Hosting a Party? Make These Crowd-Pleasing Recipes

goat cheese red pepper jelly bruschetta

I have to admit that my favorite thing about the Super Bowl are the snacks and game food. Second are the ads (I work in advertising after all). Third is the halftime show. Every few years or so, the Patriots make an appearance and I’ll bump them up before the half-time show.

If you’re hosting a viewing party for the Super Bowl or the Oscars, or just having a few friends over, I have a few recipes that are certified crowd-pleasers.

reine de saba
January 25, 2016

Chocolate Almond Cake

I knew I wanted to bake a birthday cake that we both would love. He likes chocolate covered almonds, I like cake and lots of butter, and so Julia's cake it is.

golden globes bingo

“And the winner is…” I’ve always been a huge fan of watching awards shows. I love the glitz and the glamour, the pomp and circumstance, the celebrities galore. I watch the red carpet interviews and...

mcdonalds donut

Last month I was treated to a different kind of meal. I ate a tapas-style diner, made entirely from ingredients from McDonald’s, prepared by Chef Stephanie Cmar. Yes, that Stephanie Cmar, executive chef of...

turtle cheesecake top

This is a turtle cheesecake. With salted caramel and toasted pecans and dark chocolate chips. The crust made more luxurious by brown sugar and lots of butter. And the actual cheesecake is so smooth...

double chocolate cake slice
December 31, 2015

A Look Back into 2015

I love writing these yearly recaps, not just to share with my wonderful readers, but also as a chance for me to reflect on the year that was. (I’ve been doing this every year: 2010,...

December 27, 2015

What to Eat in Portland, Maine

When I think of Maine, I think of blueberries. And people wearing plaid. And lobster. Sweet, sweet lobster. On a recent trip to Portland, Maine, I ate the best lobster roll I've ever had.

cream cheese and peppermint crunch brownies

The base of this brownie is my tried and tested recipe for super fudgy brownies. Then I topped it with a very merry sprinkle of peppermint chips, on top of am extremely generous slather...

william sonoma wooden spoon
November 30, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

It’s my favorite time of the year! I love the holidays because I get to spend a lot of quality time with family and friends, and there are presents and cookies involved. I like...