Great entertaining starts with amazing appetizers — and sometimes apps are the meal!
Muffins, breads and bakery
Nothing beats the smell of a house filled with the warm, homey smell of fresh baked muffins, breads and the like — a great way to celebrate and embrace the chillier winter months!
Whether you start your day with a yogurt bowl, fresh baked muffins, tasty toasts with different jams, oatmeal with toppings, fresh fruit or cereals, breakfast has endless possibilities! Make it “the most important meal” and try a different recipe each day for a week. See if you don’t turn breakfast into a delight that picks up the whole family’s day.
Let’s face it, nothing — absolutely nothing — does what a good cookie can do. When people encounter a truly tasty cookie, they ooh, they ahh, they moan and groan in ways that almost no other food can provoke.
We have some yummy cookie recipes to share with you — especially now during the holiday season — that will amaze and delight tiny children, hectic teens, busy parents, and grandparents too.
Desserts, Sweet Stuff and Special Treats
Sweet stuff for the sweet tooth. Sometimes, nothing else in the world will do!
Dinners and Main Dishes
From fast and furious to full-up entertaining these dinners all share two ingredients: easy to prepare, and guaranteed crowd-pleasers!
If there’s one thing that really captures the essence of family gatherings and celebration over holidays, it’s food. Celebrating with a feast goes back thousands of years – no wonder it feels so right. It brings us together with our tribes, and some of these dishes have spanned many generations in our family!
My son’s favorite food has always been pasta! Lucky for him the possibilities are endless with so many amazing gluten-free pastas on the market and with so many delicious sauce combinations.
For some, it’s the opening act, for others it’s a perfect closer. Versatile and almost indefinable, Salads can be just about whatever we dream up. Add the word to the end of almost any other food, and you’ve invented a new dish, and perhaps a whole new way of looking at it.
Perhaps the unsung hero of many a meal, the Salad can be the ultimate chameleon-like dish, taking on thousands of forms. A Salad can add focus to a meal, or bust an entire menu wide open.
Whether made with leafy greans, combinations of oils, beans, nuts, vegetables or fruits – or almost any food group you can think of – the salad sets the table – and sometimes, as is the case with so many single-dish salad treats, it’s the whole table.
Who doesn’t love a faithful sidekick? A proper side knows its place – to provide balance, flavor and variety of texture and presentation. The side may be one of the most creative opportunities for cooks, and a great opportunity to take chances with foods and flavors to complement, enhance and contrast all the other elements of a meal. And for some like me, the “sides” are combined to make the main meal!
The Mighty Snack
A snack should do more than just satisfy you when you need something quick – a great snack will restore balance, get your energy up, and provide just the right nutrients to tide you over. Balance is key in a good snack: not to heavy, not too light. Whether sweet or savory, the snack comes to the rescue many times a day!
What else compares to a good bowl of soup? Whether it warms you up in cold winter, or it chills you in a warm spring picnic, or you use it to feel better when you’re just plain under the weather, soup is the perfect all-in-one dish.
Soup is always great as a starter, or a side, and has the strength to stand as a main course all on it’s own.
Whether you’re looking for new dishes for Easter or Passover, or any time you want to celebrate all the goodness that spring has to offer, we’ve got you covered!
Summer means the beach and sunshine, of course. It also means amazing fresh fruit and veggies, beautiful salads, light fare — and backyard barbecue.
Try some of these easy and tasty dishes that will make a family gathering, a picnic or a day at the beach come alive!
The Noble Vegetable
Whether in a salad, a side, or as a main course – everybody knows veggies are among the healthiest foods, but not everyone understands how amazingly delicous and refreshing they can be when properly sourced and prepared. If you start with fresh produce, local and organic if possible, your veggies will taste great and keep you energized and healthy!