Entertaining Hack - Hillshire Social Snacking Platters

Entertaining Hack: Hillshire® Snacking Social Platters

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. If there is one thing I have learned the hard way in my 35 years on this Earth, it is that you can never have too much food in the house during the holiday season. Not only are there holiday parties, Christmas day celebrations, and New Year’s Eve festivities, there is also an abundance of random entertaining going on. We’ve all been there. Out of nowhere, the doorbell rings and it’s a kindly neighbor coming over with a gift …

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Stocking Stuffer: Coppola Diamond Collection

We are 4 days away from Christmas! So, if you are in need of a quick and fun stocking stuffer, then I have one that is sure to please the wine enthusiast in your life. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery has released their Diamond Collection wines in can form. And they make for a seriously cool and unexpected gift from Santa. In particular, the Coppola Monterey County Pinot Noir can is a perfect accompaniment to a holiday celebration. With aromas of ripe cherry, lavender, and vanilla bean highlighted by flavors of plum, strawberry, and star anise, it’ll be a shining …

Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board Tutorial

Tutorial: Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Diamond®. The opinions and text are all mine. You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. The relatives are coming to town! Oh yeah, ‘tis the season for judgmental holiday guests. They will criticize your every hosting move, while handing out back-handed compliments as generously as Santa hands out presents. So, this year, pull out all the stops with the most fabulous, undeniably magical entertaining trick to have ever existed… a Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board! Even your mother-in-law will be …

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Christmas Pork Patty Sliders

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own. There is a meal that gets neglected every year on Christmas day… lunch. Think about it. With the unwrapping of presents, breakfast is often a decadent smorgasbord of homemade cinnamon buns and sizzling bacon slices. Then, the day’s festivities are topped off with a dinner feast of ham, roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, and pie. But what about lunch?! It is the most overlooked and underrated part of the day. Well, let’s adopt this little sad food baby and give it a …

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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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Rose Ginger Ricotta Delights

If I were to tell you that this is my last Christmas post for the season, what would your reaction be? I imagine there are two schools of thought among my readership. The first being sadness because you would get an I.V. drip of yuletide if it were available. The second being happiness because you are fed up with everything Santa. If you find yourself in the first camp, welcome my friend. If you are in the second camp, this is a place of peace and merriment so you should just get the hell out. Alright, now that I’ve done …

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My Southern Christmas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Tis the season for yuletide and cheer! Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. But 2016 is a turning point for the holiday in my household because I am now a parent. Growing up, my mom and dad made sure the season was filled with whimsy, warmth, and love. And seeing my 1-year-old daughter wave cheerily to Christmas trees and blow kisses at animatronic Santas, I know that it is now my turn to turn up …

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Pomegranate Rosemary Bread Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner, so you know what that means? It is baking season, my friends! Sure, receiving gifts and celebrating with loved ones is nice and all, but the true joy of the season for me is baking. Yes, I am very specific and fickle with my standards for happiness. During the holiday season, I am a baking machine. Every chance (or far-fetched excuse) to bake something and I am on it. Need me to bring something to the office party? Boom, Bavarian chocolate cake! Oh, you want to go meet Santa Claus at the mall? Kazaam, stained glass …