“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

Tent Revival! From City Slicker to Camping Convert

Biolite, Cacoon USA, Sur la Table

Biolite, Cacoon USA, Sur la Table

I am not a camper. My idea of roughing it is a hotel room without room service. And yet I’ve noticed that camping today is hardly anything like what I experienced as a kid when we slept in a spartan tent on hard, rocky ground with bologna sandwiches to sustain us.

Yes, a tent revival underway. Style and comfort are its focus.  I suspect we city slickers about to become camping converts.  And we never saw it coming.  Continue reading

This Summer’s Scoop on Outdoor Dining with Style

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

Summer weather is here. Time to start dining alfresco again. This year, how about stepping up your game? No more flimsy paper plates, sitting on rickety folding chairs or eating the same ol’, same ol’.

Let’s resolve to picnic with panache. Grill like a gourmet. Make every cook-out a tad chic. For as we know, summer lasts but a season but good style endures forever.  Continue reading

Chic-er by the Dozen–12 Exquisite Eggs for Easter and Beyond

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Easter and eggs go hand-in-hand. Each year, we dip, dye and hunt them with childlike glee. But this Spring, eggs are breaking with tradition and leaving their one-day glory story behind. Inspired by the organic shape of this simple orb, designers are whipping up an impressive range of furnishings that elevate the lowly egg to high style status. Here are 12 exquisite egg designs that’ll give your home egg-quisite style for Easter and beyond. 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

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

Double-Duty Pumpkin Pleasers

 

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NeimanMarcus.com

While friends around me are channeling their inner Munsters and focused on All Hallow’s Eve, I’m hunting for pumpkin decor that works for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Why? Because double-duty decor saves time and makes smart money sense. Continue reading

Achin’ for Bacon

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bhg.com

Last night, I realized that my love of cooking -and eating- is pretty much wrapped up in bacon.

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2 Fast-Fix Ways to Cook Eggs for Easter



Eggs and Easter go hand-in-hand.  We dye them, roll them across the lawn and perch the little pretties atop fluffy grass in baskets.  Best of all (at least to me), we eat them.  Eggs make tasty entrees, great side dishes and fluffy dessert souffles.  Got eggs on your Easter menu? Here are two egg-ceptionally fast and fashionable ways to fix and serve them. 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