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Cinco de Mayo

Because the Mexican culture is such a huge part of our Santa Barbara community, I don’t even consider “Mexican Food” to be international cuisine. I feel like Mexican food is just our…food. With that in mind, here is a list of Cinco de Mayo fare along with my favorite complementary drinks.

Easter Buffet Menu 2011

After the customary visit from the Easter Bunny, morning mass, and an egg hunt, here is what our family is serving for Easter

Mardi Gras Menu

Bust out your beads, it’s Mardi Gras! While people in New Orleans have been celebrating for what must seem like weeks, here in CA, we’re throwing one last Creole-style hoorah on Sunday before the final “Fat Tuesday.” Here’s what I’m cooking up for our guests

Costco

Costco and I have a…complicated relationship. I am usually totally committed to buying whatever I can from small, privately owned shops, but for certain everyday, family staples, the bulk sized, low priced allure of Costco is just too strong to pass up. Here is a great winter salad that uses fresh mozzarella, and is the perfect alternative to Caprese when tomatoes aren’t in season. I recently made it for the adults at my 5-year-old’s birthday party.

New York City Food Extravaganza

I recently returned from an astounding, once in a lifetime foodie trip to New York City. When we travel, my husband and I love to sample the local cuisine, but I honestly don’t think we’ve ever gone to so many different types of restaurants in such a short time and had such overwhelming successes with food and wine selection.

Super Bowl Menu 2011

The Superbowl is upon us! Here at Casa Rice, we are expecting about have about 12-16 guests over to watch the big game. This year, I’ve decided that I actually want to watch the game (truly, a novel idea), so I am serving everything family style and cooking most of it in advance. This is what I am cooking up for this year’s Superbowl Sunday:

2010 Thanksgiving Menu & Vegetable Frittata

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about cooking, eating, and being thankful the good things in life. My family is coming to us this year, and it is going to be a day of eating, drinking, and visiting. This will actually be the first Thanksgiving that I have ever hosted at my house. I think a lot of people find hosting Thanksgiving to be intimidating because it’s not just a dinner; it’s a full day’s worth of activities (along with at least a couple days of prep work). With that in mind, I’ve put together a (long) list of what I’m planning to do for tomorrow.

C.E.C Event 2010

The Community Environmental Council’s event was absolutely lovely this year: so many organic products to enjoy, wonderful people to talk to, and there was even a mini fashion show – you know I’m always up for clothes! We had a great time keeping busy in the kitchen, and I met some really wonderful, thoughtful, and intriguing visitors

tips for last minute entertaining

Last Minute Entertaining

So when the thought of 15 hungry people showing up at your door feels too overwhelming, just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you really can do this.