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The Tastings Team takes on Burgers & Shakes

Tasting a bit of Downtown Nostalgia If you’ve been looking to dig in and taste a bit of nostalgia, there’s nothing like satisfying that craving with a juicy burger and a thick, hand-crafted shake. That’s why the Tastings team cruised downtown to sample this all-American iconic fare. So when this craving hits, you’ll know exactly…

Go for the Garlic

Flavorful bites await with this little addition It was found in the tomb of King Tut, the Egyptians fed it to the laborers and slaves who were building the Pyramids, and Roman gladiators ate it before battle. And don’t forget folklore that has it repelling vampires. It is garlic, from the Old English word, garleac…

Bite-sized Tangy Delights!

Dip into flavor with Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken & Garlic Parmesan Potatoes Looking for a new way to serve up chicken on the family dinner table? Bake these bite-sized tangy delights up thanks to chicken chunks coated with a little homemade honey Dijon mustard, some panko breading and pretzel crumbs. The combo makes the outside…

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…

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