Food and Drinks


We just added a bunch of yummy new recipes from some fabulous cookbooks to The Recipe Box! On the Desserts & Treats front: (pictured above and below) • All-Grown-Up S’mores • Caramel Nut Popcorn • Bread Pudding with Chocolate Chunks and Bananas • Gorgeous Caramel and Cream Layer Cake • Better-than-classic Butterscotch Pudding …and more! […]

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Margarita, Mojito, Classic Martini, Gin & Tonic, Cosmopolitan… familiar with these popular cocktails but not quite sure how to mix them up on your own? Find out how on today’s Simply Stated: Celebrations feature – 5 Classic Cocktails!

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Today at GlamDish: get the recipe for this super easy & delicious Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizza from College Cooking by Megan and Jill Carle…a perfect little crowd-pleaser for casual get-togethers!

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A little eye candy from my favorite creative cupcake guru – hello naomi – to brighten up your Tuesday: Pucco (Japanese candy) cuties (these are just screaming for an entire party theme to be designed around them, don’t you think?) and adorable ice cream cupcakes…complete with cherry on top, of course!

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This visually appealing book might be called Party Basics for New Nesters – but it’s full of great ideas and entertaining inspiration that should apply to pretty much anyone…even if you’ve already been a “nester” for quite a while! Author Maria McBride offers tips and instructions for creative, yet doable party decorations, crafty projects, and […]

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25 Jul

T.G.I.F.

Apologies for the late post today…it’s been one of “those” days – and I’m sure you can all relate to what that means – but TGIF at least, right?  In celebration of that, I’m thinking one of these yummy-looking treats from Everyday with Rachael Ray is in order…Berries & Cream Cones (berries+cream+chocolate=yum!), Tropical Fizzes (pineapple […]

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For this week’s post over at GlamDish, I thought it would be fun to feature a popular exotic group cocktail from the world-famous Trader Vic’s Restaurants & Mai Tai Lounges. Be careful though…this one can bite!

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16 Jul

Yes, Please.

As much as I love magazines, I can’t think of the last time I spotted one from across the room and decided right then and there to buy it without even flipping through a single page… until last Friday. Kudos to the creative team behind the cover of bon appétit‘s August issue! And not to […]

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Today on GlamDish: get the details for a delicious Rich Risotto Rice Pudding recipe from the fabulous Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey cookbook by Jill O’Connor!

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10 Jul

Summer Treats

I recently discovered FoodChannel.com and therefore have yet another excuse to remain glued to the screen! Pictured above: Raspberry Granita & Cream Parfait, Chocolate Panna Cotta, Brown Sugar Peaches and Ice Cream and Classic Strawberry Shortcakes. What looks good to you?

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What are you guys planning to serve on the 4th? These ideas from Everyday with Rachael Ray are looking pretty tasty to me! {clockwise form left} Mango-Ginger Mocktails, Balsamic Potato and Green Bean Salad, Berry Cakes with Cinnamon Whippped Cream (yum!), Grilled Corn with Parmesean Butter (double yum!). And if you’re on the lookout for […]

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Berries are an easy way to give sweets a patriotic feel! Case in point – festive treats from Martha Stewart’s Red, White, & Blue Desserts gallery… • Red, White, & Blue Parfaits • Red, White, & Blueberry Trifle (This dessert looks so pretty – and store-bought pound cake cuts down your prep time!) • Flag […]

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Vons.com has some great July 4th cocktail (or mocktail) inspiration. I’m especially loving these watermelon stars – simple idea, but super cute! For an unique signature drink idea, check out these Blueberry Limoncellos garnished with a blueberry skewer (or alternate blueberries & raspberries for a patriotic feel), or – even easier – try using frozen […]

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Martha Stewart has tons of great inspiration for 4th of July crafts (of course!) – but these adorable drink parasols look particularly fun! Learn how to make them here .

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This week’s HWTM feature over at GlamDish is all about dressing up your drinks! Click here to check out some fun garnish ideas or to contribute additional ideas of your own!

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Want to serve dad a special drink this weekend? Instead of a traditional cocktail, try something different and whip up one of these beer-themed concoctions! Here are some recipe links for you: 1. Beer Margarita or, as I like to call them "beer-garitas") {via Rachael Ray} 2. Strawberry Panache – strawberries, lemon-lime soda, & beer […]

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Thought you might be interested in some Cosmopolitan recipes today for some reason… so I featured a few ideas over at Simply Stated! Click here to check the out.

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For those of you that caught our “Tropical Zen” segment on Fox 6 this morning – (or anyone that’s on the lookout for summer signature drink ideas!) – here’s the recipe for one of the cocktails we featured: a Pineapple Martini with a raspberry twist! It’s a quick, 3-ingredient recipe and looks super cute when […]

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As expected, the upcoming Sex and the City movie has inspired a slew of cocktail recipes around the web, and there’s much more than the tried-and-true Cosmo this time around! Stirrings, a company that creates yummy drink mixes – which are great for making your life easier when mixing up “fancy” cocktails – has come […]

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The weather is seriously starting to heat up in San Diego and it’s feeling like summer! We have a few outdoor parties coming up, and – while I do absolutely love to entertain outside – I always find myself worrying about how to keep guests comfortable when the temperature kicks into high gear. You want […]

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