Archive for the ‘Smart Living’ Category

12 Ways to Jazz Up a Classic Tomato Sandwich

We are in the heart of tomato harvesting season, and one of the simple joys in life is a sandwich made with a perfectly ripe tomato. This southern delicacy can be made with an heirloom tomato from your local farmer’s market, a homegrown variety, or even a good tomato from your grocery store. As long […]

3 Easy Summer Side Dishes

Summer is all about relaxing, so try some of these easy summer side dishes instead of spending time with fussy recipes! Pair them with grilled steaks, chicken, chops, or fish, and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time. Grilled Avocados Turn up the volume on delicious avocados by lightly grilling them and infusing […]

Summer Salad with Spinach & Strawberries

A light and tasty salad can be the perfect side dish in the summertime, especially with grilled meats. This easy Spinach & Strawberry salad packs some fantastic flavor with a hint of sweetness. You can add your own touch to it with some optional ingredients. If you can get fresh strawberries from a local farm […]

Spring Cleaning: 23 Things to Declutter In Your Home

It’s that time of year when Spring cleaning kicks into high gear. We previously shared some top spring cleaning tips here and here, but this year is all about decluttering. When you look at photos of beautiful homes in magazines, online or real estate listings, do you know what is missing? Clutter. It can be […]

Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe

Want a batch of delicious chicken wings in a fraction of the time it normally takes? Break out your instant pot and enjoy this easy chicken wings recipe in no time! A quick trip under the broiler (or on your grill) will crisp them up perfectly. Plus, you can finish the chicken wings in a […]

10 Perfect Food & Wine Pairings

From whites to reds and many in between, try exploring some new wines that pair perfectly with these dishes and flavors. The wine will enhance the food and vice versa. Chardonnay & Salmon A dry, medium-bodied Chardonnay pairs great with light meats like fish and other seafood in flavorful sauces. Pinot Noir & Earthy Flavors […]

5 Minute Candied Pecans Recipe

Throw these tasty pecans in a mason jar with a festive ribbon for the perfect hostess gift or “take home” gift for your guests. They’re great as a snack, appetizer or even on salads. Careful, it’s easy to eat a lot of these candied pecans! Ingredients 2 cups pecans 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 tbsp […]

Warm & Hearty Potato Leek Soup

As the weather cools down, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of soup served with crusty bread. This easy and quick potato leek soup makes a great starter, and is filling enough to be an entree. With a few dashes of our Holtkamp Heatwave Hot Sauce, it will definitely keep you warm this […]

Tips on Building a Better Burger

Does it get any better than juicy, flavorful burgers? You can keep them casual for a delicious backyard meal, or class them up with a glass of red wine for dinner. Either way, we have some solid tips to help you build a better burger! From choosing the right beef to adding some savory ingredients, […]

Tips on Decanting Wine

Decanting serves two purposes: to separate a wine from any sediment and aerate a wine so the aroma and flavor will be more vibrant upon serving. Red wines naturally produce sediment as they age, white wines rarely do. Decanting is simply the process of separating this sediment from the wine. Here’s how to Decant Your […]

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