From Our Home to Yours


Marcia Smart’s Brilliant “Any Greens” Pesto

Dear Friends, Marcia Smart is most certainly @smartinthekitchen, and I’m delighted for you to meet this fabulous cook! I followed Marcia on Instagram and had subscribed to her newsletters when I met her in Houston.  Marcia attended one of the beautiful EE events our mutual friend, Charlotte Orr, hosted in her home. After my talk, I…

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Oldie, but Goodie for Super Bowl Sunday!

Dear Friends, Meet my sister, Nikki, or as our family calls her, ‘Ankie’. When our daughter, Elizabeth tried to say, “Aunt Nikki”, she ended up with ‘Ankie’ and it stuck for all of us! She is the heart and soul of our family. My husband and children adore her — everyone that knows her does…

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Short Ribs? Yes … Perfect for Winter Love Day! 😍

Dear Friends, Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your Valentine, Galentine, or Familytine (yes, I just made that up! 😍), say I love you with Short Ribs and Polenta. What could be more delish than a fabulously seasoned roaster full of fall off the bones beef Short Ribs served over creamy Polenta? Start your evening with a D’affinois and…

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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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Twas’ the week before Christmas …

  Dear Friends, It’s such a delight to hear from Mary (quote above) and doesn’t she just capture this year … new traditions, yes, but also ones we will not forget. For us, there are many traditions we will not be able to enjoy this year and there are loved ones we won’t see. Ed and…

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EE’s Favorite Stocking Stuffers! 🙌

Dear Friends, Through our “A Few of My Favorite Things” giveaway, you’ve been hearing about special gifts from EE and our giveaway partners. If you missed it, see last week’s newsletter, “The Dish,” newsletter, and our Instagram post too. You can also click here to enter. This week, we bring you … EE’s Favorite Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Cooks!   Although I’ve…

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A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway! 🙌

  Dear Friends, Effortless Entertaining and friends are collaborating in “A Few of My Favorite Things” giveaway sponsored by Gryphon Estate Silver! 🙌🏻  Together we are giving you the opportunity to win a special gift. Go to Gryphon Estate Silver on Instagram or simply click here to enter. Easy, peasy, or as I like to say … effortless! Meet our talented friends below, and even better … follow…

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Twas the weekend before Thanksgiving …

Dear Friends, For most, Thanksgiving will not be the same this year. I know, that’s stating the obvious. Many will not gather with their families and friends, and those that do may gather in smaller groups. This year will certainly be different for us. We won’t see my family for our annual Oyster Roast at my sister’s on Wednesday night….

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