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Lizzie’s Shepard or Cottage Pie

by epi on March 2, 2012

Shepherd’s pie is a delicious warm comforting dish known for the combination of Lamb and Mashed Potatoes. Cottage pie is the same thing but uses ground beef instead of ground lamb. Here’s my twist on this classic. Ingredients: 4-6 medium to large russet potatoes, peeled & cut into medium chunks 1 TBSP butter 2-4 TBSP […]


Q: We are planning on having a swimming pool installed in our backyard. We are anticipating that kids (and perhaps some adults) may become more friendly and look for invitations to come swim. We want to be generally friendly, but what is the proper etiquette as a pool owner when kids (or adults) stop by […]


Fussy About Food: When nothing appeals to you

by epi on February 20, 2012

Q: My husband and I were invited to dinner at our daughter’s in-laws last Christmas Eve. My husband is a very fussy eater, and unfortunately there wasn’t anything there that he liked. He joined us at the table, but didn’t eat. Apparently everyone discussed his behavior after the holidays and said he was extremely rude. […]


Lizzie’s Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes

by epi on February 17, 2012

Simple and scrumptious, these fudgy, moist cupcakes will be a huge hit (and for those watching their calories, they come in at around 130 calories per cupcake – based on a yield of 18 medium-sized cupcakes). Ingredients: Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I use Duncan Hines) 1- 15 oz. can of Condensed Pumpkin (you can […]


Q: We just recently purchased a new home. It has hardwood entry/kitchen and carpet throughout. Is it rude to ask people to remove their shoes when coming into the house? We have place a chair on the front porch to assist those when removing their shoes. We both find it very comfortable to make the […]


Post Family Favorite Curry Kebabs

by epi on February 3, 2012

This is a family favorite. We use it on Shrimp, Chicken, Pork Tenderloin and Steak. It goes great with Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes. Mix and match your favorites.  You can skewer your meats and veggies for kebabs or keep them whole. The marinade is very […]


Host Homes: To tour or not to tour?

by epi on January 30, 2012

Q: When you are invited to somebody’s home for the first time, which is most appropriate? (1) Wait for an invitation to ‘tour’ the home. (2) Ask to be taken on a tour of the home. As a child, I was always taught to wait for an invitation and not invite oneself. That viewpoint has […]


Q: I’m holding a surprise birthday dinner next month for my husband at our favorite restaurant.  I invited three other couples — am I expected to foot the entire bill, or is it OK to ask everyone to split it? A: When you’re the host, you pay the bill.  Since you’ve already invited the others […]


Q: I invited my son’s girlfriend for Christmas.  They’re seniors in college and practically live together- but I want them in separate rooms.  What’s the best way to communicate this? A: Talk about the sleeping arrangements before their visit.  Simply say, “We’re planning to have Sheila stay in the guest room.”  It’s unlikely your son’s […]


Holiday Manners Makeover- Table Rules

by Cindy Post Senning on December 13, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Table Conversation The art of dining includes several things: the […]