Recipe :: Mango Rhubarb Cobbler


Rhubarb and mangos are both at their peak, so I combined them to make this sweet and tart cobbler.  Serve it for dessert at a backyard BBQ.  It's easy to transport if you make the biscuits ahead of time, prep the fruit, and bake it at your destination while dinner is cooking. The recipe for the biscuit topping is inspired by Mesa Grill's … [Read more...]

Party :: Host a Father’s Day “Cook-In”


Don't let the rain ruin your plans for a Father's Day cookout.  You can still throw your favorite father a BBQ in his honor -  just shift gears from a cookout to a “cook-in.”  Here’s a menu that you can make on the grill or in a grill pan.     Cookout or "Cook-In" Menu   Black bean and corn quesadillas Chips and mango salsa Coffee and … [Read more...]

Printable Party Plan :: Easy 4th of July Menu, Recipes, Shopping List and Timeline

Free Printable 4th of July Party Plan |

Invite friends over for the 4th of July, because I have a super simple party plan for making a tasty red, white and blue menu for your 4th of July party. The 4th of July Printable Party Plan has everything you need for hosting: a patriotic cookout menu, a list of all the party supplies you'll need, suggested serving pieces, décor ideas, a … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies


I have several cookie recipes in my holiday-recipe arsenal that never disappoint and Martha Stewart's Molasses-Spice Cookies are near the top of the list.  They are moist and chewy and have tons of flavor.  I like to make them into mini cookies (makes 64 mini cookies) using a small spring loaded scoop.    Click here for the recipe:  … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Strawberry Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

strawberry salad

Strawberry season is finally here! The local strawberry season is so fleeting in New York (generally from late May to late June - most strawberries don't like hot and humid weather), and local strawberries are so much tastier than the berries you can find year-round at the grocery store. There are literally hundreds of different strawberry … [Read more...]

Stylish Secret :: Dress Up Your Chairs for Christmas

Holiday Table

Who says you have to be at a formal event to have a beautifully decorated table?  This holiday season, dress up your tablescape with inexpensive slip covers and festive ribbon sashes for your chairs.  Using a 4" thick satin ribbon, some clippings from your tree and a pine cone (faux snow frosting spray paint optional), you can make your own chairs … [Read more...]