Confession time: I’m not a pumpkin pie fan. There’s just not enough crust per slice, and the filling is often bland and watery — not exactly my dream Thanksgiving dessert.
Now, consider the pint-sized hand pie: It’s got an ample, buttery crust that gets evenly browned in the oven, and each pie comes pre-portioned with its own adorable cutout decoration — no slicing necessary. And the rum cream-spiked, roasted sweet potato filling offers more flavor per bite than plain old pumpkin. Convinced yet?
Make these in lieu of the traditional pumpkin pie, or whip up leftover sweet potatoes for a post-Thanksgiving snack.
Here’s How You Do It
Strawberry season is upon us, and for me, that means lots of opportunities to whip up my one of my all-time favorite spring dishes: strawberry shortcake. I know I’m not alone in my devotion to this dessert; in fact, I seriously question anyone who claims not to be head-over-heels for this classic combo. (If you want to diss strawberry shortcake, you’ll have to go through me first.)
That’s precisely what makes it perfect for a spring dinner party or a Mother’s Day brunch. Plus, it’s easy to give it your own spin to make it feel extra-special: In this Italian-inspired version, lemony ricotta cream and balsamic-mint strawberries elevate the Southern classic.
Strawberry Shortcakes With Ricotta Cream and Balsamic-Mint Berries
Get the recipe and see step-by-step photos after the jump.
I’m kind of obsessed with vintage vignettes. (Okay, majorly obsessed.) Apparently, so is Jeska, the creator, writer and editor of Lobster and Swan, a blog dedicated to sharing decorating ideas, daily discoveries, inspiring photos and recipes too amazing to look at when hungry.
Jeska says, “I live to make my (and hopefully your) surroundings a happier, more beautiful place by taking pleasure in the simple joys of everyday life and the theatre and wonder of some things that may be out of our reach but are delightful nevertheless.” Her blog does exactly that.
I rarely throw parties. Why? I love my friends, but so much work goes into hosting a get-together, from the food and cocktails to the entertainment and decor. It’s not cheap, either. To successfully throw an amazing soiree, every detail matters. Plus, my standards are very high, since I work in the design world. Fortunately, with an abundance of spring and summer festivities on the horizon, HGTV.com has created the go-to party planning guide for hosting casual get-togethers, dinner parties, bridal showers and more (without the cost and headaches!). Here are a few of my favorite ideas to get you started.
Welcome guests by creating simple yet eye-catching place settings and DIY centerpieces that coordinate with the theme of your dinner party:
Hopefully, you’ll have the perfect weather to take your Memorial Day party outside this weekend. Get ready with our outdoor entertaining ideas.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Whether you’re throwing together a last-minute dinner party or just want a Mexican-inspired dinner tonight, head over to Food Network for some great recipes, including everything from chicken enchiladas to margaritas and flan!
Plus, check out Sandra Lee’s tips for planning a semi-homemade Cinco de Mayo Party.