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Giveaway: The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society Cookbook

Giveaway: The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society Cookbook

A delicious melding of traditional taste with the flavors of the Hamptons, this cookbook offers 100 recipes for entertaining as well as for everyday meals. Gifted with waters brimming with local fish and with farmland that produces a bounty of fruit and vegetables,...

Rizzoli Book Give Away: 7 Beautiful Books

Rizzoli Book Give Away: 7 Beautiful Books

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”― Groucho MarxRight now I am consuming way too much television, and it is not good for my mental health. I have started turning to my favorite books...

Pantry Recipe:  Pasta with Clams, Basil & Lemon

Pantry Recipe: Pasta with Clams, Basil & Lemon

When I went to the grocery store two weeks ago to stock up on food, there was a run on cans of tuna. Unsure what else to buy, I bought ten cans of minced clams. Looking to use what I had on hand for lunch today, I came up with this recipe. The fresh basil from the...

Backstory: A Late Lazy Breakfast

Backstory: A Late Lazy Breakfast

Excerpt for my book Entertaining at Home. Outtake photos by Matthew Mead While some people prefer eating in more formal spaces, Debbie Propst, former President of One Kings Lane, and her family gather in their breakfast nook for most meals. Nestled within a...

Backstory: A Gathering in the Greenhouse

Backstory: A Gathering in the Greenhouse

Excerpt for my book Entertaining at Home. Outtake photos by Matthew Mead Perched atop a small hill in Birmingham, Alabama, sits Shoppe, a beloved plant and flower emporium housed in a Victorian-style greenhouse and a 1920s bungalow. The store is just across the street...

Entertaining at Home: The Backstory

Entertaining at Home: The Backstory

For as long as I can remember it has been my dream to write a book—or two, or three, or more. I was so very fortunate to meet Sandy Gilbert, my editor, and now dear friend, in 2010. Not only did she get my vision, she made it better—the mark of a great editor. I had...

MY NEWEST BOOK!

Entertaining at Home presents gatherings in the homes of leading tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture, culinary arts, and society–including Lynn Wyatt, Suzanne Kasler, Julia Reed, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Carla McDonald, and Danielle Rollins, among others–who show readers how best to entertain with flair and finesse. 

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Soup on Sunday: Split Pea & Ham

Soup on Sunday: Split Pea & Ham

PROVERB:If you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance you will never be in need. Lately, the phrase, waste not, want not, has been playing in my head. Seven days of self self-isolation has required me to think about our consumption, daily life,...

Asparagus Soup with Lemon, Cognac & Tarragon

Asparagus Soup with Lemon, Cognac & Tarragon

Fresh asparagus in the produce aisle is a sure sign that spring is coming. Fat, thin, white, or green...I love them all. I especially love this asparagus soup, beautifully photographed by Matthew Mead. It's light, yet comforting, when there is still a hint of chill in...

Soup on Sunday: Roasted Tomato Soup

Soup on Sunday: Roasted Tomato Soup

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. I am so excited for this next chapter...drum roll...coming soon...my new YouTube channel Always Entertaining. We spent the weekend shooting some really fun videos. I made this simple roasted tomato soup for the crew and to fill these gorgeous Blue...

Soup on Sunday: Lobster Bisque

Soup on Sunday: Lobster Bisque

Oh Lobster, how I love thee. It is often the food of choice for celebrations and holidays, and understandably so! But this time of year, a rich and creamy lobster bisque is my perennial Valentine’s favorite. Bisque may sound intimidating, but I promise you it is not....

Portuguese Chorizo and Clam Stew

Portuguese Chorizo and Clam Stew

I first had a delicious bowl of Portuguese seafood stew in Cape Cod many years ago. Settlers from Portugal immigrated to Massachusetts in large numbers in the late 19th century to work in the fishing industry. Thankfully, the Portuguese culture influenced the flavors...

German Beer Cheddar Soup with Pretzels

German Beer Cheddar Soup with Pretzels

I love beer cheddar soup. I have been making this recipe for more than 15 years and it is a family favorite. I modified my version from one of my favorite cookbooks, Soups and Stews by Food and Wine, circa 1995. But, for Supper Bowl Sunday, I am adding a new...

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Pear and Dijon Baked Brie

This is one of my favorite go-to appetizers. Not only is it quick, easy and delicious, it looks impressive. The recipe is the the brainchild of my friend Heather Chadduck Hillegas and is featured in my my book Entertaining at Home

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