Easy Entertaining with Bouqs

Do you fear impromptu entertaining? Don't. Really. I know it sounds intimidating to just say, "Hey, come on over and we'll throw something together" but you really can. I never used to be able to entertain without a week-long cleaning spree, lists and menus and lots of stress. Now, I still … [Read more...]

Simple, Elegant Brunch with Nespresso

Its Mothers' Day this weekend and its easy to make Mom feel pampered and honored.  Even if you're not a gourmet chef - or even a good cook - we have an easy, simple brunch that anyone can do!  Don't be intimidated by fancy soufflés and complicated baked goods. Brunch is one of the easiest menus to … [Read more...]

Pinspiration: Slow-Cooker Chicken Soup

I saw this yummy picture on Pinterest... but it didn't link to the recipe! AUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Don't you hate that!?!? So I set out to make a yummy slow-cooker chicken soup and ended up combining a few recipes and making most of it up. AND IT DIDN'T STINK! I feel like such a chef! And ended … [Read more...]

PINspiration: Curried Chicken Potpie

I tried out a chicken potpie a few weeks ago... and it didn't go that well. Ok, it went bad! But my family loves Chicken Potpie so I wanted to try again. And I found a great one! The curry really kicked it up a notch! I adapted it just a tad to make it easier and viola! … [Read more...]

PINSPIRATION: Roast Beef Sandwiches

When I was at the store, they were having a huge sale on chuck roast.  So I picked up a few. And after making my two standard chuck roast recipes (Beef Minestrone and Pot Roast) I needed something new. So where else to turn but Pinterest? This pin caught my eye... It looked super yummy and when … [Read more...]

Pinspiration: Winter Minestrone

I'm on a soup kick. Maybe because its chilly outside. Or perhaps its because its been a billion degrees below zero and we've had more snow days than we've ever had combined. I saw this recipe originally in the Wegman's Magazine - and pinned it so I could make it. It was super easy - I threw … [Read more...]

Pinsipiration: Vegetarian Chili

Last weekend, I was hosting a dinner for 10 people. One was a vegetarian and two couldn't eat dairy. What to cook... I searched and searched on Pinterest for vegetarian non-dairy recipes and kept running across recipes for chili. So I decided to give it a try! I found tons that just looked... … [Read more...]

Chic Table Settings on a Budget

Let's be honest. If I had endless resources, my dinner table would look like it came straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog. And I would get weekly manicures, monthly facials and massages, hire a housekeeper and a chauffeur. But I digress... Not being able to afford a butler à la Downton Abbey … [Read more...]

Entertaining: Big Game Favorites

Its almost time for the big game! What are your favorite recipes to feature? Do you go fancy? Gourmet sandwiches, maybe? Or  totally traditional with pizza and wings?  I love to pick a make-your-own theme where guests can help themselves throughout the evening... Gourmet Burger Bar: Perfect if … [Read more...]