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Impromptu Dinner Party

I wasn’t comfortable having people over for dinner before starting the blog. I always thought the meal would end up burnt, undercooked, or just plain bad tasting....more

Try this potluck theme!: Chip truck

How to Pull a Dinner Party out of Your Ass.

Specifically, a dinner party for six Fabulous Gay Boys.  My house looked like this at 10am.  If you ever find yourself in this situation, here's what to do next.Sweep your driveway....more

How to Be the Perfect Dinner Guest: 8 Easy Tips

You were just invited to your boss's McMansion for a dinner party. Or you’re meeting his parents for the first time. They are both lawyers. In the Hamptons. Don’t. Panic. There are ways to avoid screwing this up. Image: eren {sea+prairie} via Flickr ...more
Note what books, or music, or even hobbies you are enjoying currently.  They make for easy and ...more

I’m Keeping the Table: Two Meat Lasagna

 Dinner Table Set and Ready. And yes, that’s my recycling in the background....more

Grilled Bruschetta with Asparagus and Parmesan Recipe & Cookbook Giveaway!

When  Jaden Hair of  Steamy Kitchen offered a guest spot on her site, you can image how excited I was! I’ve shared a recipe for Grilled Bruschetta with Asparagus and Parmesan from my new book, Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club Cookbook. Jaden is also giving away a copy to one lucky winner!...more

Book Tour Update and a Crispy Halibut recipe

After a lot of fun in Nashville, my next stop along the Friends at the Table tour was Philadelphia....more

Early Release Party & Book Signing

After a very long wait and a whole lot of work, my book is finally getting closer to release date!...more

Poulet Vol-au-Vent

The other evening Filippo and I dined at a marvelous new restaurant in downtown Sarasota, Brasserie Belge.  The evening was marvelous from start to finish; starters were champagne and lobster croquettes, main was muscles for Filippo while I chose Vol-au-Vent and we finished with a shared Dame Blanche!I got to thinking ahead to dinner parties we have scheduled and wondered if the Vol-auVent would be something I could prepare at home for my guests.Poulet Vol-au-Vent,  simply transl...more