Recipe :: Brown Rice Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese


  In writing about Thanksgiving side dishes, it occurred to me that I should share one of my favorite grain salad recipes, which I have made for Thanksgivings past and regularly serve at any fall/winter brunch.  Here's the story behind this holiday-worth salad.  Several years ago Bouchon Bakery had a fall salad that knocked my socks off.  It … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Peppermint Brownie Sundaes


Give brownie sundaes a seasonal twist by topping them with peppermint stick ice cream and chopped peppermint bark.  Use your favorite brownies or make a batch of molten chocolate brownies (my favorite - see the index for the recipe) to use for these delicious sundaes.  It's a casual and homey dessert that is sure to tickle everyone's tastebuds this … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Mesclun Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash


Winter salads can be boring.  My solution is to add a special ingredient, like roasted butternut squash.  Roasting brings out the sweetness of the vegetable and gives it a great texture.  Adding a good balsamic vinaigrette and candied walnuts or pecans (buy Pecan Pralines if you don't feel like making them yourself) make this salad absolutely … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party


Host a hip New Year's Eve cocktail party with ideas from my monthly column on The Family Groove. … [Read more...]

Tapas Menu


Tapas is one of my favorite theme menus to serve when hosting a cocktail party.  Compliment delicious small bites with a big batch of sangria.  Several items on a tapas menu - such as olives, nuts, cheese, bread and cured meat - don't require any cooking.   Here's a menu to get your tapas party started. Tapas Menu Marcona Almonds Gazpacho "Shots" … [Read more...]

Game Day Menu

Hosting a super bowl party is one of the easiest events to host - the center of attention is a game and casual food is expected.  Don't let the ease of the party ruin your imagination for hosting a hip game-day party.  Here are a few ideas for a hip super bowl spread that will score you some major points.   Super Bowl Menu   Kickoff Maple Spiced … [Read more...]