Colmar, France

Colmar, France

Located in the French region of Alsace, nestled between the borders of Switzerland and Germany, lies the fairytale town of Colmar. Cobblestone streets, lined with half-timbered homes, many dating back to the 14th century, dot the tiny town. The region has changed...

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Colmar, France

Colmar, France

Located in the French region of Alsace, nestled between the borders of Switzerland and Germany, lies the fairytale town of Colmar. Cobblestone streets, lined with half-timbered homes, many dating back to the 14th century, dot the tiny town. The region has changed...

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Dear travel, I miss you. I miss the anticipation of planning a trip. I miss putting together itineraries and researching hotels. I miss searching for out -of-the-way restaurants and cafes. I actually miss the airport. Yes, the airport. I miss our familiar airport...

Giveaway: You’re Invited

Giveaway: You’re Invited

Los Angeles-based hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran shares her secrets for perfect parties and takes the art of entertaining to new heights. From the table settings to the decor to the color-coordinated menus, every party she hosts showcases a myriad of inspired...

Giveaway: Signed Copy of Entertaining at Home

Giveaway: Signed Copy of Entertaining at Home

Introduction | Excerpt from Entertaining at Home: As a child, while most of my friends played with dolls, or pretended to be teachers, I hosted imaginary dinner parties in my parents’ dining room. Apple juice with a touch of Sprite became Champagne, while chopped...

Giveaway: The Art of the Host

Giveaway: The Art of the Host

I was first introduced to Alex Hitz through our mutual friend Danielle Rollins. Several years ago, Alex shared his tomato bisque with me for a Soup on Sunday post. His secret...strong coffee! It gives the bisque a superior depth and flavor. It's a trick I still use to...

Soup on Sunday: Lemon Lentil Stew

Soup on Sunday: Lemon Lentil Stew

This lentil stew is one of my favorites. When I lived in Scotland I would make it at least once a week. If you are like me, you may already have all of these simple ingredients on hand. Lentils have always been a staple in my house. I love that this dish can be...

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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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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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