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Holiday Entertaining: Make Your Own Cocktail Shaker from a Mason Jar

I don’t know about you, but I only own one cocktail shaker. I live in a small apartment after all. But with holiday party season now officially upon us (I’ve been mentally planning my outfits all week), I’m not sure one shaker will cut it. Luckily, one thing we do have in abundance in our apartment is mason jars. So […]

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The Perfect Apple Cider from HuffPo Taste

This past weekend I attended a one year-old birthday celebration where the hostess, and my dear friend, served hot apple cider (spiked for the adults). It was the perfect cocktail to celebrate such a special occassion, plus kick off the holiday season. Our friends at HuffPo Taste have an apple cider and spiced rum recipe that caught my attention. It requires early planning but promises a great outcome. See […]

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To Please Your Turkey Day Guests, Buy a Wine That’s Hard to Pronounce

In the market for a bottle of wine that goes with turkey and stuffing? If you don’t know much about varietals or aging, you can always choose one with a tongue twister name. Research shows that not only are people willing to pay more for wines that are difficult to pronounce, but they also prefer the taste of tongue twister […]

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Would You Buy Wine from Amazon?

Amazon has made forays in to so many different product categories (books, music, movies, décor, and fashion), and now they are dipping their toe into the wine barrel and offering discount bottles online as well. They have launched with delivery in select states—California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. […]

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Planning a Dinner Party? This Website Makes it Easier

There are few things I love more than going out to eat with a big group of friends. Alas, there are also few tasks I find more annoying than figuring out a date that fits everyone’s busy schedules. So I was thrilled to come across the website whichdateworks.com. You don’t even have to register for an account to use it. Just […]

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Watermelon Pops! (Plus, a Boozy Option)

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a juicy slice of watermelon? Make it easier to eat by adding a popsicle stick to the rind and storing them in the fridge or freezer before serving. For a decidedly grown-up twist, “marinate” the watermelons slices in tequila, and dip in coarse salt for a twist on the classic margarita! […]

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Party Food With a Pit: Now What?

As we head into the heart of the summer barbecue season, here’s one of those perennially tricky etiquette situations we’re all going to have to confront: “How do you properly eat an olive with a seed in the middle—or a cherry—when you are at a party?” wrote a reader named MJ. That’s actually a great question, MJ. There was a […]

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It’s National Cheese Day! How to Create the Perfect Cheese Plate

Did you know that today is National Cheese Day? In honor of this delicious culinary holiday, here’s how to select the perfect balance of flavors and textures for the cheese plate at your next party. Serve one from each of the following categories: 1. Blue (Gorgonzola, Cashel Blue, or Stilton) 2. Semifirm (Manchego, Fontina, or cave-aged Cheddar) 3. Super-aged (Comté, […]

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‘Dead on Time, as Only the Dreaded Can Be’

Most party guests know how to interpret an invitation. If it says “starts at 7,” that usually means, “The host will be dashing around, attending to last-minute details until 7:15, after which she will be happy to see you.” But not all guests. This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named JoanieK, who wrote: “Whenever I have a party, […]

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Keep Bugs Away From Your Backyard Buffet

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and if you’re planning any outdoor feasts, you’ll need this trick. To keep bugs away from your favorite dishes, simply place a mesh colander on top of the bowls or plates. Then remove when it’s time to serve. Have a great holiday weekend!

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