How to Plan an Romantic Shakespearean Picnic Dinner

A romantic picnic dinner at a Shakespeare Festivals makes for a wonderfully delicious time.  It is a delightfully way to tell the one you love that he or she is special.  It also makes it very special if the play is Romeo and Juliet.  But no matter the play, plan to have a good time….

Fourth of July Menu

It is that time of year again!  Thinking of an outside BBQ in the park or backyard?  Try this tasty menu of stuffed burgers, potato salad, and cake.  Bacon Stuffed Hamburgers: Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds ground beef 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon hot sauce Salt and pepper 4 bacon strips, diced ½ onion, chopped…

Teriyaki Pineapple Marinade for Grilled Chicken

I love grilled teriyaki chicken for an afternoon alfresco dinner. Add a salad and grilled fresh pineapple and the taste buds are jumping. If you are looking for more recipes and menus, check out my cookbooks on Amazon. Teriyaki Pineapple Marinade Ingredients: 1 cup teriyaki sauce ½ cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated…

Pool Party Menu

Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 2 cups boiling water ½ pound fresh strawberries, quartered 12 cups cubed watermelon 1 can, frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 3 tablespoons lemon juice Ice cubes Directions: Dissolve sugar in boiling water. Place strawberries and watermelon in batched in blender, mix until well blended. Pour fruit through a mesh strainer….

Dad’s Day with Beer Butt Chicken

Beer Butt Chicken seems a favorite with the beer drinking Dads.  A beer in hand, grill going strong with favors of chicken fill the neighborhood, and kids out paying in the slip in slide.  It is the start of the summer grilling season, with a big push from Dad and his grill.  Add potato salad,…

Greek Festival Specialty: Spanakopita – Spinach Cheese Pie

June is the start of festival season in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Over the years, going to the various festivals have become tradition and a unique way to socialize and party with friends.   All over the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Atlantic areas are international festivals, such as Greek, Italian, Irish, Scottish and German.  All are favorites with lots…

Summer Mocktails

          Drinking by the pool on a hot day is great for anyone. Sun’s out, fun’s out; Am I right? Some people like to kick back with a beer or some other alcoholic refreshment, whereas others do not. This summer, we are all about mocktails. Some of your favorite adult beverages without the liquor, for…

Kentucky Derby Bourbon Chicken Skewers

May 1st is Derby day! Are you ready to kick off the outdoor party season?  The Kentucky derby is a great way to start the season off right.  Invite a few friends over and set the TV outside for a fantastic party event. Even if your backyard isn’t very large, you can still create a…

Irish Fairy Cakes

 Irish America Fairy cakes are favorite just like hot cross buns in March. Fairy cakes have magical properties besides enabling you to see fairies it will also heal the sick, but only if baked on the day. In America though, you will know these as cupcakes! Ingredients 1 stick of butter 2⁄3 cup sugar To eggs,…

How to Throw an Outdoor Chocolate-Tasting Party

As a Chef and Caterer, I find that many of my clients are looking for different ways to entertain outdoors. One of those ways is with an Outdoor Chocolate Tasting Party. Here are a few tips to throw your own chocolate tasting party. It is a fun way to allow yourself and your friends to…