in season : brussels sprouts


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I don’t care how trendy (or untrendy) brussels sprouts are on a dinner menu – they will always be at the top of my list. Now, I understand that there aren’t that many different ways to cook brussels sprouts. Consider it even more of a reason to try out every different way possible to prepare them.

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weekend reading


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This week almost did me in. It started with me working from home and having a really productive day and then took a nose dive from there. I’m looking forward to spending time with friends this weekend and taking a moment to reset.

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in season : grapefruit


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Grapefruit is absolutely one of my favorite fruits and, while I happily enjoy them year-round, there’s something about fresh citrus in season that really stands out. Here are a few of my favorite recipes.

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recipe roundup : holiday cocktails and appetizers

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The holiday season is in full swing. Whether you’re entertaining at your home or need something to bring to a gathering, there should be something on this list for you. I’ve compiled some of my favorite appetizers or hors d’oeuvres and cocktail recipes below along with a few that I haven’t tried before that look promising. One recipe you won’t find? Eggnog. Sorry, it’s just not my thing.

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how to assemble a cheese plate

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I’m a sucker for a good cheese plate, despite the fact that I don’t love cheese. Over the years (and thanks to Pinterest), I’ve picked up a few tips and pointers that are extremely helpful. There are a million ways to arrange a cheese plate – I tend to like it when they’re more organic looking, and sort of overflowing with different things. Here’s the best advice I’ve gotten.

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hostess gift ideas

One of the things I love most is entertaining. Whether it’s family and friends on Christmas Eve, game night, or just cocktails with the girls, I’ll take any excuse to play hostess for an evening. I’ve received some truly thoughtful hostess gifts over the years and thought I’d share a few of my favorites in advance of the holiday season. (These are, of course, in addition to wine and flowers, two go-to hostess gifts that can never go wrong).

jacobsen salt set

Set of Jacobsen Salts, Williams Sonoma, $34.95
I’m a huge fan of Maldon sea salt, but I have gotten so much use out of this set of mixed salts that I had to buy a second set. In addition to regular sea salt, these are infused with lemon, coffee, vanilla, ghost pepper, and a smoked salt to round it all out. I’ve gotten the most use out of the smoked salt and lemon zest salt, but they’re all fantastic.

cards against humanity

Custom Cards Against Humanity Deck, $10
I love Cards Against Humanity to an almost unhealthy degree. If you somehow haven’t ever played, I’d highly encourage it. For one game night, a friend made me a set of custom Cards Against Humanity cards featuring names of our friends, old teachers, and more. My favorites are the one’s featuring “Megan’s apartment” or “Beth’s house.” For those who know them it takes the hilarity of the game to an entirely different level.

marble cheese board and slicer

Marble Cheese Board and Slicer, Sur La Table, $11.95
Massive cheese plates are a work of art, but for a small group of people, it can be overkill. That’s where this cheese slicer comes in. Combine this with a small plate of crackers and extras and you’re good to go.

compartes chocolate bar

Specialty Chocolate Bar, Compartes, $9.95-$11.95
For your friends who have a serious sweet tooth, these chocolate bars hit the spot. Not only do they come in stunning packaging, they’re delicious too. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite, but my top three are probably the birthday cakecereal bowl, and donuts and coffee flavors.

cherry cocktail napkins

Cotton Cocktail Napkins, My Drap, $27
I actually collect cocktail napkins, but this is one of the most useful gifts I’ve ever gotten. These cotton cocktail napkins come on a roll of 50 and simply tear off. They always lay flat and have so many colors to choose from. You need these in your life.

italian dipping oil

Italian Dipping Oil, Dean & Deluca, $42
A college friend came to stay with me for a weekend and left behind a set of her favorite olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Now, every time I use them, which is quite often, I think of her.