Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast

A French menu inspired by the iconic song Be Our Guest “Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride And greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair As The Rose Table proudly presents Your dinner!” Beauty and the Beast is not only…

Mini Gruyere and Parmesan Cheese Soufflé

I can’t believe I was always too scared to make soufflé. Take it from me: if you’re comfortable making sponge cake, you’ll have no problem making soufflé. I decided to go tres French for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast with some of my favorite French ingredients: gruyere, parmesan, and herbes de provence. You want…

La Belle et la Bête

I tweaked a simple champagne cocktail for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast. La Belle et la Bête is a mix of Chambord, a French mixed berry liqueur, and Veuve Clicquot, my favorite champagne. It’s French and fabulous and whimsical, thanks to the strawberry roses on the side. Shout out to my friend Rebecca for…

Beef Ragout

Is there anything more comforting than a hearty beef stew? I’ve been tweaking this recipe for months to bring you the most delicious beef ragout for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast. This is a great dinner party recipe because it cooks for hours so you can do all of the work in the afternoon…

Try The Grey Stuff (It’s Delicious!)

“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” Looking for a dessert for your very own Beauty and the Beast dinner party? You’ve come to the right place! My goal with The Grey Stuff was to offer the world an elegant, brand new version of the viral phenomenon. In the animated movie, it’s not clear what The…

Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival 2018

I have decided that the epitome of happiness is an ice cream cone in your left hand, a glass of wine in your right hand, and live jazz during cherry blossom season at The Dallas Arboretum. What a way to kick off spring! The second annual Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival was sold out…

Mustard Cream Pork Chops and Gnocchi

This is one of my favorite quick dinners. I make this dish all the time and finally took a minute to photograph it so I can post the recipe for you. This is really so simple. You cook the chops for five minutes on each side, deglaze the pan with wine, lower the heat, add…

How to Make Irish Nachos

What is this Irish lass eating on Saint Patrick’s Day? Irish nachos! Crispy homemade potato chips are the base for this incredible dish, which can be customized to your heart’s desire. My favorite combo is crispy thick-cut bacon and flat-leaf parsley. It’s one perfect potato plate that makes this Irish girl’s heart swoon! You can…

Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

These are positively swoon-worthy, the kind of cookie that will have you saying oh my gosh with every bite. Thick, buttery cookies bursting with cinnamon flavor encase an ever thicker layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. (I always buy original Philadelphia Cream Cheese.) You’d think one would be enough but we all gobbled up two….

Downtown Rockwall

You know how three episodes into a Gilmore girls marathon, you think, I have to move there!? I often walk around downtown Rockwall thinking, I can’t believe I live here! It’s unbelievably quaint and charming and has an incredible farm-to-table food scene and fabulous shops. My sleepy lakeside town is just twenty minutes east of Dallas on…

Wine and Magic

Wine and Magic is a monthly show at Checkered Past Winery featuring award-winning magician Trigg Watson (no relation) and it’s not to be missed. I’ve taken a ton of friends now and everyone has been always blown away by Trigg. He takes every expectation you have about a magic show, addresses it, and turns it…

Dallas Blooms 2018

Dallas Blooms is a gardener’s delight. The Dallas Arboretum festival is especially welcome after a particularly dreary, cold winter here in Dallas.  Over 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms pepper the 66-acre botanical garden. You’ll see over one hundred varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies, and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. What I love so much…