Winter entertaining ideas

Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas. • Indulge in sweet treats. … Read more

How to uncork bubbly safely

Special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and of course, New Year’s Eve, are often enhanced by the inclusion of sparkling beverages. Sipping a chilled glass of bubbly can make everything feel more festive and indulgent. However, those bottles of champagne, cava or prosecco can pack quite a punch — and not just because of their alcohol … Read more

Improving your entertaining spaces

Some homes are seemingly built for entertaining, while others may need a little help to make them more fit for hosting dinner, holiday gatherings or an evening with friends. Overall, one-quarter of people entertain guests in their home either daily or weekly across the globe. One-third entertain monthly, according to findings from GFK Insights. People … Read more

Plan a backyard birthday bash!

Unicorns. Superhero Girls. Emojis. All were potential themes for my daughter Ava’s seventh birthday party last month. Harry Potter won out, however, and this year, we decided to host the birthday party in our backyard. Late spring and summer months are a perfect time to take a birthday party — or any party, for that … Read more

Every day fresh

The aroma that wafts from an oven where bread is baking is enough to make one’s mouth water. Making bread at home can be enjoyable and satisfying, but if you don’t have enough time, there are a number of local bakeries whose crews do this while you sleep. “Everything at Wave Hill Breads is old … Read more

Slow cooking comfort in the kitchen

Craving comforting, convenient meals for those still-cold early spring nights? When your schedule is particularly perplexing, and your days tedious and tiring, using a slow cooker is a marvelous method of preparing warm, welcoming meals. “Setting and forgetting,” the hallmark of slow cooker capability, slowly melds ingredients into delectable dishes that will be ready to … Read more

Soup’s on!

Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of steaming soup on a blustery fall day. Think beyond the canned variety to discover tasty and nutritious alternatives. Although soup is still a lunchtime American standard, it can also make for a delicious dinner when paired with a salad and thick slices of artisan bread.     If … Read more

A kombucha comeback: An age old beverage is on trend

Kombucha is a new buzzword in the tea scene, but many wonder what it is and what makes it so popular. According to the American Nutrition Association, kombucha tea “is a sweet-sour, fermented, acidic, slightly carbonated beverage.” “If you have never tried kombucha before, I would describe it as effervescent, tart and slightly sweet,” explains … Read more

The health benefits of avocados

Food trends come and go. But one such trend that has seemingly enjoyed more staying power than other flavors of the month is avocado toast, a popular dish that might trace some of that admiration to how easy it is to prepare. The popularity of avocado toast has exploded in recent years, but it has … Read more

Home sweet home

Suddenly, hidden in the trees, they saw a strange house made of candy, cookies, chocolate, and everything delicious. “This is a gingerbread house,” cried Gretel happily. “I will eat a bit of roof and you can eat some window.” Hansel and Gretel, The Brothers Grimm (1812). From kindergarten creations constructed from milk cartons to custom-built … Read more

Christmas in Vermont

There’s nothing more fun than spending a few days at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vt., and getting holiday cooking tips from Rhys Lewis, the inn’s executive chef. “I love the holidays,” says Lewis, who explains that it’s not difficult to host a memorable Christmas dinner. “Keep it easy. Do a little advance … Read more

A range of options

Why do some people choose to spend more than $6000 on a kitchen range when they can get one for $600? It’s not just the array of sizes, colors, trims or the number of ovens, burners, and grills that are tempting, it’s their new features and reliability that attract serious, dedicated home cooks. They’re not … Read more

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