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

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

Cake/Cookie How To's · Entertaining · Holidays · Recipes

How To Make Beautiful Zinnia Sugar Cookies For Mother’s Day

Flowers and Mother’s Day have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly. Back in the day, moms would get corsages to wear to church on the second Sunday in May to proudly proclaim their family’s appreciation and affection. And these days sending a bouquet to your mother continues to be a classic way of honoring… Continue reading How To Make Beautiful Zinnia Sugar Cookies For Mother’s Day

Entertaining · Holidays · Recipes

Auld Lang Syne and Fizzy Lifting Drinks

At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, I have to confess that I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. The countdown to midnight culminating in the drunken frenetic jubilation as the ball drops has always felt a bit contrived and forced to me. Maybe it’s because I’m partied out after Christmas,… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne and Fizzy Lifting Drinks