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The Cookbook Round Up

by Marion Blount | November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

With holiday season in full swing, your cookbooks are probably getting more use then ever. I like to pull out my favorite cookbooks and thumb through them to find the perfect dish to serve. In order to qualify as one of my "go-to cookbooks", it needs to meet a certain criteria. The cookbooks must either focus on healthy eating, easy recipes or a combination of both. Here is my roundup of "go-to cookbooks" that meets my criteria.

1. One Part Plant - Jessica's mission is to encourage everyone to eat one plant based meal everyday. Her cookbook is chock full of healthy, easy and delicious meals. 

2. The Dude Diet - This cookbook is home to some of my go-to recipes. We make the pancakes, basic chicken recipe and beergaritas on the reg. 

3. Skinnytaste - This is the cookbook that really got me cooking. Each recipe is approachable. She also has a lot of recipes that can be made ahead of time in a slow-cooker or crockpot. 

4. Inspiralized - This is the definitive cookbook for using a spiralizer; the kitchen gadget that spiralizes vegetables.

5. Make it Ahead - Last, but certainly not least is my girl Ina. Ina's recipes are crowd pleasers and this particular cookbook is perfect for entertaining. You can prep most of the meal and focus on things like decor and cocktails. 


Get inspired with our Harvest Thanksgiving Tabletop

by Marion Blount | November 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is around the corner and it's time to peruse the internet for decor ideas, create a new pinterest board entitled "Turkey Day" and start recipe scheming. Ah, I love this time of year! To get your creative juices flowing, here is a simple tablescape that is perfect for the upcoming holiday. You can shop the look here. Get the look here.

French Baguette Recipe

by Marion Blount | October 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

Want to really "wow" your dinner guests? Try making your own bread. My friend Fran made this french bread recipe for brunch once. It was fresh out of the oven and still warm - that brunch still stands out in my memory as being one of the most delicious meals. Afterwards, I asked her for the recipe and was shocked at the simplicity of the recipe. I am excited to share it with you and hope you will let me know how it turns out! 


6 cups all-purpose flour

1 Yeast Packet

1 tbsp salt


Mix 3 cups warm (100° F) water with 1 packet of yeast and stir well. Add 1 tbsp salt. Begin to add 6 cups flour and stir until dough is just formed. Set on counter with plastic wrap loosely draped. Allow to sit for 2 hours then you can use it or store it in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Bake in oven at 450 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

*** I found it very useful to use one of these baguette trays to keep the shape of the bread as it bakes. This one is well worth the investment. 

Tagged: Everyday Entertaining, french baguette, recipe

Fall Tablescape Inspiration

by Marion Blount | October 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fall is my favorite time of year to host a dinner party. Something about the chill in the air makes any dinner party seem cozy. Here are a few tips that will help you create a beautiful and welcoming fall tablescape. 

Fall Tablescape Design Tips:
1. Choose a color palette - This helps to create a polished look.
2. Mix textures - Incorporate different textures (something soft, shiny, natural, etc.)
3. Create varying height on the table - Sometimes adding pretty bottles of water or a floral arrangement will give you just the right amount of height. 
4. Make sure you have enough room for the food - Do the serving pieces fit the table or are you going to opt for buffet style? 

Happy Entertaining,