Browned Butter and Walnut Tortellini

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Thanksgiving programming to bring you a special report:  A great fall weeknight dinner! I know that around this time of year, we get obsessed over Turkey Day, and rightfully so.  Between the menu planning, shopping, table setting, prepping, cooking, pie baking, (and in my case swearing and drinking a little Continue Reading…

Green Cauliflower Puree

I was browsing online this weekend on a quest to find some exciting side dishes for Thanksgiving.  I stumbled across a website that advertised 101 modern Thanksgiving sides.  To my dismay, I found 101 of the same old thing.  There must have been 20 versions of corn bread stuffing, 15 versions of squash casserole, and Continue Reading…

Haute Halloween Tablescapes

Okay, so I lied a little bit in my post title.  These tablescapes are not really haute in the true sense of the word.  But, they are frightfully fantastic if I do say so myself! I have always had to worry about a budget when it comes to holiday parties, because I’m a real person Continue Reading…

Devil In A Blue Dress Cocktail

Well, it is time to put up some Halloween Posts! I’m gonna have to break it down a little bit.  If I didn’t my Halloween post would be so long it probably wouldn’t load up on your computer screen.   I think I must have taken around eighty shots to capture all the Halloween madness around Continue Reading…

Scotch Eggs

I was trudging reluctantly through the workday last Wednesday afternoon when my good friend Joy convinced me to grab a quick lunch with her.  We were sitting at Costco noshing on a couple of gigantic pizza slices and talking about how many Easter eggs we still had left in the fridge when she said to Continue Reading…

Easter Mimosa Punch

My friend Joy made a beautiful breakfast-for-dinner spread at our last bunco game that consisted of hand made crepes with a variety of sweet and savory toppings, authentic southern grits, and sausage rolls.  She asked me to make mimosas for the occasion. It’s about half and half when it comes to people in the group Continue Reading…

Happy New Year Hangover Healer

So….had an amazing time last night with our buddies the Smuins.  At the inception of our evening, I wasn’t yet aware of the amount of alcoholic substances we were about to send coursing through our veins.  Below you will witness the carnage of our gluttony. We played Scattegories like a bunch of bosses-well, for being Continue Reading…

Stress-Free Soiree

When I talk to friends about having people over for a party, the thing that seems to stress people out is figuring out what to serve.  Even more daunting is how to serve it without spending three days in the kitchen and having to clean up for three days afterward. I have had those parties Continue Reading…

Gingerbread Memories

Every year my sister-in-law Sara has a Christmas brunch at her house for the family and afterward we all build gingerbread houses.  It has become a beloved family tradition and I had to dedicate a blog post to this fun event. She holds the party around the second week of December and we have a Continue Reading…

Holiday Food Hacks

With all the holiday bustle already upon us, I thought I’d share some really simple food tips that I  use to make things easier and more festive from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. I hope they work for you and ease a little bit of holiday stress when it comes to the grub to feed your friends and Continue Reading…