Tag Archives: Dinner Party Menu

A Sultry Italian Summer Meal and Tips for Hosting Large Parties

This past weekend, Colin’s parents came to town and we wanted to make sure to have a nice big dinner with all our friends so they could meet our adopted family here in Dallas. I started scheming the week before about what kind of meal to cook that would be… Read more »

Beef Sessions: Journey Through Vietnam – Bo Luc Lac Recipe

For my final Beef Sessions dinner, after starting in Vietnam, heading through Irish-America, with a stop over in Cajun country, and hopping across the Atlantic to visit France,  I thought it only appropriate that I take the journey full circle back to Vietnam for a blow out on my motherland’s… Read more »

Beef Sessions: Beef Bourguignon – A Texas Sized Taste of France

Beef Bourguignon is one of those dishes I’ve always had a romantic notion about. Thoughts of the hearty stew make me long for rustic loaves of bread served on sunny wooden tables amidst a field of wildflowers. Bench seating where guests have to brush carelessly against their neighbors while rolling… Read more »

Beef Sessions #3: Ragin Cajun Edition

 (photo by Andrew Lin) This week is Mardi Gras, the annual celebration of all that is excessive, indulgent and covered in glitter and feathers! I’ve had the pleasure of going to Mardi Gras twice so far in my life.  Once during college with about 20 of my closest friends to… Read more »

Beef Sessions #2: Guinness Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braising beef is a somewhat like living a long term relationship with it. You start out with super high heat and sizzle. Snappin’, cracklin’, hot, hot passion that sears just surface. Sparks and oil fly as you fight to tame each other. Then, just as the fire of meat lust… Read more »

Beef Sessions #1: Bun Bo Hue – Vietnamese Spicy Beef & Pork Lemongrass Soup

Most of you are familiar with Pho as a delicious, meaty, brothy Vietnamese dish that you can find at pretty much every Vietnamese restaurant in America, and on every street corner in Vietnam. But have you heard of Bun Bo Hue? It’s another big bowl Vietnamese soup, but this time… Read more »