“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

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

Bridezilla Cure: Savory Crepes for Lunch, Brunch or Anytime

Wedding season’s here and you know what that means.  Otherwise sane engaged girlfriends and family members are taking leave of their senses as the “big day” approaches and driving the rest of us nuts.  Instead of whacking the little bridezilla in your life with a big stick (tempting but tacky), soothe her frayed nerves with these tasty crepes Continue reading

Give Dad a Sweet Treat—S’Morish Waffles

For as long as I can recall, my Dad has made waffles or pancakes for our Sunday family breakfast. Doesn’t matter one bit that I grew up and moved into my own home more years ago than I’m willing to admit.  Whenever I see waffles, I think of my dad (and talk him into making some every time we’re together!).  So when I saw this unique spin on our family favorite in Dawn Yanagiharra’s cookbook, “Waffles:  Sweet, Savory, Simple,” I had to share.  Continue reading

Perk Up Your Picnic with Homemade Chocolate-Orange Marshmallows

Robert M. Peacock

Robert M. Peacock

Memorial Day marks the official kick-off to Summer picnic season.  Here in Texas, we picnic ’til the cows come home so I’m always on the look-out for recipes that taste great and are easy to make. Continue reading

Winning Playbook for a Great Super Bowl Party

The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens aren’t the only ones gearing up for the big game.  So are millions of fans who’ll perch in front of TV’s to cheer–and nosh–their way through Super Bowl XLVII.  Got a gang of frenzied family and friends about to land on your doorstep?  Now’s the time to get your gameplan in motion with these touchdown-worthy party tips: Continue reading