Archive for March 2011

For tips and tricks on how to host the perfect brunch, see our handy dandy brunch guide.

EVENT: Elyssa’s 26th Birthday Brunch
VENUE: Elyssa’s Apartment, West Villge
PARTY SIZE: 24 girls, 1 boy
TYPE: BFF-BGSK Catered Brunch Buffet
MENU: Individual Huevos Rancheros with Chipotle Black Beans and Creamy Avocado; Baked French Toast with Blueberry Compote; Fruit Platter; Assorted Bread Basket with Raspberry Butter; Moosetracks Cupcakes

One of the downsides of catering is that it’s cooking for strangers, and we really love cooking for people we know (and love). So it’s always a treat …

3/26/11: Food For Thought Expo in Fairfield, CT — We’ll be cooking up a storm next Saturday, March 26th at the annual Food For Thought Expo in Fairfield, CT. You can find out more about the event in this article. Our demo is at 2pm, and we’ll be making take-out at home! If you are in the area, we’d love you to stop by.

Recipe Flash: Linguine Aglio e Olio con Acciuga

Posted by on Wednesday Mar 16th, 2011

Recently, after a pasta dinner at my friend Rachel’s house, we were talking about, well, pasta. It was about a week after I’d made this linguine to eat for myself. So when Rachel went around and asked each of her guests what our go-to pastas were, I was surprised to hear her say that hers was fairly similar to this one. Here I was thinking I was alone in enjoying a good fishy splash of garlicky olive oil coating my pasta. Apparently not. Rachel’s version–which I’m sure to try soon–includes broccoli rabe, plus the ingredients in this post’s super simple …

Southern Flourish: Yankee Girl’s Guide to a Southern Dinner — Southern Flourish asked us to write about how to throw a Southern-style urban dinner party. Our resulting recipes were as pan-southern as they get, infused with our yankee enthusiasm and ability to google. Check out our recipes for jambalaya, fried chicken salad with buttermilk dressing, pecan sundaes, and the yankee bourbon dandy cocktail in the magazine.

Huffington Post: Theme Parties Are the Best Parties — We shared our love of theme parties this week with Huffington Post, as well as our tips for being the best theme party host ever. Check them out here, and don’t forget to get your green on this Thursday.

EVENT: Rainy Sunday Brunch
VENUE: Cara’s Apartment, Prospect Heights
TYPE: Coffee Table Meal
MENU: Coffee; Banana-Coconut Crumb Cake; Baked Eggs with Tomatoes & Smoky Potatoes

I really love hosting brunch. It fits in with so many of my favorite habits, including but not limited to: getting up early even on the weekends, cooking up a storm, and not leaving the house on rainy days. I can’t predict the weather, but I can invite friends over on Saturdays and Sundays and cook them some delicious food.

This brunch was easy enough to plan. I hadn’t seen Kate …

We chose a winner randomly from the list of commenters. Congrats to reader Chelsea of Ducks Oven who just got this amazing Compact Smart Oven from Breville to add to her dorm room! Here’s what she had to say:

I’m STILL a college student, and historically my favorite food has been my comfort food, grown up mac n cheese. I make a big batch of it the Sunday before finals week every term! :)

Thank you to all of you who participated in our College Giveaway, and told us all about your days of campus eating. We were very impressed …