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I’m DeeDee Dalrymple, and I’m so glad you found your way to this site. As you’ll see, “welcome” is one of my favorite words. Whether as a newlywed hosting my first Christmas dinner or a mom cooking Saturday morning pancakes for our children and their friends, I have always enjoyed welcoming others into our home. Bringing people we care about together is more than serving a meal; it’s an expression of love.

I realize that not everyone feels this way. For some, entertaining is overwhelming and stressful. My step-by-step guide, Effortless Entertaining, along with our ongoing updates, will provide all the resources you need. My goal is to inspire the seasoned host as well as the most reluctant, and to make both feel more at ease.


Arugula and Fig Salad

Susan, DeeDee, Mary, Nancy, Donna, and Sally DEAR FRIENDS, Donna Lawhon is a girl after my own heart! We love to talk about food, cooking, and entertaining. This fabulous and effortless Arugula and Fig salad recipe is from her. We served it one night at a dinner party for 16 … clearly, it increases well!…

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