December 19, 2017

How many trips to the grocery store does it take to complete a recipe?  This isn't a 5th grade math problem or a riddle.  It's especially frustrating when you are in the middle of recipe and find out you are missing an ingredient.  Well, now you can stay calm and carry on. 

Here is a helpful resource to rescue your recipe from Kraft Foods with alternatives you could have.

December 18, 2017

Spend time looking at #tablescapes on Pinterest or Instagram can leave us feeling woefully inadequate. There are so many talented event designers that make jaw dropping tablescapes to drool over. Truth is, this is not reality for the rest of us.

But no one can deny the warm ambiance created from a lovingly-decorated table. It makes us want to linger over good conversation, delicious food, candlelight, and more wine....

December 18, 2017

Brining can incorporate amazing flavors and moisture into any lean meats that may need a little more juiciness and flavor.  A method involving the soaking of food in a liquid solution consisting of water, salt, sugar, and possibly herbs and spices in order to preserve, tenderize or flavor various food and cuts of foods.  Here's a guide to brining a turkey from Traeger Grills that can help with all the steps.

December 17, 2017

The gastropubs have been fashionable now for the last 20 something years.  The term “gastropub” was coined in 1991 from a couple of guys who took over London’s The Eagle pub.  It's become just as important to pair handcrafted beers with food as much as wine.  Pairing food and craft beers are here to stay and so here's a cheat sheet to help with your adventure.


December 16, 2017

Pairing food and wine perfectly can seem like some kind of magical super power, but it really isn’t.  There are no hard and fast rules but just guidelines.  Almost everyone has heard the age-old rule of red meat with red wines and white food with white wines.  The only rule to keep in mind is, if you like it together then serve it together.  But if you need a little help to get started, here’s something to make it a bit easier...

December 16, 2017

This is the season to pull out all the stops for baking your favorite cookies, cakes, and desserts.  But there maybe times when you think there could be some healthy alternatives to some of the not so healthy ingredients.  Here's a great guide from SKINNYMOM to put some healthy options into your baking today.  Try it, you wouldn't know the difference.

December 15, 2017

 Source:Hallak Cleaners

Just in case you have wondered how to set the perfect table or buffet, here a little help to insure you are always on top of your entertaining game.

December 14, 2017

How many times have you thought to yourself “How much should I to serve to my guests or how much food and drinks do I need to purchase for my next party?”  The trick is to have enough for everyone without having a stock pile of leftovers that can last until the next ice age and not waste a ton of money.   Make it easy on yourself and your pocketbook and enjoy.

Here’s a couple of helpful cheat sheets that can ease...

December 14, 2017

December is the season for entertaining, but it is also the busiest time of year. Between baking, decorating and shopping, creating a festive Holiday table falls low on the priority list. 

Do not be discouraged. It is possible to create a warm and elegant tablescape in less than 15 minutes. It doesn't have to break the bank or require Martha Stewart level skills.  

The key is to decide on a 2-3 colors sc...

December 12, 2017

Have you ever tried to eat standing up at a buffet-style party?  Attempting to juggle the utensils, a plate full of food, and drinks while talking to guests takes one more set of hands than we all have.

Inevitably, we leave our drink somewhere we don't remember, accidentally drop our plate of food, or disengage in conversation while we try to eat quickly to get rid of our plate.

Unless you have enough seatin...

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