Entertaining Tips

elderflower fizz spritzer

Days seem to be passing very quickly lately. I’ve been working on creative things, puttering around my house and getting absorbed in the minute details. I will cook or bake something, take photos of it, edit the photos and sometimes that’s all I get done in a day. Other days I can obsess over one…

fondue bourguignonne ~ scenes from new year’s eve

Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a great start to 2013. We’re lazy this morning after staying up to watch all the festivities in New York’s Times Square. Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve wasn’t the same without Dick, but it was still fun to watch all the awesome performers and, or course, to see that…

chicken with red grapes & pan sauce

Grapes with chicken? Is that what you said when you read the title of this post? I was thinking the same thing the first time I heard about this dish. What in the world? Well, this is not only a pretty dish, it’s loaded with flavor. There’s this whole sweet and savory thing going on…

brie en croute

Hello Friends! Looking for easy, beautiful appetizers for the holidays or for a cocktail party? This is one of my go-to appetizers for dinner parties and holiday gatherings. It’s fast, easy, delicious, and so pretty surrounded with star shaped crackers, fresh fruit, sprigs of fresh herbs and a variety of jams and fruit compotes. Another…

six senses saturday

seeing ~THIS movie in the theater today… Daniel Craig is the best bond since Connery, just sayin’… candlelight on our front porch for date night… and bittersweet growing like mad among the climbing rose bushes, pine trees and grapevines out in our back yard. feeling ~ close to completing my latest yarn expedition and eager…

date night ~ gypsy dinner

Gypsy dinner is fun to put together and will help you use up a ton of those fresh garden veggies and herbs. Play romantic music while you work in the kitchen together and enjoy all the beautiful flavors and textures of these fragrant, colorful ingredients. We always make extra veggies and potatoes so we can…

sweetie pie dessert pizzas

I know I already told you how fast summer is going by for me. I can hardly believe it’s already August. We have several little “staycations” blocked out so we can savor the last of this delicious season before autumn. How are you making memories this summer? One of our favorite things to cook in…

six senses saturday

tasting :: campari and tonic on ice…one of our favorite summer libations that always reminds us of our vacation to Riviera Maya, puffy crispy amazing hard shell chicken tacos at Red Wing’s Brick House Pub and Grill…soooo yummy with pico, guac, sour cream and (of course) just enough Sriracha to make me cry a little….and…salt…

tea tasting notes ~ seven flower puerh

~ seven flower puerh ~ “When you buy this puerh tea, you receive four different puerh squares (approximately 3-5 grams each-perfect for an individual cup or small pot).  While the same high grade puerh (shu or cooked puerh) is used throughout; each square has different additional ingredients: either jasmine, rose, carnation, naturtium (tropaeolum), forget-me-not (myosotis),…