The Rose Table’s French Onion Soup

“The best french onion soup I’ve ever eaten.” – My dad It’s finally happened. I’ve finally perfected French onion soup and it only took me nine years! I have my mom and leftovers to thank. My mom’s suggestion of a teaspoon of sugar caramelized the onions so perfectly and my open bottle of champagne in…

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…

The Best Fall Treats & Eats at Dollywood

Fall is such a fabulous time to visit Dollywood. There are pumpkins around every turn, fun fall photo ops, spooky nighttime lights, and of course, loads of treats to be had during the Harvest Festival, which runs September 27 – November 2 this year. It’s highly atmospheric and is sure to put anyone in the…

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…

Dark Chocolate Maple Truffles

These are not just the best truffles I’ve ever made. These are the best truffles I’ve ever had. They’re smooth and creamy and have incredible maple flavor. These would make lovely gifts and would be gorgeous on a holiday cookie plate! I decorated them with edible gold to give them a beautiful sparkle. They’re absolutely amazing…

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….

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…

Popsicle Champagne

A summer dessert that’s as easy as it sounds! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to turn on my oven when it’s over 90 degrees so I get really creative with dessert all summer: minted fruits, strawberries and cream, homemade ice cream, banana splits, milkshakes, etc. After a meal that filling, I figured…

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…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The ultimate moonlit summer garden party Welcome to my first ever theatre-themed dinner party! As a lifelong lover of the arts, this is an exciting moment for me. I’ve wanted to host A Midsummer Night’s Dream party since I first read the William Shakespeare play in high school. It’s an enchanting theme for a party…