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 …

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 …

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

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 …