Category Archives: Event Planning

Traditions Continue to Impact (May 24 – May 30)

Memorial Day ceremonies commemorate those brave souls who have courageously protected our way of life and this year seems even more significant with the active efforts from the frontline battlers of COVID-19. We honor those who have given us our … Continue reading

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Make It & Take It Graduate’s Social “D” Picnic (May 17 – May 23)

Graduates still need to be acknowledged, even with social distancing. Every grad deserves a chocolate cake to go. Let the recipient keep the heat resistant cake container, as part of the gift and include the recipe for Grad 101 cooking-on-their-own! … Continue reading

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Sometimes It Takes A Cake (May 10 – May 16)

Gratefulness for our moms, manifests in many ways and if you know how to cook, your mom was probably your first teacher. Mother’s Day treats are delightful; however, a cake is most celebratory. Enjoy my Carrot Cake recipe, to treat … Continue reading

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May Welcomes Thankfulness (May 3 – May 9)

Since I know how to the play the piano, I have always had a saying that this gift is one thing that no one will ever be able to take away, because it is part of me, part of my … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Rive Gauche – the Parisian Latin Quarter (April 26 – May 2)

For those of us who miss walking along the Seine River, pass Notre Dame, and through Rive Gauche, we can, with creativity, bring that French experience into our homes. Rive Gauche means left bank of the river, which refers to … Continue reading

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Mise en Place Is Essential (April 19 – April 25)

There is a very important French culinary term: mise en place. It means putting things in place. This is the preparation that systematically encourages us to gather the ingredients as we set out the correct pots and pans, wash the … Continue reading

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Easter is Always Significant (April 12 – April 18)

It has been said that the most challenging of times can also be the most meaningful because of the emotional bonding we have with our families, as we gather our strength. Though separated by social distancing, we are united in … Continue reading

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Fruitful Moments Make the Best Memories (April 5 – April 11)

Many may be working from home; however, food can still be interesting and fun. I am beginning to recall recipes from my grandmother and her hand-pies are a sweet memory. All you need are canned biscuits, some flour for dusting … Continue reading

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Re-thinking Fast Food (March 29 – April 4)

As we try our best to stay well during these monumental times, many are relying on sandwiches to provide substance. I have a suggestion. Reinvent the same cold cuts of turkey, smoked turkey, ham and/or smoked ham. Instead for putting … Continue reading

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Making the Best of It, While Adding a Little Spice (March 22 – March 28)

It has been said that a lot can happen in a week; however, this week has been the most accelerated and impacting that I have ever known, as all of us deal with the new virus concerns. Please know that … Continue reading

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Luck is in How You Make It (March 15 – March 21)

St. Patrick’s luck shines in March and I like to create a seasonal salad which includes spring greens, watercress, walnuts, blueberries, fresh pear, crumbled blue cheese, and fresh steamed crab claws. Highlight this lovely salad with a homemade vinaigrette dressing … Continue reading

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March into Spring with Herb Enhancements (March 8 – March 14)

Few things enhance springtime more than fresh herbs. Have some fun and host an herb “lunch and learn.” Set up your focal points with herb garden displays and begin the guests’ arrival with a flights of chilled cucumber soup shots, … Continue reading

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March into Spring with a Spring Green Treat (March 1 – March 7)

Need a popping good snack beyond popcorn? Roasted brussels sprouts are a great alternative or addition. Brussels sprouts can be purchased fresh on the stalk or fresh in small plastic bags. I like to trim off a small portion of … Continue reading

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The Amazing Culinary You (February 23 – February 29)

These days, the local grocery stores are selling very tasty whole chickens, made fresh daily. So, for the days when you desire a home-cooked meal, but don’t have the time to cook a significant protein, it is time for a … Continue reading

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Chili for Chilly Weather (February 16 – February 22)

There are a lot of Chili recipe inspirations and every family has a favorite. For years, I have tinkered with various innovations and by accident, the best discoveries, I found our family favorite. The secret is derived from my Osso … Continue reading

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