Entertaining family and friends has become second nature to me as I have been hosting my own family for Sunday Dinner (I have 6 children & 14 grandchildren) for many years and as well as business friends and family from abroad. However, nothing rallies my family together than a sports event like the Superbowl. My eldest son Frank played football for Purdue and my grandchildren are following suit. I just wanted to share some helpful tips that has made the Doria house the house to be during the Superbowl! I’ll break it down into three categories (Food , Refreshments, Décor)
Food Appetizer: Most likely, guest will be arriving at different times throughout the day so it iscertainly very important to have several appetizers o...Read more
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 8:45:00 AM
Valentine’s Day: No Restaurant? No Problem!
Welcome to Valentine’s Day in New York City, where going out to dinner has key winning ingredients like cliché prefix menus and a 30 minute wait to be seated WITH a reservation. I’ve decided a long time ago that being in the comfort of your own home, no matter how simple or complex the spread, always gets the evening started on a relaxed note. People are often intimidated by the idea of cooking on a regular night, let alone an especially romantic occasion like February 14th. I wanted to share with you some tricks/helpful hints that your partner will think you put in a “gourmet” effort but you actually spent “everyday” time on your preparation.
Posted on 2/6/2014 at 7:30:00 AM
One of the most appetizing aromas and sounds to a hungry party-goer is the sizzle of the summer time grill. With quality ingredients, a tasty marinade, and a little preparation, the average BBQ chef can grill almost anything nowadays. I remember watching some cooking shows and travel channel specials recently about firing up the grill, and my mouth was watering through the TV. Chef and pit masters alike were grilling everything from different cuts of steak and seafood on wood planks, to seasonal fruits. I kept watching these programs, while thinking all the years my family and I have been grilling, as it dawned on me: it’s time to put more emphasis on the marinade!
1. Homemade Should Always be an Option I’ve always been a big...Read more
Posted on 5/9/2013 at 5:45:00 AM
We’ve all experienced the lack of electricity, no refrigeration, cabin fever feelings during a storm. We scramble for sliced bread, cases of water, and an array of canned food in hopes to maintain some sense of past normal days until mother nature passes. Between past snow storms and the current days of Hurricane Sandy, we can all relate to the “lack there of” of just about everything. However, just because everything in the kitchen is dry or comes out of can doesn’t mean we can’t take the delicious out of a can too! Here are some of the ways I try to stay fresh in the kitchen with limited culinary resources.
Posted on 11/3/2012 at 6:00:00 AM
Thanksgiving Deconstructed: Post Holiday From Breakfast to Dinner
We all know that the Thanksgiving holiday is a time for family, gratitude and reflection; but most of all a great big feast. There are some brave kitchenites that brave the test of creating delicious dishes from scratch, but then there are others that contact their favorite caterers, hopefully Grace’s, to take the culinary stress away. However your feast is acquired, we all have one goal in mind, deliciousness. The day comes and you have more than enough of every dish, guests who are more than full, and the last thing anyone wants to see is another helping of cornbread stuffing. Every host of the holiday is wondering “What am I going to do with all these left o...Read more
Posted on 11/1/2012 at 5:45:00 AM
After a long cold winter, summer is finally here! It’s time to open up the pool, dust off the patio furniture, and most importantly fire up that grill. Whether you’re the “hostess with the mostess” like me, or a simple party planner who serves a couple of beers and a nice chip and dip platter, here are some guaranteed tips to make any gathering a delicious one. From stocking up the fridge, to easy prep, parties can be just as fun for you as it is for your guests, not to mention you’ll impress a couple of palettes as well.
Posted on 6/5/2012 at 7:45:00 AM
The Seasons of Grace's
We’ve all heard the expression “going back to our roots.” In my personal experience, I take this in both a very literal and figurative way. Growing up, Balducci's began when I was just a little girl as a produce market. My father and mother, Louis and Maria Balducci, strictly sold the freshest, highest quality produce, and only that. There was no such thing as a Prime Meat department or Coffee Bar, we sold what we knew, and that was the most delicious farm grown products a New York market had to offer.If there is one story I like to tell over and over again, it’s the one about my pop and his watermelon. When I was a teenager, my pop bought this huge watermelon from Chile…the first of ...Read more
Posted on 3/11/2012 at 7:45:00 AM
Pasta, pasta and more Pasta
Where would Italian cuisine be without the timeless classic pasta? I can’t think of a more versatile base of a dish, from all the different cuts, textures, and appearances. I honestly don’t know what my dinner table would look like without it.
Posted on 3/11/2012 at 5:15:00 AM