Let’s face it—it’s hard to get, let alone make healthy meals on a daily basis. We all want to do what’s right for our bodies, but, when we’re constantly on-the-go, we sometimes must settle for faster food options.
We can all agree that, 99% of the time, food and friends around a table invoke cherished conversations and opportunities to connect, whether at first bite or over a full bottle! Yet when the meal's centerpiece dish is one of every generation X or millennial's childhood dreams, a wave of nostalgia carries the tide of dining dialogue.
There's something quite beautiful about a "messy" presentation of fine ingredients. A perfectly round potato slice is always stunning, but a "smashed" effect is, to me, an approachable offering to summery spreads and outdoor dining.
The Jewish holiday of Passover arrives next weekend. A marker of spring and renewal, our week-long observance inspires the word-of-mouth retelling of our religion's roots. And while we are traditionally commanded to physically and metaphorically experience our ancestors' slavery through rituals of matzah-breaking and horseradish-eating and parsley-dipping, etc., I attest that our kosher-for-Passover breakfasts should not similarly "suffer."
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.
St. Patrick's Day weekend, notorious for its rambunctious crowds and never-ending pitchers of beer, is less than two weeks away! The holiday shouldn't just defer to green beer (though cheers to that!)—Its Irish heritage and homage to spring's arrival call for an elegant St. Patty's set-up.
Let's be honest; when it comes to "pink," the first word that comes to my mind is "rosé." The trend that--let's be real-- isn't going anywhere anytime soon, rosé symbolizes the perfect unifier for gatherings of all occasions and, especially in this case, for Galentine's Day.
Football is everpresent in our household these days, between tonight's college National Championship and the impending Super Bowl game. I've paid much more attention this season due to Alex's Fantasy Football victory, so I am committed in the kitchen to deliver a winning menu matchup on February 4th!
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.