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Serve Vinegar-Based Salads Outdoors

If you’ve gotten into the spring spirit, and are planning a picnic or just a dinner with friends on the patio, remember this trick when you’re planning your menu. If you’ll be serving food outside make vinegar-based salads instead of mayonnaise-based salads. Why? Vinegar is acidic and helps prevent bacteria growth, which is important if your salads are going to […]

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Smart or Silly: Bottle Opener & Cap Catcher

It officially feels like spring (or more accurately summer) today in New York City. And so my mind had turned to outdoor entertaining. I’m lucky enough to have outdoor space—a rarity in an NYC apartment, so I’m looking forward to a summer of roof deck parties. This Bottle Opener & Cap Catcher from Trudeau (available at shoptrudeau.com for $13) caught my eye. […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Table Etiquette?

We all learned it at one point, but do you remember what the proper signal is for showing you are finished with a meal in a restaurant? When you have eaten your fill and are ready for your plate to be cleared, place your knife and fork diagonally across your plate with the handles resting at 4 o’clock. Another important […]

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The 15-Minute Rule for Serving Wine

Whether you’re serving red or white wine at your next dinner, remember the 15-minute rule for pouring wine. White wine, because it’s generally served too cold, you should take it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Red wine, on the other hand, should be served a bit cooler than room temperature, so put it in to the fridge 15 […]

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Get Ready for Passover with our Seder Checklist

Passover begins tonight, and if you’re hosting a dinner, you’ve likely got a million things on your to-do list. You can avoid forgetting important details with our basic checklist. (A quick review a half hour before your guests arrive will ensure a smooth Seder.) Still not sure of exactly what you’re going to serve? It’s okay! We’ve got easy recipes […]

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Keep Towels Organized When You Have Houseguests

If you’re hosting several houseguests in the next few weeks, use this trick to keep everyone’s towels organized in the bathroom. Write each person’s name on a clothespin (or write it on a piece of washi tape and put it on the clothespin), and then have them clip it to their towel. That way you’ll avoid any mixups, especially if […]

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Upholstery Cleaning Labels, Decoded

If you or a guest spilled something on your sofa this weekend, here’s how to decode the cleaning labels on your upholstery before you tackle that stain: W = can be treated with water-based cleaners S = can only be treated with solvents WS = can be treated with water-based cleaners or solvents X = should only be vacuumed, no detergents […]

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The Ice Rule: Or How Much You Need for a Party

Whether you’re having a party this weekend or your next soiree is months away, this is a tip you’ll want to file away for later. When you’re making your day-of party supply list here’s the rule for how much ice you’ll need: Get enough to fill your ice bucket, if you’re using one, and then plan for one 10-pound bag […]

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Gracefully Exit a Conversation With the Phrase “I Need”

We’ve all been there. Stuck at a party or a work function in a conversation that you desperately want to escape, but you can’t see a way to without being rude. Next time your find yourself in that conversation, remember that the easiest way out is to start with “I need.” Whether it’s “I need to get a snack, I haven’t […]

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Ice Cream Cone Garland from Oh Happy Day

If you’re a long-time Simply Stated reader, you might remember how much I love ice cream. In fact, I celebrated Ice Cream Month a couple of summers ago with a daily ice cream blog. So, as I’m starting to think about planning a spring ice cream social, I couldn’t resist sharing this ice cream garland idea from Oh Happy Day. […]

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