Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

The perfect Independence Day cupcake! Looking for the perfect patriotic cupcake for your Independence Day celebration? You’ve come to the right place! Here almond (sub vanilla extract if you’d prefer!) cupcakes are filled with a dreamy cream cheese filling and topped with cream cheese frosting. Part of the batter is tinted red and blue and swirled…

Mardi Gras Game Night

Gumbo, hurricanes, and king cake cupcakes served in a colorful dining room I’ve always wanted to throw a Mardi Gras-themed party! I invited my friends over for a causal game night and because I just couldn’t resist, I turned into a little Mardi Gras dinner. I served my favorite chicken and sausage gumbo and hurricanes before…

Hurricanes

A classic New Orleans cocktail that’s perfect for Mardi Gras! Several years ago I had the most delicious hurricane at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Lafitte’s is the oldest bar in the United States, having served pirates in the 1700s, and makes a mean hurricane today. I wrote about that trip and noted Lafitte’s…

King Cake Cupcakes

Cinnamon cupcakes filled with cinnamon whipped cream cheese and vanilla cream cheese frosting I don’t want to oversell these, but they are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. They’re so moist and the filling is incredible. I used a melon baller to scoop the center out of these beauties and then filled them with the…

Amaretto Fudge

This grown-up fudge takes five minutes! Amaretto is my favorite liqueur. Specifically Disaronno. I could write sonnets about Disaronno but I’ll spare you. Instead, make my easy amaretto fudge! Thank you to my grocery partner Tom Thumbfor supporting The Rose Table and this recipe! It’s partnerships like this that keep The Rose Table ad-free. The amaretto…

Dark Chocolate Bûche de Noël

‘Tis the season for an impressive Christmas classic! Is anyone else in the mood for a yule log? If you’ve never heard of it, a Bûche de Noël is a cake roll decorated to look like a log. A classic Bûche de Noël is vanilla sponge or genoise with chocolate buttercream, but the sky’s the limit…

A Rose for Christmas

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift that keeps on giving: a live rose! I often send people bareroot roses from Jackson & Perkins as thank you gifts. You can order now and your rose gift will be delivered this spring at the appropriate planting time for the recipient’s region of the country….

Pirate Eggnog

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for The Rose Table It’s beginning to look like a Captain Morgan Christmas! If you want a superior spiked eggnog recipe, shake Captain Morgan 1671 with your favorite eggnog and a pinch of cinnamon. My brother and I, we’re Captain Morgan people. We love Captain Morgan so much…

The Fairest Cocktail of Them All

A Snow White cocktail that’s perfect for the holiday season! I have a confession. My regular readers now how much I adore wine and bourbon but if I really want to treat myself, I shake up a dessert cocktail. It’s my favorite! It’s kind of like a milkshake without all of the extra calories. I…

Bacon Flight

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield. ‘Tis the season to be eat, drink, and be merry! I’ve partnered with Smithfield to share a fun and easy entertaining idea this holiday season: a bacon flight. What says party faster than bacon? I roasted slices of Smithfield Thick Cut Hickory Smoked…

Enchant Christmas

Exploring the world’s largest Christmas light maze I could not have been more excited to get an invitation to review Enchant Christmas. I saw photos last year and was mesmerized by its beauty. I took my friend Morgan and had the most incredible time getting into the Christmas spirit! Follow me into a world of pure…

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

You need this recipe, trust me. Cranberry sauce is really satisfying to make. You start with a bag of whole berries and in just a few minutes, it’s an elegant sauce. It looks like magic as the ruby jewels burst open one by one. This is the ultimate cranberry sauce recipe, combining freshly squeezed orange…