“E” is for Elegant Easter

Mark and Graham, Williams Sonoma, Tory Burch

Easter is a time for dressing up. This year, spiff up not only yourself but your table, too. Dine fine. Make this an elegant Easter everyone will remember with table decor that’s the peak of chic with a dash of contemporary style. Continue reading

“W” is for Waffles that Wow

Cuisinart, Sur La Table, Fab, Lucy Schaeffer, Chronicle Books

Cuisinart, Sur La Table, Fab, Lucy Schaeffer, Chronicle Books

Ever since I was a kid, pancakes have been a Sunday staple in my family while waffles have been for special occasions. But now, we (like many of you) are seeing waffles in a whole new light—as something more than just pancake batter made better by its geometric shape. When filled with unexpected ingredients and cleverly cooked, today’s waffles work wonders and are proving perfect to serve anytime, anywhere. Want to your waffles to wow? Here’s how. Continue reading

B is for Bread

Erin Kunkel, The New Sugar & Spice cookbook; masoncash.co.uk, williams-sonoma.com, chefscatalog.com, surlatable.com

Erin Kunkel, The New Sugar & Spice cookbook; masoncash.co.uk, williams-sonoma.com, chefscatalog.com, surlatable.com

I come from a long line of home cooks who love to make bread. We like to mix and knead dough by hand, then wait impatiently for it to rise and bake before slicing off a big piece and slathering it with butter. In my mind, there’s nothing like a great loaf of homemade bread.  Continue reading

A is for Apple

gibbs-smith.com, vivaterra.com, crateandbarrel.com, jonathanadler.com

gibbs-smith.com, vivaterra.com, crateandbarrel.com, jonathanadler.com

Autumn is just around the corner. Time to sink your teeth into one of Fall’s tastiest trends–apples. Whether you’re decorating or cooking, apples are ripe for the picking this year and it’s easy to see why. Apples add a refreshing touch of nature to interiors and spin the color wheel from green to ruby red; while delivering crunch and contrast (tart or sweet?!) to recipes. But if you think just any old apple that falls from the tree is spotlight-worthy, think again. The apples getting an “A” for awesome think outside the box in contemporary ways.  Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gifts For Gardeners

bhg.com

bhg.com

Want to give a gift this Mother’s Day that’s both trendy and tasty? Then garden up. Chances are your mom is eager to make like Mother Nature because gardening is all the rage and at its highest level in the U.S. in more than a decade. Continue reading

This Easter’s Sweetest Treat? Lemon Mini-Pavlovas with Fresh Blueberries

Alexandra DeFurio, gibbs-smith.com

Alexandra DeFurio, gibbs-smith.com

When hosting Easter dinner, I always like to finish the meal with a wow dessert. These lemon mini-pavlovas from “Meringue” by Linda K. Jackson and Jennifer Evans Gardner are that, and then some. While the authors dub their recipe as ideal for summer, I think it’s also just right for Easter, too. The mix of flavors are springtime fresh. And who wouldn’t want to indulge in one of these pretty little pavlovas while sipping tea in the shade as kids hunt for eggs on the lawn? Continue reading

Hey, Cookie!

Anthropologie.com

Anthropologie.com

Santa’s not the only one who’s into cookies. That’s why cookie jars are the perfect gift, especially this year. Why? Because designers have put a stylish spin on these snack keepers that’s witty, whimsical and downright fun. Continue reading

What’s the Buzz on Honey? (Hint–It’s Sweet!)

WinnieThePooh.Disney.com

WinnieThePooh.Disney.com

When it comes to honey, my family is a bunch of willy, nilly, silly old bears. As a kid, I remember Dad happily tending to his bee hives (a hobby I still believe got started so he could wear the bee-keepers suit). Continue reading

Take a Bite Out of Halloween

Frankie Frankeny, ChronicleBooks.com

Frankie Frankeny, ChronicleBooks.com

Halloween’s just around the corner and more grown-ups than ever (71% according to a National Retail Federation survey) will be joining in the fun,  That makes All Hallow’s Eve now the third largest party day in the U.S. behind New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. So, isn’t it time you served your guests something other than a handful of candy corn?  Continue reading

Fall Into Breakfast

Susie Cushner, ChronicleBooks.com

Susie Cushner, ChronicleBooks.com

Autumn’s one of my favorite times of year. There’s just something about the changing of the leaves and waking up to cool, crisp mornings that make these days special, especially when it comes to breakfast.  Continue reading