cool this summer making delicious and creamy home-made ice cream! Use a vanilla custard base and add simple 'mix ins' to customize. I love apricot, Bella Sophia adores strawberry, Uncle Eric is all for cookie dough, David, Davey and Catherine crave vanilla...how about peach or apple pie ice cream? Yummy! My… Continue reading Auntie Fran’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

INSPIRATION

Archie & Cathy, A Love Story

  On this new career journey I am often asked, "where did you get the energy, the inspiration, to become an author? Especially at this stage of your life?" I owe everything to my parents. Amazingly, my parents continue to provide unconditional emotional support to just about everyone they come into contact with. Wow, have they… Continue reading Archie & Cathy, A Love Story

Grilled Calamari

Sicilian Summer BBQ

Enjoy a summer season BBQ, Sicilian style, featuring Chef Morsiani. The grilling season is upon us. Everyone is heading outdoors, firing up the grill, cleaning off the picnic table and getting ready for the freestyle vibe that comes with summer. Chef Manuel Morsiani has an amazing California connection with our Huckleberry Hill lifestyle. No wonder we… Continue reading Sicilian Summer BBQ

Easy Mini Cheesecake

La Festa della Mamma – Easy Mascarpone Cheesecake- Happy Mother’s Day

 An Italian Mama is a blessing from God. Una Mamma Italiana e una benedizione di Dio. Craving mascarpone cheesecake and thinking of my mom and Nonna. I am inspired by the beautiful mascarpone cheesecake served in Rome at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel; one of my very favorite places. La Festa della Mamma is celebrated in… Continue reading La Festa della Mamma – Easy Mascarpone Cheesecake- Happy Mother’s Day

CELEBRATE

Watermelon Tequila ‘Quail Signature Quencher’ Recipe…Cheers!

  The 10th anniversary of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a special event on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Inspired by acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay, and that this weekend is Cinco de Mayo we are making a ‘Quail Quencher’ cocktail. Throwing a last minute gathering? Want to sit out on your porch, or around a beach… Continue reading Watermelon Tequila ‘Quail Signature Quencher’ Recipe…Cheers!