Menu Planning: Toby’s Backyard Birthday BBQ

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve made a pork themed meal for my husband’s birthday for several years running now. Its always fun to come up with a different concept each year and think through the recipes for each of the courses. Last year’s surprise party was so much fun that I decided to do a scaled down version for a small group of … Continue reading Menu Planning: Toby’s Backyard Birthday BBQ

Little Blue Truck Birthday Party

Our sweet, funny little man just turned 2! We hosted a party at our house for our friends and family and had a few of Oliver’s friends over too. I love using literary themes for kids birthday parties as there are so many personal touches you can make with them. Last year, I picked “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle for his first birthday … Continue reading Little Blue Truck Birthday Party

Menu Planning: Seafood Paella, Baked Trout, Braised Cabbage and Raspberry Jam Tart

Every year around the holidays, we always get together with my aunt and uncle, who live close by, and my cousin, who is down visiting her parents from New York. Each year, the food and company are amazing and we usually exchange foodie type gifts, which are always welcome! In November, my dad had brought out some frozen brook trout he caught in Illinois and … Continue reading Menu Planning: Seafood Paella, Baked Trout, Braised Cabbage and Raspberry Jam Tart

Menu Planning: Harvest Party 2015

Another Harvest Party is down in the books! I always love putting this party together, but this year was special as we had our awesome family, neighbors and friends over to celebrate the start of this blog, and the beginning of this new adventure for me. It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled that the food I selected turned out so well! Below … Continue reading Menu Planning: Harvest Party 2015

Duck Tarts with Asian Plum Sauce

Several months after Toby and I started dating, we took a trip to visit his extended family in Hong Kong and spend some time on our own in Beijing. It was a great trip to visit his family and see lots of sites, and importantly, eat lots of delicious food! And what else does one do in Beijing but eat Peking duck? Over the course … Continue reading Duck Tarts with Asian Plum Sauce

Truffled Chicken Liver Mousse

A few months back, I borrowed a copy of Ina Garten’s “Make It Ahead” from our local library to get some ideas for entertaining that can be made ahead with little fuss right before serving. Overall, she had some recipes that looked great, but I only found a few recipes that fit what I was looking for. One of those recipes was for a Truffled … Continue reading Truffled Chicken Liver Mousse

Pumpkin BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Each year at our Harvest Party, I like to have one large, warm dish in the crock pot available for our guests to serve themselves. In the past I’ve made a pumpkin turkey chili and a butternut squash soup and this year I wanted to try out pumpkin BBQ pulled pork sliders. I searched around for a recipe that looked good enough to try and … Continue reading Pumpkin BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders