Cooking for A Crowd: Dessert with the Vampires (Move Over Count Dracula)

One of my favorite characters in literature and movies is Count Dracula, the vampire from the Transylvanian Alps of Eastern Europe. Obviously I am not alone since the media is thick with pop Gothic vampire regalia.

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Vampire Dessert Buffet-Recipes and How To

photograph by Philip Burne-Jones Bt. (1861-1926)

Buffet Preparation, Storage,and Service Timeline

  • Prepare two chocolate tortes, the chocolate sauce, the crêpes, almonds, biscotti, chocolate chip cookie dough, and double batch of compote 2 to 3 days ahead.
    Miss Grace Jones/horror comedy/1991/look for…

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So You Wanna Host An End of Summer Potluck-A Chat About Tips of the Trade

I get lots of questions about how to do a potluck and tips on giving a successful end-of-summer outdoor buffet party. Here are some off the cuff Q&As and a favorite recipe for entertaining.

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Catering Stories: Two For One-Part 2

The counterpoint to the Victorian office party was that Nicole’s best friend decided to get married. The same day. And this was a marriage with a lot of excitement and happiness attached.

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Catering Stories: Two For One-Part 1

January 1988 started what was to be a good year for catering. It was an election year and Reaganomics had the country in the lull between Iran-Contra and the end of the Cold War. People were entertaining at home nonstop. I had a lot of private parties scheduled way into the summer. January is a great month to entertain since people are looking for some excitement in the dreary cold month following the Christmas holidays.

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Samosa Phyllo Triangles

Dont have time to make a pie dough? Phyllo to the rescue. Keep a package in your freezer and you are ready to fill with any number of delicious savory fillings, such as goat cheese and herbs, spinach and ricotta,…

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Smoked Turkey and Pecan Tea Sandwiches

This simple mixture of turkey, pecans, and green onions is one of the most delicious and popular sandwich I have ever made. It takes minutes to mix in the food processor.

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Vintage Glamour Wedding Cake

Here is the recipe for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s vintage glamour wedding cake, which includes the instructions by Fiona Cairnes for making the tamarind fruit cake batter, icing, cake decorations and assembly, so now you can recreate the royal wedding cake in your own home.

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Culinary Traveler: Scooping on Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Party and Gluten Free Wedding Cake

People love to read about weddings as much as they like being invited to them. Of course when a wedding is called the wedding of the century for its size, location, elements of decoration, and notoriety of the participants, it gets even more fun.

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First about Harvard Common Press…

When my publisher told me they made room on the Not Your Mother’s Cookbook website for a blog for me, I jumped at the chance to write directly to my readers. That means straight from the center of my creative mind to yours. Usually with the writing of a cookbook, my creativity goes through an editing process, then design and layout, then to printing. That’s a lot of layers.

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