Party Panache, Salty Caramel Crème Brûlée

  HHjr gave me a kitchen torch for Mother’s Day     Yep, the same guy who gave me a giant metal rusty fish and a weathered buoy rope for my birthday…     *Sigh*  such a smart guy, he knows his Mom…     So when life hands you a culinary torch, you make … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Citrus Explosion!

The best part of winter to me is fresh citrus, especially big juicy grapefruit     This was a gloomy winter week, so I loaded up the table with an explosion of citrus for a weekend dinner party       I have a lot of things in sets of 2 and 4 so for … Continue reading

Party Pananche, Effortless Dinner Party

Do you ever make weekend plans at the beginning of the week, and then life happens… Well, that’s sort of the way I seem to roll.. Here’s a meal you can put together in just a few minutes, for a dinner everyone will enjoy Start with an Italian style dip, marinara baked with a layer … Continue reading

Party Panache, Simple Dinner Party and Pasta Lollipop Trees

Several people have asked me to demonstrate how to put together a dinner party~ If you have a plan, everything is doable, and a dinner party becomes just another dinner I try to keep it SIMPLE, add some SPARK, and SPREAD out tasks over a few days This way I’m not overwhelmed, and entertaining is … Continue reading

Party Panache, Chicken Baklava

Baklava is traditionally a sweet pastry, composed of many thin layers filled with nuts and honey.  I am taking a liberty here and calling this chicken dish baklava because it is made with layers of the traditional papery phyllo dough, filled with almonds and a savory chicken filling with a creamy honey mustard sauce Impressive … Continue reading

Take out Tuesday, Chicken Tetrazzini

This is as comforting as good ole Mac & cheese yet it feels very sophisticated.  All you need is a simple green salad and you will be very happy. This versatile dish is easy to make ahead and hold in the fridge for a day or two before baking, or prepare and freeze either before … Continue reading

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