From the category archives:


Q: I have been dating a man 10 years my senior for the past two months. Both he and I feel its time to introduce him to my parents. I thought that it would be nice to do this over dinner at a restaurant of my parents choosing. My mother said that she didn’t care […]


Q: My son is about to be a first-time father, and he asked me if I would be willing to host a baby shower for his wife. They live a distance away from me and therefore the attendees would be friends of mine rather than people from my son’s age group. I told him that […]


Easy Exit: How to depart appropriately

by epi on June 11, 2012

Q: What are the guidelines for making a smooth exit from a gathering? I feel awful when I interrupt the host and hostess if they’re speaking with other people. If it’s a large gathering, do you make the rounds to say good-by to everyone or just the ones closest to the door? I always feel […]


Dan & Cindy’s Icebox Cake

by epi on May 25, 2012

Simple, No-Bake and Tasty! This simple no-bake cake was a staple for Elizabeth Post, Cindy’s mother and Dan’s grandmother. It was so tasty and easy to make that it remains one of our favorite quick-fix desserts today! We use Famous Chocolate Wafers in this icebox cake, and our recipe is a version of the one […]

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from Essential Manners For Men How To Be A Good Host: Six tips Greet guests when they arrive. Circulate among your guests, introduce strangers, and stay long enough to get a conversation started. Keep an eye on your guests and offer to refill drinks as needed. Balance the need to cook with taking care of […]


Lizzie’s Chicken Soup with Rice

by epi on May 4, 2012

Ingredients For the Rice: 2 cups brown basmati rice 4 cups water 1 tbsp unsalted butter For the Soup: 12 cups chicken broth (if using water and bouillon I do 16 cups water and 10 bouillon cubes) 4 chicken breasts – skinned and deboned 2 large carrots cut in half 1 large yellow onion – […]


Lizzie’s Creamy Chicken with Biscuits

by epi on April 20, 2012

Ingredients 1 whole chicken, cut up or 3 whole chicken breasts – with skin and bones – split 2 tsp salt 1 celery stalk with leaves, cut in quarters 5 carrots, cut in ½ inch rounds 1 medium onion, quartered 1 qt good quality, low-sodium chicken broth (Optional) ¼ cup fat (butter or chicken fat […]


Q: My husband and I invited another couple to dinner last week, and they brought us a bottle of wine — then took the half-empty bottle home with them.  Have the rules changed, or was that rude? A: The wine is yours!  If the rules have changed, it’s a new one on me.  An offering […]


Little Chocolate Spice Cakes

by epi on April 6, 2012

These little cakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat — and they look terrific. They don’t require plates or utensils, and as such are a perfect end to a holiday cocktail party. The spice notes and bittersweet chocolate also pair well with many red wines, particularly reds with high fruit […]


Q: I love hosting my extended family for Easter, but my in-laws always bring their high-maintenance dog.  May I tell them that their pooch is not on the guest list this year? A: Of course!  It’s presumptuous of any guest to assume he or she can bring along another visitor, especially a four-legged one.  Try […]