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The Dinner Meeting: We’re not treating!

by epi on January 22, 2013

Q: I am planning a dinner meeting the evening prior to a day-long board meeting. The dinner meeting is set up so that each individual pays for their own meal. It has been done in the past but is not yet an established tradition. How do I indicate these details in the agendas and e-mail […]


Buttermilk Feather Cake with Nutmeg

by epi on December 28, 2012

It’s featherlight, moist from the buttermilk, and nutmeg scented – simply scrumptious. Because it’s so restrained, it’s versatile, good with pear compote and crème fraîche or whipped cream, or in season with juicy ripe fruit (like peeled, lightly sugared peaches, pitted sliced plums, or berries), or just pristinely on its own. P.S. Don’t skimp on […]


by Rosanna Bowles Pranzo is a midday meal eaten in Italy at 1 PM. Gathering for pranzo is an important ritual for all Italians. The closest tradition Americans have to pranzo is Sunday dinner; in the U.K. it’s afternoon tea. This meal is a diverse cultural moment in which extended family members gather to be together to […]


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 […]