How to Throw a Holiday Open House Party

There are many ways to entertain friends and family, but during this terrifically busy season, it’s the Open House party that I gravitate to. Not a big sit down meal, not a frenetic, crowded 2-hour cocktail party, but rather a gentile stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. This kind of party allows people to stop by when it works for them, and stay as long as they wish – and it also allow you to host a lot of people in one day, hopefully in a nice gradual flow. With a serve yourself bar and …

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Food Lovers Gifts That Give Back for 2018

There is something super extra special nice about a gift that does double duty by pleasing the recipient, and then also doing good in the world.  The following food-related gifts are not only sure to make the beneficiaries happy, but also benefit some very worthy charities.  Stock up on a bunch and have them on hand when you need to pull out a hostess gift, a “secret Santa” present, or treat someone in your world to a little good karma love. City Harvest Chocolate Bar No one is ever sad to find chocolate in their stocking (or maybe taped to …

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5 Great Recipes with Bacon!

I have a little bit of a pet peeve when bloggers and writers and online sites offer up a recipe for something they know is a crowd-pleaser and then confidently—even presumptuously—say, “You’re welcome.” It’s just a little pushy, right? But, 5 recipes with bacon in them… NO.  I won’t do it. Anyway, with apologies to all the vegetarian readers out there… I promise something special for you soon. Bacon, Sage, and Provolone Chicken Rolls with Marsala Sauce The words “wrapped in bacon” never fail to please.  A rolled chicken breast may look le-di-da fancy—but really super easy to pull off …

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