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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.


Cozy up with Super Easy Soups and Stews!

    Dear Friends, Well, I’m not sure I feel quite as strongly as Gwyneth, but there is no question that homemade soups and stews are so much better than store-bought. The same is true for salad dressings, but I digress. With this issue of The Dish, we gather my favorite soups and stews, some of which you’ve seen before and…

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