Ultimate Gourmet Comfort Food: Coconut Cacao Black Beans Recipe

A couple months back, I teamed up with my friend Elizabeth Messina to host one of the inaugural meals in Sunday Suppers new global dinner series, Sobremesa. The concept behind the dinner series is simple: Sunday Suppers provides the menu and hosting how-to’s, and you do the rest! The photos Elizabeth shot of our event […]

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Tips for a Pretty + Simple Late Summer Cheese Board

I just spent two days camping with my dad and Ivan in the Sierras, and now we’ve arrived in Reno for a visit with my extended family. One thing we Sages take very seriously is the pre-dinner cocktail hour (formally referred to as “Drinkie-Bye Time”), so when we get together I always take advantage of the […]

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The Easiest DIY Flower Arrangements that Double As Party Favors!

In a one month period, I’m attending a baby shower, a wedding, a birthday party, and a just-because barbecue. There’s nothing like summer’s long days and steamy nights to inspire every manner of social get-together! So in honor of the weekend and the seemingly endless opportunities to throw a stylish shindig, I’ve got another one […]

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Make this Sparkling Summer Cocktail Recipe for the 4th of July!

I think we can officially say that summer is in full swing, yes? With the 4th of July coming midweek we don’t have any major celebrations on the agenda for tomorrow, but we are bracing ourselves for the year’s first heat wave which is expected to hit this weekend. We’ve got plans to hit the shore, […]

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Entertaining Inspiration: How to Set Up for a Party Like a Stylist

I’ve got another entertaining inspiration video for you guys! Last week I shared the first in a series that I filmed last spring, sharing my process for honing in on a theme for your gathering. Now, once you’ve got your idea and you’re ready to bring it to life, I’m sharing my tips on how […]

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Steal These Master Barista Tips for Making Lattes at Home

Whenever I go abroad, I always return having learned at least one new thing that I incorporate into my life at home. From the granola recipe my hostess taught me when I went to Switzerland as a teen, to the trick my favorite Italian B&B owner shared for grilling perfect eggplant, these little tidbits are […]

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Entertaining Inspiration: How to Plan a Theme Party

This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but this is one of the hardest blog posts I’ve ever written. Back in March, I spent a full day filming a series of entertaining inspiration videos. We shot segments on everything from how I come up with a comprehensive concept for a party, to how I implement […]

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Entertain Like an Italian with My Summer Entertaining Tips

For three years in a row, I’ve visited Italy. And for three years in a row, I’ve returned to the States full of a renewed energy for playing hostess. You see, the Italians just get it when it comes to entertaining. Unlike many Americans I know (myself included!), Italians place zero stress on their get-togethers. There’s […]

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How to Get the Perfect Pour Over Coffee Every Time

Without a doubt, my longest standing love affair is with coffee. I can actually remember my first sip ever! I was eight, and my dad had dragged me to a seminar at his work. Bored and feeling rebellious, I snuck a styrofoam cup of Folgers from an ancient percolator parked at the back of the […]

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Introducing Sobremesa: The Sunday Suppers Dinner Series

One of my favorite things to do is play hostess. I even used to cater parties for my boyfriend’s parents in high school! There’s something so thrilling about planning an experience, considering every detail from the menu to the table to the music and more, and then pressing “play” and watching your guests enjoy everything […]

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5 Foolproof Steps for How to Build a Cheese Board That’s Picture Perfect!

If there’s one trick every hostess must to master, it’s how to build a cheese board that will knock guests’ socks off. And the truth is, an incredibly artful cheese board is actually incredibly easy and quick to assemble! In the past couple years I’ve reached the point where I can put a magazine-worthy one […]

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Grain Free Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping from Sweet Laurel Kitchen

Anyone who avoids ingredients like grains, refined sugar, and dairy is pretty familiar with a standard refrain: “Mmm, it’s good…for something that’s grain free!” Or, “Yeah! It’s not bad…for sugar free!” In other words, living with dietary restrictions is sometimes like living in a world of caveats and conditions. In my case, I’ve not been […]

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