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

4 Keys to Simple, Beautiful Kitchen Entertaining

I used to have a lot of anxiety about entertaining.  Having people over meant at least a day, if not two, of intense work and preparation. I don't know if I read too much Martha, but a dinner party was a BIG DEAL. ...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

Just Another Cheesy Fad? Fondue Makes a Comeback

So there you are at a dinner party.The crowd is sharp, the charcuterie is local, the cocktails hit all the right notes with their craft bitters and small-batch whiskeys, and there's a docked iPod playing the latest buzzed-about band from SXSW. Dinner is served. It's fondue?! ...more
I remember the first time around!more

Lobster and Puff Pastry: An Easy, Delicious, Holiday Appetizer

Lobster seems to be one of those rarefied experiences that we reserve for only the most special occasions. In fact, I think we often overlook its potential because we assume that it is out of reach…a crazy indulgence. While it is certainly an indulgence, it can be a really wonderful addition to a holiday party, and as an appetizer, a little can go a long way. ...more
Thanks, Genie. It is delicious. I'll be the first to say that it would be spectacular to make it ...more

Planning Your Small, Sophisticated Holiday Dinner Party

The holidays can be overwhelming with shopping, hand-writing holiday cards, making travel arrangements and seeing folks. Instead of picking that one date in December, smack in the middle of craziness, to host a holiday bash, why not throw a few smaller gatherings during the season?...more
What a lovely post and so timely with the holidays upon us ... thanks!more

In Pursuit of Imperfection

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Enchanting Hostess or Hostzilla?

Chances are, if you've been over to our house for a meal, I have it noted in my menu/entertaining diary.  It's not the kind of diary where I recap every thought or conversation.  Mine is more of a snapshot of the meal I planned and executed.   ...more

The Hostess with the Mostess - 5 Easy Tips

By Tara Riceberg, Guest Contributor – Party Planning & EntertainingThe success of a party is completely dependent upon the hostess.  Be happy and well prepared to eliminate stress and ensure a fun time for all.Here are 5 tips to guide you:...more

Kitchen Confidence at an All Time High!-Aroma Cucina

Kitchen Confidence at an All Time High!-Aroma Cucina Our survey results are in! Check out the results, they may surprise you. Thanks for participating! J&J http://bit.ly/kKb6kt ...more