cheese cone

We discovered these meat and cheese cones at the Santa Barbara Public Market (a great indoor market with excellent vendors and restaurants), at the cheese and salami “shop”, Culture Counter. They were pre-made and in a cone holder, and we immediately thought this was a great party/entertaining idea for serving cheeses and meats…especially to a […]

potatoes mimi

Last summer we spent some time with our dear friend Mimi Thorisson (Manger blog, author of this book) in the Medoc region of France. We had a casual Sunday afternoon lunch at her friends’ house, and she made these amazing potatoes, which couldn’t be simpler. You just get the best quality little potatoes, cut them […]

cheese fruit board

Our friend Liana has such an eye. We love the way she casually put this cheese and fruit board together. The strawberries were the real surprise here–and also, how they were as equally important as the cheese. So often fruit is just put out at the end of the meal, unless it’s a carrier (apple […]

tattoo tabletop

A package of temporary tattoos can help you make your own themed decor in a flash and can easily be removed when the party is over. For this project you will need: a package of temporary tattoos (I got mine at Party City, $2.50 for a 24 pack), a glass votive or vase, a towel […]

breakfast board

We love this breakfast board that chef/owner Camille Becerra serves at Navy, our new favorite restaurant in New York. Other than the hard boiled eggs (which she does just like we like them–not too hard boiled!), there is no cooking involved, so we’re thinking this would be a great moment to copy for weekend breakfasts […]

venice cheese

I have so much honey and jam in our pantry (can’t help myself from buying it whenever we are traveling), and because we are a savory breakfast family–we end up not using it. While walking around Venice over spring break, we spotted a wine bar that had a huge selection of cheeses that they served […]

cucumber snack

We are always trying to find variations on the no-carb snack or appetizer–because I’m gluten intolerant, and my husband tries to stay away from carbs. Now our friends have become quite good at figuring out ways around it–from really good GF crackers to interesting ways to treat veg. Our friend Lisa served these cucumber slices […]

picnic indoors

Our dear friend Becky had a lovely dinner party the other night, and came up with this picnic riff to allow both adults and kids to have their own space. The adults were seated at the dining table in the adjacent room, and the kids sat around the picnic blanket, which had some candles from […]

healthy easy nachoes

To me the Christmas season and Mexican food are synonymous. Weird right? I grew up in South Texas and every holiday that deserved a big celebratory meal in my house consisted of Mexican food. So, in the spirit of the season, here is a healthy (cheese-less) nacho recipe you can easily make with ingredients you […]


I’m not quite sure why this chili recipe–an old Gourmet classic adapted by Smitten Kitchen–tastes so much better than so many other chili recipes I’ve tried, but  it just does. Maybe it’s the combination of the spices: healthy healthy heap of cumin makes all the difference, in combination with the usual suspects. Or maybe it’s […]


We love popcorn in our house. Years ago we got a Whirly-Pop, which we love to bring out on a cold weekend. But when I heard about Quinn Popcorn, which is a safe microwaveable popcorn (the bags don’t have the lining that is made out of stuff that is not good for you and the […]

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