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3 Revolutionary New CheeseSticks Entrees for Dinner

John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks are not just for snacking. They can also be used to add some oomph to your entrees. They'll add a bit of a crunch and some extra flavor to your favorite dishes, including a comfort food favorite…more

9 Practical Ways To Incorporate CheeseSticks And Thanksgiving

Add John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks, CheeseCrisps and SweetCrisps to your Thanksgiving meal for a change of pace. Use them in garnishes or create entire dishes with them. You can even pair them with your favorite after dinner…more

Sharing Food, Drink and Companionship: The Ultimate Guide to Tapas

Tapas represent a long-standing Spanish tradition originating in Medieval times. Today, small plates of a variety of foods (tapas) served with wine or beer bring a spirit of friendliness and joviality to a nearby tapas bar,…more

Gourmet Appetizers for Summer Parties

Summer is a wonderful time of year. The weather is warm and the days are long. Everything seems to slow down and be less hectic. Since everyone seems to have more time to socialize, it is the perfect time of year to…more

Make your Graduation Party Better with John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks

Graduation time is here. Whether it is from preschool to kindergarten, from college into the wonderful world of work, or any level in between, graduations are a significant transition. There is no better way to celebrate this…more

Nibbles and Dribbles: March Madness Snacks

It's March Madness time. At this time of year, everyone's thoughts are turning to basketball. Even people who aren't into sports seem to love filling out brackets and joining in on the fun. March Madness provides the perfect…more

6 Easy Super Bowl Snack Recipes

Alright, football fans, the day you’ve been waiting for is just around the corner. Whether you are an avid fan of the game or simply watch for the commercials and halftime entertainment, there is no doubt that most of America…more

Great Ways to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day

Did you know that there is a National Cheese Lover’s Day? Well, there is; and with good reason. If anything deserves a national day of celebration, it is cheese and the people who love it. But, it begs the question, “How do…more

Tips for Hosting a Wine Tasting Party

Are you interested in hosting a wine tasting party but don’t know where to start? Here are some great tips to get you going down the right path to hosting the best wine tasting party ever.more

Five Perfect Must-Have Dinner Party Menu Items This Thanksgiving

Turkey Day is almost here. Although it is truly a time to give thanks for all we have, it is also a time to feast on fabulous food. As you are planning your menu for your Thanksgiving dinner party, keep in mind these…more

Seven Must-Have Items for a Patio Bar Cart

There is still plenty of time to entertain outside before the weather gets too cold. Now is the perfect time to get out your portable bar cart and throw an outdoor cocktail party. Make sure your bar cart is ready for your…more

How to Plan a Surprise Party

Do you love surprises? Many people do. But, it is even better to be in on a surprise. Planning a surprise party can be fun and exciting. However, it can also be stressful. It is hard to keep the event a secret and plan for it…more

5 Tips for Kickstarting a Wine Tasting Club

In the past several years, wine and wine tasting have become all the rage. It seems like wine tasting parties are sprouting up all over the place. If you are interested in jumping on the vino bandwagon, keep reading for some…more

How to Give the Perfect Holiday Gift

As the holiday season approaches, one of the biggest challenges is finding the perfect gift, whether it is for friends, family, or a significant other. Gift-giving is more than an expression of celebration or tradition; it is…more

Six Spooky Tunes for Your Halloween Party

“Monster Mash,” “Psycho Killer,” “Werewolves of London” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” are all undisputed classics, but let's spice things up with some variety: Adding these six spooky tunes to your party mix will give your…more

4 Luxurious Ideas for Gracious Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor entertaining is a staple of spring and summer plans. With warmer weather, it is time to get out and enjoy the fresh air, as well as the natural sights and smells. Entertaining in outdoor spaces can be a bit more…more

10 Irresistible Ways To Entertain Spring Guests On A Dime

Spring is the time for renewal, for fresh starts and reinventions. Spring is also all about lightness and sunshine. Put these elements together and what you have is a wonderful opportunity to meet and reacquaint with friends…more

Superbowl Party 2014 – Once more with Feeling…

Kicking off your Super Bowl party in 2014 with style will leave your friends and family speechless at your party hosting skills. Easily score a winning touchdown by providing your guests with eye catching decorations,…more

Happy New Year! Five Definitive Hangover Cures…

New Year’s Eve is the one time of the year that you can get wild while saying goodbye to the year prior and hello to a fresh start with New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you promised yourself you would lose those last 15lbs,…more

A Worthy Cause Provides Food for Thought.

As many of you know, October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We spend a lot of our time here talking about food and entertaining, but in this final week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to address another,…more

Do You Make Easy Party Food Or Culinary Masterpieces? Finding Your Own Entertaining Style

Are you a last-minute, casual, easy party food,  pot-luck kind of event thrower? Perhaps you’re a well- organized, elegant soiree kind of host. Or like many of us, you may think you fall somewhere in between. If you aren’t…more

Easy Appetizers and Simply Elegant Settings Create No- Fuss Parties

How many times have you planned a party, pulled it together, and experienced it as nothing but a blur of cooking, plating, serving, and cleaning? Is that fun? While your guests may have enjoyed the event, they more likely…more

Ignite Your Event With Peppers, One of the Hottest Party Food Ideas

Yes, the thermometer is high, but that doesn’t mean that hot food is out. And when we say hot, we’re talking about spicy. This could be the best time of year to put a little kick into your party food ideas.  We’re not…more

Finding Late Night Party Food Ideas Shouldn’t Make You Sleepless

Aaaaah summer, the land of longer days, late nights, and entertaining friends. You may throw a backyard cookout, tailgate at a baseball game, or simply have friends over to enjoy the evening. But if you are still going well…more

Surprising Ways Unexpected Ingredients in Party Food Recipes Makes You a Better Host

While I often enjoy the familiarity of routine, even revel in the auto-pilot sort of easiness of the expected, every now and then a surprise really gets me motivated. Constant surprises could have you off balance but constant…more

Three Insane (But True) Reasons to Make No-Sweat Party Food Recipes For Summer

Long days spent outdoors are becoming the norm as we slide into mid summer. It’s in these days that we often find ourselves feeling festive and wanting to share our time with family and friends. Those days can be a joy, but…more

Homemade Easy Snack Recipes – A Healthy Alternative to Store Bought Goods

As more and more people become aware of the preservatives, sugars, and other unhealthy ingredients that are loaded into party snack food, the more people are looking for alternatives. Many snack makers are getting wise and…more

Selecting and Storing Fruit To Use In Summer Party Food Recipes

One thing we most look forward to in the summer is eating fresh seasonal foods, especially fruit. The colors, textures, and flavors of these juicy sweet goodies can make your summer party food recipes even better. But knowing…more

Easy Party Appetizers For the Grill

The heat, the fire, the smell and the smoke. It’s primal. Cooking over an open flame harkens back to ancient times. Those were the days when your next meal came only when food could be caught, a flame ignited, and time could…more

A Fresh Garden Makes For Easy Party Food

What better way to pay homage to the planet than to lay out a garden of fresh foods? Our Mother Earth gives so much, and one of the best things that springs from her ground are vegetables. So why not plan a garden that will…more

A Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed With Easy Party Food

You hear the sound of birds chirping, feel the warmth of the early morning sun, the relaxation of soft music, and then open your eyes to a tray full of delicious, easy party food in bed – it’s a dream, right? Not necessarily.…more

Brunch Party Food That Appeals To Everyone

People love tradition. When there are special occasions, holidays, or large family gatherings, brunch is a popular event. Developing a menu of party food for your brunch can be a chance to get creative, and appeal to many…more

Make Life Easier With An Organized Pantry and Fridge

Your guests will be arriving soon, and you’re in need of party food ingredients in a hurry. You go to the pantry, or to your refrigerator/freezer and it’s a disorganized mess. You fumble around and may not find something you…more

Easy Party Food and Movies – A Contender For “Best Combination”

We’ve had the Golden Globes and the SAG awards already. But while there may be some debate on whether it ultimately honors the best, the upcoming Academy Awards is certainly the event of the movie season. If you’re planning…more

Bring a Super Bowl of Party Snack Food to the Big Game

It’s a day that’s supposed to be all about the big game, but honestly, it is often more about the commercials and the party snack food. The spread at a football party can be a big hit. Sometimes though, they can be quite…more

You Can Shed Holiday Pounds and Still Enjoy Party Snacks

It seems to be a never – ending cycle. We happily graze, or even gorge our way through the holidays. Then we make a resolution to get our health under control. Next, we deprive ourselves of pleasures like party snacks, and…more

Party Snacks and Specialty Beer – A Pleasing Combination

It’s the time of year for all sorts of celebrations. There are holidays, the arrival of  the winter season, and a new year. There is football, and other excuses to get together and enjoy party snacks, friends, and fun. For…more

Spice Up Party Food Recipes For Fall

Interesting, exotic, and perfectly balanced flavor, it’s the holy grail of cooking. One of the best ways to achieve this in your party food recipes is to use the appropriate spices. Knowing which spices are best with which…more

Do You Need Great Gadgets to Help Make Easy Party Food?

I like it simple, and sometimes simple means having help. Certain gadgets or utensils can be just what you need for making easy party food a breeze. There are a lot of gadgets and utensils out there. Unfortunately, it’s not…more

Bring Easy Party Food, and 5 Other Ways To Be a Good Guest

Let's be honest. There are some people that are good party guests, and others that fall into the "other" category. While there's no one particular formula that makes you a joy to invite, there is one simple way to impress…more

How to Entertain in a Small Space

When you entertain in a small space your options for the grand are limited. You want your party guests to enjoy themselves without feeling cramped. Instead of thinking big, think scale. Photographers use scale to highlight a…more

Quick and Easy Entertaining With Finger Foods For Parties

The clock is ticking. It seems almost as if the minute hands are spinning. You just got home and have guests coming in one hour. The panic sets in. What you need in this moment are some quick and easy entertaining ideas. One…more

Entertaining Ideas with Healthy Snacks

The invitations have been sent. The guest list is set. In a few hours your guests will arrive and you'll serve gourmet snacks. You know they deserve healthy snacks. You want to make sure the foods you serve are healthy,…more

How to Entertain with Gourmet Food without Ruining Your Budget

My sister Beth is a self-proclaimed master of the art of entertaining- gourmet entertaining to be precise. As both an amateur chef and single mom however, her caviar dreams don't always align with her Cheese-Its budget. And…more

Bypass the Boring: Healthy Snacks You Will Want To Try

I'm not sure about you, but I actually have gotten used to the idea of eating healthy. Making well-balanced, low-calorie meals is becoming a way of life. Where I have trouble though, is when it comes to healthy snacks. What…more

The Art of a Gourmet Café Conversation

Step into any gourmet café shop and your senses are immediately stirred. The aroma of fresh coffee makes its way to your nose. Your mouth begins to water for the perfect espresso. You can practically taste the hints of the…more

Little Known Ways to Entertain

Entertaining in your home can seem like a challenge. You want the evening to go well. You want to show your friends a good time. You also want to serve good appetizers to your guests. Of course, gourmet appetizers are the…more

Now You Can Have the Perfect Snack

Foodies, sophisticated partiers and healthy snack aficionados, welcome to a new blog dedicated to one goal, one lofty ideal, one dream among impossible dreams... We refer, of course, to the quest for the perfect snack!…more