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11 Ideabooks by Chris Arpante
Guest Picks: Giving Salads a Starring Role — Salad Plates
A popular Spanish proverb states, "The belly rules the mind," but the presentation catches the eye that sees the food about to be in the belly. — Chris from Mele Cotte
Guest Picks: 'Orange is the Happiest Color'
Frank Sinatra said, "Orange is the happiest color." With fall finally here, orange evokes smiles and cheer while offering a wonderful sense of comfort and warmth. Accents of its tenderness welcome friends and family into the heart of a home, while dazzling...
Guest Picks: Apple of My Eye
Jane Austen once wrote, "Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness." Brilliant Jane, just brilliant! And with the new school year under way, I couldn't resist. — Chris from Mele Cotte...
Guest Picks: Corral Kitchen Utensils in Style
While some people take pride in needing only one shot to get the ball directly from the tee into the cup on the green, others prefer to make their move in the kitchen. Both, though, need some way to keep their things organized: Golfers have their caddies,...
Guest Picks: Outdoor Eating Essentials
Food armor and other fun finds will protect your edibles from bugs and help you entertain outdoors with ease
When the weather draws us out into our backyards, parks and clubhouses to take advantage of its splendor, there are moments when we’re reminded of the jokes Mother Nature likes to play. The prepped food, the seasonal whiffs of grills near...
Guest Picks: Measuring Up in the Kitchen
Weighing the idea of adding a scale to your kitchen? These handy cooking tools help with everything from baking to portion control
‘Be the measure great or small, let it be honest in every part," John Bright said. Scales weren’t important to me before I jumped into the kitchen. Then, between calculating what I ate and how much, and expanding my baking from drop cookies...
Guest Picks: When "Wining" is Allowed
Growing up in an Italian household, we understood the significance of a glass of wine: its flavor components and its influence on a situation (no pun intended.) While my father savored bold, full-bodied Barolo with his cigar, my mother preferred the crisp,...
Guest Picks: It's Tea Time
Does the image of a tea connoisseur include a snobby, nose-in-the-air, pinky-out tea drinker? Oh no. While enjoying the complexity of flavors, colors and reactions tea introduces to the senses, it is also important to enjoy yourself. —...
Guest Picks: Spreading Yuletide Cheer
While trying not to stress during the holiday season, I find comfort in simplicity. With serving pieces and plating decorations, less is more, so I thought "12 Days of Christmas" and went from there. — Chris from
Guest Picks: Simple Entertaining
I prefer small, intimate gatherings that highlight company, conversation and great food. Simple, multifaceted home items help me enjoy company more and worry less about behind-the-scenes minutia. — Chris from Mele...