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Category: Entertaining

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Entertaining: Signature Cocktails – My Perfect Manhattan

I’m a big believer in signature cocktails for parties. I think it makes the occasion more special and adds old-school glam to get-togethers (not to mention that it saves you the time and money of having to fully stock a bar). So, for your next soirée, say, “I’ll take Manhattan!” and mix up this classic […]

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Entertaining: Tableware Essentials – Glass Votives

With years of experience entertaining and styling photographs for books and magazines, I have developed a list of what I refer to as core items for entertaining basics that are perfect for just about any occasion and setting. Besides my go-to collection of all-white plates, bowls and platters, clear glass items are a must, too, […]

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Entertaining: 10 Brilliant No-Fuss Things to Serve for Dessert

A delicious dessert is the perfect ending to nearly every meal, but many people don’t think they have the time to prepare one from scratch. Relax! You can still have your cake and eat it, too, with one of these no-fuss suggestions that don’t require a whole lot of hands-on time. Dessert made easy? Sweet! […]

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Entertaining: Signature Cocktails – Cuba Libre

Remember that scene in the 1988 movie, Cocktail, where Tom Cruise’s character gets absolutely slaughtered on his first night at his bartending gig and everyone’s screaming drink orders at him, including the impatient waitresses, one of whom yells out, “A Cuba Libre!” and Tom, clueless as to how to make it, frantically looks up the recipe […]

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Entertaining: Signature Cocktails – Classic Cooked Eggnog

Every year around mid-November, it swoops in as the harbinger of the holidays – the tall quarts lining grocery store refrigerated shelves, gracing us with its presence for a few wintry months. This rich, sugary, boozy blend that beckons us all to raise a frothy glass with this spirited, special occasion beverage. No question about […]

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Entertaining: Easy Appetizers – Jezebel Sauce on Brie

Bette Davis received her second Academy Award for her performance in the classic 1938 movie, Jezebel: “From the picturesque glamour of the old south, a great actress draws the scarlet portrait of a gorgeous spitfire who lived by the wild desires of her untamed heart. The story of a woman who was loved when she should […]

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Entertaining: Easy Appetizers – Chips and Salsa

I know what you’re thinking. Chips and Salsa, Cheryl…really? But just wait – hear me out. I’m not talking about popping the lid off that jar of chunky stuff made in New York City and dumping it into a bowl. And, I’m not talking about prying open a bag of white corn chips to go […]

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Entertaining: Ploughman’s Lunch

As much as I love cooking, when I have friends over, I don’t always want to make a huge production out of the meal. It’s not that I’m looking to cut corners on providing food for my guests – quite the opposite, actually. I find that when I set out a sumptuous spread of bits […]

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Entertaining: Be the Host with the Most

Impress and charm your guests this holiday season by being a calm, cool and collected host. All it takes to have a relaxed and successful meal is some organization. To help make the day as enjoyable for you as it is for your company, planning is key. Here are some time-saving tips to ensure yours […]