Posts Tagged ‘Pasta’

St. Patty’s Day Kid Party

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
I had the pleasure of spending a couple weeks in Michigan babysitting my niece and nephews. Its always a little difficult cooking for kids - I want to still be adventurous and they don't like anything. I always take a slew of recipe options and my sister-in-law helps me choose the best options. My youngest nephew is the most picky but he loved a couple things that I made...and for some reason that feels more rewarding than all of the other 5 Stars! Last time I babysat we did a special party fRead More....

Sweet and Sage

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
With all of my canning projects and a really busy work schedule in September, I needed to take a break from Test Nest. October started back with a FALLabulous menu. My favorite time of the year, I was excited to test recipes influenced by fall’s best offerings. Testers for the first dinner of the month included Daniel Evans, Micah Allred, Russ Hill, Vicki Walters, who brought friends Heather Payne and Laura White, and the ultimately wonderful Joon Shin who once again took all the pictures for Read More....

Hil’s B-day Test Nest

Saturday, March 26th, 2011
My best friend Hilary requested that I come down to DC to visit and prepare a Test Nest for her birthday, so I had to oblige. Sally, Tim and I traveled down from NYC for the party and to cook and Hilary invited some other friends in the area. We had a group of 11 for the evening and it was great fun to meet new friends and catch up with some old acquaintances as well. Everyone was really supportive of my cooking experiment and I was honored Hil wanted me to cook her special birthday feast...she'Read More....

Vegetarian Test Nest

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
I’ve had several vegetarian friends request that I do a vegetarian night. With all of the heavy foods around the holidays, and the fact that I think I ate meat everyday for 2 weeks strait, I was feeling the need to lighten it up a bit. I learned a lot about the balance of food, proteins, flavors and textures from my expert vegetarian diners, and I really enjoyed the challenge. My fabulous testers included Joon Shin, Victoria Walters, Sheila O'Connor, April Thibeault and Donovan Bunker. BalaRead More....

The 1st Test Nest

Saturday, February 13th, 2010
The Test Nest has hatched and I thank my friends for their wonderful support and interest and for telling me to charge more money (hehe, when steak and fish are involved it will definitely be more expensive). I’m very excited to keep this going during the year. The 1st menu and its courses worked very well together. A gourmet twist on a classic pasta dish. The menu and ratings by my fantastic guest testers (Lisa Higbee, Jason Robertson, Morgan Bassett, David Caine, Vicky WalteRead More....