As the holidays approach, consider giving spices as gifts to those in your life who enjoy cooking or even those who are novices in the kitchen. Having a fully stocked spice cabinet will inspire them to experiment in the kitchen. And if you play your cards right, you could be on the guest list […]
The holidays are imminent, y’all…
As I woke up on Monday before Thanksgiving last year, I realized my holiday spirit was missing. That just wouldn’t do with people bound to arrive at my home the following Thursday. This is my favorite holiday and I needed to put things in perspective very quickly. No time to […]
“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Sir Wilde hit it right on the nose. Anything worth doing is worth doing well, to the best of one’s abilities. That is especially true of cooking. And any cook worth their […]
Any room, however humble, is brightened up by beautiful flowers. And anyone, and I mean ANYONE, looks great in candlelight. Flowers and candles are fixtures of any occasion, and rightfully so. However, if your occasion includes delicious food and delicate wines, consider your choices carefully.
Fragrant centerpieces and scented candles can ruin the most talented chef’s […]
We have all been there… Cocktail party. Room full of boisterous people, mingling. You try to stay out of the way, but inevitably, you get bumped and jostled. Someone runs into you, and your red wine goes cascading out of your glass right onto…your white dress, your date’s freshly pressed shirt, the host’s cream […]
Wedding season is in full swing, people! BUT… I don’t like wedding cake. That is no secret (see my previous article Let Them Eat Tarts!). I can hardly be alone in my aversion to run-of-the-mill wedding cake, right? So, I looked into it. By the power vested in me by the Almighty Google, I do […]
With hazy summer nights flying fast, it seems everyone is headed outdoors. Now is the sweet spot of summer: the weather is mild, the humidity low, and the bugs aren’t so bad. So, when I receive party invitations this time of year, I am always hoping for an alfresco soiree.
Taking the party outdoors, provided […]
I love flowers. No, really. I LOVE LOVE LOVE flowers! No easier way to brighten up anyone’s day than with a few stems of happy color. Whether a special occasion or just because, a thank you or a “Get well soon!”, flowers always seem to convey just the right message. It is impossible not […]