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

Our Kitchen: the Entertaining Heart of Our Home

The kitchen is the heart of our home.  It's my favorite place to be, and I spend most of my time in this space not only cooking and baking, but gathering with my family and friends to eat, socialize and create special memories.   ...more
Denise's birthday partymore

BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta

I love the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that can be found in the grocery store or at a farmer's market in the summertime. Everything just tastes sweeter and fresher than it does throughout the rest of the year. ...more

David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet & Wasabi Cocktail Sausages

These days author David Mitchell is best known for Cloud Atlas, but I’ve loved his work ever since I impulsively picked up his first novel, Ghostwritten, back in high school. His most recent novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, contains Mitchell’s trademark deftness with details and interlocking narratives but what really makes this story so impressive is the staggering level of historical accuracy. The world is so real, it’s impossible not to be completely enveloped by it....more

The Best of Dips, Tapenades, and Aolis!

Entertaining doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be fun Published: 01 August 2013Author: ...more

Summer Corn Dip

Recipe Monday - Cheesy Tomato Slices

Today I'm coordinating a huge project on Facebook. If you support women's rights in Texas, wear orange, snap a pic of your self, and post it publicly on Facebook with the hashtag #fordarlenaI am collecting these for an epic slice of life tomorrow! We can really make a statement if we all pitch in!Anyway, while I'm doing that, here's one of the best ever recipes I've discovered this summer....more

Stuffed Strawberries

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Spring Onions in Puffed Pastry

A couple of weeks ago I had a few girls over for a get together.  We had lots to talk about and a couple of events to celebrate so I knew we were gonna have fun.  I had some nice wine, something savory and a little something sweet and then I brought this to the table......more