Category Archives: entertaining

Let’s Talk Turkey

If there is one dish that I think is impossible to cook, it is turkey. I mean, come on! Look at the size of the bird! No matter what you do, it’s trouble. There is no way to get the whole thing cooked and have it still be moist. But this bird, whether worthy or […]

The countdown begins…

We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and already my internal clock is counting down the minutes to the Big Meal. Thanksgiving dinner has so many moving parts and pieces that warrant (and demand) my complete attention: the turkey itself, the fabulous sides, the multiple desserts, and most importantly, the guests that I […]

Preparing for the Thundering Herds

I don’t know what happens at your house during Thanksgiving, but we are over-run. We always manage to have at least one, if not two, houses brimming with guests. The strange thing is, this happens without our even realizing it. The phone calls sort of dribble in: “Can we come?” “Are you around?” Oh, and […]

Boys will be boys

Wednesday night I had five men over for dinner. It was, of course, a business dinner for my husband. And, it was super easy to cook for. Because, truth be told, men are just big boys and they love the comfort food of their youth. And, if you can spice it up a bit- give […]

With apologies to those with peanut allergies…

My friend Annie has a sense of humor that tickles and delights me with its’ wickedness. She can make me laugh when almost no one else can by finding the dark humor present in any silver lining. She is also a true girlfriend: she knows how to bitch with the best of them; but can […]

searching for gold

A few days ago I called our green grocer to place an order (he delivers-how good is that?!) Michael, the owner, answered the phone. Knowing how much I love fresh produce, he told me I must have the incredible shiitake mushrooms he had just found at market. “Okay, great,” I said. “Send me some.” Later […]

A life of crime, averted

Friday night was everything that this girl from the suburbs- who used to live in the Big City-dreams of: a dinner party with good friends in a cool and elegant loft, amazing art on every wall, fabulous food, delicious and rare wines, and sparkling and meaty conversations. Pure heaven. And, if all of that were […]

The silver lining meal

My daughter went to school today. Break out the champagne and celebrate! Sounds like a low bar, no? But heck, after the last 3 days, I’ll take it! You see, for the last few days Julia had a little pesky fever that simply would not go away. So, as every mother who has ever had […]

Ghosts and goblins, mummies and monsters! Oh my!

Halloween is upon us and the kids-both big and small- are over the moon with excitement. Where I live is ground zero for Halloween fun. Every house is decorated with cobwebs, ghosts, skeletons and ghouls; fabulously carved jack-o-lanterns glow on every stoop; and the whole town has a Mayberry meets Tim Burton feel. It is […]

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; […]