I made it my mission to eat myself silly at Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot, but also happened to find entertaining inspiration at the same time. At one table, chef Roland Passot offered egg-cellent boiled eggs with toast soldiers. Eggshells don't stand up easily on their own, but he served them in a large bowl filled with rock salt, star anise, and pink and white peppercorns. I loved the natural colors and unpretentious feel of the presentation — and the fact that this wouldn't be too difficult or expensive to re-create. What unique ways do you like to serve food for a crowd?
- Check out the trailer of Brian Boitano's new Food Network show.
- Check out the trailer of Brian Boitano's new Food Network show. — New York Magazine
- Possible disguises for Sam Sifton, the New York Times new restaurant critic. — Eat Me Daily
- Give classic caprese salad a stone-fruit twist by making it with peaches. — Serious Eats
- Bon Appétit has named the nation's best new restaurants. — Bon Appétit
- 10 of Julia Child's most prolific quotes. — Chow
- Learn how to turn a strawberry box and strawberries into a beautiful centerpiece. — Design*Sponge
- 5 reasons that explain why Meryl Streep played Julia Child perfectly. — The Hungry Beast
- Once shunned, the affordable carnation is making a centerpiece comeback.
- Once shunned, the affordable carnation is making a centerpiece comeback. — Hostess With the Mostess
- Love cilantro? Check out this new website devoted to the fragrant herb. — Serious Eats
- Tips for building the ultimate green kitchen. — Chow
- One writer argues that food cannot travel and cuisine is limited to the place where it's made. — Gourmet
- Trader Joe's is now selling hard boiled peeled eggs. — The Kitchn
- Get excited for Thomas Keller's next big deal, Ad Hoc at Home, a family-friendly cookbook. — Eat Me Daily
- Learn how to make your own adorable marshmallow Peeps! — Twig and Thistle
- Speaking of Peeps, would you use Peeps-scented lip balm? — Serious Eats
- A guide to which sauces go best with which noodles. — Chow
- Salads can be deliciously satisfying even if they don't have lettuce. — Self
- What wines work with the hard-to-pair asparagus. — The Epi-Log
- Must make: bacon-wrapped potato bites with sour cream dipping sauce. — The Kitchn
- Stylish and modern centerpieces are perfect for the Easter table. — Hostess With the Mostess
- If a classic bridal shower isn't your style, consider hosting a girls' night in martini party. — My Recipes
- Now that grilling season is upon us, be sure you know the difference between gas and charcoal grills. — Chow
- Over evite? Try the new alternative Pingg, an eco friendly, chic way to send invitations. — Pingg
- These luscious centerpieces make me want to host a Spring dinner party! — Hostess with the Mostess
- Slightly disturbing: the difference between portion sizes then and now. — Divine Caroline
- Watch as kung fu master, Ho Eng Hui, breaks through a coconut with his index finger, it's absolutely insane! — Serious Eats
- The city of Chicago has repealed the foie gras ban. —Slashfood
One of the many decisions you have to make when planning your wedding is how to style the tables. A spectacular centerpiece on the table is like the icing on the cake. It's an eye catching piece of decor that stimulates conversation and sets the atmosphere for the reception. This year centerpieces have moved beyond the traditional: fruits and vegetables abound, nature adds down-to-earth glamor, and the glowing cast of candles shadow the arrangements. To see some of the most popular centerpiece trends, click the "Start" button.
With Spring around the corner, there are lots of cheaper alternatives to fresh cut flowers. You could use petals, or you could skip the flowers all together. How simply elegant is this vibrant wheatgrass and lemon centerpiece?
I came across it last weekend while at a crab-feed fund raiser for the 49ers. Instantly hundreds of varieties come to mind: place limes in the middle for a St. Patrick's Day party or scatter dyed eggs in the grass for an Easter brunch. At only $11.00 a tray, fresh wheatgrass is affordable and fabulous.
If you are planning a party, you may run the risk of spending a lot of money. Flowers, while beautiful and fragrant, often cost a large amount of your party budget. Cut the cost by cutting the flowers. Fall is a great time to use other ingredients in the decor:
- Create tonal arrangements using fruit. Fill a bowl with red apples, purple grapes, and burgundy pears. Or do the same arrangement with green apples, emerald grapes, and yellow pears.
- Fill a large glass vase (you can find them at Michaels for super cheap) with dried, collected leaves. Place a large white pillar candle on the pillow of leaves.
- Purchase potted plants. Pansies can handle frost and come at very low prices. The day after the party, plant the flowers in your garden.
- Don't underestimate the power of pumpkins! Purchase several pumpkins in various shapes, sizes, and colors and place them in the center of your table or along your mantle. Use small ones to fill large glass containers.
- Crowd bowls with nuts in the shell. Walnuts, pecans, and almonds look festive when placed at varying heights on a table in bright glass bowls.
Got a great idea on how to create a gorgeous look without flowers? Please share it with us below!!
- If you're looking for something a little different in your decorating scheme, try edible centerpieces. - Slashfood
- Learn about one of my favorite desserts of all time called ice kacang (aka hong dou bing) - a shaved ice dish popular in Asia. - Serious Eats
- Justin Timberlake's new restaurant is now open. I guess this time he's bringin' fried pickles back. - Chow
- Be sure to check out this guide on how to store fresh herbs. - Kitchen Therapy
- Did you know? Lentils help you lose weight. - FitSugar
- Fox is really pushing the new Simpsons movie, they even have a Ben & Jerry's flavor called "Duff and D'oh-Nuts". - Will Work For Food
- What's better than frosted animal cookies? How about giant pimped out frosted animal cookies. - Baking Bites
- Do microwaves cause obesity? - Culinate
- Learn more about the allium family of foods - such as garlic, chives, leeks, etc. - The Daily Tiffin
- What happens when one man goes to 171 Starbucks in one day? - Via Tastespotting