February 27, 2015
At Home with Friends


Party Cookies

In my house, party cookies meant the rich butter cookies that were covered with colored sprinkles that my mom bought at the bakery only when there was a party. These actually come close and you make them yourself. The fun part is that they are made with a cookie press and sprinkled with sanding sugar. […]

February 25, 2015
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Mushroom & Chard Galette

I love making savory or sweet rustic tarts or galettes. I usually make my own dough but for this party, with such a large number of guests, I needed to save time. I used one of my go-to shortcuts: Refrigerated Pie Crust. Yes, handmade dough is wonderful but this works just fine. I made two […]

February 23, 2015
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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Quinoa is a super food. I could give you all the latest nutritional facts or just tell you it is a staple in my kitchen because I can use it multiple ways. It’s loaded with nutrients and it’s gluten free. If you’re trying to get your friends and family to eat it, don’t tell them […]

February 20, 2015
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Pasta, Chard & Fontina Torte

Baked pastas are always great as part of a lunch buffet. This one is both vegetarian and gluten free. I wanted to come up with a way to use brown rice pasta (for my gluten free guests) that tasted as good as regular pasta. You can use spinach or chard or kale. I love to buy […]


Saturday Afternoon

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests
  • Think about menu
  • Think about Baby Shower games / activities
  • Decide logistics such as where to set up bar, buffet and design or art station

3 Weeks Before

2 Weeks Before

  • Review menu
  • Book support staff if needed
  • Organize all dishes and glasses and serving platters
  • Buy all beverages including alcohol

1 Week Before

  • Finalize menu and confirm guest list
  • Buy and store ice


  • Set-up table, dishes, glasses, silverware, serving platters and utensils


  • Do all grocery shopping except chicken and shrimp.
  • Wash all vegetables.





February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015

February 16, 2015
At Home with Friends

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Baby Shower Party

  It was wonderful news to hear that my friend Krista, who does a lot of the beautiful photography on this blog, was having a baby. Then I got the news that it was a girl.  I immediately volunteered to give a baby shower. Krista and I had lots of conversations about the shower and […]

February 9, 2015
At Home with Friends

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What’s on My Table: New Year’s Day Brunch

My copper collection started with a gleaming copper-and-brass chafing dish my mother brought home one day. She was in a silver plating shop, having silver platters replated, when it caught her eye. Someone had brought it in to be polished and never picked it up. The storeowner sold it to her and home it came. […]