Category Archives: entertaining

The Secret to Great Homemade Fondue

The Secret to Great Homemade Fondue

ShareTweet The secret to homemade cheese fondue? No fondue pot necessary. Now that we’re officially in spring, it seems funny to be talking about fondue, a winter comfort food. But we fly West for spring break, to hit the slopes with fleeces and sun glasses, returning home proudly with raccoon tans. And when I’m skiing,Continue Reading

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

Interview: Amy Thielen of Food Network’s The Heartland Table

ShareTweet On March 8, the second season of the Heartland Table began airing on Food Network. The show is filmed in Chef Amy Thielen’s Minnesota cabin, thousands of miles away from the New York City kitchens were she was worked for culinary superstars like Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley. Thielens’ Midwestern rootsContinue Reading

Mini Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Pies

Mini Puff Pastry Chocolate Pecan Pies

ShareTweet Pecan pies are definitely the highlight of the holiday dessert table as far as I’m concerned. A few years ago, I started throwing in chocolate into the mix, and made them even better. This year, instead of using pie crust, I propose puff pastry as the base. Individual puff pastry nests filled with pecansContinue Reading

Winners, Losers, and Humility with Stitch Fix: the Busy Woman’s Fashion Solution

Winners, Losers, and Humility with Stitch Fix: the Busy Woman’s Fashion Solution

ShareTweet Fashion and I are not intimate friends. In high school, the LL Bean catalog was my height of fashion and things have not improved much since. I try to stay on top of the latest trends and buy wardrobe pieces to build outfits around, but shopping too often falls low on my to doContinue Reading

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

Quiche Lorraine: Bacon, Swiss and Picnic Bliss

ShareTweet When you think of summer picnics, does quiche come to mind? You might have relegated quiche to that folder in your mind labeled 80s concepts best forgotten, but I’m hoping that after you read this post, you’ll layer your picnic basket with rich and butter individual quiches for when the summer finally arrives. NotContinue Reading

Progressive Holiday Party Help

Progressive Holiday Party Help

ShareTweet Are you planning on hosting a Christmas party this year? If the prospect seems a little daunting from an expense or effort point of view, consider hosting a progressive party with your neighbors. My latest post is up at Snackpicks, and it’s filled with holiday ideas, easy recipes and valuable advice on hosting progressiveContinue Reading

Cheese Platter Secrets

Cheese Platter Secrets

ShareTweet A nice cheese platter is one of the easiest yet most elegant dishes to offer whether you’re hosting just a few friends or a larger party. But venturing beyond the basic Brie can be a little daunting. My latest article at Snackpicks is all about cheese platters: how to compose them, accessorize them, andContinue Reading

Crowdsourcing 4th of July Inspiration from Pinterest

Crowdsourcing 4th of July Inspiration from Pinterest

ShareTweet Pinterest is the new mindless flipping through a magazine, a delicious way to lose time. Seconds turn into minutes magically while the beautiful images tile by in front of your eyes. And while it can seem like a complete waste of time, Pinterest is a great place to get entertaining ideas for special eventsContinue Reading

How Much Food Should You Make For a Party?

How Much Food Should You Make For a Party?

ShareTweet Ever struggled with party planning? My latest post is up at Snackpicks.com and it’s filled with valuable party planning information and links to some great recipes. If you’ve ever stressed about menu planning and quantities before hosting family and friends, my entertaining planning post will give you the tools you need. Think of itContinue Reading

a Summer Grilling Feast to Beat the Heat

a Summer Grilling Feast to Beat the Heat

ShareTweet I love to cook, but I really, really, really love to cook with friends. There’s something beautiful about everyone pitching in together, sharing their techniques and their mother’s secrets. I got together with Michelle from Honest and Truly, Hyacynth from Undercover Mother at Melissa‘s house to grill up a Mediterranean summer feast. The heatContinue Reading

Wild Boar and Relaxation in La Campagne

Wild Boar and Relaxation in La Campagne

ShareTweet As our plane to France was circling over Charles de Gaulle airport, I glimpsed fields of golden wheat and got that rush of being home feeling. Even though I grew up in Paris, it’s the French countryside where I spent weekends as a child that really resonates with me. There’s something about the colors,Continue Reading

How to Roast a Whole Hog, Make New Friends, and Fulfill a Fantasy

How to Roast a Whole Hog, Make New Friends, and Fulfill a Fantasy

ShareTweet As the food blogger of the house, I’m generally the one in charge of planning and preparing meals. But when we decided to host a pig roast for Memorial Day, I was demoted by not only my husband, but all the men of the neighborhood. There’s something primeval, caveman-like even about roasting an entireContinue Reading

>If We Cook It, They’ll Come

ShareTweet >Tonight’s the night: our inaugural dinner in our new house. We’re having a few of Steve’s team members over who are visiting from Columbus over so he can demonstrate his mastery over the flames of the grill to an adoring crowd. Boxes are still strewn throughout. Our old coatroom carpet with last year’s muddyContinue Reading

>Big Saturday Night

ShareTweet > Just a quick post to say that I just selected the winner of the Little Hat Company giveaway using Random.org. The winner is Quite Contrary. I’ve given her 2 days to get back to me with her address via email and if I don’t hear from her, I’ll be going back to theContinue Reading