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.
I’ve been mulling over the idea of blogging about my own space for years, but there was always one more project I wanted to complete or one more piece of furniture I wanted to buy before I felt like I was ready. Well, the time has finally come. And it only took us listing our condo for sale to make it happen, ha! Even though this is only our home for a few more days (eek!), please indulge me while I write a love letter to the first home we ever owned.
Some highlights of where we traveled, what we ate, what I grew in my garden, what we watched, what we read, and the ways we worked in the last year.
Not sure what to make for Christmas morning breakfast or a holiday family brunch? Here are a few of my favorite dishes:
Food gifts are some of my favorite gifts to give, especially ones that are handcrafted and thoughtfully produced. As a lover of food myself, I decided that the best way to put together a gift guide was to make of list of food-related gifts I’d love to receive!
Here’s a selection of seasonal side dishes, drinks, table decoration ideas, and a couple of good-any-season desserts that I like to bring to Friendsgiving and family Thanksgiving.
This is one of my go-to dinner party desserts because I almost always have the ingredients on hand: eggs, sugar, chocolate, and butter (plus a shot of flavored liqueur if it suits the mood).
I’m usually on salad duty for family gatherings, and Friendsgiving this weekend is no different. Kale packs a nutritious punch during a time when we’re eating lots of sweets and treats.
Here in the South, autumn means that one day feels like summer and the next is crisp and cool. As such, I love versatile recipes like this that can be served hot or cold, depending on the weather.
It’s hard not to love a palace built in the 1930s, especially one that’s been meticulously restored and modernized. The Palace side of the hotel boasts crystal chandeliers, intricately carved wooden doors, and historic details. The Tower side is sleek, contemporary, and posh in a totally different way.
Whether we have family in town for a holiday or we have friends here to visit, I always try to serve a hearty breakfast in the morning. It’s a moment to pause, sit together, and fuel up before the busyness of the day gets going… This year, I’m making an “upside down” butternut squash and bacon quiche with rosemary, gruyere cheese, and holiday pie crust shapes on top.
Even though I spent a large part of my childhood in North Carolina, I never spent much time in Winston-Salem. The city was built around the tobacco industry, which declined decades ago. Even though a strong university and hospital presence remained, the city was left with a lot of abandoned warehouses and historical structures. But a recent renaissance has filled those spaces with cool breweries and trendy restaurants.