How to Put Together a Great Crudite Platter

1. Choose Vegetables That Are In Season Whether it’s a farmers market, or the supermarket, look for vegetables that are at their peak of freshness. Buy the vegetables as close to the day you are serving them as possible. 2. … Read More

March Madness Party Ideas & Nacho Bar

Are you ready to take on the madness?  And if you aren’t an avid college basketball fan, you still may find yourself at a March madness party – or even HOSTING one!  So you should brush up on the basics, … Read More

Green Tinted Carnations for St. Patrick’s Day

There’s a saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Probably because the celebratory nature of the holiday is so infectious, we all want to be part of it. And sure, the bar scene is bustling, but it’s also … Read More

Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Pear Crostini

Makes: About 20 crostini  If you want to really make these into a splashy appetizer, seek out a jar of truffle honey. But if regular honey is what is in your pantry (or in your budget!) then you’ll still be … Read More

Tips for Throwing a Mardi Gras Party

Tips for Throwing a Mardi Gras Party Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and are you ready?  Even if you’ve never been to the real Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans (and if you ever have a chance, do try … Read More

Quesadillas 101

Quesadillas 101 Serves: 1 (easily multipliable)  Even really finicky kids seem to love quesadillas. It’s just hard not to like melted cheese between two carbs. There are a few ways to go about this, and they are all good. The language … Read More

Happy National Margarita Day!

Happy National Margarita Day! Have you been eyeing May 5th (otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo) on the calendar, thinking about how amazing a cold margarita is going to taste?  Then perhaps you didn’t know that February 22nd is National … Read More

Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa

Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa Bright and citrusy and sweet and herby. Serves: 4 I forget about fruit salsas, which is kind of funny considering a) how much I like them and b) how many recipes I’ve written for them … Read More

Warm Jalapeño Popper Dip

Warm Jalapeño Popper Dip It’s like a hundred jalapeño poppers got together and made themselves into a dip. Serves: 8 to 10 I remember when I first heard abut jalapeño poppers. My friend Deb, who was a amateur body builder at … Read More

Holy Guacamole!

Holy Guacamole The best thing that can happen to a ripe avocado (though I am open to debating). Serves: 4 to 6; makes about 2 cups My kids started out not liking guacamole but were still ecstatic to see it … Read More