Why I Love Nordmann Fir Christmas Trees

Can’t decide what kind of tree to get? Read this! First of all, let me start by saying that I am a real Christmas tree advocate. Can one advocate for real Christmas trees? Because if so, that’s me. Once when I lived in Fort Worth, I stuffed a seven foot tree in my little four-door…

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…

Disney Dinners: Aladdin

A Persian-inspired menu served in a Cave of Wonders You ain’t ever had a friend like me! Aladdin is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies but it wasn’t part of the original 12 month Disney Dinners line up because I didn’t have a clue about Middle Eastern cuisine. Aladdin is of course set in…

Panir Salad

A delicious yet simple herbed tomato and feta salad I dare say, I might like this dish better than a village (Greek) salad. Shocking, I know. This is inspired by the Panir Salad at Nora Dallas on Greenville Avenue, where I did Persian food research before Disney Dinners: Aladdin. I have no idea how they make…

Jeweled Jasmine Rice

A beautiful rice dish with pomegranate arils, cranberries, and pistachios  This dish smells like pure heaven when it’s cooking. Oh my word. I’m still thinking about it. It’s easy to make and great for entertaining, because you can cook the rice (I used Jasmine Minute Rice) an hour before the party and let it hang out. Then…

Persian Chicken

Spiced chicken glazed with honey If you’re looking for an easy chicken recipe that tastes fancy, you’ve come to the right place. My Persian Chicken is spiced with tumeric, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and drizzled with local honey for the last few minutes of cooking. It tastes so elegant but is easy enough…

A Whole New World Cocktail

A delightful pomegranate champagne cocktail This is such a drinkable cocktail! I came up with this for Disney Dinners: Aladdin and was so pleased my guests’ reaction. It’s such a pretty drink with pomegranate arils bouncing around from the champagne bubbles and it’s actually fairly good for you! Pomegranate juice, lime juice, and ginger are all…

Banana Trifle

The best banana trifle you will ever have Why don’t I make trifles more often? The beauty of trifles for entertaining is that they’re actually better days after you make them. All the ingredients have a chance to get acquainted and you have a chance to wash and dry all the dishes days before your…

Carriage Picnic 2018

Last weekend I packed up a picnic and headed to Black Star Sport Horses with my friend Morgan for the annual Tejas Carriage Association two-day event, one of my favorite events of the whole year. Basically, you hang out on a beautiful fall day and watch a bunch of horse-drawn carriages compete in various events…

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

I don’t have the best photos of this delightful cookie but what can I say? I write about my real life here on The Rose Table and sometimes that means taking a few iPhone photos on the fly, packing up cookies on a picnic, and totally forgetting to take beautifully staged photos. That won’t deter…