When completing my weekly Whole Foods run on Sunday morning, I didn't intend to purchase any goods other than vegetables and proteins (and cheese, of course); after Thanksgiving feasting, Alex and I had vowed to detox. However, I will confess: I managed to turn one such vegetable into a baked breakfast-snack-dessert combination to which I've never been more addicted.
The richness of risotto is absolutely perfect for this time of year. I especially love how much the winter white theme of the Caramelized Supper Club comes through; the subtle sweetness of crab and hominy balance the sharp parmesan and bite of al dente arborio rice. Cozy up to a bowl with crisp white wine or champagne. You'll never forget this one!
Simple and super sophisticated, this delicate salad is a gorgeous introduction to a winter white gathering. The white-hued radishes and asparagus are rare to the eye, sparking interest in the sense of detail you will display at your dinner party!
Challah bread is the coveted tradition of my Jewish upbringing; it's the sweet and unifying symbol of our Shabbas meal together every Friday evening, whether spent with family or friends or during Jewish Summer Camp meals where I met my husband. It's also the greatest french toast foundation out there.
Not only is this the easiest cozy meal ever, but your house smells exceptionally amazing all day long. You'll walk in from work and automatically feel like you’ve entered Sunday supper at your Italian grandmother's. It's pretty phenomenal.
Believe it or not, this past month marked my first slow cooker experience. I'm so acclimated to "throwing together" the ingredients in my kitchen for Chopped TV-style method of making dinner. This beautiful, bright and rich recipe, in contrast, exemplified ease -- plus, it's the perfect entrance to fall.
I especially love when a particular season or state of mind is told through salad topping choices. A salad's dependence on produce is primary, and the colors of fall produce are particularly wonderful on a salad like this one! An almost-shaved apple, fresh figs and chewy yet decadent pistachios stud the layers of this salad. Tossed in a simple vinaigrette, the rustic textures of autumn take center stage.
If you've never had smashed potatoes, you'll quickly see what you've been missing! A crisp exterior with an interior that melts in your mouth, this recipe adds irresistible flavors of garlic and parmesan. Plus, the presentation is gorgeous (and the red potato matches the Supper Club spread quite nicely!).
When it comes to choosing one dish or one drink choice at a restaurant, I struggle to make the right choice. I always opt for group gatherings and shared plates to allow myself to taste and try a variety rather than confine myself to one flavor profile or texture. You can therefore imagine why I become giddy when seeing a beer flight option on tap room menus!
I couldn't have envisioned a better kickoff to holiday soirees and gatherings than with the brilliantly talented and visionary interior designer Sean Anderson. Sean's discerning attention to detail and ability to curate is second-to-none, and when I heard he was furnishing a full home for Memphis' annual Vesta Home Show, I immediately jumped on board.
Each Sunday night we're in town, between six and eight of us gather at a neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant to slurp bowls of pho and share wildly entertaining stories from our past week. I opted to change the location and cuisine last Sunday to our house for a Friendsgiving affair. An elevated yet traditional Thanksgiving menu, a rustic tablescape, and red wine replaced our usual bowls of noodles. Nonetheless, the company was excellent, and the potluck was top-notch.
Upon holding my first-ever holidy cookie swap last Sunday, I sought out an effortless yet interactive brunch item that would satisfy guests without stressing out my hostessing routine. Enter: the "build your own oatmeal bowl" bar.
A winter white party doesn't necessarily need to imply snowflakes or glitter (no offense to our nostalgic crafting days). Elegance is perceived through the details of white pumpkins, a textured linen, crisp white plates and vintage flatware.
Yes, the recipes of your upcoming holiday gatherings are a definite priority—but don't overlook the place settings! Whether a simple garnish, a napkin fold or a darling place card, the following Caramelized DIYs guarantee a strong first impression and capture an ambiance of detail and distinction.
Though September marks a time of transition, it truly catches the best of both worlds -- the end of summer, when everyone can take a breath (and not sweat upon walking outside!), and the beginning of fall, when leaves change and harvests begin.
When I think of autumn harvest, my mind immediately invokes memories of apple tree groves along the Mississippi freeway route to my childhood summer camp. Growing up, we'd attend a family camp weekend in late fall that'd bring back camper families back "home" while showcasing the grounds to potential new camper families. The drive back to camp would instill a sense of nostalgia and eagerness for the arrival of a new perspective of my summer home.
Ready to tailgate? My healthy takes on football fare were experimented with the fabulous ladies of Bluff City Lights earlier this month, and thankfully the team of Collins, Mary, Alex and Megan absolutely approved! Scroll for recipes and entertaining tips for your future fall gathering.