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Getting Fancy in the Instant Pot

When home cooks think of the Instant Pot, we may consider it a convenience tool, mainly used for cooking dried beans quickly or perfectly steaming eggs that are a cinch to peel. While the Instant Pot ...

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Virtual Gatherings are our New Normal

  Zoom is saving me right now. Over the past several weeks during confinement, I've had numerous virtual happy hours to catch up and stay connected with friends. Chatting virtually through FaceTime ...

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DIY Dining Experiences to Try with a Group

  Food brings people together. Nothing rings truer than that statement. While heading to the newest and hottest restaurant in town can be deliciously fun, there are plenty of ways to gather friends ...

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3 Tips to Better Dinner Parties

There is nothing quite so enjoyable in this world as a good dinner party. Laughing, eating and drinking with friends is one of my favorite activities, and doing it in the comfort of a home rather ...

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How to Throw a Fondue Party

Holiday parties can be stressful to host. Instead of choosing a cocktail party that requires lots of different appetizers to equal a full meal for your guests or even a well-planned dinner party, why ...

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Why Dinner Parties Rule

  Modern times seem to call for people always wanting to host a cocktail party. I get it: the vision of martini glasses clinking, and platters of all shapes and sizes holding perfectly manicured ...

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Chowing Down(ton): A Downton Abbey Farewell Dinner

  Last week, viewers all over the United States bid a fond farewell to one of England’s favorite TV families. The highs and lows of Lord and Lady Grantham and the Crawley family have entranced a ...

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How to Throw a Paella Dinner Party

  One of my favorite meals to prepare for an intimate dinner party is paella. Paella is one of those one-pan meals that, if done correctly, is something truly outstanding. I usually serve a few ...

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Make Space for Others: At the Heart of Hosting

After every meal at The Chopping Block when entree plates are cleared and dessert is dished, I can hear the intervals of conversation between family or friends and sometimes perfect strangers who ...

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Dinner Party Elegance

If you have ever thrown a dinner party at home for friends and family, then you have definitely asked yourself; “How can I make this look fabulous?” And with the fall season heading our way, I’m sure ...

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