January 28, 2016
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What’s On My Table: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the one time of year I pull out all the sterling silver flatware, serving pieces and candlesticks, polish it up and use it. I love the rich luster of well used and well loved sterling silver. It catches the light and is especially striking when used with beautiful linens. Sterling silver requires elbow […]

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January 25, 2016
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How to Dress Your Tabletop

Once you’ve decided that you’re going to have a party, chosen the menu and guest list, it’s time to design the tabletop. The table design and setting is just as important as the food because it adds another element to the event and the overall experience. I always start with one thing as my main […]

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November 19, 2015
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The Ultimate Cheese Platter

If you slice up some generic Swiss and put a hunk of orange cheddar on a plate, odds are no one will eat it and you’ll be eating lots of cheese omelettes and baking cheese bread to use up the leftovers. Nothing wrong with cheese omelettes or cheese bread, but wouldn’t you rather present a […]

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October 19, 2015
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Mocha Pot de Crème with Whipped Cream

I have always loved pot de crème, crème brûlée or any type of baked custard dessert. There is something about the rich, luscious, creamy texture, combined with the intense flavor that brings a smile to my face with the first spoonful. I tried to sort out the difference between crème brûlée and pot de crème. […]

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September 24, 2015
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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 […]


August 13, 2015
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What’s on My Table: Game Night

Sometimes the table design comes first and sometimes – the menu. The chicken / egg question. In this case, I started with the feeling I wanted to create: Fun, fun, fun! I knew I wanted bright colors and playful flowers, nothing too dressy or even sophisticated. I started out rummaging around in my butler’s pantry […]

With each bite of the baked wild shrimp, you get the tender sweetness of the shrimp and the creamy saltiness of the feta cheese.

April 29, 2015
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Baked Wild Shrimp with Ajvar and Feta

For the Sit-in-the-Kitchen Dinner with my friend Maria, I knew I would assemble an Antipasto Platter, but I wanted to make it extra special. I am fortunate to be able to buy gorgeous raw colossal wild shrimp at my neighborhood market. These shrimp are delicate with a slight sweetness. I could have just broiled them […]

Weeknight Sit-in-the-Kitchen Dinner Menu


Antipasto Platter

Marinated butter beans

Marinated artichoke hearts with tarragon

Baked wild shrimp with ***Ajvar and feta

Mozzarella balls with basil and red pepper flakes

* Roasted tomatoes with garlic

Roasted garlic

** Italian salami

** Prosciutto di Parma

** Olives

** Baby arugula

Main Course

Polpettone stuffed with eggplant and smoked mozzarella

 Sautéed spinach / Roasted asparagus and zucchini


Gratin of pears, blueberries and mascarpone cheese

Coconut oatmeal ginger cookies



* Purchased at Bristol Farms

** Purchased at Trader Joe’s

*** Available at my Amazon Affiliate Store

April 17, 2015

Baby Shower: Brunch Buffet

March 23, 2015
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What’s on My Table: Baby Shower

Sometimes one or two pieces can inspire and set the tone for the entire party. In this case, the pieces were the table fabric and the vases. The vases were just something I fell in love with but had no idea when I would use them. I just had to have them. I found the […]