There is something magical about a perfect dinner party. Ultimately the magic happens when a great group of people gather at your house for great food, wine, and conversation. Throwing a dinner party is my happy spot and brings me immense joy. It provides me the opportunity to share my passion for food, wine and entertaining with others and the happiness it brings to my friends is a wonderful feeling.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
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Winter is in full swing in the SF Bay Area with chilly temperatures, yet our encouraging rain fall in December has dried up. I am praying to the rain makers to let it pour soon. Butternut squash is one of those veggies that can be both sweet and savory. With my love of crostini, I thought I would make a fall/winter inspired crostini.
Monday, August 31, 2020
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Monday, February 4, 2019
An inspirational trip to the farmers market resulted in this sublime roasted golden beet salad. Do you all get inspired when browsing through the market? Depending on the time of the year, different yields of types of vegetables and fruits. The winter has more rustic hearty vegetables that simply warm your heart and belly. I have always loved beets where I know others that simply can't stomach them. I believe it is how you prepare them and the recipe you use that creates a tasty dish.
Friday, January 25, 2019
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Friday, October 5, 2018
A well engineered cocktail transports you to a different level. When you pair it with a nibble that is simple yet sophisticated, you have hit nirvana. As many of you know, I am simply obsessed with figs. This year I discover tiger figs at Trader Joe's and made 40 pint jars of my infamous Balsamic Fig Jam. I have discovered a passion and appreciation of a great cocktail. I decided to create a signature fig cocktail to celebrate the beginning of fall, since figs are the quintessential sign fall is around the corner.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
The day millions of royal fans across the globe have been waiting for finally arrived. The Royal Wedding of course and it certainly did not disappoint. Tradition, elegance and love were definitely in the air last Saturday. Like many, I was glued to the television to watch the spectacular historical moments. From the array of distinctive fascinators to the abundance of flowers embellishing all corners of the St. George's Chapel to that phenomenal yellow dress worn by Amal Clooney - I knew I was in for hours of witnessing a traditional yet modern mark on history. Some would say a pre-emptive positive turn to the future and what we can expect.
Friday, April 27, 2018
What is better then bacon? In my book ..... nothing! The key to great bacon is to cook is low and slow on a griddle until it is crispy but certainly not burnt. The flavor stays true and a crispy delight is ready to enjoy.
Friday, March 30, 2018
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Friday, March 16, 2018
Just imagine .... warm goat cheese, flavored olive oil and warm crunchy bread - now that is my idea of heaven in my mouth. The infusion of citrus, spice and earthy herbs is a sublime combination along with the tangy goat cheese and crunchy baguette. Add a touch of fluer de sel and this bite is simply perfect. Goat cheese has a pristine white color and distinct flavor that is one of the most amazing cheeses in the world - a humble basic for some, a gourmet delight for others.
Friday, March 9, 2018
There is something special about enjoying a craft cocktail with sublime bar nuts. The bar is raised even higher (no pun intended) when you are sitting at a swanky, hip bar with cool music playing and having your significant other or close friend next to you. You could even simply be sitting at the counter in your kitchen with the lights dimmed and have a bar experience.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Rain glorious rain! The Bay Area has been a bit starved this year for rain. December, January and into February were rather dry months. Five years ago we experienced the beginning of drought much the same way, so as you can imagine, we were all getting nervous. Yesterday, March 1st brought much needed rain and it was really coming down. The forecast calls for more rain ahead over the weekend and next week - thank goodness! We can only hope that March and April bring buckets of rain to ward off a drought.
Friday, February 16, 2018
This week I am thrilled to share my savory madeleine recipe with all of you! I have long been obsessed with madeleines. You tend to never think of these small shell shaped french sponge cakes as a sweet treat but not often turning them upside down to make a savory version. I have long wanted to share a savory version. Hubby loved them.
Friday, February 9, 2018
What is it about a little piece of toast loaded with crunchy, salty, creamy and herbaceous goodies? It is the dance that your mouth has along with your stomach being extremely happy. I absolutely love creating new flavor profiles and tasty bites for my Friday Night Bites weekly series here. I just hit my one year anniversary at my new job and I can't believe how time flies by so quickly. I absolutely LOVE my new role and company. After 18 years with one organization and 8 promotions later, it was time for a change. Change is good. Change is empowering. Change is what we need to invigorate our careers and life.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
It seems like we were just celebrating New Years Eve with appetizers and bubbly. With February around the corner, this year is already sailing by. I live by each day and believe that we need to enjoy each day to the fullest. I enjoy the simple things, the people that I love around me and having a sense of purpose each day. One of my resolutions for 2018 was to dedicate more attention to my blog that I have nurtured over the years.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Happy New Year! I know it has been a while since I have posted and one of my resolutions for the new year is to post at least once a week. As you all know, I am slightly obsessed with appetizers. If you follow me on Instagram, then you see my Friday Night Bites with wine and often cheese plates. My goal for this year is to bring you more interesting Friday Night Bites and spice up my little corner of the internet.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Do you ever try something at a restaurant and say to yourself - I must make this? I do all the time. Recently I was in Chicago for a business trip and we had cocktails and dinner at Siena Tavern. It was a extremely humid and rainy night in Chicago where you could cut the air with a knife. Despite the weather, which being from California this was not the norm for me - the vibe in this Top Chef, Fabio Viviani created restaurant was extremely cool. It had concrete floors, rustic decor and hip music being piped through everywhere. Although a bit loud, we enjoyed cocktails at the bar with friends. I had an aviator and a last word - don't typically swing out with a couple cocktails at once, it was a fun treat. The bartender was hip and cool and make some darn good drinks.
Monday, August 14, 2017
A couple weeks ago I attended the Livermore Valley's "Taste of Terroir" weekend to experience the tasty food and wine of this special sometimes forgotten wine country region in Northern California. I was personally invited as a media guest by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and was quite honored they thought of me. I was able to take hubby with me and he is always thrilled when he can be part of my blogging events.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Well HELLO almost summer - oh how I have missed you! My birthday was last Sunday and we swung out for this years birthday gift - a new wicker patio set from Living Spaces. It is part of the the Adventura collection. We got the 4 piece sectional, 2 lounge chairs, the cocktail table with 2 ottomans and 2 end tables. I feel like we have a true outdoor living room set. Since it was simply understated, it needed a POP of color, so I headed to Homegoods and got some fun pillows and decorative items for the tables. Oh and an outdoor rug from Cost Plus World Market.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Do you ever wish you had an elegant yet easy appetizer to make for guests that you want to impress? Have I got a simple, tasty and easy recipe for you. It has just a few ingredients and can be virtually made ahead of time and I promise will "WOW" your guests. They will think you spent hours preparing.