EMBRACE A HEALTHY FALL

There is Always, Always, Always Something to be THANKFUL For.

   At Huckleberry Hill we are sharing wishbone memories and joyful activities for the holiday season. As my friends, family and readers know, my father passed away about a month ago. Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday and in his honor we are embracing each and every day. It's amazing that we can all find miracles… Continue reading There is Always, Always, Always Something to be THANKFUL For.

CHERRY DELIGHTS!

Happy Birthday Papa Archie- Cherry Throwback

'Old school' dump cakes! No bowls, no mess, no mixing, just fast and delicious. As my family, friends and readers know my dad recently passed away. This week (Thursday) would have been his birthday. In celebration of my wonderful father, I am re-posting this recipe. My dad Archie loved cherries so this easy dessert was a… Continue reading Happy Birthday Papa Archie- Cherry Throwback

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

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

SAVE THE DATE- BAKE QUEEN CAKES

Baking Queen Cakes

As with the rest of the world, along the majestic Pacific Coast of California, at Huckleberry Hill, we are enchanted by the upcoming royal wedding. (The wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel on May 18.)  Set out your tea set, bake Queen Cakes and have… Continue reading Baking Queen Cakes

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

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

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