It’s time to start thinking about our Spring and Summer entertaining. Mothers Day brunches, graduation parties and summer holidays are all just around the corner. But we don’t really need a holiday excuse to entertain, do we… nice weather weekends are reason enough to celebrate friends and family. The initial cocktail, if you think about it, is one of the first clues that your guests will get upon arrival that will set the tone for your party. So the details of this drink should be as well thought out as the rest of the meal- like a choice that makes sense with the menu, which fresh ingredients are in season, glasses, garnishes and whether they will be formally served or set up for self-serve. Let’s peruse some crowd pleasing recipes that will quench outdoor thirst and pair nicely with spring and summer menus.
What do you get when you blend Moorish, Spanish, European, American and Mexican influences? Bohemian luxury. In Rizzoli’s newly released book Casa Bohemia, The Spanish Style House, Linda Leigh Paul gives us an insider tour of some of the finest homes in the South, the West, and Mexico. Paul is a connoisseur of Spanish Architecture, and she walks us through the history, the rich architectural and design details, and the evolution into present day California Mission Style. We get to see homes in Ibiza, San Miguel de Allende, Santa Barbara, Texas and Colorado – dating from the late 17th century to present day. Here is a sampling: [Read more…]
This muffin is the one to go to for a well-behaved, consistent recipe. It does very well with any kind of berry. The batter will also keep, once mixed, for up to a week in the refrigerator. It’s nice to wake up, turn on the oven, make your morning coffee, scoop two muffins, pop them in to cook, and by the time you’ve fetched the paper and let the dog back in, you’re ready to settle down for a wonderful, warm, fresh-baked [Read more…]
Art lovers: come see what’s happening at the The Dallas Art Fair this year- over at Huffington Post. Opening night tonight…
Smoked Salmon Club Tacos are quick, easy, and delicious. They are the perfect lunch or dinner for the on-the-go family. A taco aficionado friend of ours says these are the best tacos he has ever had- and that’s high praise from a proud Texan. I’ll accept the compliment and share how to make this delicious meal. There will be no exact measurements, because you won’t need them. Everything is scalable to appetite and number of mouths you will be feeding. [Read more…]