Dinner Party Delectables, Part 2

I don’t know a lot of ways to start a week off that are better than dessert!  So with that, let’s dive right into these Peanut Butter Crispy Bars that are making another appearance from their Dinner Party debut.Every so often when I have spare reading time (which is NEVER now that I’m in graduate school) I get a cookbook out of the library, just to peruse even while I’m watching tv.  One of my favorites is the book that Food & Wine Magazine puts out every year, Best of the Best Cookbook RecipesContinue reading
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A Little Dinner Party

Good morning to all! Bringing you a different kind of post on this dreary October Monday.  My husband and I had another couple over for dinner on Saturday night, and I thought I’d highlight a few items from our evening and share some tips on hosting, cooking, and making a lovely little tablescape that is NOT fussy, NOT obnoxious, and not hard at all to do!First of all, try to do as much of the prepping, cooking, table-setting as early in the day as you can.  You might think this goes without saying, but not for me.  I am often guilty of making several things that have to be done right before serving, or having two separate dishes that have to have the finishing touches at the same time, right before they hit the table.  Soon I’m a sweating, stressed mess.  Why do this to yourself if you don’t have to??  Same goes with setting a pretty little table. Continue reading

Peach and Raspberry Grunt

I don’t know about you, but usually by this point in August, while I am ready to do without the heat, the humidity, the Friday beach traffic (when I’m not actually one of the ones going to the beach)…I am just not ready to give up on Summer produce!  Fresh corn!?  Watermelons and honeydews so crisp and refreshing that they practically quench your thirst?!  Peaches and nectarines that are literally dripping with sweetness?!  I’d be willing to take these foods year round if I could, and I always love finding new ways to cook with them, even though they are just plain fine on their own.  Continue reading