At home, soup-eating is usually a casual affair, with no special rules or etiquette. But have you ever wondered about the proper way to eat soup, especially at a formal dinner or fancy restaurant? From where to rest your spoon between bites to how to politely get the last drops of soup from the bowl, we have the answers.
I have a friend who eats her pizza with a knife and fork. She's European, so she has impeccable formal table manners and whenever I eat pizza with her, I admit that I feel like a philistine, for I eat my pizza by picking up a slice in my hand and bringing it straight up to my mouth. How do you eat your pizza?
Have you ever been a guest at someone's house for dinner and been served a meal that is a complete turnoff? This is of course a common scenario when traveling and encountering a new cuisine but it can just as easily happen at your boss' dinner table. Maybe it's way, way, way spicier than you can handle, or the meat is strange or unfamiliar, cooked a little too rare, or not cooked at all. Simply not liking a certain food is one thing, but having your stomach roll at the thought of eating a dish that was proudly put in front of you by your host is quite another. So, the question begs to be asked:
It's back-to-school season around the country, and I feel that this also launches us into buffet season. School parties, office potlucks, and then, of course, the holidays of fall — chances are you're be sidling up to a long table covered with casseroles sometime soon. And if you're the one setting up that table, I have one important reminder for you. The most important tip for setting up a buffet for a crowd...
Summer is all about hot weather, cook-outs and no-fuss parties, and sometimes this easy attitude extends to the raw chicken your host has left marinating on the counter for several hours before getting it on the grill. As a cook with some food safety knowledge, you know this is dangerous, but as a guest, you're hesitant to speak up. What do you do?
Have you ever asked for a recipe only to be rebuffed? Or asked for a recipe but received something that was not quite the same as what you had originally tasted? I may be off base here, but I find the idea of not sharing a recipe a little old-fashioned. There's something so retro about it to me, a throwback from a time when the household was the sole outlet for a woman's personal expression and even something as simple as a recipe was a closely guarded asset.
My boyfriend and I have spent a good portion of July traveling and visiting family — in short, being other people's houseguests. Then last week, my boyfriend's mother came to visit for a week, and we have Bay Area friends coming into town this evening. I love having visitors, but I always worry a little too much about what to feed them. So when Sam's mom came to town, I decided to put together a list of great recipes that are nice to have around for snacking and easy meals.
There's an etiquette question in DIY circles that not everyone is familiar with: when gifted with a jar of homemade jam, pickles or other preserves, should you return the jar when you are done? Read on for my take on this gifting dilemma.
We've all experienced that moment (usually at a wedding, or other formal event) when you find yourself seated at a table for a multi-course dinner surrounded by complete strangers. You may stumble into this situation unexpectedly, but how one chooses to react can make or break the night. What do you do? What do you talk about? How do the heck do you get out of there alive?
Weddings aside, when was the last time you sent or received a printed invitation in the mail? Maybe it's the crowd I hang with, but it is becoming increasingly rare to open my mailbox and find an invite inside. These days more casual gatherings are organized by phone call, email or Facebook. For a special occasions, many people use websites like Evite or Paperless Post, leaving the mailed invite mostly for weddings.