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….

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…

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…

Flerken Salad

Sautéed octopus on a bed of lemony greens Octopus is not difficult to cook. Don’t be afraid. It may be uncommon in American households but my avid readers know how much I adore Greek food and it’s a common dish in Mediterranean cuisine. This salad takes five minutes and could not look more impressive. Octopus either…

Mexican Zucchini

The perfect summer side dish! I love recipes that don’t require any measuring. That’s my favorite way to cook! This dish is crunchy, flavorful, and refreshing on a warm day. It also looks damn fun! Zucchini is peeled into ribbons and tossed with freshly squeezed lime juice, chili powder, salt, and pepper. That’s it! Raw…

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Crispy bacon, creamy deviled eggs   Looking for a southern picnic treat? You’ve come to the right place! There’s something about a deviled egg that just says party to me. I top mine with crispy thick-cut bacon and chives from the garden.     Pro tip: buy eggs a week before you want to make deviled…

Loaded Greek Hummus

Feta cheese hummus loaded with Greek classics Homemade hummus is so nice to have on hand. It’s a healthy treat that’s so fun to customize. Avid readers of The Rose Table know how obsessed I am with Greek food. I combined two favorites and came up with loaded Greek hummus! These are truly some of…

Bleu Stuffed Mushrooms

How gorgeous are these mushrooms!? I loved warm, cheesy stuffed mushrooms but cooking mushrooms in a ballgown just isn’t practical, so I served a chilled stuffed mushroom at my Cinderella Ball. Bonus? It’s *almost* sky blue, which was totally on theme! I gave them the adorable name Bibbidi Bobbidi Bleu Stuffed Mushrooms at the party….

French Cheese Board

I truly believe the key to happiness is hard meats and soft cheeses. You can quote me on that. This board combines a variety of French cheeses with salty cured meats, olives, fruits, preserves (Okay, fine, I forgot to set out the fig preserves. They’re still in my pantry!), and honey arranged beautifully with herbs….

Tortilla Roll Ups

My mom has been making tortilla roll ups as long as I can remember. I make them for most big parties I host because they’re so fast and easy to make and it’s a filling appetizer that requires no cooking. What’s not to love? These are bursting with flavors and color thanks to the green…

Marinated Shrimp

An impressive party appetizer My mom has been making this forever and I finally made my own version of it for my Cinderella Ball. It’s such a great party recipe because it ups the flavor profile of shrimp but it’s still as easy as whisking. If you can whisk, you can make this recipe! You…

Veggie Platter

Don’t knock a veggie platter even at the fanciest of gatherings. Why? So many party dishes are rich and cheesy that many guests welcome some raw veggies to lighten things up. Paired with doctored up hummus and ranch (my homemade tzatziki would be wonderful too!), this is an easy thing to put together. I served…