The Elegant Garden Party
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The Elegant Garden Party

One secret to adding sophistication to a summer garden party is about infusing everything – from the cocktails to the centerpieces – with garden scents and flavors. Here are tips and recipes to create a sensory delight for your next outdoor party.

Sure Mix-a-Lot

Sure Mix-a-Lot

At wedding showers these days, the coveted KitchenAid stand mixer will garner more “oohs” and “ahhs” than the skimpiest lingerie. And should the mixer be in a hot new contemporary color, the reaction shifts into that certain tight smile that belies the rage of an envious bridesmaid. You know what we’re talking about …

Picnic Basket Perfection
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Picnic Basket Perfection

There are few things more enjoyable than a picnic: hiking to a beautiful spot, nibbling treats, sipping wine, and chatting with friends. Picnics are so simple, affordable, and rejuvenating. Here is my list of picnic basket basics …

The Presh is On

The Presh is On

However you shake it, the pressure cooker’s got a bad rep. Blame Audrey Hepburn in that scene from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” … and, well, the slightly dysfunctional early models. Here’s why the pressure cooker’s name must be restored …

A Hotter Looking Hot Tub Space
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A Hotter Looking Hot Tub Space

Feel faint the moment you step out of a hot tub and hit cool air? I do. And this got me thinking about how nice it would be for hot-tub-havers to have a space in which to unwind post-hot-tubbing. Here’s how to make your hot tub area look more hotel-with-a-cabana-ish …

After-School Snacks

After-School Snacks

Summer’s over and the kids are back in school – can we get an “Amen.” But you know what happens now: The after-school kitchen raid. Here are a few healthful, quick snack ideas that will fill their bellies without spoiling their dinner.