2011 6 June

Progressive dinner party

Lucky enough to live on the same street as several of our friends, we participated in a progressive dinner party. As you may imagine, a progressive dinner party is the kind where we progress from one house to the next for each course. It’s helpful if all the locations are within walking distance (apartment buildings […]


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2011 23 May

Pantry Asian Noodle Salad Recipe

This weekend we attended a friend’s outdoor barbecue. I was in charge of bringing a side dish. But I had no time to go to the store. All of these ingredients were in my pantry. Inspired by the Barefoot Contessa’s Szechuan Noodle Salad Recipe, I put these ingredients together to make a noodley approximation. Ingredients […]


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2011 17 May

Helen Jane’s Baked Risotto

This recipe is from Donna Hay, stylish mistress of entertaining. My kids eat it, my husband eats it, the ingredients are currently in season and it’s baked! A recipe for baked risotto! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cooked chicken breast fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces 2 leeks, sliced small 1 tablespoon shredded lemon zest […]


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2011 12 May

Bocce, opening night

If you’ve known me on the internet since I’ve moved to wine country, you know that I love me some bocce. Considered one of the most ancient games in the world, I like to think of it as a blend of darts, bowling, pool and curling. Playing bocce wine country style means that there’s amazing […]


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2011 6 May

Chili Cheese Nachos

Ingredients 5 corn tortillas cut into quarters 3 cups canola oil 2 cups chili (I prefer the Beefy Bocce Chili from page 26) 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese Cilantro for garnish Green onions for garnish Sour cream for garnish Hot sauce, for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 400° F. Heat three cups of canola […]

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2011 5 May

Double Duty Chili Recipe

Wait, the entertaining site doesn’t mention Cinco de Mayo? Well, it’s a busy week, here in Hearnland. Tonight, we’re attending a pre-season bocce party, Bocce de Mayo. Everyone’s bringing Mexican-inspired snacks and we’re enjoying a little practice before regular season play begins next week. I am bringing my Chili Cheese Nachos (recipe coming tomorrow) and […]

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2011 2 May

Glazed lemon and orange cornmeal cookies

Well, that was fun. We delivered our May Day baskets. Most happily, we delivered them to the neighbors that dislike us. (Like, these neighbors actively growl in our direction — they don’t like our messy yard, they don’t like our (silent) dog, they just don’t like the chaos that comes with all the entertaining and […]


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2011 2 March

Slow cooker short ribs with a lively Gremolata

I like this recipe for a weeknight dinner party for reasons three. Short ribs can cook all day while you’re at work. That all day cooking makes your home smell all cozy and comforting. They’re inexpensive, for meat. That’s enough for me. I use a slow cooker for this recipe — and if you have […]


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2011 23 February

Helen Jane’s Coconut Macaroons

Easy. Cookies. Easy. Cookies. Ridiculously. Easy. Cookies. You can pop these into the oven for 10 minutes while you’re clearing the table at your dinner party and there you have it. So. Easy. Cookies. There are three ingredients! Just three ingredients! And most live in your pantry! Ingredients 2 cups shredded coconut 1/2 cup superfine […]

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2011 16 February

Cuddlewrappy snuggle night

I get all queasy in my Valentine’s Day stomach when I consider all those strong opinions and the faceless rabble ready to judge my plans. Oh, I see you hate the prix fixe menus, and you hate the chocolate and you hate the roses and screw it. Any holiday that celebrates Love in all it’s […]


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