Recipe Remix: Sesame Ginger Salmon Pasta Salad

Have a potluck coming up and need an easy dish to share? Something that is healthy and flavorful, but doesn’t take too much work… Well here is a new twist on an old favorite. You can easily turn your Sesame Ginger Salmon into an Asian-inspired pasta salad everyone will be raving about.

Appetizer: Golden Shrimp Skewers

An elegant dish, made from our Golden Shrimp and Parmesan Risotto recipe, that is so easy to cook. It will leave your guests raving.

10 Tips for Relaxing and Enjoying your Guests

When I host gatherings, my friends and family often say, “You’re so relaxed; how do you do it?” I didn’t know I was relaxed, but, I guess I am! Through years of practice, both at home and in the catering business, I’ve found a rhythm that works best for me. My style is informal entertaining….

Celebrating a Graduation this Year?

Here’s how to make it special! If you’re throwing a graduation party, be free to make it unique to your graduate. Celebrate their way. If they don’t like crowds and shy away from too much attention, make the guest list small and let them open their gifts personally with the giver. But, if they like…

Limited on time to plan Easter Dinner?

Menu planning takes time and creativity – two things most of us want more of! When Easter rolls around (or other holidays), we find ourselves back to scanning recipes trying to make our holiday beautiful, special and delicious. Let Dream Dinners help make your Easter a cinch. Try this Easter Dinner Menu: Honey Chipotle Pork Roast with Almond Green Beans Roasted Heirloom…

Helping your Kids Have a Hospitable Heart

There’s something so heartwarming to see my kids practice hospitality as young adults. As parents we spend years teaching them to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ among a host of other manners, so it’s nice to know it eventually pays off! Arrive with a gift in hand. Besides the usual table manners regarding napkins, elbows,…

Hosting ‘Hang-ups’ worth Bagging (Part 2)

If you want to host more often but never get around to it, see if these tips will help you overcome the most common hosting hurdles: We are limited on space Overflow into your yard, deck, and even garage. (Crowds can be cozy)! I don’t know what to do You don’t have to provide entertainment…

Hosting ‘Hang-ups’ worth Bagging

What makes hosting challenging for you? I have a friend who rarely hosts because she doesn’t think she’s a good cook, although, whenever I eat her cooking, it’s always great! Does having people over for dinner seem intimidating? We have lots of reasons that hold us back. We can be low on: time, funds, energy,…

Make these Winter Game Appetizers in a Snap

Get in the spirit of the Winter Games and have a celebration.  Gather your family or a few close friends and turn some of your Dream Dinners meals into party appetizers for the Ceremonies or your favorite event. The Slow Cooked BBQ Beef with Rustic Country Rolls are a savory winter treat. Serve them on a platter…

Our Under-construction Christmas

Discover ‘True Hospitality’ and Never be Intimidated Again What kind of friend are you: the one who hosts or the one who’s often the guest? Sometimes we let self-doubt, fears, intimidation, or an imperfect environment inhibit us from having people over. We can easily confuse the food and presentation with the art of hospitality. When…

Super Bowl Appetizers

This year (2014), the Super Bowl will be on February 2nd so make sure to plan ahead with meals off the January menu that can easily be turned into game day appetizers. You’ll be able to spend less time focusing on food prep and more time enjoying the game! Try these great options.