French, New Year's Eve Party, Wine, Cheese

French Foodie New Year’s Eve Party

While casually perusing my work emails, I came across a name that made my heart stop. Email sender: The French Ministry of Agriculture. My pulse raced and my brow dripped with sweat as I fumbled to open the fortuitous email. Was I discovered to be the lone surviving ancestor to a recently deceased vintner, thus making me the heiress to a French vineyard?! Would my dreams of living out my days drinking wine in the Loire Valley become reality?! So many unrealistic thoughts ran through my mind, like that of a child contemplating Narnia. Not surprisingly, my Merlot dreams were …

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Tailgating Tablescape Décor Hack

Versatility. Versatility is the word for the day. Take your tailgating party to a new fabulous level for your game day viewing pleasures. And the best way to do that? Light it up! I have teamed up once again with Jasco to use their Enbrighten Café Lights to transform my game day table to a tailgating centerpiece of a football-lover’s dreams. I have a confession to make. I do not own a truck and thus cannot tailgate in the traditional sense. However, I do not let that stop me. Instead, I whip out the folding table and go about my …

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Santa’s Sweet Tea Station

The moment that the last trick or treater leaves my doorstep, I am in full Christmas mode. Yes, I am one of those people. Sure, I love Thanksgiving just as much as the next red blooded American, but I live for yuletide cheer. On November 1st, I have my ugly holiday sweater on and I am in full decorating mode. If it were up to me, it would be Christmas year-round in my household. So when I had the opportunity to team up with Milo’s Tea to create a holiday-themed drink, I couldn’t have said ‘yes!’ faster. Who’s up for …

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Kitchen Wish List: Crux Kitchen Appliances

One of the amazing perks of my job as a food writer, stylist, and recipe developer is that I am sent foodie samples all the time. Sure, it feels a bit like Christmas morning every time a sample package arrives from a brand, but I also don’t take it lightly. I understand that I am in a unique position and do not want to take it for granted. I am ridiculously lucky that this is my career and I spend my days tasting sweets and testing out new gadgets. The way I see it, I have a responsibility to you …

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Homegating Tutorial: Chicken, Beer, & Football

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. If you are an avid reader of the blog, then you know that I am not a sports fan. But what I am a fan of is throwing parties. So in a sense, I actually am a fan of sports because it’s an excuse to throw a party. Are you following me? If I have a reason to use my kitchen, mix up a cocktail, and put together a kicking tablescape, then I am all for it my friends. JJ …

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Ultimate Holiday Cooking Tool: The Hestan Cue

About once a week, I become overly ambitious in the kitchen. I pick a ridiculously difficult recipe from some Michelin-Star chef’s cookbook, purchase all the ingredients, and then proceed to slaughter the dish, usually burning it into crispy oblivion. And I cook for a living! Why can’t I produce even a semi-edible version of these difficult recipes?! What am I doing wrong?! Well, Hestan Cue has the answer. Hestan Cue is the future of home cooking. It is a three-part system that walks you through and even regulates each step of the recipe process. I know! At this point you’re …

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Welcoming Autumn with JaM Cellars

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code. Confession time: I am an Autumn-file. The second that the summer heat drops just one degree, I am busting out chunky knit sweaters and pumpkin spice. The moment it is socially acceptable (or even questionable) for me to start celebrating Fall, then it is happening. And like Mary Poppins hitching a ride on a northernly gust, it is time for me to jump on the seasonal train. So join me as I …

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Mommy Time-Out with Southern Living

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Everyday life can certainly drain my creative reserves: work emails, laundry, chasing after a toddler at Gymboree, planning photo shoots, baby swim classes, more work emails. By mid-day, my brain is easily a ball of mush. So whenever I get the chance I try to take, what I like to call, a “mommy time-out.” It’s a few moments to recoup, sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and get inspired. But unlike a tantrum-induced break, this …