Mashed Butternut Squash, A Simple Thanksgiving Accompaniment

Thanksgiving side dishes can be a challenge for the host who wants to serve an impressive meal. It’s tempting to get carried away and choose something too complicated when a simple dish, such as a straightforward mashed butternut squash, can make a Thanksgiving dinner elegant. Sometimes the too-complicated culprits are regional specialties such as the […]

4 Easy Seafood Canapes for New Year’s Eve

If you are throwing a small New Year’s Eve party, say for twelve people or less, one dilemma faced is what food to serve. The drinks are no problem since we all know champagne will be drunk. But food is another matter. It’s key that you, the host, does not find themselves stuck in the […]

Beignets for the Holidays

A wonderful starter for a holiday dinner are beignets, the light and airy morsels of bake dough that can be stuffed with a variety of fillings. They’re easy to make and perfect to serve when family and guests are arriving and milling around having their wine, beer, or eggnog. The beignets themselves can be made […]

Start Your Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy Now!

This week is a good week to prepare the turkey stock for the turkey gravy you’ll have on Thanksgiving. Everybody loves gravy on their turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing so you shouldn’t relegate it to a secondary food. Treat the gravy with respect. It all begins with a turkey stock which you can make now […]

The Trick to One-pot Halloween Dinners

Outside of the candy that the kids collect, Halloween may be the only American holiday that is not associated with a particular feast or recipe. In fact, I didn’t know until recently that Halloween wasn’t celebrated in America until the late 19th century when Irish immigrants brought the Oct. 31 celebration to the United States […]

4 Red-Hot Grilling Surprises for July 4th

July Fourth begs for a magnificent grill party. It’s summer, it’s a great celebration of the nation’s birth and everyone is outdoors and in party mode. Why hold back on July Fourth? Why not grill everything? With a couple of days’ planning, you can really do something amazingly and deliciously different. Here are four great […]

The Best Meat Lover’s July 4th Grill Party Appetizer

When you’ve got a barbeque going I’ve always thought it silly and wasteful to spend all that time building the fire and then grilling that steak for all of 10 minutes. Nothing wrong with a steak but letting things cook long and slow–a real BBQ always seemed more fun and a great way to precede […]

New A Thoughtful Gift? Try An Older Cookbook

Shopping for a great Christmas gift once meant hours of driving and parking, but with today’s Internet shopping, it’s easier. Internet shopping can be great for those of us who like to give cookbooks. With so many available titles, there are a few things gift-givers need to know to sort out the well-written quality books […]

How To Throw A Flawless Holiday Dinner Party

It is joyous to watch people have a good time and set a table for sparkling conversation and good food. I hope my guests talk about the dinner party well into the future, about the people they met, the topics they conversed about, and the food they ate. I try to provide a memorable experience. […]

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