Roast Chicken - Norman Rockwell Worthy Entertaining

Though I purport to be a pretty okay home cook and generally feel like I can make a decent dinner, there are a some kitchen skills a twenty-something should know that I've never even attempted. Case in point:  I've never roasted a whole bird.  Can I really call myself a good cook if I don't have that seemingly simple (stick the whole thing in the oven!) yet definitely daunting (salmonella!  Dry chicken!!) task down??  I think not.So, I'm challenging myself to recreate this:...more

Wine for the Holidays: How to Find the Perfect Wine with Zero Stress

I’ve been working in the wine industry for 13 years now.  Through all of the years that I’ve been the wine selector for holiday meals with the family, holiday parties with friends, or wine events that I’ve hosted and organized for wineries/wine companies I’ve learned a few things. And what I learned is to simplify because getting complicated about wine just isn’t necessary....more

You Will Recognize These People At Your Holiday Buffet!

What is it about standing in line for food that brings out the DMV in people?  This holiday season, whether you're (smart and) eating out at a restaurant, serving the hearty meal in your own home, or partaking in the holiday at someone else's house, chances are the scene will not resemble a Norman Rockwell painting. People will be getting up from the main table to obtain food from what we call a "Buffet."...more

Imaginary Brand or Organization

Monday, November 3Write about an amazing imaginary brand or organization you'd love to work with. What would their pitch to you look like? What would your post say?Interesting.  I'm not even sure how to answer this one!  As I am actually on the market to find myself a new job, this is quite serendipitous!  How about I write about my dream position that may or may not even exist?The pitch that would completely drag me in would be as follows:...more

The 5 Ps of Punchbowl

I originally published this post on theoliveshoe.com on November 12, 2013. Disclaimer: Punchbowl.com is NOT paying me to write this review. I really just love it that much and believe in the service....more

Seared Tuna with Roasted Rosemary Tomatoes

Rosemary, garlic and lime are used to marinate fresh tuna, which is served with super sweet rosemary roasted tomatoes.I have hurt my toe, I think it is broken, hmmmm well maybe just bruised but broken sounds more dramatic. It is bruised and sore and hurts and I am sad and I had to sit down for a whole hour!! I am a little embarrassed to tell you about it, mainly due to the events that lead up to the breaking bruising of said toe....more

Celebrate #NationalTequilaDay with a Coronarita

Refreshing Coronarita For a Thirsty GirlAfter a rough boat ride on a hot day for a weekend getaway we landed on the beautiful island of Catalina. Hauling luggage through town only made us extremely thirsty....more

A Bridal Shower at Home

A Bridal Shower at Home  By Amy “Foodie” S | Appetizers, Cocktails, ...more

Happy Bastille Day: How to Serve (and Eat) a Cheese Course

Are you planning to visit France? Eat in a French restaurant? Meet your future French in-laws? There is a certain cheese etiquette that must be followed. ...more
I was in France recently and loved the cheese, as well as the wine, bread, anything really. I do ...more

BRUSCHETTA WITH TOMATO & FRESH MOZZARELLA

How is it July already?!CBH and I are heading out to New Jersey for a nice long weekend, and I couldn’t be any more excited.  {I feel like I’ve had a countdown going for at least a month now.}  My brother and his new wife are coming in from New York for the weekend too, to spend time with CBH and I and my folks.  It will be a wonderful weekend filled with people I love. ...more