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Easy Entertaining with Dinner-Worthy Salads
April 23, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Having guests over for dinner is a great way for friends and family to come together and catch up, but nowadays everyone’s schedules are always busy.  Here’s an easy dinner-worthy salad recipe you can make quickly for the warm days and nights of spring and summer!  Let’s try to cut back on the stress, and enjoy good company.

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Season's Best for Your Wedding
April 7, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Try incorporating produce that is in-season for your wedding entrees.  We’ve compiled a list of vegetables and fruits in season for every month of the year and great example recipes for inspiration. Have fun planning!

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Brunch Themed Bridal Shower
March 29, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Brunch is a great and marvelous thing. Everyone loves brunch! You get to combine two meals into one and have a splendid time with friends and family. Why not take that idea and make your Bridal Shower a brunch-themed party! Try some of these brunch-inspired ideas to make your party a success!

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3 Ways To Make Plain Drinking Water More Fun
March 25, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Say goodbye to plain ol’ drinking water and hello to tasty add-ins. We all know the endless benefits of water to our bodies, from better skin to better digestion, but who says water needs to be tasteless? Here are 3 ways to spice it up!

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Wedding Hors d’oeuvres Food and Drink Pairing
March 21, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Choosing what hors d’oeuvres to serve at your wedding can be a stressful decision. Trying to figure out what drinks to pair it with can be even harder! We’ve compiled a list of great food and drink pairings that you can serve at your wedding.

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Prevent Wedding Day Bloat
March 12, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

No one wants to look bad in their wedding dress. The last thing someone needs is to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable on their wedding day. One way to look and feel your best is to prevent wedding day bloat.

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Indian Chicken Curry
March 7, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Indulge in the delicious and aromatic spices of this traditional Indian yellow-curry chicken in an easy-to-follow recipe. This medium-spicy recipe can be tailored to your own preferences, so go ahead and give it a try!

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4 Fun Wedding Cake Alternatives
March 5, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Every couple wants to do something memorable that will impress their wedding guests and have them talking for years to come. One way to accomplish this is to break the basic wedding traditions and do something unexpected! Here’s an idea, why not toss the wedding cake and try a fun alternative? This will not only surprise your guests, but give you yet another way to show off your style and flair as a couple.

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Show Off Your Cooking Chops with Risotto
February 13, 2014 • Posted by Christina Fong

So you're looking to impress a certain date with a home-cooked meal and want to prepare a special dish for a special occasion but don't have the time or extensive cooking skills to go all out. If you're still unsure (the day before Valentine's Day, no less), try your hand at risotto.

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Year Of The Horse
January 31, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

January 31st, 2014 marks the Lunar New Year for many cultures around the world. As with most holidays, each culture has its own unique food traditions to celebrate the occasion.

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Escaping The "Meat Or Fish?" Question
January 27, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

We’re all familiar with the ubiquitous “Meat or Fish” request on wedding RSVPs. But what if your guests are vegetarian?

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Warm Up With Fondue Night
January 22, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Since the end of winter is nowhere in sight, we’re all craving something warm and hearty. Luckily, we’ve got a recipe up our sleeve that will do just the trick.

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Throwing A Bridal Tea
January 18, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

While many parts of a bridal shower might err on the naughty side, there are plenty of PG-rated ways to keep the occasion girly and elegant. Cutesy suggestion: a tea table refreshments station for your favorite bride-to-be.

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Goodies for a Gender Reveal Party
January 10, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Lately, gender reveal parties have been quite in vogue. Many parents are choosing to extend the need-to-know compulsion to their friends and family by throwing teasing parties that end in a dramatic reveal of their baby’s sex.

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Flavors of Love: 5 Delicious Wedding Cakes
January 3, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

We've rounded up some unconventional yet divine cakes that will make a splash on your wedding day.

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Appetizers That Will Last Until Midnight
December 30, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Serve these at your New Year’s Eve party for a delicious transition into 2014.

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Stocking Stuffers For Foodie Fanatics
December 17, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

There isn’t a more exciting holiday tradition than stocking stuffers. It’s the thrill of wondering what tiny treats could possibly be hiding inside your stocking; an exquisite supplement to bigger gifts.

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Destination Dishes For Your Domestic Wedding
December 15, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

It’s easy to see the appeal of destination weddings: exchanging vows in a beautiful faraway land surrounded by your loved ones. Best of all, the spectacular variety of food you’re bound to experience is enough to have you packing your bags.

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4 Bridal Registry Must-Haves
December 3, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Congratulations – your wedding day is almost here! Now that you’ve chosen a dress, booked a venue and sent out the invites, you might want to start thinking about your bridal registry.

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Winter-taining 101
November 12, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

The weather is changing and the holidays are upon us! Which means, it’s time for a whole new dimension of entertaining.

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A Fairytale Wedding That’s Budget-Friendly
November 5, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Weddings can get real expensive, real fast. As much as we’ve dreamed about our big day since childhood, a limiting budget can put a damper on some of our deepest fantasies.

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Not-So-Tricky Treats for Halloween
October 30, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

One of the best parts of Halloween is being surrounded by what seems like an endless amount of candy for days on end. You can’t escape it, but why try?

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Champagne Cocktails for an Elegant Affair
October 21, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Drinks aren't often the star of most wedding-related events but that could be due to the fact they aren't given as much attention when it comes to the selection process. If you're unsure about what to offer given the number of cocktails available today, keep it simple with Champagne.

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5 Treats (Or Tricks) For A Festive Halloween
October 14, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

While kids are usually distracted by all the candy they'll be collecting while trick-or-treating, adults may crave more than a tiny bucket full of bite-sized snacks.

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Baby Food Swap Party
September 26, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Swap parties are not only economical, but are also tons of fun. By hosting a baby food swap you can socialize with other like-minded mothers while introducing your baby to a larger variety of culinary delights.

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Not So Sweet Cookie Treats
September 24, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Most of us are used to having our cookies with a glass of milk, not a glass of wine. Today is the day to expand your cookie horizons! Cookies are no longer limited to dessert! They can now be made into appetizers!

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Smash Cake
September 20, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

A fairly recent trend for baby’s first birthday is the Smash Cake. While a larger cake is pieced and served to guests, the Smash Cake is a small single serving cake given to the baby alone.

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The Perfect Temp
September 3, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Everyone has their favorite beverages, but that doesn’t mean it tastes perfect every time. There could be a number of different reasons for this, but today, we’ll take a look at temperature!

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Great Finger Foods for Your Wedding Cocktail Hour
August 29, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Finger foods are the latest trend for wedding receptions and cocktail hours. Easy-to-eat finger foods make it simple for guests to walk around and socialize. Guests are also sure to love having a variety of satisfying sweet and savory options to choose from.

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Buffet vs. Plated Style Wedding Dinners
August 9, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Wedding traditions change every day. Years ago you wouldn't think there would be so many dinner style options! Some of these options are plated, buffet, home-style and strictly hors d'oeuvres. Although this allows for a lot of creativity, it also brings about a lot of stress. Which style should you choose?

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4 Foods You Can Cook in the Microwave
July 19, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

People normally use the microwave to reheat their food but you may be missing out on some convenient and faster meals that can be made. Here’s a list of foods that you can cook in the microwave!

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Edible Wedding Favors
July 12, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

If you want make sure your wedding guests enjoy their favors, make them something edible! There are plenty of ways to add a memorable and unique touch when choosing a food favor with colors, themes and foods that match you and your spouse’s personalities!

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Tofu for Beginners
July 8, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Tofu has gained major popularity over the years. You’ve probably seen tofu and you’ve probably tasted it too, but cooking with it may be another story. Let’s start with the basics!

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Easy Independence Day Dessert
July 4, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

July 4th is here! We’re all excited for the cookouts and barbecues that come with it but what’s for dessert? The red, white and blue theme of the day makes it easy to have fun and get creative with your recipes.

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Cold Noodles for a Hot Summer
June 24, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

It’s getting warmer each day and now that it’s officially summer we need to think of some easy summer meals to match! Everyone loves pasta! Why not make pasta summer-friendly?

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Secret Life of the Lemon
June 18, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

What do you use your lemons for? We all know about the wonderful ways it can enhance the taste of your food and drinks, but what about some uncommon benefits of having a few extra lemons lying around? Here are some reasons why if life gives you lemons, there’s much more you can do with them than make lemonade!

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Happy National Iced Tea Day!
June 10, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Everyone loves a nice, cold glass of iced tea on a hot day. It’s an ideal summer refreshment and has a host of health benefits. There’s a misconception that hot tea is better for you, but in reality, as long as your iced tea was made hot and then chilled, it should have all of the same health benefits.

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The Best Steaks for the Grill
May 26, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Memorial Day is tomorrow and many of us are looking forward to having the day off, spending time with friends and family and last but not least, tasting the flavors of the grill. One of our grilling favorites is steak, but how do you choose the best cut for your backyard barbecue? We've got you covered with our top three cuts to put on the grill.

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7 New Ways to Use Your Ice Cube Tray
May 21, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

You've probably never noticed, but ice cube trays are probably one of the most useful items in your kitchen. They can be used to store and reuse food, make fun treats for the family and of course and most notably, make ice. Let’s explore seven new ways to make use of your ice cube tray and with a little creative thinking, I’m sure you can come up with many more!

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5 Tips for Cooking with Kids
May 14, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

There will come a time when you’re working hard in the kitchen and your sweet little child comes in and says, “Can I help?” Here are 5 tips that will have your child feeling like a sous-chef in no time!

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Tex Mex Lasagna
April 29, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Cinco de Mayo is one of the most lively holidays of the year--the fiesta of all fiestas. We dance, we sing, we hit pinyatas, and most importantly, we eat Mexican food. With this celebration right around the corner, I got to thinking of just the recipe to whip up this year. Here was my thinking: I really love Mexican food, and I really love Lasagne--so why not put these two together?

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An Italian-Style Picnic
April 17, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

If there’s one thing the Italians do well, it’s lounging and eating. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to follow suit. So grab your blankets, wine bottles, and baguettes and start whipping up this perfect picnic recipe: Tomato Vodka Mascarpone Tapenade.

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A Better Birthday Cake
April 9, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Most birthday cakes aren’t known to be nutritionally sound. While it’s true that it can be enjoyable to indulge in a rich and decadent piece of cake, it may not necessarily be the best “present” we could give to ourselves. If you’re making a celebratory dessert for a friend, they may appreciate this Fruit Cake more than they would a typical birthday cake--it certainly wins in presentation! And they’ll be able to tell on instant how much love went into it.

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Make Do With Holiday Leftovers: Deviled Eggs
April 2, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Both Passover and Easter use hard boiled eggs for their festive celebrations. Maybe you have leftover hard boiled eggs from your Sedar, or maybe you have a bowl full of pastel painted Easter eggs lying around. Maybe you’re just looking for a fun and delicious appetizer to whip up quickly--in any event, these Deviled Eggs are just for you.

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Carrots for the Easter Bunny
March 29, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Easter Sunday is quickly approaching, and if you’re still trying to figure out what to prepare for dinner, we have a simple yet tasty side dish for you, your family, and the Easter bunny.

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Party Pleasing Potato Skins
March 8, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Since American restaurants first cooked up potato skins in the early 70’s, these easy-to-make appetizers have become popular Game Day snacks at home. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed on any and every occasion possible, especially with St. Patty’s Day coming up!

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The Candy Maker in You
February 20, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean your sweet tooth went with it. For those of you who (like me) didn’t get their candy fix, these homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups may be just the thing. So easy to whip up, the store bought versions don’t even seem worth it.

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A Beer Battered Delicacy
February 2, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

For everyone watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, you should find yourself in abundance of two things: food and beer. But what if you have a little too much beer for the big day?

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Chicken Soup for the Soul
January 22, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

I’ve always found the best part of being out in the snow is warming up after being out in the snow. What better a way to cozy up than sipping on a nice, hot bowl of soup? This past weekend I went skiing with some friends and really took this idea to heart.

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Na-cho Average Nachos
January 14, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Cheesy, crunchy deliciousness—who doesn’t love diving into a large plate of nachos? Although a party favorite, there is no question that this isn’t the healthiest of appetizers. So this year, I decided to try making a different kind of nachos that disinvites guilt to the party.

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The Classic Holiday Appetizer: Mini Meatballs with Tomato Pomodoro
December 18, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

When the temperature declines and flurries frequent the air, winter holiday parties provide warmth, refuge, and most all, an excuse to indulge in hearty hor d’oeuvres. The classic and warming Mini Meatball reigns supreme in my book, and his recipe for Tomato Pomodoro sauce knocks this dip-able treat over the top!

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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap
December 6, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

The Cookie Monster loves cookies, Angelica Pickles loves cookies, and we know you love cookies too. With the holiday season upon us, what better way to indulge in these bite-sized delights than with a good old fashioned cookie swap?

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The Day Before Thanksgiving Dinner
November 21, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Tomorrow’s the big day and you’ve probably spent the past week if not the past several weeks planning for and salivating over Thanksgiving dinner.

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A Chef's Guide to Roasting a Turkey
November 15, 2012

Do you have Thanksgiving Day anxiety when roasting a turkey?  It can be challenging, but you can do it with these few easy steps.

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Fondue Party: Tips and Dips
November 2, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Nostalgia’s been bringing a lot of things back from the past lately and among them is a party favorite: fondue.

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Potluck Pimiento Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
October 15, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

We all love dinner parties, especially at the beginning of the season when new and exciting foods are being reintroduced into our diets. Knock the socks off your dinner guests with a seasonally inspired Pimento Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash!

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Chill Out with a New eBook About Ice Cream
October 12, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Calling all ice cream lovers! Faded + Blurred has released chill: Making happiness…one scoop at a time, a stunning new eBook to add to your virtual book shelf of cookbooks.

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Perfect Picnic Pasta
October 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

A picnic is the perfect occasion to taste the seasons. Whether on a sandy beach in summer or in a vineyard in autumn, enjoying a seasonal meal al fresco is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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Edible Flowers
September 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Whether you’re decorating a serving platter, a cake or individual servings of butter, whole flowers or just petals put the “special” into a special occasion.

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Block Party: Jack-o-Lanterns and Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
September 17, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

This season, be the hit of the neighborhood by throwing a pumpkin-carving party that your little ones will surely enjoy. Modernize your pumpkin pie with a Chocolate Pumpkin Cake that will make your neighbors beg for an annual event!

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It’s Tailgating Time!
September 4, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

College football fan or not, everyone loves a good tailgate party!

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Celebrating Your Baby’s First Birthday
August 30, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Your baby may not remember their first birthday but you certainly will so break out the balloons and send out those invitations.

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How to Host a Baby Shower
August 15, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

No one appreciates a party more than an expectant mother! The following seven tips will help you pull it off without a hitch.

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Fruit-Infused Playdate Pops
August 6, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

If you're hosting a play date or a party, go with homemade fruit-infused popsicles and create a win-win! These refreshing and sweet treats convince the grinning and giggling little ones that they've cheated the system by bagging dessert in the middle of the day.

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Sizzling Summer Cookout Tips
July 12, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

It's summertime and the livin' is supposed to be easy. Here are seven tips for a stress-free cookout season.

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Staying Picnic Perfect for the Fourth
July 3, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

As July 4th quickly approaches and people are raiding their supermarkets en masse, it’s easy to forget that picnics are a perfectly acceptable and very enjoyable al fresco dining option.

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How to Throw a Cupcake Decorating Party
June 18, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you haven’t thrown your kid a cupcake decorating party, it’s about time. It’s a party idea that wraps sugary sweet desserts and arts-and-craft-type fun all in one.

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Summer Sides - Tabbouleh
June 7, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

When summer heats up, everything seems to taste better outdoors. Whether you have a backyard patio or a city balcony, it’s time to fire up the barbie and round out the menu with the simplest side dishes.

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How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party
May 31, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

A wine tasting party appeals to wine experts and novices alike and makes a nice change from the usual dinner or cocktail party.

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Marinate Your Steak!
May 25, 2012 • Posted by Rob Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to Summer which means... it’s grilling season! If you’re looking to impress the guests this weekend fire up your grill and try this unique marinade.

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Homemade Flour Tortillas
May 15, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Yes, flour tortillas are widely available, but here are three reasons to make your own!

And a recipe for it too!

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A Progressive Dinner Party
April 25, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Short on the time, energy or spare cash to pull off a chic dinner party? Make it a progressive dinner and share the work—and the fun—with your friends. A progressive dinner, which moves to a different home for each course, is perfect for a group of friends living not too far from each other.

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How to Host a Bridal Shower
April 15, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Bridal shower season is here, and at some point in her life every woman will give one! If your time has come, the following six tips will help you pull it off without a hitch.

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Have a Small Plates Party
March 31, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The small plates dining trend shows no signs of letting up. In fact, the 2012 post-Oscars Governors Ball was a small plates affair. Whether it’s because of the faster pace of life now—living in “small bites” or “sound bites”—or a more laid-back lifestyle, people seem to enjoy moving about sampling lots of things rather than being tied to a seat for a multi-course meal of full portions.

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Potluck Party Tips
March 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Does a packed schedule keep you from entertaining as often as you’d like? Few of us seem to have the time or energy for the elaborate dinner parties that were once de rigueur. Effortless entertaining is the order of the day. A potluck party ensures that even the host will be able to enjoy the festivities.

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That Versatile Southern Favorite
February 13, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Pimento Cheese is an iconic Southern food that's been around for over a hundred years. There are many variations, but it's basically shredded sharp or medium Cheddar, mayonnaise and pimientos. It is delicious on a hamburger, hot dog or bacon sandwich. You can also stuff celery with it, spread it on crackers or dip tortilla chips in it. See what I mean by “versatile”?

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Change It Up on Game Day
January 30, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Even though I’m not a football fan, I once found myself hosting a Super Bowl party! Being the über-hostess that I am, I went into full research mode and learned which menu items were “musts” and then threw in some of my own ideas as well.

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How to Make a Proper Cup of Tea
January 22, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Coffee drinkers have it made. There’s a place to get a good cup of coffee on nearly every corner. It is nearly impossible to get a proper cup of tea in the US without making it yourself.

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Tips for Packaging Homemade Holiday Treats
December 7, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

You’ve got your list of cookies and cakes to bake, but how do you plan to pack them up for gift giving? Here’s a checklist to make sure you’ve got all your holiday packing materials.

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Coffeehouse Quality at Home
November 26, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I sometimes like to satisfy my sweet tooth with a cup of joe. I steam some milk and create my own coffee drinks at home. One of my favorites is a mocha, and the “recipe” is just three ingredients—decaf espresso, steamed milk and a teaspoon or two of chocolate ganache.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving
November 23, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The annual cooking marathon, otherwise known as Thanksgiving, started weeks ago for some homecooks. Others are bustling about jotting down lists of last-minute ingredients. With only two days left, you may be wondering if you bit off more than you can chew. No worries, though—we’ve got a few tips to help make your holiday hosting easier.

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Butternut Squash Three-Ways
November 14, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Butternut squash, one of my favorites, is sure to grace many Thanksgiving tables next week. With the right preparation, it can go from the littlest one’s first Thanksgiving plate to the appetizer course, and even a side dish. The trick is roasting it first. My favorite way to enjoy it is in this easy-to-make soup, a perfect prelude to the main course.

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Butternut Squash Three-Ways
November 3, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love the cool, crisp days in New York City this time of year. It’s nice to say hello again to fall’s hearty bounty. Pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash—they’re all overflowing at the farmer’s market right now.

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Homemade Spiced Popcorn
October 17, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Once the kids were tucked in, and finally asleep, my husband and I used to love curling up on the couch with a movie or to catch up on whatever shows we had recorded. A few months back I went through a phase of making seasoned popcorns for our late-night snack. I’m partial to Parmesan & black pepper, or straight-up movie-theater style with some melted butter, but Mikey was a salty-spicy guy. Add the crunch factor of homemade popcorn, and it was an easy, homemade treat to satisfy his snack tooth.

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An End of Summer Feast
September 2, 2011 • Posted by Marisa McClellan

The secret to end-of-season party planning is keeping it easy. No need for complicated cocktails or loads of decorations. It really helps that there’s so much amazing food in season right now. Here are some ideas to celebrate the labor of summer’s fruits (and vegetables).

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Cool Summer Sippin'
July 2, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

An icy cold beer is pretty perfect with a hot off the grill burger. On sunny summer days though, I’ve found a cooling refresher that doesn’t leave me feeling sleepy as the day progresses is sometimes a better pairing. We always seem to have watermelon in the fridge this time of year since it’s the kids’ favorite fruit. This July 4th, and the rest of the summer in fact, I plan to turn it into some fun mocktails the whole family can enjoy.

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Hot Off the Grill
May 27, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This weekend signals the unofficial start to grilling season, so kick it off on a spicy note and add some zing to your usual burger line-up. A few months ago I took the plunge and tried a new ingredient, and since then harissa paste has become my new secret cooking weapon. A little bit adds lots of flavor, so start off small if this your first time cooking with it.

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Happy Mother’s Day!
May 7, 2011

What would be my idea of the perfect Mother’s Day? Not washing a single dish ranks high on that list. This means taking a break from cooking for the day too, but going out for brunch isn’t necessarily what I’d consider a peaceful Sunday morning.

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Flex Your Mussels
May 3, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

After tasting my first bowl of mussels, prepared with a spicy, garlic-laced tomato sauce in my early 20s, I was instantly hooked. It became my go-to appetizer whenever we visited a small Italian restaurant nearby.

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A Tasty Twist on Hummus
April 10, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Rather than risk spoiling my daughter's dinner—and my hard work in preparing it, I try to have a healthy snack on hand to keep us both happy. Something filling, but not so much so that it stops her from enjoying dinner an hour later. A bowl of hummus with some pita or carrot sticks usually does the trick. One afternoon I happened to be fresh out of chickpeas. Rather than panic, I decided cooked navy beans could assume the role of garbanzos. The resulting hummus was smoother, creamier and now a regular on our snack time menu.

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Super Bowl Salad
February 7, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Early on in our courtship, my husband and I started cooking up a Mexican spread—or at least an American version of it, for Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not sure how it started, but as time went on it became tradition. This year I intend to mix things up a little, and put a twist on the salad portion of the evening.

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‘Tis the Season
December 13, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This year instead of fretting about every last detail for your holiday party, put the focus on enjoying time with your friends and family by hosting a potluck party. Don't worry if everyone is not a top chef, non-cooks can bring beverages. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to make sure your party is filled with plenty of jolly and holiday cheer.

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Thinking Outside The Box
December 8, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Everyone loves homemade holiday treats. This year skip the expensive cookie boxes, and use materials lying around the kitchen to add an extra special homespun look to your gift giving.

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Let’s Talk Turkey
November 24, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Thanksgiving is filled with many emotions, and getting the turkey right helps keep the peace, or at least restores sanity for the eating portion of the day.

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The Right Stuff(ing)
November 19, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

My first encounter with homemade stuffing was when I met my husband 15 years ago. Over the years we’ve tweaked that original recipe. I added finely chopped mushrooms to give it a “meaty” texture and threw in some fresh sage for a traditional flavor. Chopped pecans are a much easier alternative to chestnuts, and dried cherries lend a lovely aromatic note, making this a pretty tasty compromise for our Thanksgiving menu.

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Thanksgiving Sides
November 17, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Getting ready for Thanksgiving is like training for a culinary triathalon. Figuring how to plan which dishes get oven time makes jumping hurdles seem easy. Rather than regret having a kitchen with only one oven and four burners, I decided make ahead side dishes were the way to go. Instead of roasting or sautéing Brussels sprouts, I thinly slice them and serve with a maple syrup vinaigrette—a side and salad in one dish, brilliant if I may say so myself.

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Just Desserts
November 11, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Every year my family jokes we should start our holiday meals with dessert first. After a brigade of appetizers, sides and main course, the table once again disappears under a blanket of cakes, cookies and pastries.While it seems decadent to start dinner with a caramel pecan pumpkin pie, it’s totally the way to go when prepping for the big day.

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Trick or Treat
October 27, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I fell in love with making caramel corn a few years back. I’d planned to make some to fill Trick or Treat goody bags, except I hadn’t read the full directions. With only two hours until guests would start arriving, using the traditional oven method was not an option. I decided to improvise with my microwave. It was a unique approach to updating a classic, using a new method to deliver the same familiar flavor and crunch.

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Pear Ricotta Crepes
October 19, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I suddenly found myself thinking of crepes a few weeks ago. Really, my mind had wandered to manicotti, the Italian version of crepes. Well, one thought led to another, and I wondered why not make a French crepe batter and use ricotta cheese in place of Gruyere.

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A Flash in the Pan
October 13, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Pumpkin and butternut squash seem to get all the attention this time of year. While they are indeed favorites of mine, it’s time we all get familiar with the smaller, quicker to cook variety: delicata. In need of a vegetable to keep my roasted chicken company, I decided to make my own take on the dish.

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