There is less than a week to go until Super Bowl Sunday. Your guests are invited. Your shopping list is ready. You’ve picked up your home (as much as you care to). What’s left? It’s easy to forget the little things in the midst of planning a party, so to help with your event prep, I pulled together some ideas and must-haves. Super Bowl parties are often casual, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you already need to get things like disposable plates, cups, and tablecloths anyway though, why not add some themed touches to take yours to the next […]
Hot wings are a fan-favorite at any gameday party. I think it’s become tradition for many to have some variety of these flavors at any given sports event, so I had to include my favorite version in my Super Bowl recipe series this year. These Giant Baked Hot Wings with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing will be a crowd-pleasing snack at any event, and they are simple and hassle-free to make. You don’t have to point it out – I know these “wings” are actually giant drumsticks, and there isn’t an actual wing to be found. I can’t say I’m sorry about […]
This burger recipe is several years in the making. It combines some of my all-time favorite things – sweet and savory, pineapples and jalapenos, and of course, gooey cheese. I should begin by saying that I have a very special relationship with a good hamburger. If you were to ask me on the spot what my favorite dinner food is, I’d probably say either duck or short ribs. If I really think about it though, I’m not sure that’s accurate. As delicious as those are, they’ve yet to inspire in me the same deep-seated, irresistible desire that I get for […]
I know it’s only January, but my mind has already been on the Super Bowl for months. I can’t wait for the game on February 5th, or more importantly, to the first real get-together we’ll be hosting at the new place. While I am not nor have I ever been a sports fan personally, my husband is a dedicated football fan. It would be hard not to get at least a little involved after being together as long as we’ve been. I think I even finally found an appreciation for the game itself last year. Now I can (mostly) follow […]
I’m not the first to say 2016 has gone on long enough. I have a fantastic recipe for Cranberry Orange Pie with Gingersnap Crust to share with you today, but I’d like to say a few words about one of the latest losses. Feel free to skip ahead to the recipe though – I don’t mind. Still here? Okay. This year has not been stellar in a broad sense, and social media by all accounts seems to agree. I created the Roaring Retro New Year’s theme with this thought in mind; a bit of nostalgic hope for good things […]
Let’s talk about food at cocktail parties. I am always thinking about food when I invite people over for any occasion, even if it’s just a plan for ordering out. I really like to eat, so I assume most others do too. In that vein, I’ve never understood bars without even a light menu. I daresay I don’t trust them, which might be irrational and likely a discussion for another time. Regardless, I think few would disagree that food is essential when gathering with friends. I don’t necessarily mean a full meal though. When hosting a cocktail party, lots of […]
It’s been a long rough year for many of us. On a purely individual level, I have to say that my year has been stressful, but overall I have no rights to complain. After a lot of self-reflection and discussion, I left a position as a non-profit event manager this past fall to alleviate some stress and pursue more personal and creative projects (like this one). As I no longer needed to commute into New York City, we also moved out of Jersey City and our home state of New Jersey, choosing to settle in the more affordable and slower-paced suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware. […]
Well, I’d hoped to have this post up before Thanksgiving, but regrettably time has gotten away from me. The move has completely thrown off my planned schedule, but the plus side is that all of that will be done with in about a week and half. Hopefully, you still find these fall event ideas and tips useful during this busy season, and perhaps the Simple Citrus Cider Cocktail will be a welcome relief after a busy day of Black Friday shopping!
Sometimes you need a dessert that impresses; one that looks like it came right out of a restaurant kitchen. Today’s dessert recipe is decadent, perfect for fall without being cliché, not terribly difficult, and best of all, naturally gluten-free – Maple-Bourbon Pumpkin Crème Brulée. As I mentioned in my last post, pumpkin pie was one of my favorite desserts growing up, second only to death-by-chocolate cake. As an adult, it’s very hard for me to pass up crème brulée when it appears on a restaurant menu. For a long time, I think part of that was because it was something […]
I’m incredibly excited about today’s recipe. I spent a lot of time perfecting this one over the last couple of weeks. I tried various versions using different kinds of squash. I experimented with the cheese and pasta ratios. I even tried out different roasting methods. The end result is gooey and comforting like a decadent mac and cheese, but with the health bonuses of my favorite winter squash. Plus, there is bacon. Needless to say, I really love this recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Baked Pasta, and I hope you do too.