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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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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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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Recipe for Slow Roasted Onion Dip

This is the onion dip taste you’ve been looking for – seriously. You’re going to want to keep this one.…

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How to Roast a Head of Garlic

A fabulous “quick” preparation for a favorite… wait a minute… what IS garlic anyhow? Here's a fun fact about garlic.…

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How will you make your football party stand out?

It IS great time to entertain your friends and family—make those memories stand out with a themed cocktail drink! As…

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Ready for football season?

Football Season is HERE!

What a great time to entertain your friends and family—but don’t forget the most important ingredient! It’s football season –…

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Home Entertaining Tip: Create a Great Cheese Board

Make it colorful and fun: alternatives for cheese boards, knives, serving bowls. I have a friend who grew up in…

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Entertain like an Italian and Enjoy the Spirt of the Aperitivo

Enjoy the relaxed pace and informality of a timeless continental style. One of the reasons I became a restaurateur is…

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the Perfect Poached Egg

Recipe for the Perfect Poached Egg

The mystery of poaching eggs is lifted. I love poached eggs. My mom and dad used to have them with…

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Home Entertaining in Style: The best way to build a collection of fine silver and crystal

The secret: estate sales, flea markets, thrift stores. And they’re fun! For some folks, having the perfect set of home…

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Two Drink Recipes, for a Nice Summer Afternoon Spritz

Bringing you 2 fabulous spritz drinks to help you keep cool during California’s dog days of summer-early fall. It’s not…

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