Pre-party Check: Favorite soap in the powder room?

Often overlooked by you, but not by your guests. As my mom used to say, “A little soap goes a…

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How to make a perfect “starter” with a great Shrimp Cocktail!

An easy recipe for shrimp cocktail that’s tasty and lovely to look at. I have never met a “starter” I…

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Defining the 10 Essential Tools for Beginner Cooks

What you need to know about the top 10 essential tools for your kitchen. A client of mine just bought…

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What your dinner party guests really care about!

At your next dinner party, try these ideas to keep a fun night really rolling. I can’t tell you how…

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Don't take olives for granted!

Make a resolution, pay attention to your olives!

It’s a shame to take the olive for granted when there’s so much variety! I love olives. Green, black, stuffed,…

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What to do with all those gift wines?

Turn them all into wine spritzers and keep your party going! Gift wines. There. I said it. A bottle quickly…

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2018: Fran’s list of Gifts for Women

Challenged by originality? Remember to be thoughtful. It’s probably a huge generalization, but I think it’s a lot easier to…

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2018: Fran’s list of Gifts for Men

Putting thought into gifts for men takes a little effort, but it’s so very rewarding. I admit it. I can…

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Tips for great holiday party lighting.

I have a lot of friends who work in stage, film, and video entertainment. One has been a “lighting designer”…

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Simple Recipe for Champagne Vinaigrette

And so easy to make: Dijon Mustard, sea salt, champagne vinegar, and olive oil. You know me. I love to…

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blog photo of salt cellars on Fran's table

Conversation Starters: The wonder of Salt Cellars

“Above the Salt” Idea: Entertain guests like a pro with great salt cellars for your table. Do you know someone…

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Fran Berger's coffee mugs

In Search of the Perfect Coffee Mug

What are the qualities that sets one coffee mug apart from all the others? Ever notice how we collect coffee…

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