RECIPES

Culinary Postcard: Leigh’s Shrimp and Feta Pasta Salad from Topsail Island

Topsail Island Summer Vacations For nine years, I’ve vacationed with my husband’s family on Topsail Island, North Carolina.  This simple island calls for lazy beach days, Gin & Tonic drinks on the porch, and home-cooked…

Fresh & Chic Summer BBQ Party Ideas

Bringing Diversity to the Ultimate 4th of July Backyard Party We celebrated the past three Independence Days in Europe, and hosted 4th of July parties with a BBQ menu that included all of our favorites…

Summer BBQ Recipe: Smoked Salmon with Avocados

Grilling Salmon Salmon is probably the most grilled item in our home, and we love to grill it for our summer parties as well. With our tricks, you will learn how easy it is to…

Crispy Oven Baked Fries with Two Green Peruvian Style Dipping Sauces

Summer party favorite recipe: crispy oven baked fries with “green dipping sauces” We love potatoes! I am a Finn, and I grew up eating potatoes probably five out of seven days every week. Sometimes probably…

Culinary Postcard: Make Crêpes like in Paris

Crêpes like in Paris Crêpes are the comfort food of my childhood, and the childhood of my children. They are tasty thin pancakes, that are much less sweet than what pancakes typically are. The dough…

Whiskey Cocktail Recipe for a Crowd: It’s no Longer Just a Man’s Drink

We’ve come a long way, baby!  Gone are the “Mad Men” days of whiskey being a just a man’s drink, straight on the rocks. Whiskey sales are on the rise, and women are contributing to…

Culinary Postcard: Leigh’s Shrimp and Feta Pasta Salad from Topsail Island

Grover's  Feta and Shrimp Pasta Salad

Topsail Island Summer Vacations For nine years, I’ve vacationed with my husband’s family on Topsail Island, North Carolina.  This simple island calls for lazy beach days, Gin & Tonic drinks on the porch, and home-cooked…

Fresh & Chic Summer BBQ Party Ideas

Everything you need for a perfect 4th of July Party! Fresh new ideas!

Bringing Diversity to the Ultimate 4th of July Backyard Party We celebrated the past three Independence Days in Europe, and hosted 4th of July parties with a BBQ menu that included all of our favorites…

Summer BBQ Recipe: Smoked Salmon with Avocados

Salmon with Avocados

Grilling Salmon Salmon is probably the most grilled item in our home, and we love to grill it for our summer parties as well. With our tricks, you will learn how easy it is to…

Crispy Oven Baked Fries with Two Green Peruvian Style Dipping Sauces

Crispy oven baked fries with two Peruvian style dipping sauces via @skimbaco

Summer party favorite recipe: crispy oven baked fries with “green dipping sauces” We love potatoes! I am a Finn, and I grew up eating potatoes probably five out of seven days every week. Sometimes probably…

Culinary Postcard: Make Crêpes like in Paris

Crepes in La Marais in Paris

Crêpes like in Paris Crêpes are the comfort food of my childhood, and the childhood of my children. They are tasty thin pancakes, that are much less sweet than what pancakes typically are. The dough…

Whiskey Cocktail Recipe for a Crowd: It’s no Longer Just a Man’s Drink

Whiskey cocktails on the rise

We’ve come a long way, baby!  Gone are the “Mad Men” days of whiskey being a just a man’s drink, straight on the rocks. Whiskey sales are on the rise, and women are contributing to…

Le Méridien Sparkling Happy Hour: Serving Global Cocktails Unique to Local Areas

cocktails inspired by fall and winter

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts are putting back the sparkle in happy hour this fall and winter.  The trendy, European-inspired hotels in the Starwood Brand, have tapped into local flavors to curate spritzers and cocktails…

Herbs, Spices and Sri Lankan Delicatessen Wattalappan

Delicious Sri Lankan Food

On this post to a family adventure in Sri Lanka I want to talk a bit about the local food. I shared all the different things our family manage to explore and try in Sri Lanka from…

Something Sweet and Luxe at The Langham Chicago

Langham Chicago Ice Cream Sundae

The Langham in Chicago is known for its signature afternoon tea on Wedgewood china, which debuted at its sister hotel The Langham, London in 1865. Now, it may also become known for its sweeter, luxury…

Fried Cucumbers with Poppy seed, grapefruit, and Tabasco Caviar

Fried Cucumbers with Poppy seed, grapefruit, and Tabasco Caviar

Hosting dinner parties can always be stressful. It was great to have a conversation with Chef Sam Talbot about how to remain calm and get the food ready for guests at the Valspar Reserve launch…