Let’s face it, entertaining is stressful. It doesn’t come naturally, it is a learned talent. My mom would pull off events effortlessly in the 70s and 80s while I was younger and then Martha Stewart came along in the 90s and changed the playing field. The best times that I can remember were when my mother’s friends would just show up after a few phone calls with parts of an entire meal, thus the “pot luck”. We had taco nights that would rival the best Mexican restaurants that I’ve ever been to since. She would also make Ossobuco where the meat would fall apart in my mouth, and that was just an average Tuesday. Those days are gone to some extent but we can still share new “special occasion” recipes and ideas for table settings with our girlfriends. Stay tuned for new ideas and some old ones to keep entertaining at home fun and easy!