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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How To: Set a Whimsical Easter Brunch

The most common email I receive from readers asks how one can recreate my photo shoot tablescapes. To which I always reply: layers! Layering is the key to creating a stellar holiday table. To show you just how easy it is, I have teamed up with Chinet Cut Crystal to create today’s Whimsical Easter Brunch tutorial. You’ll see how each layer of both decoration and practical pieces can perfectly create a setting of whimsy and magic. And by adding Chinet Cut Crystal products to the mix, you’ll have a convenient, durable, and stylish dish set at your disposal. Plus, the …

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Honey Braised Pork Ramen

At dinner parties and social events, people are fascinated to find out that I am a professional food blogger. They always want to know how I got into the business, what my background is, and what my day-to-day schedule looks like. But the one question that inevitably pops up is: How in the world do you make any money doing this? At which point, I reveal the secret that most of us food bloggers don’t want you to know… we don’t make much money blogging. Our blogs are actually our resumes. My blog is a gorgeously curated and continuously updated …

Caprese Ladybugs

Caprese Ladybugs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mondelēz International Group. All opinions are entirely my own. My 18-month-old daughter has an (understandably) limited vocabulary. Amongst the usual suspects like ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’, and ‘bear’, there is one word that is at the forefront of her burgeoning literary vault. ‘Cracker.’ Yes, my little one has made it a priority to perfect the pronunciation of the one food item that she would gladly eat exclusively. And when the gorgeously formed word comes out of her tiny mouth, it is only referring to one particular round treat… RITZ Crackers. One …

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Waffle Fry Shortbread Cookies

A question I am often asked is why I named my blog ‘The Frosted Petticoat’. Well, the short answer is that I like to pair seemingly dichotomous flavors in perfect harmony. It’s like looking at a gorgeous painted petticoat from afar, only to realize that close-up it’s actually made of frosting. That’s where the whimsy comes in, of course. Cooking should be fun and you should feel free to experiment with unusual pairings. There really are no rules in the kitchen. And if you’re a rule bender like me, you might just come up with some ‘frosted petticoats’ of your …

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Valentine Rejects Bark

Today’s recipe is for the rejects. The has-beens. The losers. It is also for the lazy. The procrastinator. The anti-Valentine. It’s my ridiculous easy recipe for Valentine Rejects Bark. I am not kidding about how easy this recipe is. It’s so easy, even a love-spurned grump can do it blindfolded on a lonely Valentine’s Day night. I originally started making this bark years ago, as a visceral ritual of candy repurposing. It’s perfect for that random, flavorless cupid candy you get on the day of from a co-worker, friend, or let’s face it… your mom. Yup, I am in my …

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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 …

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Ice Wine Holder for Georges Duboeuf 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau

With just a little over a week until Thanksgiving, we are about to be catapulted into the holiday season. Before you know it, your in-laws are going to be pouring into your house like locusts on the eve of the apocalypse. And like those bugs, they are going to decimate everything in their path: The perfectly plated hor d’oeurves, blink and they’re gone. The berry pie that took 16 hours to make, looks like a crumbly murder scene within 5 minutes. The ham you meticulously brushed honey on, carved into inedible scraps of meat and shattered dreams. So do not waste …