When setting the table, remember that its appearance contributes to the ambiance of a meal as much as the food. Whether it is paper plates or delicate china, setting the table for a special meal doesn’t need to be stressful.
I still remember one of the first lessons I learned in kindergarten. It came to mind the other day because I more or less tripped over it. I stopped for a quick lunch at a favorite spot and while I was eating, a man came in, seating himself at the table behind me. He caught […]
Do you know that in early 6th Century B.C., the Greeks had a pretty simple solution for common social problems, such as disposing of an enemy, silencing the competition, or preventing a messy divorce? They spiked their wine with poison! So in order to reassure company that the wine was safe to drink, the host […]
Sitting down to a nicely set table brings with it the anticipation of a delicious meal to come. It can also bring thoughts of embarrassment, frustration, and even fear, depending on the situation and people around you. Here are some tips to help you navigate the place setting: The […]
The holidays bring many opportunities to get together with friends, colleagues, and family to talk, celebrate, and of course, to eat. Here is a list of tips to help you navigate your way through a meal: 1. Take small bites, because as soon as you put something in your mouth, you will be asked a […]
Over the years, I have seen — and received — a variety of reactions from people when they learn of my profession. One of the most memorable experiences took place at a luncheon I was attending; I was new to an organization and acquainted with some of the other attendees but the future friendships we […]
With the holidays comes food. Navigating your way through the appealing, and sometimes, not-so-tempting, delicacies can be a minefield. 1. Great-Aunt Ida brings her favorite lime jello marshmallow, banana and beet salad for dinner. You would prefer to have an “accident” in the kitchen but know she would be terribly hurt if it is not […]