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Tuesday Tool: Elizabeth’s Perfect Pie Crust

By the time we were done making pie crust, Elizabeth had taught me so many things, and helped me feel truly comfortable with the process. Not to mention, our families got to reap the delectable rewards of our work!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy Father’s day! Dad’s are tough to buy for, to say the least! Here are some gift ideas we came up with for dad that revolve around our favorite things: eating, drinking and gardening.

June Picnic for Adesso Jewelry

I’m so excited to share this guest post I did for Adesso Jewelry’s blog.  Samantha is both an incredibly talented jewelry designer and a dear, dear friend, so when she asked me to do a post for her on putting together a June picnic, I was thrilled!  Check out the post here, and while you’re […]

Macarons

Macarons

While this recipe isn’t exactly what I’d call easy, macarons bring a wow-factor to a truly special meal. Because they do not use yeast, these would be a perfect addition to a Passover celebration, and their light and fluffy texture would add a special touch to an Easter brunch, as well.

Sephora Lash Stretcher Mascara

Stocking Stuffers

Out of everything that goes into the holiday, though, I think that one of the most special things about Christmas for our family is the Christmas stocking. Let’s face it, the holiday would be a lot simpler if we didn’t do them, but there is just something so delightful in seeing the girl’s faces as they empty their self-contained “treasure chest” of fun little items that were chosen just for them. Of course, grown-ups can enjoy stockings too (I know I do). So, with this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my favorite stocking-stuffers for this year:

Cal Stamenov’s Risotto

This risotto is sort of a “base recipe” that can be prepared in a ton of different ways. At my birthday party, he added wild mushrooms and served it under tender slices of roasted duck. During a spring visit to the Bernardus Lodge, we had it with fresh peas, and for our wedding, we chose to have it topped with white truffles.

cocktail of freshly squeeze ruby red grapefruits, ultimat vodka, sea salt and lots of ice

Salty Dog My Way

This Salty Dog, comprised of ruby red grapefruit and vodka, is one of my absolute favorite cocktails. It’s pretty low-cal as far as drinks go and makes such a refreshing treat on a hot afternoon.

Summer cocktail

The Perfect Summer Cocktail: White Port and Tonic

But sometimes I do like to change it up and when the weather turns really hot, like now, I head to the bar for an iced white port and tonic. I love serving it to friends when I entertain outside in the summertime because it’s so fresh, bubbly, light and delicious.

doughnuts

Doughnuts

Did you know it is National Doughnut Day? It wasn’t really on my radar, but my friend Gina reminded me of this important day on the culinary calendar and encouraged me to share my recipe. She remembered I made these deep-fried delights for a bake-off awhile back. Actually, it’s not my recipe, but rather one that I made from the Big Sur Bakery Cookbook.

green goddess dressing, garden salad, summer salad

Green Goddess Dressing

It works well as a dip for veggies, dressing on crispy greens or in place of mayo on a sandwich. However you add it to you culinary repertoire; sit back and watch your guests light up when they sample your latest garden creation with zeal.