The Joy Luck Club
My sister Alli was involved with an organization called BayKids Studios. They are charged with empowering children with serious illnesses and express themselves through the power of filmmaking. As their mission states, “Instead of children with illnesses, they become kids ... Read More »
Sunday brunch dessert presentation
Holidays are a time for friends and family, the time when we cook, drink, and eat together, and celebrate good cheer. Here are some tips for doing it in style:
1. What is the ... Read More »
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
—Henry David Thoreau
Large gatherings always bring an element of stress for the host. Here are tips for making your Thanksgiving dinner a time to enjoy your friends, ... Read More »
Potluck means sharing. Sharing with my swim class friends. I put together a soup and salad bar, and the others guests provided appies, drinks and dessert.
Seven-Up was once advertised as the “un-cola.” Today, a potluck host is more ... Read More »
Summer entertaining is simple if you plan ahead. Follow the Golden Rule and treat others in your home the way you want to be treated in theirs. It’s that easy!
Clever Entertaining Tip: Place appetizers on a checker ... Read More »
There are only three scenarios: the man pays, the woman pays, or the meal is Dutch, that is, both participants pay their way. On a “traditional” first date, where the man has invited the woman to a meal, he should always pay. Among friends, checks are usually ... Read More »
When was the last time someone in your party asked for a separate restaurant check? Well, it’s still done every day, but it’s a pain for the servers, and some restaurants won’t do it at all. Splitting the check by each person handing over his or her ... Read More »
As a former music major, classical music is emotionally overwhelming for me. So naturally my experience is spoiled when a performance is interrupted by a cell phone ringing or someone unwrapping candy. Fortunately, at live performances we are reminded that phones and pagers must be turned off before ... Read More »
Downton Abbey, here we come. Those addicted to the PBS drama, like me, can’t help but notice that a large part of the series is centered around food. Many scenes feature formal dinners where the dress is black tie or white tie, and the Crawley family and ... Read More »
If you need dinner party ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Entertaining at home is one of my favorite things, and planning ahead is what makes it work. Here’s a list of my most important to-do’s:
• Guest list: Eight to ten is the ... Read More »