Recipes

Nectarine Nirvana: Chicken With Curried Nectarine Chutney

June through September is peak stone fruit season when peaches, plums, nectarines, and cherries, in all their juicy goodness, are in abundance. These gifts of summer are called stone fruits because they contain a large pit. The stones are often mistakenly referred to as seeds, but the seed is actually inside the pit. When I… Continue reading Nectarine Nirvana: Chicken With Curried Nectarine Chutney

Crafts · Party/Tablescapes

How To Embellish Chinese Lanterns

Chinese lanterns are an inexpensive way to add both light and a fun festive element to a celebration. And now that individual battery operated lanterns are available, they can be hung anywhere. However, finding them decorated and in your particular color scheme is a bit more difficult. I wanted white lanterns with green flowers for my Dum… Continue reading How To Embellish Chinese Lanterns

Entertaining · Party/Tablescapes · Recipes

Chinese Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Because the weather has been so hot, I decided to throw an Asian themed dinner party I called Dim Sum On The Deck where I mainly served Chinese take-out appetizers and beer. It’s a fun party to host because you can spend most of your energy on party decorating and leave the cooking to your favorite local Chinese take-out place,… Continue reading Chinese Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Entertaining · Party/Tablescapes

Dim Sum On The Deck: A Chinese Take-out Dinner Party

The weather has been so darn hot that the thought of cooking anybody anything is completely unappealing. However, when the sun starts to go down, and it cools off a bit, I still like to entertain on my deck. Since I’d scratched cooking off my to do list, I decided to host a dinner party… Continue reading Dim Sum On The Deck: A Chinese Take-out Dinner Party

Cake/Cookie How To's · Entertaining

A Succulent Succulents Cake For An 80th Birthday Party

Earlier this year I threw a Quilt Themed Party for my mother’s 80th birthday. So, when my father turned 80 in June, I wanted to have a celebration for him as well. My dad and stepmother had rented a large vacation home in the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland for the last week of June and… Continue reading A Succulent Succulents Cake For An 80th Birthday Party