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It’s so wonderful to be able to get together with friends again. Even though I’m almost always in the mood to entertain, hosting a weekend brunch may be one of my favorite ways to gather with friends and family. There’s a certain casual comfort to brunch that makes it easy to pull together and even easier to enjoy. Brunch is meant to be a breezy affair. That’s why I’m always looking for recipes that I can feed a group with and that come together quickly and easily. The host shouldn’t have to stand over a stove. In fact, if you’re standing over a stove, you’re not really hosting. Great brunch recipes allow you to get the meal started and then enjoy a mimosa (yes, please!) before it’s time to serve your guests. What I love about this recipe for Hash Brown Cups is that it’s a perfect combination of potato, cheese,…

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There is something very special about drinking tea out of a beautiful teacup.  Most people use mugs – you know, the same ones they use for coffee, soup, even ice cream?  Just imagine how different it would be if you used a striking teacup and saucer?  They don’t have to match.  In fact, mixing teacups and saucers can add a touch of whimsy to the moment! I found some wonderful ideas at Gearys Beverly Hills. The graceful shape of the orange one from Raynaud in their Tresor pattern (if orange isn’t your color – it comes in four different colors!) is one I really love.  Or, if you prefer something more contemporary – the cups from Rosenthal in either their Tac Stripes or Tac 02 Skin Gold would fit your style.  For drama there’s nothing better than the gold lined cup from Dibbern.  You have to admit sipping tea from…

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Right now, it’s not the easiest of times for all of us. Most of us (I’m in California so this is me) have been ordered to ‘Shelter in Place’ or basically stay at home unless you need to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor or get gas for your car – the essentials. For a lot of us that means that we are cooking more than we normally do and, if you’re like me and single, you’re also freezing things in portions for easy meal preparation. All this extra cooking means that we lean toward comfort food. Comfort food is different for all of us, but some form of chicken soup is in every cuisine I know, and it all starts with a base of simple chicken stock. A while ago, when bone broth was just starting to become popular, I was talking with a girlfriend of mine about…

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