September 24, 2015
At Home with Friends


Rocky Road Toffee

You need to stop whatever you’re doing and make this recipe immediately! I know it freezes well because the first time I made it (as a test), it was so good, I had to tightly wrap it, seal it up and put in my garage freezer to stop from eating it all. And as good […]



Saturday Night

7:00 P.M.

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests
  • Think about Menu
  • Think about logistics, where to set-up bar, buffet
  • If you need extra help, contact them, check availability, put them “on hold”


3 Weeks Before


2 Weeks Before

  • Review menu
  • Organize all dishes and glasses and serving platters
  • Reconfirm extra help


1 Week Before

  • Confirm guest list: Will there be 26 or 16?
  • Finalize menu
  • Buy and store ice, and any additional beverages



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



  • Do all grocery shopping except for ground lamb, shrimp and crab claws
  • Wash and store all vegetables



  • Chop all onions for all recipes
  • Roast garlic
  • Roast jalapenos
  • Buy flowers
  • Organize playlist













7:00 P.M.:

September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015

September 17, 2015
At Home with Friends

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2nd Annual Apps & Alcohol Party

Last year’s party was so much fun, I couldn’t wait to do it again. Since part of my joy comes from the planning and cooking, I decided to do all new recipes. At the last minute, I added the Kaleakopita because people couldn’t get enough of it last year — or this. This year’s party […]

September 14, 2015
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My Cooking Class in Hvar

Every time I travel, I try to take a cooking class with a local chef. I never really know what to expect and this time was no different. On my last day in Hvar, I was fortunate to spend a morning cooking with Ivan Buzolić and his daughter Maja Mačković, in the kitchen of their […]

September 10, 2015
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Croatian Cuisine

“I have never eaten a piece of frozen fish in my life,” said the guide who met us at the airport and escorted us to our hotel in Split. This was my first inkling of what to expect in Croatian cuisine. The guide knew I was interested in food and had read my blog. Fresh, […]

September 7, 2015
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Holiday in Croatia

Some people have a bucket list of where they’d always dreamed of visiting. I have no list. Things cross my desk, I read an article in a travel magazine or the New York Times, and a destination calls to me. This is how it was with Croatia. I didn’t do a lot of research and […]