Sara Lee & The Cranberry Cheesecake Shake-11686
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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
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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 …

Big Apple Cheesecake-12121
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Big Apple Cheesecake

Are you the type of person that associates food with wonderful memories?  You know, how every time you bite into a creamsicle you’re transported to the childhood summer you learned to swim?  Well, today I’m teaming up with Stella cheeses to bring you a yummy recipe that conjures up a night out, enjoying dinner and a show.  Living in Manhattan, some of my favorite memories are the nights when I catch a Broadway show with my sweetie and we indulge in a good ol’ New York dessert afterwards.   So to commemorate this happy occasion, I’ve created “The Big Apple” recipe – a Stella Fontinella and Ricotta …

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Rosemary Lavender Cake

We rarely get a glimpse into the minds of professional photographers.  Usually all we see are other peoples’ events through the lens.  However, today we get to witness a dream shoot put together by the talent behind Aldabella Photography.  Wanting to create an affair that perfectly captured their business brand, they set their plan in motion amongst the Colorado Rockies.  With a mix of whimsy and rustic wonder, every detail is something special to behold.  Inspired by their simple naked cake, we’ve included a delicious Rosemary Lavender Cake recipe for you to enjoy.  So get your baking pans ready, scroll through …

Bella + Chef Jason Roberts-11076
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Bella + Chef Jason Roberts

Autumn is right around the corner and with it comes a season of new and improved products.  Fashion houses aren’t the only ones holding Fall previews, appliance companies are as well… and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Personally, I prefer the sexiness of a streamlined toaster over the sultry strut of a supermodel any day!  That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to visit Bella Housewares’ headquarters in New York last week to see their new line of appliances and attend a cooking demo with celebrity chef Jason Roberts.   Upon entering the Bella headquarters, we were treated to cocktails and the …

Bites by Chef Quezada-10371
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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 …

Dinner with Giada & Frangelico-10547
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Dinner with Giada & Frangelico

There are magical milestones in a person’s life… falling in love, eating a croissant in Paris, having a baby, binging wantonly during the holiday season and not gaining weight.  You know, the basics every self-respecting dreamer fantasizes about.  Well, I just had one of these moment.  As if the spatula gods looked down on me with favor, I received an invitation to an exclusive dinner party hosted by Frangelico and Giada De Laurentiis.  How did I receive such an invitation, you ask?  Why do unicorns poop rainbows? I have no clue!  But like all of life’s mysterious moments, you don’t question …

Limoncello takes the Cake!-10290
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Limoncello takes the Cake!

As summer comes to a close, we want to celebrate the last few moments of bright colors and warm weather.  And what better way to do that than with vibrant Massachusetts nuptials.  High School sweethearts Kelsey and David’s got married at Quonquont farm in rustic style. From the centerpieces to the invitations every thoughtful detail was beautifully handcrafted by the bride and groom. With a wonderfully vivacious yellow palette, we couldn’t help but think of a cool glass of Limoncello in the hot summer sun.  So to commemorate the festivities, we’ve created a gluten free Limoncello cake recipe and hope it gets …