How NOT to Entertain Dinner Guests

Okay, readers, here’s my tip of the day. When you are entertaining and having dinner guests, do not – I repeat – DO NOT serve as your main dish a recipe from the Jenny Craig cookbook. Many years ago, Bryan and I were a young (boring) married couple living in a condo with no child […]

Penne with Havarti and Kalamata Olives

Do I have a treat for you! I’m sharing one of my signature, tried-and-true dishes. This is the dinner I bring to my friends after they’ve just had a baby. And it’s our Christmas Eve tradition. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you … Penne Pasta with Havarti and Kalamata Olives. The recipe was given to […]

The Bitter and Sweet of Mother’s Day

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, the holiday to honor thy mother/spouse/sister/daughter. And while my Mother’s Day was nice, I’ve come to the conclusion that this holiday is not all it’s cracked up to be. Let me explain. Mother’s Day brings with it the expectation that us mothers will have a blissfully pleasant day. There […]

Penne a la Vodka

On tonight’s menu — Penne a la Vodka. I know what you’re saying … Another recipe?! But when I was making it tonight, I knew I had to share it with you. This dish is a classic in my book and it’s SO delicious. The recipe is based on one from Phillis Carey, from whom […]

My “Secret” Balsamic Salad Dressing

Every time we entertain (translate: never) or we’re invited to someone’s home for dinner, I always bring a salad with balsamic dressing. People love this dressing and insist on the recipe. Here’s the secret. … Are you ready? There’s really no secret to this dressing. It’s loosely based off Ina Garten’s balsamic dressing, and it’s […]