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Easy Entertaining—Tailgating in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Tailgating is always a fun occasion to get friends together to cheer on your favorite teams. In the winter months football is still in season with the Big Game coming in February, and basketball is just getting started. We thought we’d invite some of our favorite chefs over to share what they like to serve when they’re “homegating.” An easy...

Easy Entertaining — Easy Kebab Party

It’s hard to beat a cookout for casual entertainment. The mood is relaxed, never rushed, and the food is informal, which makes for a perfect opportunity to grill kebabs. This ancient means of grilling food is not only a fun way to cook, it lends itself to lots of creativity and a shared experience. Depending on what you like to...

Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party

We like what late summer here in the Ohio Valley provides us for parties — long, lazy afternoons and evenings; patios and decks ideal for grilling and eating al fresco; sitting in the dark listening to the crickets. And, of course, the bounty at the farmers markets’ that provide the freshest foods to feed guests. We found that shopping at...

In The Mix

Although mixers are an instrumental part of building a delicious cocktail, the wrong mix can turn a good spirit into a bad cocktail. When I speak about cocktails, I always emphasize balance because you want to let the true flavor of the spirit shine through. During prohibition, bad mixers and sugar were heavily used — and needed — to mask...

Easy Entertaining: Mexican Fiesta

Here’s a party idea perfect for when the weather begins to chill. Take a trip to Mexico without ever leaving your home. Here are a few easy recipes that are delicious, filling and very affordable. Did we say affordable? For less than dinner out for two, we have a party menu that could easily feed six. So invite over your...

Set up your Home Bar in time for Derby Parties.

Many of us host parties during Derby Season and from the entertaining front, the home bar is the center of attention. Here is a guide to help you get that home bar up and running. For beginning entertainers, the bar is a place to build upon as you start to entertain more often. Don’t worry about getting everything all at once....

Easy Entertaining: Honey

September is National Honey Month, which is as good hook as any for a timely story, but also a good opportunity to remind ourselves of what a remarkable food honey is all year round. Honey sustains bees in their hive, one of the world’s most efficient manufacturing facilities. The 40 to 60,000 bees in a beehive may collectively travel...

Easy Entertaining— Grilling Outside the Box

  We love the grilling season, which we extend beyond the summer into a year-round cooking experience. But for most, summer is the time to break out the grill. No matter whether you are a traditional charcoal griller or a fan of the quick-starting gas grill, a balmy summer evening is the best time to be outside enjoying a cocktail...

Easy Entertaining: Celebrate With Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or holidays? Well we have a reason to celebrate then because there are no less than 42 official Chocolate Holidays during the year. And the winter season has a few good ones that have inspired in us some party ideas. December 16 was National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, and December 28 is simply National Chocolate Day. In...

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