Mardi Gras Inspired Dinner Menu

February 5, 2018

Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras – another excuse to celebrate! If you can’t make it to New Orleans for the parades and  all the various other celebrations, no worry – I have a scrumptious menu for you to host your own New Orleans-inspired dinner at home. And, many components can be made ahead, allowing you… Read more »

Make Ahead Casual Holiday Dinner Menu

November 27, 2017

Robert and I love to entertain, especially during the holidays. While the Christmas season is super fun, it’s also super hectic – addressing work demands, decorating the house, present shopping, present wrapping, making Christmas candy, etc. I’ve also found that while I love pull out my sparkly, fun dresses and get all fancied up, it’s… Read more »


Mix and Match Easter Menu

April 2, 2017

Easter is just two weeks away, so it’s time to start planning the day – collecting goodies for baskets, confirming timing for church services and, of course, scoping out the brunch menu! Growing up, holidays were a big deal in our family, pretty much because it was a time for our extended family to gather… Read more »

Après Ski Dinner Menu

March 7, 2017

This hearty make ahead menu is the perfect combination of dishes to serve at the end of a fun-filled day of skiing or snowshoeing. After hitting the slopes all day, my friends and family are pretty tired, hungry and looking for warm and comforting food (and, of course, good wine!). The beauty of this satisfying… Read more »

Casual Winter Gathering

January 3, 2017

Even though the holidays are over, Robert and I still want to invite friends and family over for a cosy winter meal. After spending many hours cooking during December, I don’t want to make it an ordeal – just something uncomplicated, that can be made ahead and served buffet style. This menu fits the bill… Read more »

Celebrating the Flavors of Fall

October 4, 2016

In the fall, as the leaves turn and temperatures cool, our appetites turn from light summer fare toward cozier meals to keep us warm. In Colorado, when our weather turns brisk but it’s a bit too soon to hit the ski slopes, there’s a sweet spot between seasons that’s ideal for welcoming friends and family… Read more »

Elegant Summer Picnic

July 10, 2016

Who doesn’t love a picnic? Eating outside, enjoying a beautiful spread of scrumptious dishes, and often listening to a live concert is the best way to celebrate summer. In Denver, there are several venues that host outdoor concerts – the Denver Botanic Gardens, Hudson Gardens, and City Park to name a few. My husband Robert… Read more »

Recipes and Menus for Your Next BBQ

May 23, 2016

May is national BBQ month! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, so what better time to gather friends and family together for a casual, fun dinner. Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve this time of year – a variety of main dishes as well as the perfect sides… Read more »

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 2, 2016

Forgot to book a table for Valentine’s Day? Or just want to have an intimate dinner at home? This romantic, make ahead menu is just what you need for date night at home. Start your celebration with a sparkly champagne cocktail, followed by a scrumptious dinner of Halibut with Celery Root Purée, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus… Read more »

Make Ahead Mother’s Day Lunch Menu

April 22, 2015

I used to love spoiling my mom on Mother’s Day. After going to church, she would ask me, my brother Jim and our Dad to help her in the garden – cleaning and prepping for spring planting. (Due to the risk of late season snow storms, we don’t typically plant annuals in Denver until after… Read more »

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