Category Archives: appetizers

Well, hello there!

I realize it has been mighty quiet around The Dinner Dilemma lately, and I apologize for that. It is not because I haven’t had great food to write about, it’s just that I felt written out. I needed to take a little break. And so, I did. And, it was a good break; but now […]

Bowl of Sunshine

I have had a very serious case of Winter Fatigue. It came on suddenly- about a week ago and boy, has it been strong. I have felt as gray as the skies overhead and my “get-up-and-go” and the bounce in my step have all gotten up and gone to warmer- I hope- climates. Honestly, the […]

The Bears Have The Right Idea…

As I woke up this Monday morning in the dark-a gloomy start to a cold January day for sure- it hit me: bears have it right. They eat a lot in the fall, take a big nap and wake up in the spring. This strikes me as an incredibly reasonable way to exist right about […]

I’m alive…

Hi all! I am alive. I am breathing. But boy, was it ever close. The Thanksgiving festivities coupled with multiple houseguests for 10 straight days took their toll. The last guests departed last Monday and it took me 3 good days to stop drooling and to speak again. Then there was clean up. Ten days […]

Guac to go, Not so!

Well hello there! Has everyone recovered from a wonderful Trick-or-Treat? I don’t know about yours, but both my children were in near diabetic comas yesterday morning from all the fabulous loot they got their hands on Sunday night. And, while the children had a ball with their candy, the adults parked around my kitchen table […]

Learning from The Master

I learned to entertain at home from a master: my mom. Years before there was Martha Stewart, Ina Garten or The Food Network, there was Patsy Fitzgibbons creating magical meals served at beautiful tables. And, I was lucky enough to have a ringside seat. It was Mom who taught me that advance planning is key; […]

Who knew?

Last Tuesday, before my cooking class arrived, I made a crudité and placed it on the kitchen table for my students/victims to nibble on while I cooked. I didn’t think anything of it. It was your basic crudité-carrots, celery, asparagus, yellow peppers and my favorite dip- a curry, yogurt, mayo mix. But, when the gang […]


Talk about Murphy’s Law, I knew as I typed my birthday post that I was tempting the health gods. No sooner did I post about having healthy children than Julia developed her first cold of the school year. Ugh! We did not even make it through a complete school week before a sick day! Drag-ola. […]

Salad Soup

It is hot, humid and thick here in the New York region. Just to be clear, I am not talking sorta hot- I am talking Alabama in August hot- 90 plus degrees with humidity to match! And, the scary thing is that school isn’t finished yet! For me, given the hot Spring we have had, […]

Alot more than ladies that lunch…

For the last two years Harrison has gone to a school that he did not choose to go to. He has trudged off dutifully every morning at 7:30 to a waiting school bus for a 40-minute ride to a school that Tad and I chose for him. In his new school, he has had fabulous […]