entertaining tips

creating a well-balanced charcuterie board

August 22, 2018

Whether it is served as an appetizer to tide guests over while dinner is being prepared, or as a savory complement to dessert paired with a glass of port; the charcuterie board is a favorite because it offers variety and is easy to prepare.


finding the perfect pairing

June 4, 2018

When entertaining, whether it’s an intimate gathering or a large soirée, you want to create an atmosphere that’s pleasant and memorable. A successful event can be shaped by the food you serve, so it’s important to think through what you will offer your guests. Part of the joy of entertaining is that you have the power to create combinations that bring out the strongest flavor profile of the dishes that you serve. That’s why I’ve created a pairing guide for a few entertaining occasions with suggestions on what flavor combinations best complement our crisps, and I want to highlight some of my favorites.


a word about hors d’oeuvres

October 15, 2016

My philosophy on starters (if you can call it that) is that they should set the tone for what follows but not upstage everything else. If you are having a sit-down dinner with lots of courses, it’s probably best to keep the hors d’oeuvre offerings down to a dull roar, unless you are going to…


The Essentials

September 20, 2016

If you want to make interesting variations on your old standbys without constantly running to the grocery store every time you pick up a cookbook, it’s essential to have a well-stocked pantry. If you do, you can be more spontaneous and adventuresome more often. Of course, not everyone has enough cupboard, fridge and freezer space…