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Tastings: For the Love of Chocolate

Chocolate and love.  It is the ultimate Valentine’s Day pair. Chocolate elicits love while love emanates from chocolate. So how much more romantic can it get? Enter the Tastings Team, which sampled a variety of delectable chocolate treats from around town – Big Dipper Ice Cream, Good Earth Market, The Spiked Olive, and Tea City…

A Slice of Pie….

The tried and true sweet ending (or beginning) to a meal There is probably no dessert more American than pie. After all, you’ve heard the saying, it’s “as American as apple pie.” It’s a treasure that’s been around for as long as flour has been milled from grain. Mix a little flour with some water…

From Our House To Yours!

Delightful cookie packaging for the holidays Looking for a few easy and inexpensive ways to turn your holiday cookies into gorgeous giftables? We combed the aisles of the dollar store, crafting hot spots and even the hardware store to come up with these festive and pretty presentations. In The Can Who said this 1-quart empty…

Hey Cookie!

Bake up some holiday cheer with a cookie exchange Yes, it’s true. Time moves at an exceptionally faster rate when those bells start to jingle and songs of Kris Kringle start to sound in department stores far and wide. As you make your list and check it twice, there never seems enough time for shopping,…

Party Perfect Bites

Vibrant & Delicious Finger Foods for your Holiday Soiree Whatever you call them — appetizers, hors d’oeuvres or finger food — they are a necessity this time of year. Whether it’s a holiday open house, post caroling party, or a football centered cheer session, we all could use a few new creations to take center…

Taste of the Valley: Breaking Bread

Bringing this staple back to the table Our eating habits are changing. Evening meals are slimming down, with fewer side dishes on the table. One of the first side dishes to be jettisoned was bread. Some of the decline can be due to the growth of gluten-free diets, but since there are gluten free breads,…

The Tastings Team Digs Into Pie

Raise your fork for these made from scratch delights Pie is a delicious pastry package of celebration.  For family and friends, this is a slice of holiday spirit shared with cheer. Bet you didn’t know that there are plenty of places around town that pride themselves on serving up the best and most fresh desserts…

Breaking the Fast

Delicious beginnings to kick start your day Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, why not wake with the sun and do yourself a favor to take in the flavors of some of Billings’ best hot spots for breakfast. The Tastings Team hit the town in search of different places that served…

Bake Sale Sensations

Whipping up irresistible sweets with surefire success Back in the day, bake sales were a dime a dozen. It was a “go to” for clubs and teams to raise a little money for elementary schools all the way up through the halls of high school. Over the years, this fundraising staple has fallen into the…

There’s the Rub

Savory spices and sassy grilling sauces The inspiration has come from William Shakespeare in Hamlet’s famous soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1. “To die: to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: aye, there’s the rub.” My high school English Literature teacher, Merlin Willard, would be happy I remember most of Hamlet’s famous speech, but he…

Serving up a Fabulously Simple Party

Let the Festivities Begin with a ‘Spring Soiree’ Spring! This is the season to renew our spirits, break free from winter’s chilly grasp and share the beauty of this season with family and friends. Whether it’s a baby shower, a graduation party, a Memorial Day block party or a time spent with friends enjoying the…

Taste of the Valley: Passed Down & Around With Love

Sharing recipes with family ties With a pinch of this and a dash of that, there are recipes that will always tug on our heart strings. These little instructions are often kept on cards that show the wear and tear of time. It’s part of our food heritage, recipes passed down from grandmothers, moms, aunts…

Family Friendly Faves: The Perfect Pasta

Roasted Pepper Chicken Penne We eat a lot of pasta in my house. Part of the reason is, well, because I love pasta and since I do the majority of the meal planning and cooking for our family, it just ends up on our table a few times each week. Not only is pasta generally…

CHANGING THE FLAVOR OF THE MAGIC CITY

The Culinary Art of Chef Resmondo Mouthwatering aromas waft through the air as Chef Katie Resmondo stirs up an opera of spicy shrimp and mustard greens. This delicate soup sings with southwestern soul. It’s the first of five exquisite platings of a themed dinner that this young culinary starlet serves to Bin 119 patrons. Known…

Egged On To Greatness

A splash of vanilla, a dash of nutmeg Call it more exotic egg milk punch instead of the common eggnog and it would still be the hit of any holiday party. Sitting in a beautiful cut glass punch bowl in the center of a buffet table, eggnog will draw the eyes of your guests with…

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