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…

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Homemade hummus bursting with bright lemon flavor If you’re looking for a healthy, easy, fast snack recipe, you’ve come to the right place! This is elegant enough to serve to company but healthy enough to nosh on by yourself. I love it with cucumber slices, tomatoes, and pita chips but you could also serve it…

Norwegian Gravlax (How to Cure Salmon)

I might never buy lox again. My world has been rocked by the simple act of curing my own salmon. I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of myself in the kitchen! Gravlax is a cured salmon dish that originated in Norway where they would bury fresh fish in the sand. The salt pulls…