Entertaining Tips

The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts

Looking for something delicious, and fancy schmancy to add to the menu for your next cocktail party? These are so good and so addictive. I like to make up little cellophane bags of them and send them home with guests as party favors. They also make a nice hostess gift. This perfect bar nut recipe…

birthday cake popcorn

One of my friends gave me some yummy, gourmet “birthday cake” flavored popcorn for Christmas and it was SO incredible I was determined to create a copycat version. This tastes like funfetti birthday cake! It’s buttery, and the white chocolate, flavorings, and sprinkles make it taste like frosting. This popcorn is fast and easy to…

chocolate brownie batter hummus

Hello, Friends! Are you ready for a healthy, delicious, amazing dessert idea? You may have seen chocolate hummus at different stores like Trader Joes, Aldi, and specialty food stores and wondered what in the heck it was. The first time I saw it in the store my first reaction was NO. Beans and chocolate? No…

cinnamon maple butter

Hello, Friends! I made up a big batch of cornbread to go with our Thanksgiving feast this year, and this delicious cinnamon maple butter to slather on top of it. It was the star of the show! It was the easiest thing I made, and of course it got all the attention. Hee hee. Figures,…

cafe tables and afternoon tea

Hello, Friends! What have you all been up to? Have you been enjoying the last bits of summer and the beginning of Fall? Jeff went on a business trip for four days so I was on my own in our big, old house. I decided to make it a creative, productive four days and did…

vegan backyard bbq bowl

We went to our daughter Andrea’s on Friday night for a vegan backyard BBQ, and it was SO good! This is more of an idea post than a recipe post. I’ll supply a link to the riblet recipe, and will share the recipe for the best vegan cornbread EVER in a later post. You get…

pineapple cocktails

Here are a few refreshing, beachy pineapple cocktails to celebrate summer! Garnish with flamingo swizzle sticks, mini paper umbrellas, cute straws with puffy pineapples on them, maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks, lime wedges, orange slices… you get the idea! Have fun with it. My daughter made the drinks pictured above and they are literally just pineapple…

spicy thai noodle salad

This is one of those gorgeous, show-stopper salads that you make when company is coming. It’s so pretty, and the flavor combinations happening in this dish will knock your socks off. There are many “cooling” foods in this dish which make it an even more perfect summer offering. According to eastern medicine there are foods…

A Collection of 55 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration Recipes

This is a collection of some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day foods. Some are authentically Irish, and some are more Irish-inspired. Some are included just because they fall under the category “hearty pub fare.”  Some are on the list because they contain corned beef, cabbage or potatoes, and some you find here simply because…

crock pot cheeseburger sloppy joes

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes! If you’re looking for something a little bit different to serve on game day, this is the recipe for you! It’s so easy and yummy. Different from the hum drum, tired, Sloppy Joe recipe you’ve made time and time again. Add cheese, and… magic! We like this recipe for potlucks and kid’s…