Tools & Tips

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Tuesday Tip: Crispy Taco Shells

Yes, these are tortillas deep-fried in oil. But we don’t eat them all the time; the tortillas we use are small and basically, they taste just so damn good on family taco night.

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So, You Have a Hangover?

We celebrated lady liberty far too late into the night, and I’m feeling it this morning. Are you with me?

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Mother’s Day Flowers

Confess—are you the kid, husband, sister or mom that will stop by the grocery store on Mother’s day morning, only to grab a cellophane wrapped bouquet off the grocery store shelf?

Easter Brunch Basics

I love Easter! I have claimed it as “my” holiday within our family, planning a big, festive brunch and egg hunt.

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Classic Cocktails: Mad Men Style

The return of Mad Men Sunday night is the perfect excuse to get out of your nightly lounge wear (yoga pants and waffle tee for this girl) shimmy into a shift, kitten heels, put on a strand of pearls and enjoy a night with Sterling, Cooper, Draper & Pryce.

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Trader Joe’s Wines: Reds

This is the second in my Trader Joe’s wine tasting series (see my reviews of TJ’s whites). For this round I chose seven reds based first on price ($12.99 and under) and second on origin: a mix of domestic, French, and Italian.

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Trio of Tastes

When starting off an evening with guests I love to offer three little tastes of things. It’s something that’s easy to pull together and always appreciated by guests.

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Holiday Guests, Holiday Appetizers

Handing your guests a nibble (I’m talking food here) and a cocktail upon arrival is the quickest way to start a great night. Here are a few of my mainstay quick and easy appetizers.

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Quick and Easy Tablecloth Tip (video)

No matter how carefully you iron and store your tablecloths, there are always creases when unfolding and draping them across the table. Here’s a quick and easy video tip that works to get those creases out—without having to drag out your iron and ironing board.