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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.


Cornbread with a Kick!

  DEAR FRIENDS, We’ve covered a lot of ground to get ready for the 4th! I’ve heard from so many of you about the EE recipes you’re using and how you’re getting ready in advance. YAY YOU! Even though I shared the Jalapeño Cornbread recipe in last week’s newsletter, which also featured the Ribs, this…

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What People Are Saying

“We’re at the beach with two other families. Last night I made the vidalia-cheddar dip, and everyone was ga-ga over it. But the real revelation came just now, when I spread the leftovers (no idea how there were leftovers) on bread and made a grilled cheese with it. Seriously, the best grilled cheese of all time.”