Entertaining Tips

magic dutch oven steak + gravy

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This is one of my favorite creations yet. It’s SO good and the steak comes out tender and swimming in this awesome, creamy, mushroom gravy! I always use organic, MSG-free products in my recipes whenever possible. I absolutely adore Amy’s semi-condensed soups in place of the old standby, Campbell’s. They’re generally much lower in sodium,…

mini blt cheese puffs with lobster salad

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This is a fun appetizer to make any time of year. Most people think BLT and they think summer, which is what makes these such a fantastic, unexpected flavor combination around the holidays. Plus, they’re red and green, so they’re perfect for Christmas! Pair these elegant little gougeres with a crisp, fruity white wine. ~…

ranch spinach dip

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This spinach dip is ridiculously easy if you make it as directed below. You certainly can make homemade ranch dressing instead of using the dip mix, if you wish. HERE’S a homemade ranch dressing recipe you can use, and HERE’S another one, if that’s the route you want to go. (You’ll have to substitute 3…

rose geranium montrachet ice cream

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I had the best intentions of spending the day in my kitchen and studio today, but the beautiful weather was beckoning and my friend Nancy suggested we get out of town for awhile. We ventured to a nearby lake town and enjoyed a leisurely lunch at a favorite Tearoom, and did a little antiquing. Oh…

scenes from the past couple weeks + mason jar picnic

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Lovely, lovely, lovely spring days. Time with family and friends, time to work, time to read and sip rosewater lemonade, time to play, time for a Friday night riverside fish fry, time for blossom-peeping walks around the neighborhood and time to relax. We’re planning a little getaway very soon and I can’t wait to hit…

classic layered salad {in a mason jar}

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Here’s my first post about salad in a mason jar! I’m working on a series that will include about 40 different meals and desserts in mason jars (approximately 15 of these will be salads.) I’m so excited to get started and to share these yummy, easy recipes with you! Mason jars are wonderful for when…

four refreshing summer picnic beverages “to go”

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Today is the beginning of a much anticipated four day weekend “staycation” for us! We have all sorts of fun things planned, and among them… a picnic, of course! Packing picnic fare into coolers and picnic baskets is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so fun to develop a picnic menu days before…

blueberry cheesecake jars

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Hello Lovelies! Are you all excited for Christmas? Oh my. So much preparation and baking and gift wrapping around here these days it’s beginning to look like Santa’s work shop. We enjoyed an awesome weekend. Saturday was spent going “over the river and through the woods” to Grandpa Grape’s (Greg’s) house. We brought appetizers and…