As I recently hinted in a cozy Valentine’s Night In post, the secret to a memorable holiday for two is not necessarily the frills, but rather the quality time. Our love languages (what’s yours?!) might dictate how we spend a holiday such as Valentine’s or an anniversary — for some, it’s gifts; for me, it’s quality time. After just 25 minutes of cook time for this main course, you’ll have extra time to savor every swirl.
I know I’m very late to the Instant Pot train. But I have arrived, and my mind is blown. When it comes to a batch of risotto, there is something quite charming about standing over the stove, stirring, and stirring, and stirring again… But when you arrive home from a full 8-5 stretch, your arms are already sore from early morning boot camp that day, and you are very, very hungry, the Instant Pot version of risotto is not just satisfying — it is miraculous.
Simply stunning and exactly in line with your Christmas decor, here’s my recommended recipe for the holiday. Packed with super foods and just enough sweetness, you’ll be happy you had a salad on the table to balance those desserts!!
‘Tis the season, y’all. Classic cookies prompt nostalgia and pure delight on so many levels, and these gingerbread men fit the bill beautifully. An overnight chill will yield perfect shapes, so try to plan these out if your schedule allows! Cheers.
You wouldn’t believe it, but these Hanukkah latkes are oven-baked and absolutely delicious. You’ll avoid the smell of oil, the clean-up of oil, and the less-than-healthy benefits of oil—which leaves you with all the goodness of crispy golden potato pancakes and a side of applesauce.
Hanukkah is a festive holiday on its own, absolutely; but its typical timing weeks before Christmas causes a hiccup in preparation. Thanksgiving weekend ended just a week ago, and we’re already lighting the menorah?!
Believe it or not, Alex and I already already celebrating our second wedding anniversary in early March. Though I attest my passions for kitchen and home goods are not of typical fashion, I have learned (through many entertaining scenarios and years with Alex ) the necessities to get me through both a stellar party and a cozy space for two. My ongoing partnership with Bella Vita has introduced me to photogenic and functional pieces that I wish I had known about upon getting engaged three years ago.
Put the kids to bed (or close the laptop screen), kick your feet up on the coffee table, and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone in an organic, authentic way — in the comfort of your home with a pure sense of presence for the moment, for the quality time together.
I am all about a day-to-night spring look that invites flirty femininity with professional sophistication. As a young professional who balances a full-time career with a food and lifestyle blog, I rely on those investment pieces that carry from one meetings to dinner parties and conference tables to cocktails. As if timing couldn’t be more perfect, was just introduced to Pearl by Lela Rose, an affordable luxury collection and designer brand offering by Dallas-raised, New York Tribeca-based designer and entertaining expert Lela Rose.
Cheese boards are my essential to any gathering, whether for two or two dozen; and time and time again, I rely on my friends at Murray's Cheese to bring a variety of cheeses and charcuteries to brighten the table and our taste buds.
My friend Mary Conley and I recently sat down for coffee, reflecting on our fast-paced lifestyles of blogging and otherwise — in my case, working full-time at an ad agency, and in her case, working full-time as a mom of two. She has always valued healthy eating and meals, but with two boys running full-speed, it’s tough to pull it all together!
Any guest of mine can expect a cheese and charcuterie board on my buffet or coffee table, no matter the party size. The communal appetizer is standard, and its flavor profiles vary by the season. Yet with Halloween around the corner, I jokingly threw around the idea to replace goat cheese and prosciutto with white chocolate drops and pecan brittle. My classic Halloween party centerpiece was thus founded, thanks to the experts at 116-year-old Dinstuhl’s, whose brittles and barks and all things chocolate created a picturesque board display.
Got plans Saturday? Look no further for your guide to a lively lunch spread for the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Reflective of summer's bold yet reawakening entry, the color palette and fresh menu provide the perfect excuse to sit back, sip a white sangria margarita, and enjoy a sunny weekend surrounded by great company and excellent ambiance.