Egg + Asparagus Tea Sandwiches

Egg + Asparagus Tea Sandwiches

I recently hosted a tea party baby shower for two pregnant friends, and these egg + asparagus sandwiches were a big hit! Along with scones, tea, petit fours, and mimosas, I made a selection of finger sandwiches. I was planning to make a classic egg salad, but I was running short on time and made a deconstructed version instead.

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Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon + Sage

I thought I should come up with a creative and new spin on pumpkin risotto, but some flavor combos stick around for a reason. Take pumpkin and sage, for example. I didn’t see any need to mess around with that other than to add bacon (duh!).

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Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville is a quirky little city in Western North Carolina, known for the Biltmore House, beer, hippies, and more recently, a great food scene. It’s a place to escape normal. And good news if you like traveling with your pup: many Asheville establishments are dog-friendly.

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Dinner Party Hosting Hack: Balsamic Reduction

A balsamic reduction is one of my favorite things to teach in my art of entertaining classes because it’s a simple way to dress up many different dishes. You can drizzle it over a plain piece of meat (think steak, pork chops, or pan seared chicken). You can stir it into mashed potatoes, grits, or risotto. You can toss greens with it for an easy salad dressing. You could even add it to dessert!

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A Travel-Inspired Atlanta Townhouse

Lindsey and Marshall Magaro are the epitome of a power couple: she’s a successful attorney and he’s a successful real estate broker. They live in the popular Virginia-Highland neighborhood of intown Atlanta in a chic, new townhouse adorned with nods to their love of travel.

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Salad of the Month: Burrata with Peaches + Prosciutto

Late summer markets are filled with sun-loving fruits and veggies, like stone fruit and nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.). So August’s salad of the month celebrates two of my favorite late summer gems: peaches and tomatoes. But the real star of the show is burrata, one of the best cheeses ever.

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Dear Baby Brother

As your older sister, I feel it’s my duty to impart some of the wisdom that I’ve picked up in my extra 10 years here on earth. So, here is my unsolicited life advice for you as you enter college and adulthood:

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Mini Corn + Tomato Quiche with Bacon

I made these quiches with some of my favorite flavors of summer: tomatoes, corn, and basil, none of which require any pre-cooking. Bacon has to get cooked first, but it’s totally worth it. Gorgonzola rounds out the group with a big punch of flavor.

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Garden Resources

I’m not an expert gardener, but I ask my farmer friends a million questions and I’ve learned from trial and error over the years. Here are a few gardening resources that I love:

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Around the World, Around the Web

Around the World, Around the Web is a monthly list of travel-related links for wanderlust inspiration. This month’s theme is Christmas in July, because it’s time to start planning a Christmas trip!

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3 Summer Aguas Frescas

Aguas frescas are basically just fruit pureed with water, sweetener, and perhaps another flavor or two. They’re sweet, refreshing, and exactly what you want on a summer day.

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