April 10th, 2009 |

9 Indulgent Strawberry Treats

In my opinion, one of the best parts of Spring are the irrestibable strawberries that are in season.  I found 9 new strawberry treats that are sure to make your stomach start to growl!

1. Lemon Pound Cake with Mint Berries and Cream (Southern Living)

2. Strawberry Daiquiris (Williams Sonoma)

3. Strawberry Genoise with Whipped Cream (Williams Sonoma)

4. Pink […]

April 8th, 2009 |

Baking with M & M’s

Who knew you could come up with so many cute baked goods….all by using M & M’s?!  One is cuter than the next, and would be perfect for a child’s birthday party, a Spring brunch, Mother’s Day….or to give to someone as a gift.

Check out Bright Ideas for the how-to’s for these […]

April 6th, 2009 |

Weekday Lunch with the Girls

A weekday lunch with the girls.  I’m thinking something light….

Scallops with Asparagus


1 lb medium asparagus
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 lb large sea scallops, tough ligament removed from side of each if attached
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into […]

March 29th, 2009 |

Sunday Morning Breakfast

I don’t know about you, but I like to celebrate the weekend with a casual Sunday morning breakfast with family or friends.  The weekend always goes by so fast, and Saturdays are always my run-around-and-get-everything-done-day….but Sundays….Sundays are my fun days!

Keep it simple with easy-to-make dishes, and enjoy the company!

Here are […]

March 26th, 2009 |

Party-Ready Appetizers

Today I am answering an email from a reader:

“Dear Hostess, Every time I go to a party or to a friend’s house for dinner, I feel like my friends always ask me to bring an appetizer.  I’m sick of my same old recipes!  I can’t make another Mexican layer dip or ‘pigs in a blanket’…..can you […]

March 9th, 2009 |

Monday Night Dinner

Chicken Piccata ~ Barefoot Contessa Style



2 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 extra-large egg
1/2 tablespoon water
3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
Good olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), lemon halves reserved
1/2 cup dry white wine
Sliced […]

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