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The Art of the Cheese Plate: A simple approach

When having a party, a cheese plate is a wonderful appetizer that will generally become a focal point with people gathered around chatting. Making a cheese plate doesn't need to be fancy, but here's some things to think about when creating your work of art. ...

Happy Mother’s Day Mom… I miss you every day

It's been 7 years since the last time I celebrated Mother's Day with my mom. It's terrifying to think that so much time has gone by since her passing, but one thing remains strong: I still miss her every day. ...

Flourless Banana Pancakes – As Seen On Pinterest FAIL!

Some Pinterest ideas are great, some not so great. This one started out with what I thought would be good. I love pancakes. I love banana pancakes. So I tried this recipe seen all over Pinterest. ...

Confessions of a Carboholic

Hi, my name is Vivian, and I'm a carboholic. You may think that I'm being disrespectful to alcoholics/etc., but for me, this really is a serious problem. ...

How to… Blanch Vegetables

Blanching your vegetables is the process of scalding vegetables in boiling water for several minutes. Why blanch? The best reason is that it prevents Blah vegetables! It's also necessary if you want to freeze your vegetables for use later. ...

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

I know, I'm early, but some of these Christmas gifts need to be planned months in advance. Here are a couple great ideas for making your own foodie Christmas gifts. ...

Sometimes I have nothing to say…

I feel that as a food blogger (ack! I said it!) I am expected to have a lot of funny anecdotes and tons of preamble leading up to the recipe I'm posting. But sometimes I really do not have anything to say about the recipe. Was it tasty, yummy, delicious? You betcha! But not all of my recipes have a story other than I was hungry and had those ingredients in my refrigerator so I came up with whatever it was I was posting. Does that make me a bad food blogger? I'm not sure, but I really ...

Idaho Sunrise as Seen On Pinterest

IDAHO SUNRISE... a.k.a. BAKED EGGS AND BACON IN POTATO BOWLS by Gimme Some Oven was hands down a winner!

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My first BBQ Competition recap, KCBS fun!

Last year when we heard about the BBQ Competition in our hometown Santa Clara, we thought "Hey! Let's enter next year."  I really didn't think we would enter, but as it came up, my husband and son were so excited that I took the plunge and entered the contest. Once I did that, my husband went a little crazy when we made the decision and bought this... Once he bought that, I was stuck! I had to go through with it. So, go through with it we did. I tried out a couple new made up recipes ...

Dish Ditty Recipes: A year of cooking in review

Well, it's been one year since my first post here on Dish Ditty Recipes. When I started this site, I had a goal of 200 recipes for the year.  I thought that was going to be tough to do as that's a little more than a recipe every other day. But, that number was hit several months ago, to my own surprise. So, how many recipes did I post? I posted over 240 recipes, 20 articles, 12 little ditties, and a dozen more other articles like videos and quotes. Wow. I can't believe I posted that ...