dinner party

Mexican Fiesta Shower

We co-hosted a couple’s stock the bar shower this weekend for a couple of friends who would have been elated had we just opened a bag of tortilla chips and unscrewed a jar of salsa. They are very easy to please, which made pleasing them just that much more fun.This should really be the last […]

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Caprese Dip with Pesto

This isn’t a recipe that I’m sharing because I’m proud of a fancy ingredient or a revolutionary cooking technique. Nope. I’m sharing the recipe because it is one that I fall back on time and time again when I’m cooking for friends. This dip is a real-life, everyday recipe that takes under five minutes of prep […]

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Cranberry Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Crust

Crab Rangoon is such a delightful little decadence. I love the hot, fresh-from-the-oil crunch of the wonton wrapper and the smooth cream cheese-based filling. I also thought that those same flavor factors would be perfect to serve at a cocktail party to keep people from finding themselves overserved too soon into the evening.  However, I […]

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip

My favorite spot for appetizers is Theo’s. We had an amazing bacon and blue cheese dip last New Years Eve at their Union Kitchen location. They serve the creamy, meaty dip hot, with kettle chips, and it’s pure indulgence at its most, well, indulgent. We rang in the new year happily and with plenty of bacon.This […]

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Graham Cracker Swirl Cheesecake

Every year, my work sends us home with a free turkey for Thanksgiving. We already have plans for Thanksgiving day and the two of us can’t hope to finish twelve pounds of poultry together, so we decided to throw a spur-of-the-moment dinner party.  Okay, it wasn’t just the turkey, we also were given some beautiful […]

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Things You Should Really Be Grilling

This post isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gallery of late summer grilling inspiration. This is the first summer that I have had a grill that I feel comfortable using all by myself (no Fiance required). I’ve leveraged this grill and the amazing weather to make some delicious concoctions. Grilling meat is […]

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