Spice It Up!

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 […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Gifts, Specialty Shops, Tips|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Timeline Reduces Stress

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 […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Cooking, Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Stock Your Pantry Right

“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 […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Best Kept Secrets, Ingredients, Specialty Shops|0 Comments

Go Unscented

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 […]

By |September 24th, 2014|Entertaining, Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

Give Feedback

In my previous article Fame & Price Tag Are No Guarantee I wrote about my not so stellar experience at one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world. I don’t live my life with regrets, and I do not regret dining there. But unfortunately one thought haunts me to this day. What would […]

By |September 19th, 2014|Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

Poof! It’s Gone…

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 […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Best Kept Secrets, Tips|0 Comments

Great Cake Rebellion

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 […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Do-Ahead Brunch

Lately it seems that everyone has brunch on their mind. Most people I know are scrambling for last minute brunch reservations. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go out for brunch with friends (see my previous article Brunch is Sacred). However, why not host brunch instead?

Make your own brunch fun! Have some folks […]

By |September 10th, 2014|Brunch, Cooking, Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Take the Party Outside

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 […]

By |August 11th, 2014|Entertaining, Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

Beauty Direct from a Volcano

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 […]

By |July 7th, 2014|Entertaining, Gifts, Specialty Shops|0 Comments