I have so many favorite party tips and tricks to share – this red, white, and blue holiday weekend is always one of my favorites of the year. July is National Ice Cream Month…so make ice cream cocktails! Scoop + Sparkle Step 1: Scoop rasperry sorbet into glasses. Step 2: Fill with prosecco. Serve, sip, repeat. And…did you know that July is also…National Blueberry Month? Having a party? Going to a party? These Cupcake Jars are so easy to make, and easy to …
Some of us Chicagoans may or may not be celebrating the Super Bowl this Sunday. But some of us just look for a reason to “throw” a party. As a Lifestyle expert who has been entertaining for almost 20 years, I have had my hiccups along the way. I remember the time I made a rib roast for Christmas, which is best prepared medium rare to medium. Well, mine was gorgeous on the outside and more rare on the inside. The rest of the dishes were plated and ready to go when I had to put the roast back in the oven. I felt so bad I opened my pricey … Read more
It’s the holidays. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie with a little bit of Cognac? Make this easy recipe for the holidays and impress everyone with your boozy dessert skills. Pie filling: 1 15oz can pure solid-packed pumpkin 2 large eggs at room temperature 1 large egg yolk at room temperature 1 cup heavy cream, keep cold 1 Tbsp. Cognac or brandy 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 1 tsp. orange zest 1 tsp. freshly ground cinnamon stick or 1 1/2 tsp. pre-ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt a pinch Freshly grated nutmeg a pinch of black pepper a pinch of ground cloves Chocolate whipped cream: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, keep cold 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa Pie crust: Use store bought deep dish crust Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake crust … Read more
I often create recipes based on my voracious reading of recipe books and magazines, not to mention the constant cooking classes I attend. But when I run across one that has to be shared, I do it (you’re welcome). I have to share how healthy, simple and outrageously delicious this dish is from Bonappetit.com. Ingredients 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided 2 dried chiles de árbol (available at Latin markets, specialty food stores and some supermarkets) 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh 1 1/4 cups chopped tomato (about 8 ounces) Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 15-ounce cans white beans (such as cannellini), rinsed, drained 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley Grilled bread (optional) Preparation Preheat broiler. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large, heavy, … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!