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From our home to yours


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.


Give the Gift of Hospitality … to yourselves!

Dear Friends, Hospitality … “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” Today’s newsletter considers what hospitality as defined above looks like among ourselves … whomever “ourselves” includes inyour life during this unusual time. Maybe “ourselves” includes your spouse or significant other. Maybe it includes your children, maybe your parents. Maybe it includes a few friends that you’re able…

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What People Are Saying

“The week The Dish came out in April, I was busy trying to figure out a menu to serve to out-of-town family coming for dinner Friday night. Bingo! Everything I needed was in The Dish. I promptly took my EE shopping list and headed to the grocery store for everything I needed. These recipes were made a day in advance, leaving Friday free for me to do some outdoor cleaning and set up the patio so we could dine outside.

The recipes were delicious and everyone cleaned their plates! EVERYONE! The Dish was just the help I needed to make this family meal – with cousins we don’t see often – very special. Perfect timing!