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You’re probably wondering what festive cocktail ideas you can infuse in your holiday gatherings. It’s that magical time when family reunions, friendly laughter, cozy fireplace chats, and yes, even some intense football matches fill the air. And let’s not forget those precious vacation days, where the only agenda is relaxation. While Toni has her 3 […]

Five Festive Cocktail Ideas For Your Holiday Party

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Are you excited about hosting a festive winter winter cocktail party that your guests will be raving about? You’re in the right place. Imagine a cozy winter evening, soft, warm twinkling lights, and the sweet sounds of laughter filling the air as everyone enjoys the perfect winter cocktail. It’s a dream come true, right? In […]

Hosting a Festive Winter Cocktail Party

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Vietnamese Bo Luc Lac, or “Shaking Beef,” isn’t just a dish; it’s a Vietnamese flavor bomb. Imagine succulent beef cubes sizzling in a hot pan, creating a dance of flavors. This blog post spills the beans on making this Vietnamese classic—from picking the right beef to whipping up a killer dipping sauce. Let’s dive in […]

Bo Luc Lac “Shaking Beef” with Lime Dipping Sauce

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Over the weekend we enjoyed Shiitake and Crimini Mushroom Risotto at home on a crisp autumn evening. Earlier in the day we hit our gourmet grocer, armed with our shopping list for a date-night-in. We set a warm and cozy ambiance in our dining area and the delightful aroma of a gourmet dish was sizzling […]

Shiitake & Crimini Mushroom Risotto with Aged Parmesan and Chives

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Imagine the anticipation and excitement of the the most memorable Thanksgiving dinner party, filled with delicious meals, captivating sides, and warm decorations that will leave your guests in awe. You envision a feast that not only satisfies their taste buds but also creates cherished memories. We understand the journey you’re on, and we’ve all had […]

5 Steps to a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner Party

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Our restaurant-inspired Thyme and Garlic Basted NY Striploin with Roasted Potatoes and Slow Braised Mushrooms is just the ticket for such a delightful dining experience. In the world of dining, there’s something undeniably special about a restaurant-inspired steak dinner that you can whip up in the comfort of your own kitchen in 30 minutes or […]

Steak Dinner: Thyme and Garlic Basted NY Striploin with Roasted Potatoes and Slow Braised Mushrooms

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Picture a warm summer evening, and you’ve gathered your closest friends and family for a long-awaited dinner. The table is set, candles are flickering, and there’s an air of anticipation. The food and cocktail pairing you’ve planned is about to be served… First course arrives—a delicate appetizer that hints at flavors to come. As you […]

Food and Cocktail Pairings

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Chef Rafael and event planner wife Toni in Wow Worthy Food Workshop sharing the joy of cooking and art of entertaining

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We thought we’d be teaching, but we learned so much from our students in Wow Worthy Food Workshop.

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Would you like to learn how to make light and fluffy pumpkin muffins just like Starbucks? Starbucks makes pumpkin cream cheese muffins every year that are only available from September to November as part of their fall menu. However, if you enjoy pumpkin and cream cheese flavors as my wife and kids do, you don’t […]

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

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Alfredo sauce, especially homemade alfredo sauce, can seem like something only restaurants can make right, but with the right ingredients and some time in the kitchen, you can quickly whip up your own deliciously creamy, tasty and rich alfredo sauce at home! My kids were asking for pasta a few days back. This sauce is […]

Butternut Squash Alfredo Sauce

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