The Oldest Rum Punch Recipe in the Caribbean

There’s something very special about the West Indies island of Nevis that not nearly enough people are talking about it: it’s home to the oldest rum punch recipe in the Caribbean. Hermitage Nevis claims that its 300 year-old recipe for rum punch is in fact the first of its kind. The plantation resort dates back…

Fun and Easy S’Mores Bar

I always keep certain things in my house so if someone drops by unexpectedly, I can pull together dessert at the drop of a hat. I can always make homemade ice cream or at least whip some cream to serve with fruit. Now that I have a fire pit (more on that later), I keep…

Boozy Eggnog

To say this is boozy eggnog is really a gross understatement. If you want it less boozy, add about two cups more eggnog for a less in-your-face recipe. Otherwise stir is up and watch the party get started! Boozy Eggnog 1 quart chilled eggnog 5 oz brandy 4 oz dark rum 3 oz dark creme de cacao Cinnamon, nutmeg Whisk…

Mistletoe Punch

I’m calling this Mistletoe Punch because you can’t really taste the alcohol even though there’s plenty of it. It really sneaks up on you, just like mistletoe! Mistletoe Punch 64 oz cherry juice 1 bottle whipped cream vodka 1 bottle champagne Stir together all three ingredients. Keep chilled with a festive ice ring! Serving suggestion:…

A Mistletoe and Holly Affair 2016

I hosted my first Mistletoe and Holly Affair – named after one of my favorite Rat Pack Christmas songs – back in my college days, if you can believe it. Even then I asked my friends to dress up in cocktail attire! The table and food have both definitely improved since the early days but the spirit…

Target Style Holiday Dinner Party with Camila Alves

On Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of attending a Target Style holiday dinner party with Matthew McConaughey’s beautiful bride Camila Alves at The Joule in downtown Dallas. I invited my friend Joseph, who is always up for a classy dinner, to join me for the evening of holiday entertaining inspiration. Target Style invited Camila…

Phantom Masquerade

In honor of Phantom of the Opera coming to Bass Performance Hall, I decided to host a formal Phantom Masquerade party. I’ve never actually seen the musical – my first time will be at Bass Hall later this month – but I’ve seen the movie and love the music. Besides, any excuse to eat an obscene…

Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Crostini

This hands down stole the show at my Phantom Masquerade party. I wanted something fast and easy that would take little to no time to prep at party time. I grilled flank steak in the morning, sliced it, and had the slices ready to go in the fridge. At party time, I assembled on butter…

How to Make a Charcuterie and Cheese Board

The art of making a great charcuterie and cheese board is in variety. I usually select 4-5 cheeses depending on how many guests I’m expecting and 4-5 meats. Picture the boards you order at restaurants. They never just have meat and cheese. They have preserves, nuts, olives, and other goodies that enhance the flavors and textures of…

My First Crawfish Boil

In May I had the pleasure of attending my very first crawfish boil! My friend Katie’s family is originally from New Orleans and when they heard that I had never been to a crawfish boil before, they decided to host one for Katie’s birthday. They had two giant coolers full of crawfish and invited a…

The Rose Table en Blanc: Diner en Blanc Recipes

What a magical evening The Rose Table en Blanc was! I bought a six foot table to set up in the middle of my garden and invited five foodie friends over for a Le Diner en Blanc-inspired dinner party. If you haven’t heard of it it before, Le Diner en Blanc began in Paris in…

The Best Dinner Party Playlist

I listen to the same playlist most nights when I’m cooking. There’s just something about old time jazz and swing that makes food taste better, at least to me! After a long workday there’s nothing I’d rather do then hum along to a little Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, and the jazzy soundtrack from one of my…