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What’s for Breakfast? A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

I’m not a boxed cereal kind of gal. Not when I’m alone — and certainly not when I have company.

For challenges (and all-round eating out of the FOODalogue kitchen), I rely on what’s on-hand. Anything that’s not fresh or healthy(ish) is kept to a minimum … a pinch, sprinkle, dusting or dollop.

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Spanish Cassoulet and Entertaining Friends

Who remembers this post I published a few years ago about social media and new friends?

I’m happy to say our friendship has endured 5 years … and counting.

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A Latin-Inspired Birthday Lunch Was the Answer to a Super Bowl Day Conflict

As you may know, in my family, we celebrate everyone’s birthday with a group dinner generally late Sunday afternoon of the birthday week. So, a couple of weeks ago I sent out a family text announcing I would host Gram’s (the family matriarch) and Julie’s (my d-in-l) birthdays on 2/2 at 5:00. Yikes … the push back was immediate. You think I said the world was coming to an end!

Not being a fan of football (or bad fried and cheesy food-fests), I didn’t realize there was something else scheduled for that day. We compromised and I moved the festivities up to lunch so ‘those who cared’ could be home or wherever for the big kick-off. Continue Reading

Kicking Off the Holidays with Lunch at the Beach and an Impromptu Dinner Party Featuring Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood

I just love “the holidays”, don’t you?  But, sometimes, things get a little hectic — like this week when I scheduled a holiday lunch at a beachfront restaurant on the same day I was supposed to meet 4 people for an early tapas dinner in a Spanish restaurant. Feeling sorry for me? Hah, I thought not. Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Appetizers: Creative Cooking Crew Round-Up

8316344214_9d16bebb6e_zThanksgiving dinner is most everyone’s favorite holiday meal. But, we always lament afterwards that we ate too much. Check out these wonderful light bites that our Creative Cooking Crew made for cocktail appetizers. They’ll leave plenty of room for your turkey, stuffing and all its accompaniments. Continue Reading

Appetizer: Two Baked Ricotta Recipes and What to Do with Leftovers

I made two versions of this recipe in one week. Once for a small dinner party on Wednesday and 2 different versions for our Father’s Day bbq. Continue Reading

Tips on Hosting Stress-Free Dinner Parties (Large and Small)

I know most people who read blogs like FOODalogue or create boards on pinterest are really into entertaining and generally on the troll for new tips to make the effort stress-free so I thought I’d tell you about 2 dinner parties I hosted recently.

Last week I hosted a dinner party to celebrate 2 family members’ birthdays. It was joyous, over-the-top loud and a wee bit chaotic. That’s what happens when four generations of family (18 people) get together. Continue Reading

Fun in the Kitchen: Photos, Art, Whimsy!

I realized the other night that my kitchen is so reflective of my sense of humor and my lifestyle. This cartoon, which hangs on the side of my refrigerator, is decades old, yellowed with age … and, yet, it still makes me laugh. Continue Reading

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