Category Archives: entertaining

An exhibition, not a contest, so…no wagering

I know some people treat cookie swaps as contests, but ours is more an excuse to get together, drink champagne, and laugh. Everyone lays out their contributions on the table–I find it easier to enter a party with a task, … Continue reading

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The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

His cook is his chief merit. The world visits his dinners, not him. Moliere And I suppose, depending on your party or your president, you can say the same about the White House. There are all kinds of anecdotes about … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

And thank goodness for that! As you know it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house without fragrant, warm bowls of Indian Pudding, with a lump of vanilla ice cream sledding down the side. Molasses–check, milk–check, cornmeal–check. We’re ready and loyal to … Continue reading

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The Art of the Cheese Plate, Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude

A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over-sophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality. –Clifton Fadiman Every cheese book I’ve ever seen drives me crazy–describing cheeses that I can never … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–What to Serve at Parties

This is the best cover ever! The vibrating color combination, The paper’s subtle zig-zag texture, the signee ladies in slinky dresses and hats, and the graphic font layout. This pamphlet-style publication doesn’t include a year, but from those dresses and font, I’m … Continue reading

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Christos Anesti–Greek Easter

“He don’t eat no meat? That’s ok, I make lamb.” –My Big Fat Greek Wedding You’ve seen the movie, now learn the symbolism and history. We don’t do our lamb in the front yard, but we do enjoy the crowd that … Continue reading

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It’s that Indian Pudding Time of Year

For us, at least. And though we’ve made Indian Pudding a Thanksgiving tradition for years, this is the first year we’ll cook the whole dinner. I’ll be figuring out the entire menu, which is a lot of pressure. I like … Continue reading

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