The Masters and the EE Workshop!



The Masters is this weekend and with a dog named Putter, you know our family will be watching! To give you some ideas, this week’s Dish will give you recipes and pro tips you need to help you host a winning Masters Party … effortlessly!

A question though … would you like to host a Master’s Party, but perhaps you feel a bit overwhelmed when you think of hosting this party or any other gathering?

I’ve got good news for you! The 30 Days to Effortless Entertaining workshop beginning in ten days will transform the way you entertain. Gathering the people you love can be fun for YOU and I will show you how! Even better than the pro tips I offer below for a Masters Party, we will tackle every aspect of how you entertain. I look forward to welcoming you into my home for the next workshop which begins in ten days on April 22nd … time to register now!

A few Pro Tips … ⛳️

  • Order Masters napkins and other party props now, or keep it simple and use green and white. It’s not too late! Caspari has a stylish selection of everything you need. Perhaps place a golf embroidered hand towel in the Powder Room. You can find these golf napkins on Amazon!
  • For the Azalea Cocktail, you can mix ahead with the vodka or add the vodka for each drink. If you mix ahead with the vodka, reserve some without for guests who prefer a Mocktail.
  • Offer other beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. We like to offer a full bar so everyone is happy!
  • Source locally for anything you don’t want to make! Even though EE offers a recipe for homemade barbecue, I always purchase. This is a great item to source in your community. You can often find a good slaw as well.
  • Choose the choices of bread you prefer. I love Pepperidge Farm Very Thin White bread. Along with your sandwiches, offer your salads without bread and with gluten-free crackers.
  • Offer small bowls of mixed nuts, cheese straws, and M&M’s. Guests love to nibble!

I hope you enjoy your Masters Party and every other party you want to host! If you want to entertain easily and graciously. Join me for the next workshop starting on Monday, April 22nd. Let’s get ready for spring and summer entertaining! Learn more here!


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Cucumber Spread

SERVES 10–12     Inspired by Southern Living

A summer spread that doubles as a dip!


8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups unpeeled, chopped Persian cucumbers*
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
3 ½ tsp chopped fresh dill
3 tsp dried mint
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
*See TIPS & QUIPS below for more on Persian Cucumbers.


Combine all ingredients.

To serve, spread on crostini or white bread rounds with tomatoes and garnished with fresh dill or use as spread with tomato or turkey sandwiches.


  • I recommend Persian cucumbers, which are small, thin, and usually sold packaged, vs. loose, in your produce section. They’re also firm, crisp, and taste amazing. The skin is edible, not like the thick, waxy skin on your standard variety.

Three Cheese Pimento Cheese

SERVES 10–12     Inspired by Southern Living


8 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, grated*
4 oz Gouda cheese, grated*
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
½–1 cup mayonnaise
1 4-oz jar diced pimento, drained
½–1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tsp McCormick Seasoned Salt
½ tsp pepper
Best to grate your own cheese rather than use pre-packaged, which comes with additives to keep it from clumping.


Combine all ingredients. Season with hot sauce to taste.

Delish on BLT’s or burgers, grilled pimento cheese, grilled bacon and pimento cheese, pimento cheese melted on crostini.


  • Avoid using pre-packaged grated cheese as it comes with additives to keep it from clumping. To make grating easier and safer, use a box grater with cut resistant gloves. See Sources & Resources. You can also use a food processor which will make the cheese grating even more … effortless!


Azalea Cocktail



2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz pineapple juice
¼ oz Grenadine
4 oz vodka
Lemon twist
or lemon wedge to garnish (optional)


Mix ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Strain the contents of the shaker into glass. Ice in glass optional.

Garnish with lemon twist or lemon wedge.


  • Recipe may be mixed a few days in advance. Shake in cocktail
    shaker before serving.
  • You may add vodka in advance or add the vodka before you shake.
  • Recipe may be increased.
  • If making a large batch in advance with vodka, reserve a few
    servings for guests who may prefer a Mocktail.



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Cucumber Spread Recipe | Three Cheese Pimento Cheese Recipe | Azalea Cocktail

Join me for EE’s 30 Days to Effortless Entertaining!

We start Monday, April 22nd!

Friends always tell me, “You make entertaining look so easy. You make it look so fun!” With this workshop, entertaining will be easy and fun for you too!

In EE’s 30 Days to
Effortless Entertaining workshop …

  • You’ll experience the excitement and ease of hosting friends for dinner. Evenings with good friends will be stress free for you and a treasured gift and memory for the people you love.
  • We’ll transform your kitchen and entertaining areas. You’ll love your well-equipped, well stocked, and more enjoyable spaces!
  • Stock your “party pantry” with everything you need.
  • You’ll be given a crowd pleaser, easy to prepare Menus with a Grocery list too.
  • You don’t want to cook? No problem! We all feel that way sometimes. We’ll solve that too!
  • You’ll be inspired with simple Style Points and equipped with Short Cuts making your next dinner party more fun and easy than ever before!


Are You Ready?

  • We’ll meet twice each week for four weeks, once by video on Mondays that you may watch at your convenience, once on Thursdays in a live chat at 3:00 pm.
  • Yes, there will be homework!
  • Our next workshop starts April 22nd.

Let’s do this!

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