• 6 Tips for Hosting a Brunch That’s Stress-Free and Fabulous

    In mid-December my husband and I decided to host a brunch in our home.  We had been sick and missed out on several holiday celebrations and wanted to see our friends before the New Year.  We gave less than 7 days notice, so I wasn’t too sure of the turnout, but we had 12 people, including two of the best babies around.  Given that the headcount was larger than I expected, so I had to make some quick improvisations to make sure we had the table space and enough food.  I used a extra table we had and bought a two matching table cloths to make an extra long table and I also tweaked my regular frittata recipe to feed 12-14, see below.   We served: A fruit plate Spinach salad with cinnamon sugar pecans, dried cranberries, apple and an apple cider vinaigrette, Frittata (recipe below). Cheese grits  I wasn’t sure if this… Read More

  • How to Host a Small Dinner

    Hosting a dinner (big or small) can be a daunting task, especially if you’re going to cook. Last week I decided to host a small dinner / girls night at my house, with 4 total people to be exact.  I did not have the help of my husband, so I learned a few things along the way to make it easier.  If you’ve seen the recipes on my blog, you know I love to make stuff that I can start beforehand and that makes several servings.  I decided to make one of my favorite dishes, Shrimp and Pea Risotto, which also happens to be quite easy to make too.   I am a fan of one-pot-meals, all your food groups represented in one dish…DONE.  One thing to remember with a small group 4-6 people, is that it should be more intimate and personal, so there is no need to be too… Read More