Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 5)

January 11, 2011 - 10:41am

At my house, anytime we’re expecting a crowd for dinner, we make homemade pizza. It’s way cheaper than ordering delivery and it’s the easiest meal to serve a lot of people. You can choose the toppings based on who you know is coming. My foodie book club group? Probably something super-healthful with lots of fresh veggies. A roomful of my husband’s rowdy friends? Something a little more traditional (read: meaty).

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December 22, 2010 - 10:45am

I think most people are afraid of pasta, especially in January when some of us swear off tempting, indulgent foods in favor of lettuce and carrots. Pasta tastes so good—but it’s soooo bad for you. Or is it? Would you believe me if I said that pasta can actually be a healthy choice for dinner—even when you’re watching your weight? Because it’s true. The trick is to keep the portion size of your pasta under control and add lean protein and vegetables to the mix so you feel satisfied.


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December 20, 2010 - 3:59pm

I have a girlfriend who is like a real-life Martha Stewart when it comes to throwing parties. She greets you at the door, hands you a glass filled with her latest signature elderflower-pomegranate-spritzer-with-a-twist cocktail and draws you into her cozy home filled with candles-a-burning, fire-a-blazing and an oh-so-perfect tablescape that would give even Sandra Lee a run for her money. The guests are always beautiful, perfectly chatty and nice. The food is always gourmet, always delicious.

Related: Delicious New Year’s Eve Recipes

I love my friend’s parties, but I also know that she goes to great effort to make them as perfect as possible. And there are times when that is totally appropriate, especially for more intimate...

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December 10, 2010 - 11:29am
By Penelope Wall in EatingWell Blogs

I am the queen of last-minute party planning. Leave it to me to throw a fete armed with nothing more than a shopping list two hours before showtime. In the end, I've found guests never seem to notice that it's last-minute so long as they have a drink in hand and a few tasty vittles to nibble on.

Pomegranate Mimosas & More Festive Holiday Cocktails
7 Tips for Throwing the Easiest Holiday Party

My secret? First things first, I place beverages and glasses in a strategic location so early-bird guests can help themselves to drinks while I'm finishing up in the kitchen. Secondly, I like to think of...

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December 2, 2010 - 12:17pm

It’s time for my annual holiday cookie swap. I had so much success with my 100-calorie cookie platter last year that I decided to try the challenge again this year.

Related: (Click here to see what I made last year.)

I like say that I live by the “everything in moderation” mantra, but something about the holidays makes me want to throw that out the window. It’s all those cookies—they’re my downfall! So if I can fill my platter with festive,...

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