Category Archives: Holiday Entertaining


Photo Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times Recipe by David Tanis. Featured in: A Taste Of Fall In A Bottle Of Hard Cider. There are some culinary combinations that cannot be improved upon, and apples and pork is surely one of them. This recipe calls for pan-frying boneless pork chops and serving them with butter-browned […]

Chicken Liver Pâté with Bourbon and Vanilla


You know that feeling when you taste something so good the only thing you can think is OMG this is the best pate I have ever tasted! Well, do yourself a favor and make this recipe. It is unbelievably delicious; easy to make and beautiful. You have to start your New Year’s Eve dinner with […]

Seared Scallop and Beet Salad with Lemon-Crème Fraîche Dressing

To me the most elegant shellfish is a scallop, and I always think a meal is special if scallops are served.  When we were creating our holiday entertaining menu, this was the salad we both loved.  It has the softness of the avocado, the richness of the scallop and the citrusy bite of the orange […]

Beef Tenderloin Roast with Pecan-Celery Leaf Pistou

Beef Tenderloin

When we started talking about Holiday Entertaining menus, Olaiya suggested making Beef Tenderloin as the main course.  I was skeptical because in the past I was usually unhappy with how the meat turned out.  Why did I doubt her?  I am in the kitchen with a pro – the technique she used to dry-brine and […]

Spinach, Walnut and Gruyère Bread Pudding

Spinach Bread Pudding

When you start planning your holiday meals, you will want to add this savory pudding as one of the side dishes.  It has everything that you want in a bread pudding:  cheese, greens, nuts, spice, flavor and it is beautiful on your buffet.  After our day of recipe testing, there was lots of this pudding […]