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Entertaining - HÔTEL Silver



We were so excited to get our favorite HÔTEL Silver Footed Bowls back in stock - just in time for holiday entertaining. We love our HÔTEL Silver pieces - they're all beautiful and they really do make any occasion feel special. So, we took a page from Ina Garten's book (Cook Like A Pro) and brightened up our holiday tables with some silver sparkle! We hope this post sparks some inspiration for your own holiday entertaining. 

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Holiday Cocktails

We’re heading into prime party season and who doesn’t love to celebrate with a holiday cocktail (or mocktail)!! We prepared and tested a few festive drinks that are sure to add a little flair to your holiday gatherings - Ina Garten’s Raspberry Royale and Limoncello Vodka Collins, and a very special Christmas Cranberry Julep. Cheers!

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Holiday Cookie Baking

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…cookie baking time! I love baking for the holidays, it just gets me in the giving spirit. This year I invited a few friends (including my baking hero George Waldron) to come over and decorate cookies. We snacked on some appetizers from Ina Garten’s new cookbook and learned some simple, easy tips to decorate cookies like a pro! 

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Cassandra's Year Of Birthday Cakes

Cassandra's Year Of Birthday Cakes

In 2017 I made a little deal with myself, I wanted to make all of my family’s birthday cakes (thanks, Ina Garten and Barefoot Contessa for the inspiration). I enjoy baking with my kids and thought that letting them help with their own cakes would create some great memories and foster their love for cooking and baking. The birthday cakes weren’t perfect works of art, but they were prepared with love - so they tasted even better!

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Great Gifts for the Host & Hostess



The holidays are upon us and it’s one my favorite times of the year. Yes, it’s busy - shopping, baking, school events, holiday concerts, dinner with friends, weekends with family. There is so much happening, but no matter where we’re going, I never like to show up empty handed. Hence the theme of this post – Host/Hostess Gifts. We know the length of your to-do list is already overwhelming - we’ve put together some quick and easy gifts so you can show your appreciation and spread some holiday cheer.

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In The Kitchen - Ina's Flag Cake



The famous Ina Garten Flag Cake. I would bet that if you’ve lived in America for any amount of time or even happened to visit in the summer months, you’ve seen some version of the Flag Cake. This time of year, the fruity stars and stripes are all over checkout aisle magazine covers and cooking shows. It’s so festive and fun - even Taylor Swift and her famous friends are fans of Ina’s Flag Cake.

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In The Kitchen - Jalapeño Margaritas

In The Kitchen - Jalapeño Margaritas

Kids are almost done with school, Father’s Day is this weekend and it’s finally starting to feel like summertime in NY. I thought it would be a good time to share one of our favorite summer drinks – courtesy of Ina Garten and my husband Brad - Jalapeño Margaritas. Brad loves spicy food. Loves it. So years ago, when I first got my hands on Ina’s Make It Ahead cookbook, I was thrilled to find her Jalapeño Margaritas recipe...

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New Product - Pillivuyt Round Tart Dish

During this time of year we spend a lot of time entertaining or preparing food to take with us to parties or get-togethers. Our new Pillivuyt Round Tart Dish has been getting a lot of holiday love. Pillivuty pieces are known for their even heat conduction, versatility, and durability. In Cooking For Jeffrey, Ina Garten uses it to make Prune Armagnac Clafouti. Whether breakfast, brunch, dinner or just desserts, we think this dish will be an all-star in the kitchen.

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Thanksgiving Menu



Thanksgiving is here and we’re busy prepping for our feast. My mom, Barbara is coming into town to help with all of the meal preparation. I’m hosting 16 people and I could not (and would not) do it without her. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s on the menu.SaveSave

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Herbed Goat Cheese in a Weck Jar

Lately at Cassandra’s Kitchen, we spend every spare moment pouring over the recipes in Cooking for Jeffrey. The response to the book has been tremendous and we’ve done our best to stock cookware, tableware, and products that Ina uses and features in the book. This week we wanted to highlight the Weck Canning Jar that Ina uses for her Herbed Goat Cheese.

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