From the category archives:


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 […]


Spring Pea Soup

by epi on March 30, 2012

This is our dear friend Louise Roomet’s version of an Elizabeth David classic. While it’s simply delicious as a chilled soup, it’s just as wonderful served hot. The vibrant green makes it the perfect soup for Christmas dinner. This soup is easily adaptable for vegetarians.  (Serves 4 to 6) 1 medium-size head iceberg lettuce 1-pound […]


Q: We just spent a weekend at the home of our daughter’s future in-laws. I was terribly embarrassed when my husband went over to the dining room table, which was set for dinner, picked up a plate, turned it over, and looked at the back. He then did the same thing with the silverware. He […]


Lizzie’s Ham and Cheese Crostini

by epi on March 16, 2012

A Delicious Take on Bread and Cheese! The best part about this recipe is that you can easily adjust it to make a small or large batch. You can even eyeball the ingredients without destroying the dish! Ingredients 1 French baguette 4-8 oz. cream cheese (full fat), softened (8 oz. makes a creamier mix, 4 […]