holiday bites

I hosted our annual holiday open house this past weekend and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite holiday bite-size hors d’oeuvres.  My philosophy is to serve just 4 or 5 dishes and have plenty of them to go around!  Huge thank you to Elizabeth with Cutting Board Catering for helping out with the food.  While I can’t really share the caterer’s recipes, I hope that these holiday bites will serve as inspiration for your upcoming gatherings.

Pesto Potato Frittata


Most people think of frittatas for breakfast for lunch, but they are a hearty and substantial appetizer.  Bonus: They can be served room temperature.  While any frittata ingredients will do, this pesto and potato version is a crowd pleaser and vegetarian-friendly.

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christmas spirits

For your upcoming holiday events, I’m sharing my two favorite holiday cocktails.  Perfect for one or for a crowd!

The White Christmas

I love this cocktail, as it is made by the pitcher which makes it easy to serve for a party.  The delicious peach and rosemary flavors are perfect for the season, but also unexpected.  Find the recipe here.


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flavors of fall

Sorry for the radio silence!  Since my little guy turned 5, we have been battling ear infections, which resulted in ear tubes round 2 and an adenoidectomy.  We are still recouping at our house, but I thought I’d share a few of our favorite fall dishes.  We’ve been busy baking here, since Gabriel isn’t ready to get out and about quite yet:

  • Nothing can beat the simplicity of oatmeal raisin cookies.  These are the best (so soft and chewy) and fill your house with a glorious aroma as they bake.

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  • I love pecan recipes, especially during this season.  This kale and pecan salad would be the perfect side to serve for a fall dinner.

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  • Nothing is more comforting than a fall soup.  This butternut squash is a house favorite for our family for a lunch or a festive dinner starter.

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  • Everyone needs a go-to game day dish.  These wings are sure to please even the most upscale of crowds.

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Give these delicious recipes a try!  The flavors of fall are the best!

katherine Greene



4th of july faves


I love the 4th of July!  Here are a few of my favorite things about this holiday:

  • Grilling out!  Everything tastes better on the grill.  Tired of hamburgers or hotdogs?  Try this delicious alternative (pictured above).
  • Anything with flags.  I love the flag cake recipe.  It is a crowd-pleaser every time and it is very fun for the kids to decorate.
  • Cute red, white and blue ensembles.  Isn’t it flattering for everyone?
  • Fireworks!  We are going to try to make our local display this year.

What are your favorite traditions for the 4th?

katherine Greene

totally tomato

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Is there anything better than a summer tomato?  Whether you get them at the Farmer’s Market or grow them yourself, tomatoes are the perfect addition to your summer table.

My favorite tomato salad has to be a Caprese salad.  This assembled dish could not be easier or more delicious.  You should give it a try for your 4th of July cookout.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • extra-virgin olive oil

Step by Step:

  1. Slice your tomatoes and mozzarella into equal slices, about 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Layer slices of tomatoes and mozzarella in an alternating pattern, adding a basil leaf between each onto your serving platter
  3. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yum!  A bonus for me this dish is naturally gluten-free.  I also love adding a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction.

What’s your favorite tomato dish for summer?

katherine Greene

grapefruit fizz


As promised, I’m back with the delicious Mother’s Day cocktail that I enjoyed a few weekends ago!

My husband loves all things grapefruit, but I often find them to be overly tart for my palette.  So, when I saw that my mom had made grapefruit drinks, I was skeptical.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised with the acidity of this drink.  I think that the pineapple juice cuts to tartness perfectly.

Here’s the scoop:

Grapefruit Fizz * makes 1

1 oz. pink grapefruit juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

4 oz. champagne


Step by Step:

You can make this drink individually with the measurements above or you can serve a crowd by filling a carafe with equal parts chilled grapefruit and pineapple juice and allow guests to mix their own cocktail.  In your champagne flute or wine glass (which we used for Mother’s Day), fill your glass with  1/3 juice and 2/3 champagne.  You just want a light fizz to complete this refreshing drink.

This cocktail would be a great addition to a brunch menu or a festive touch to a bridal shower.


Happy mixing!  Give these a try this weekend!

katherine Greene