Easy Smoked Salmon Blinis

I love the holidays – the perfect time to pull out the stops and try new, special recipes that dress up your entertaining ritual a bit.  It has always been my mission with Strawberry Banke to showcase seemingly “fancy” food in simple and easy executions for the home cook (it’s all about quality and presentation!).  […]

December 7, 2018

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Fall baby shower with Basic invite!

There is no shortage of occasions to celebrate in Charleston, but there’s nothing better than coming together to cheers to a friend’s special milestone in a memorable way.  Recently, a group of my dearest friends and I hosted a pretty baby shower for our sweet friend, Britt, who is expecting her first baby girl in […]

November 13, 2018

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Spring Asparagus + English Pea Tartines

I created these tiny tartines as a different take on the average tea sandwich, but they would be lovely as pretty spring hors d’oeuvres.  You could also use a good slice of sourdough or other hearty bread and make a larger portioned version (like a typical French tartine) for a midday luncheon served with a […]

June 14, 2018

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Grapefruit Margaritas with Pink Chili Sea Salt

I love a good cocktail – especially in this Charleston heat!  When Cinco de Mayo rolled around, I wanted to design a cocktail that stayed true to all that is wonderful about Cinco, but spiced up the average margarita a bit (literally!).  I can’t take a lot of heat when in comes to spicy food, […]

June 14, 2018

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Kentucky Derby Party with ColorByK + Draper James!

My dear friend Kristin Chambless of ColorbyK, and I love dreaming up party ideas to help the modern, everyday hostess entertain in style a little easier…(yes, we are entertaining soul mates, so to speak!). So much so, that our whole #ENTERTAINbyKxSBS series was born from this mutual goal and our passion for throwing parties together. So, as […]

May 3, 2018

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Get “race ready” with Kentucky Benedictine Bites!

It’s the final countdown to the Derby, and I can’t wait to share my twists on a few classic Kentucky Derby recipes to get your party off to the right start.  My good friend Kristin Chambless of ColorByK and I dressed up in our “Derby Best” (my breezy blue lattice dress is from my Southern favorite, […]

May 2, 2018

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Easy Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, friends!  I love this wonderful Spring holiday, not only because it brings me back to my Irish roots, but it also gives me a chance to share my favorite, authentic recipes from cooking school in Shanagarry, Ireland.  I like playing around with the presentation of some of the really simple recipes […]

March 17, 2018

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the perfect Irish scone – straight from the source!

Mastering the perfect scone was an extremely important skill at culinary school in Ireland – after all, the Irish know a good scone.  I have to admit, I really never knew what a real scone tasted like until I went to culinary school abroad.  I always avoided the large, triangular baked goods at American coffee […]

February 1, 2018

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A Cozy “Oldie but Goodie” – Winter Rice Pudding

The holidays are all about nostalgia – the smell of your childhood home and the family recipes that never fail, that favorite Christmas song that seems to always play right at the perfect time, or the way your family and friends light up when everyone walks in the door.  Bottom line – the holidays make […]

December 20, 2017

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3 Easy Champagne Cocktails to Cheers the Holidays

Ahh, the holidays…chilly nights fireside with friends and family, amazing family recipes and traditions, and fancy Christmas parties galore…no wonder this time of year is magical for all.  I absolutely love the holidays, but we all know that things start moving at a super sonic pace during this lovely (but sometimes hectic!) time of year.  […]

November 20, 2017

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