Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

Happy Halloween

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Decorating and creating a Halloween themed menu made me even more excited for Halloween this year. I pulled in help from Mark Litchfield, Sally Atkinson, Mary Maroon and Angie Harding to decorate and make the prep for the dinner more manageable. It takes a lot of work to cut and clean out eight pumpkins, cut out bats, make witch hats and prepare all of the various items that were going into the pumpkin pot pies. They helped my stress level stay low and we enjoyed quality time with each other –Read More....

Mother’s Day TEST NEST

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
I have my next TEST NEST tonight so I’m really behind. May has come and gone too quickly, but my mom and I’s trip to the Netherlands has made this my favorite month of the year so far. She joined me in NYC a day before to play, so I decided to host a special Mother’s Day TEST NEST on May 8. I haven’t spent Mother’s Day with my mom since I left home for school at 18, so this was a very special treat for me and I created a very special menu. [simpleviewer gallery_id="10" bgcolor="ffffRead More....

Celebrating Passover and Easter

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
I love this time of year and the many opportunities for religious celebration. I hosted a TEST NEST on Passover and while the menu wasn’t a true Seder dinner, I did have a few appropriate items. Until Monday night I had not had any “failures.” My wonderful testers (Jamie Kalama, Dan Evans, Anna Haymore, Bill Atkinson and Jon Rainey) were very forgiving about my mistakes, maybe this is why they ALL stayed to help clean up and socialize. In fact, we partied until close to midnight. [simplRead More....

Happy St. Patty’s Day

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
I’ve always loved St. Patrick’s Day, I mean really, who doesn’t like a good pinch every now and then? I have a lil’ bit o’ Irish in my blood (something like 9 generations back, and there are conflicting accounts), so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to host a “green” TEST NEST. Guests testers Mindy Booth, Jason & Erica Gardner (plus baby in tummy), Jane Madsen, David Caine, Tim Tanner and Sally Atkinson all came with their festive spirits (but I forgot to take a piRead More....

February Hearts and Chocolate – Round 2

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010