Oktoberfest Board

The perfect fall board full of German goodies ‘Tis the season for pretzel bread! Who says a board has to just have cheese and crackers? I’ve filled this Oktoberfest board with sausage medallions, crispy potatoes, and German quark (pronounced “kuh-vark”). Haven’t heard of quark? It’s a soft German cheese that’s a bit like a cream cheese-sour…

Easy Pumpkin Pasta

The best pumpkin pasta sauce I’ve ever had. This is the most incredible pumpkin pasta sauce. Wow. It comes together as quickly as it takes for noodles to boil so make this when you’ve only got twenty minutes to spare and want comfort food. Full of pumpkin puree, chopped fresh sage, parmesan, cinnamon, cream cheese, and…

The Rose Table’s Favorite Salad

Let’s get one thing clear: I will never be too fancy for this salad. This is my favorite salad of all time. My California mama cooked our family a delicious, healthy, fresh dinner every night of my life. Fast food was very rare at the Watson house, as was fried food, but she made the…

Watermelon Feta Checkerboard Salad

A whimsical summertime salad This is a great way to impress you guests! There’s just something about watermelon, mint, and feta cheese. I grow English mint in my garden and just swoon over this flavor combination. As for the balsamic reduction, you can either reduce balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat or buy a…

Bacon Cantaloupe Soup

Here me out… This is for all the chilled soup lovers out there! I live on chilled soups in August. After all, I live in Texas! It’s 100 degrees outside and I refuse to turn on my oven when it’s that hot. My favorite chilled soups are Chilled Cucumber Soup, Chilled Cantaloupe Soup, and Gazpacho….

The World’s Best Alfredo Sauce

I know this is a strong statement but this is the best alfredo sauce in the world. The secret ingredient? Gruyere cheese. Gruyere takes a little longer to melt than parmesan but it’s worth the patience. Gruyere adds a nutty flavor and ultra creamy, luscious texture to this sauce. I think we can all agree…

Mediterranean Crockpot Chicken

Looking for an easy slow cooker chicken recipe that’s fancy enough for company? You’ve found it! Let me start by saying: I am not a big slow cooker person, but I vowed to use my slow cooker more this summer, when I don’t want to stand outside and grill nor heat up my house with…

Vanilla No-Bake Cheesecake

In the heat of summer, I rarely turn on my oven. I get it from my mother, who cooks very seasonally. I thought everyone cooked this way but I was wrong. It never ceases to amaze me how many Texans will roast a chicken in the dead of summer. Not me! I live in Dallas…

Gazpacho

What, pray tell, is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a bowl of gazpacho? The Spanish no-cook dish is perfect for summertime when tomatoes are in season and you can’t be bothered to heat the house with the oven. It’s common to use soaked, leftover bread as an ingredient blended into gazpacho but…

Midsummer Cheese Board

Peaches and pink blueberries and honeycomb, oh my! There’s just something about a cheeseboard that’s so inviting. I came up with this one for my Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I wanted all earthy, sweet things because, well, fairies love sweet things and dinner was imagined to be in a forest. The earthiness came from the…

Kissing Cherries Chicken

Airline chicken topped with the most incredible cherry sauce over a bed of rosemary roasted potatoes  This dish is a winner. If you’re looking for the perfect summertime chicken dish, you’ve come to the right place. (Technically, you could make this all winter with high-quality frozen cherries, if your heart desires.) Here a fresh cherry sauce is spooned…

Peach Burrata Salad

There are few things as wonderful as fresh peaches in the South. I brought these beauties back from Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, which is known for their incredible peach season, and couldn’t wait to play with them at the lake house this weekend. I made this gorgeous salad for dinner with my mom along with…