The Hostess

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DIY Metallic Dipped Vases

Basic glass vessels get a fresh update with the help of a little metallic paint. Use in the current spring season to display flowers and greens, then repurpose them in…

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Rhubarb + Thyme + Gin Cocktail

Rhubarb is one of my favorite springtime treats. When I see the glorious crimson stalks at the farmer’s market, I immediately fill my basket and spend the day in the…

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In Living Colors

Springtime is here! It’s time to tuck away all the deep, dark colors of winter and pull out the fresh, sweet hues of spring. Pantone’s Color Report for spring 2014…

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Vegan Post-Workout Smoothies

You’ve just finished another amazing workout and are feeling great. Or, if you are anything like me, despite your best intentions work has taken over and you simply didn’t have…

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Salted Caramel Brownies

What’s better than a homemade brownie? How about a triple-layered one with a shortbread crust and a crunchy, salted caramel bottom? This recipe, from The Gourmandise School of Sweets and…

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S’more Trifle Dessert

Nothing invokes nostalgia like chocolate marshmallow s’mores. Who doesn’t remember sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows and then sandwiching them between a pair of graham crackers and a Hershey’s chocolate…

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A Guide To Learning Wine

I am a self-proclaimed student of the vine; the grapevine, that is. I feel fortunate to have been the recipient of very good wine guidance for much of my adult…

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Dried Apricot + Lavender Sugar Jam

One of my favorite things about summer is the access to fresh, organic fruit to make scrumptious, homemade jams. I love experimenting with different combinations by using fresh herbs and…

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The Cecil Pl. Sour

Hand-crafted cocktails are kind of all the rage these days. I dig it. I’m all about the freshly squeezed juices, crazy unique bitters, and the extra attention to detail that…

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10 Twists On The Crostini

Put your hostess-with-the-mostess title to the test with a farmers market inspired tray using a colorful mix of healthy ingredients, dips, and cheeses. These no fuss appetizers will save you…

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Vegan Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of the most commonly recognized dishes in Thai cuisine. It is a balance of sweet, savory, salty and sour – the perfect compliment to any curry…