Etiquette: Wine Time II, Electric…Well, You Know.

Last time we talked, we discussed how to order fancy (or not-so-fancy) wine, and the proper way to send it back when it’s all wrong. Today, we’re going to talk about the etiquette of serving wine in your own home, whether it be for a tasting party, nice dinner, or Torchwood marathon day with your BFF.  Read More Etiquette: Wine Time II, Electric…Well, You Know.

“The Chew” Doesn’t Make Me Want to Spit It Out

How many talk show hosts do you need to have a successful daytime program?

I ask this because I’m watching The Chew, a new show airing on ABC that features five chefs/lifestyle experts sharing tips on everything from how to make lasagna to setting the perfect table. The hosts are celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, Top Chef fan favorite Carla Hall, What Not to Wear’s Clinton Kelly, and Dr. Oz’s daughter and healthy living expert Daphne Oz. Read More “The Chew” Doesn’t Make Me Want to Spit It Out

Easy Sunday Brunch (and French Toast Strata Recipe)

One of my favorite things to do is throw a brunch. The first place I lived after my parents’ was a house with four other girls, two of whom loved to cook and entertain, so group meals and brunches became a regular occurrence. The participants would change over the years (hazard of living in a college town), but getting some friends together for breakfast and mimosas at the weekend remains one of my small pleasures. Many people are freaked out by the idea of hosting a brunch, thinking it too big or too complicated or requiring too much effort, but once you stop trying to be Ina Garten and just be yourself, you’ll love throwing brunches, too. Read More Easy Sunday Brunch (and French Toast Strata Recipe)