Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …

Vanilla Prosecco Cocktail-12749

Vanilla Prosecco Cocktail

With Spring just around the corner, it can only mean one thing… baby season! So today we raise a glass to one of the greatest joys in life with our Vanilla Prosecco Cocktail, inspired by this real life shower.  Try out our recipe and follow along as hostess Emily walks us through the pretty affair: As soon as Kristin told me the awesome news that she was expecting I knew I wanted to host her baby shower. After relocating back to my hometown of Salisbury NC from Washington, D.C. The planning frenzy was underway. I quickly enlisted the help of …

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine-12609

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine

Moonshine.  The not-so-sweet nectar of the North American backwoods.  Personally, I find it quite difficult to swallow, being more of a whisky gal myself.  But when I was sent today’s lovely Texan nuptials, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by their wonderfully creative favors.  Let’s be a little adventurous and take another stab at the strong beverage with our inspired Apple Pie Infused Moonshine recipe.  And in the meantime, check out Anna and Erick’s beautifully rustic day. APPLE PIE INFUSED MOONSHINE   INGREDIENTS 1 jug of moonshine 4 Honeycrisp apples 5 cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon of allspice 1 tablespoon of cloves INSTRUCTIONS …

The Starbucks Cozy Collection-12586

The Starbucks Cozy Collection

  Let’s set the scene:  It’s blistering cold outside.  Snowflakes fall as the wind rustles through the trees.  Even though it’s mid-day, the sky is shaded by a thick layer of frost-filled clouds. On a day like this, can you think of anything better than cozying up with a blanket, cookies, and a delicious cup of hot cocoa?!  I thought not!  The afternoon that I received Starbucks® Cozy Collection in the mail was just that sort of bone-chilling winters day.  And it couldn’t have been more timely… I squealed with delight upon opening the box, because clearly my day was about …

Woodland Brandy Cocktail with Libbey Glass-12017

Woodland Brandy Cocktail with Libbey Glass

    Baby it’s cold outside… so why not cozy up to the fire with loved ones and a unique cocktail in hand?!  With all the family get-togethers, secret Santas, and rendez-vous under the mistletoe, it’s a great season to show off your mixology skills.  As a frequent party hostess, I make sure that every event has a signature cocktail to go along with the night.  Not only is it a fun way to incorporate a theme, it also serves as a memorable conversation starter for your guests.  That’s why I was thrilled to team up with Libbey Glass for …

Sara Lee & The Cranberry Cheesecake Shake-11686

Sara Lee & The Cranberry Cheesecake Shake

  If you’re anything like me, then you take pride in throwing an amazing party. But as joyous as the holiday season can be, it is often paired with a smidgen of stress.  From surviving the mall crowds to hours of wrapping gifts, it’s not all fun and games.  So how do you avoid being overwhelmed and transform the holiday from good to great?  My secret?  Creative shortcuts!  That’s right, I like to cut corners and cheat a bit when it comes to hosting. Today with the help of Walmart and Sara Lee, we’re going to offer you one inventive …

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog-11672

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog

The bucket list… most people’s list include things like skydiving and swimming with sharks.  Mine?  Well, mine has more food-centric goals like diving into a tub of jello and eating a full size chocolate sculpture of Marie Antoinette.  So you can imagine my squeals when I received an invite to eat lunch with Curtis Stone in a cranberry bog created by Ocean Spray in Rockafeller Center.  Not only did I get to eat a Thanksgiving themed lunch with Curtis Stone, I got to do it while wading knee deep in a cranberry bog.  This is stuff that foodie dreams are …

Bites by Chef Quezada-10371

Bites by Chef Quezada

Oh boy, do we have a special treat for you today!  Chef Sandra Quezada of Tunnel Bistro in Texas is sharing with us some of her favorite summer dishes.  And the best part?  She’s even given us some of the delectable recipes.  From an ingenious tequila shot in a hollowed out cucumber slice to a mouth-watering shrimp cocktail served in a coconut, these are the dishes that warm-weathered dreams are made of.  So get ready to jot down these exclusive recipes and feast your eyes on these scrumptious plates, it’s time to sit poolside with Chef Quezada! TAMARIND MARTINI     INGREDIENTS 1 …