Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday! A large cheese and charcuterie platter is one of my favorite appetizers for a crowd. You can chuck it full of cheese, nuts, fruit, meats, olives… the list goes on. I wrote a blog post a while back that outlines what I like to add to mine and how I get variation. Hope it helps you create your own! The board I have shown here is a favorite reclaimed bread board from McGee & Co. – I have the XL size and it’s the perfect board for a crowd!
This is my go-to, tried-and-true classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. There are a few key things that make these chocolate chip cookies extra delicious– the addition of sea salt, setting the dough overnight, and giving the cookies a good fall on the stovetop mid-bake. Let me know how yours turn out!
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt dash of cinnamon 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted + 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla 12 ounces dark chocolate chips Sea salt (to sprinkle on top)
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla until combined. Slowly beat in dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough overnight Bake at 375 degrees until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Midway through baking, give the sheet pan a good drop on the stovetop to flatten them. Sprinkle sea salt on top, let sit on sheet pan for a minute or two, and then transfer to a cookie rack.
Spring is officially here and I could not be more excited! I love hosting this time of year– in addition to the abundance of beautiful blossoms, there are so many fun entertaining pieces to use for a fresh spring table. I also love that recipes are light, fresh and colorful. Below are some of my favorite tableware pieces for spring as well as some delicious seasonal recipes. Happy brunching!
It’s Henry’s first Easter and I’m so excited to have his first Easter basket complete. Although he’s a little too young to fully understand, I still wanted to start the tradition and am looking forward to having him “open” it on Easter morning. I stuffed it with books and toys and am linking some of my favorite gift ideas for your little ones here!
We had such a special weekend celebrating H’s baptism with family and friends. I served finger sandwiches and an orzo salad, and of course set out a large cheese board for snacking. For dessert, we had custom cookies and a homemade angel food cake with berries and lemon curd. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday that we will remember forever!
This ocean-front shingled Gambrel style beach house by Patrick Ahearn (architecture) and Katie Rosenfeld (interiors) has me falling in love with color! Katie’s goal was a colorful and eclectic interior that still felt sophisticated and fresh, and it’s clear that she nailed it. I love this mixed with the classic colonial architecture.
There’s no denying my first love of stripes, but gingham comes in a close second. It’s such a classic pattern that can be used anywhere– from pillows to headboards, skirts to tablecloths, couches to dresses. It’s both feminine and masculine and mixes wonderfully with other patterns. It also does not have to mean country bumpkin… unless of course you want it to!