A French Fete

February 25, 2015

Julia Child taught us all to love French food. I remember watching her TV show with my mom when I was a kid. Mom would take notes and follow along in one of her Julia cookbooks. Mom loved Julia’s recipes, and often turned to them when entertaining. Over the years, mom found that sometimes she… Read more »

Dinner With Your Valentine

February 9, 2015

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Why not opt for an intimate dinner at home this year. I have the perfect menu for you, the majority of which can be made ahead of time, so you can relax and enjoy the evening with your spouse or significant other. I’ve even included a “make-ahead… Read more »

Warm Gathering with Friends

January 12, 2015

There is nothing better on a cold night to gather friends or family around the dining table to share a warm, comforting dinner. Mom’s Veal Stroganoff takes center stage in this menu, and it’s always a crowd pleaser! Serving it over a bed of fettuccini makes for a casual yet elegant presentation. I like to… Read more »

Clayton Family Christmas Breakfast

December 8, 2014

For as long as I can remember, Christmas morning breakfast has been the same. Mom started serving us this egg dish – dubbed by me and my brother Jim as Christmas Morning Eggs, when we were kids. I think she created this dish to get me, who at the time wasn’t a lover of breakfast,… Read more »


Dairy Free Dinner Menu

April 16, 2014

Recently my stepson Jake was in town for a visit. One evening, we invited his long time friend Sara over for dinner, and she is lactose intolerant. So, I needed to come up with a casual dinner menu that was completely dairy free. As it turns out, our cookbook was a great place to start…. Read more »


Mother’s Day Menu

April 10, 2013

To nurture your mom on Mother’s Day, prepare this elegant yet easy-to-prepare menu that was one of my mom’s favorites. From the Camembert Sauté, to the Salmon with Crumb Topping main course, to the last bite of the Fast Fruit Cobbler, your mom will feel special, appreciated and wow-ed! (And, you’ll have the satisfaction of… Read more »


Savor Summer’s End With a Perfect Picnic

August 21, 2011

Whether you seek a simple backyard affair or plan to daytrip into the back country, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen has you covered. This menu includes completely portable picnic that’s ideal for a hearty lunch or light dinner, and features all make-ahead dishes that are quick to prepare and easy to pack. My Mom Sally loved treating… Read more »

Fresh Flavors Infuse a Spring Dinner Menu

April 11, 2011

Whether you’re gathering friends for Easter or hosting a quiet evening with friends, you can easily plan a simply delicious meal that allows you to enjoy the meal and your company. I often hear that planning a cohesive menu can be one of the more complicated aspects of entertaining. With this menu – you’ll find… Read more »

Intimate Winter Gathering

December 1, 2010

If you’re feeling more frazzled than festive during the holiday season, consider hosting an intimate dinner party with close friends or family. After all – it’s the company of loved ones that gives reason for the season. A make-ahead menu keeps things easy and holiday decorations create immediate ambiance. This menu also makes for a… Read more »

Wine and appetizer tour of the Mediterranean

August 9, 2010

Appetizers are always a hit with any crowd. They’re small, pretty and oh-so-fun to eat! What’s better than having a couple of appetizers before dinner? Making an entire dinner of appetizers! With this menu we’re taking hors d’oeuvres to a new level by creating a Mediterranean tour of regionally-inspired small bites paired with wines from France, Italy and Spain…. Read more »

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