Kicking Off Football Season With a Chili Party

Yesterday marked one of my favorite and also least favorite days of the year - the start of football season. Now don't get me wrong- I really and truly love football and I won't miss a single Packers game if I can help it, but the joy of rooting on my favorite team means saying goodbye to my husband until early February. (Which is incidentally around the time our baby is due- just watch me go into labor on Super Bowl Sunday!) ...more
we did this for our kick off party. Next time, we'll have to add the ...more

Four Kitchen Keys to Welcoming Guests

Food is the means of hospitality and not the end for me.  When people come into my home. I want them to feel cared for and valuable.  A great meal is only a piece of that pie; setting a welcoming environment is just as important. ...more
Excellent advice.  The key is giving some thought to the comfort of your guests and how you ...more

How to Have Fun at Your Own Party: Simplify!

Are your dinner parties too stressful to be social? Simple, beautiful food, and your friends, can turn that right around. ...more

Fun and Functional Open Kitchen Entertaining

Entertaining on a smaller scale can be beautiful and fun, when your open kitchen is the centerpiece. ...more

Bacon Pizza Puffs Make Your Kitchen Even More Inviting

Have you ever spent hours cleaning the whole house before guests come over, and in the end they don't go anywhere but your kitchen? ...more
Must try these. I think my kids would love. Thanks for posting.more

Cooking With Friends: a Twist on the Dinner Party

If you're inviting your friends over for a beautiful meal, it can be fun if they help to cook it, too. ...more
This is so much fun!  A couple times a month we do a dinner movie night with a friend.  Dinner ...more

Preserve It Now for Autumn Entertaining

When summer's bounty is at its peak, the sheer volume of canning can begin to feel like drudgery. (Even the best-intentioned planning tends to go awry.) But remember: the hard work you put in now pays off many-fold in the months to come. ...more
Duck prosciutto is dead simple unless you forget that it's hanging in your (communal) garage. ...more

Outdoor Entertaining – Keeping It Cool

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor...more

Who Run the World...GIRLS?

Ladies, perhaps Beyonce was on to something last year when she debuted her hit single provocatively insinuating (frankly she sang it out loud) that it is us women who REALLY run this crazy world...or at least we should. Let's face it, women are bred to become little mamas as early as possible. How many of us came from households where our moms insisted we learn to cook, clean up after ourselves, take care of how we present ourselves to the world and behave in public? I know my mom did, but then again her mom expected the same of her, and perhaps my grandma's mom the same of her, etc....more

Cocktail Season: Break In the Patio!

I may be jumping to conclusions… but spring feels awfully close and I can’t wait to host one of my first deck parties, especially once the new hot tub arrives   To get in the spirit, here I’ve showcased some of my favorite cocktails, that are sure to appeal to different tastes....more