Entertaining Tips

rose petal salad

Today Gracie and I strolled downtown to do some antiquing and we found a few awesome treasures. I promise I’ll share photos soon. We popped into the little Mexican grocery store on the corner of Plum and Main to order the ingredients for fresh tamales. (I can’t wait to share my recipe with you…) and…

ginger chicken phyllo cups

Happy TeaTime Tuesday! Here’s a recipe I promised you a loooooong time ago… from  a Mad Hatter Tea Party I hosted back in 2010 . These little teatime savories are the perfect addition to a tea tray, and a good way to use up any leftovers you may have when you make my Hawaiian Cold…

crockpot parmesan garlic herb bread

You may be asking yourself why anyone would attempt to make bread in a crockpot. When I heard about using pre-made bread dough to make dinner rolls this way, I asked myself the same question. Crockpot bread is not something you leave cooking all day when you go to the office. You have to keep…

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…