Snacking with Style: Bubbles and Popcorn

It was one of those moments that I wish I had anticipated having my camera ready. The place was the venerable Canlis restaurant in Seattle. The occasion was very rare lunchtime gathering as the venue of choice for a trade gathering with Ferrari sparkling wines from the cooler northern region of Italy, [...]

2013-09-20T22:46:32+00:00September 16th, 2013|entertaining ideas, Salty Snacks, Wines|

A Jazzy Trailer for Game Night

Trailers are for movies, right? Or maybe for hipster curbside no-fuss dining establishments. But actually, trailers are now for cookbooks, too. And other books that show up on shelves each year. I'd never heard the concept of a cookbook trailer until a matter of months ago, when I started seeing/hearing friends talk [...]

2011-07-07T17:48:00+00:00July 7th, 2011|entertaining ideas|

Drinking Right on Game Night

It's pretty easy to get wrapped up in all the great food options that surround an ideal game night scenario: mini serving dishes, favorite game-friendly ingredients (endive leaves, cocktail bread, mini tart shells), fun little picks and skewers to use, finger-food menu plans and such. But at some point you and your [...]

2011-04-26T19:15:16+00:00April 26th, 2011|entertaining ideas|

That OTHER Game: Snacks for Super Bowl

Yep, she's right. My pal Tracy Schneider imagined aloud in a blog post that when I wrote Gourmet Game Night I was likely "thinking of Scrabble, poker or backgammon" rather than football. I don't care much for the game, actually. Never watch during regular season. The last Super Bowl I watched [...]

2017-03-28T21:10:41+00:00February 3rd, 2011|entertaining ideas|

Game Night 2011: Small Is Delicious

Is it just me, or did this recent transition from one year to the next come with a larger-than-usual dose of year-end lists? Both of the looking-back-on-what-happened this past year and the ever popular crystal-ball-gaze toward what the coming year may hold. And food trends certainly stand out as one of the [...]

2011-01-11T10:50:25+00:00January 11th, 2011|entertaining ideas|

The Shape of Game Night Eats

Round or flat? It's a debate that dates back centuries. Or at least had, until folks realized that those schooners didn't slip off the edge of the Earth when adventurers went exploring. But it's a debate that came back to life as I was brainstorming recipes for this book. I [...]

2010-10-05T12:42:08+00:00October 5th, 2010|entertaining ideas|

Crate & Barrel Signings

I'm so thrilled that Crate & Barrel is carrying Gourmet Game Night! Not only carrying the book, but as I understand things the book is due to be part of a special display during the fall months building up to the holidays. Woo-hoo! What a great match for the book. [...]

2010-08-25T15:26:45+00:00August 25th, 2010|entertaining ideas|

Simple & Tasty: Pea-Mint Spread

Sometimes I'm kind of sheepish about creating a recipe that just seems SO simple that there's almost nothing to it. But then I'm constantly reminded that, in fact, there's probably no such thing as being too simple (like too rich or too thin?). This is just one of those recipes. Throw [...]

2010-04-08T12:20:36+00:00April 8th, 2010|entertaining ideas|