Whether you are looking to impress your neighbors or to turn up your BBQ skills, no summertime soiree should be without cocktails. What’s is perfect about adding cocktails to the scene is you don’t need to be a mixologist in order to add some fun, excitement, and flavor to your drinks. All you need is a little guidance, creativity, liquor, and BBQ and you’ll be well on your way to hosting the perfect BBQ party.

Sure, I enjoy fine dining as much as the next guy but sometimes that just isn't an option and you are faced with a decision of "what to eat" and you only have time to either get gas or swing through the drive through. In those cases I've typically resorted to grabbing a chocolate bar or maybe some beef jerky, but that's never really satisfying. What I really need is a nice juicy hamburger that will carry me through till dinner. That's where BIG AZ burgers come in!

How many times have you heard "healthy" and thought, "YUCK!"? Probably most of you thought that at least once, but it doesn't have to be that way. The problem is that most "healthy" recipes are written by people that prefer "health" over big robust tastes, textures, and experience. I'm here to say that it doesn't have to be that way!

Dreamfields has presented me with a challenge to create an innovative recipe that includes: Beer, Smoked / Grilled Meats, Hot Peppers, Lemon, and a Vegetable of choice + two other ingredients that features their "Healthy Carb Living" pasta. By participating in this challenge, a donation will be made to a food pantry of my choice and the winning recipe creator will be able to donate an even larger amount.

June is California Avocado Month and so we were invited to help celebrate it with a fantastic dinner at the top of a mountain in a real avocado grove along side the farmer who manages one of the largest avocado ranches in California. A dinner outside under the stars is always special but this was over the top since typically avocados are a sort of mysterious fruit. Sure, we all love them in guacamole but where do they actually come from and what else can you do with them?

The phrase "It changed my life" might be an exaggeration in some instances, but Columbia Crest's Crowdsourced Cabernet program has made a big impact on my life over the past year. Prior to this experience I had a very limited appreciation for wine and the complexities that went into producing it. Through the "Crowdsourced Cabernet" project though, I've gained a huge new appreciation for wine generally and red wines specifically. Now I am thrilled to announce that the vintage that we've helped create is available now to enjoy! I opened my first bottle earlier this week and I must say ... we did a great job!