Welcome to The Lounge

Tune in weekly for mouth watering menus & fresh ideas for home entertaining with Holly Brown. Holly shares food trends and inspiring party plans each week. This month is the perfect time to try an Oktoberfest party. It's a great excuse to try a Bavarian inspired menu.

Appetizers/Hors d'oeuvres

Appetizers are the first course in a meal at the table, whereas Hors d'oeuvres are meant to whet your appetite prior to the meal. Either way, they both get a meal off to a great start!

Asian Fusion

Find sweet and spicy; fragrant and tangy flavors. From soups to salads, appetizers, and main dishes!

Featured Favorites

I crave certain dishes over and over. They’re my favorites and they’ll be yours too. See what we’re cooking on a regular basis and why our friends keep coming back for more!

French Food Inspiration

The French have it right when it comes to food. They take their time, drink wine, and socialize over a meal. Deliciously simple French classics are perfect for entertaining at home.

Gluten-Free & Fabulous

Even if you aren’t allergic to wheat, you can reap digestive benefits by reducing or eliminating gluten in your diet. Our menus will inspire you to try.

Great Grilling

I admit it, grilling is typically the domain of my husband and his meat…no pun intended. If grilling is your thing, we have some great menu ideas and tips anyone can use.

Italian Cuisine

Some of my best friends are Italian, so I’m fortunate to be around wonderful cooks and the best “peasant food!” Try our country Italian cooking ideas at your next dinner party!

Just Desserts

“Dessert first” is a common refrain among dessert fans. I prefer to reserve it for the grand finale. If dinner is theater, then dessert should leave the audience begging for a curtain call!

Main Dishes

Every delicious dinner party begins with a theme. The main dish is usually the source of inspiration. Try our mouth-watering menu ideas to inspire your next gathering!

Mediterranean Cuisine

There's a reason why the Mediterranean Diet is so popular. Our recipes reflect food from countries all around the Mediterranean Sea.

Mexican Fiesta

Growing up in California, I ate a lot of great Mexican food. I love a great chili relleno and potent margarita. Mexican food is dish delish and mucho fresh when you make it at home!
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Party Decor

Let us decorate your next dinner party. Our tips, setting and designs will make dinner party decorating fun, so you can enjoy being the host with the most!
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Party Menus

Let us inspire your next dinner party with a complete menu plan. Our recipes, videos, tips, and drink pairings make dinner party planning easy, so you can enjoy being the host with the most!

Pasta Perfect

I love Pasta so much that I nearly opened a restaurant called, “Pasta, Fish and Jazz”. The perfect menu for me includes fresh pasta, great seafood, Jazz music, and of course friends!

Salads, Soups & Sides

Textures, colors, and tastes on the plate, and throughout the meal, should complement not compete. Try our salads and sides in your menu plan and get lots of compliments!

Seasonal Specialties

Some dishes are beloved around a holiday. We love making, serving, and eating them, then wonder why we don’t cook them more often. Here are some of our favorites!

Spanish Cuisine

Traveling to Spain is a culinary inspiration. Spain’s simple food, Rioja wine, and tapas culture are featured in many of my dinner parties. Pair tasty “small plates,” with a glass of vino!

Succulent Seafood

Seafood is one of my favorite foods! Our tender, tasty preparations cover the gamut from salmon to shellfish so you can anchor your menu with this versatile, vitamin-rich protein.

Wine & Spirits

It’s great to be married to an award-winning winemaker and first-rate bartender. We always get the party started with cocktails. See how we “shake up” some of our favorite drinks!

Recent Party Plans

Grilled Salmon Salad

Tis the Season for Salmon!

There's no better way to get your Omega 3s than with fresh caught salmon at the height of salmon season. Prepare this fabulous fish as an appetizer, salad, or main dish!
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For the Love of Lamb

Lamb is not just for the occasional splurge on an evening out. Lamb is easy to prepare at home. These succulent preparations and sauces that will find their way onto y...
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Eggstra Special Easter Menu

There’s more to eggs at Easter than egg hunts, chocolate eggs, and egg coloring kits. If you’re in charge of the brunch menu this year, we have the eggstra special dis...
Puffed Pastry Triangle with Nutella and Strawberries

Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Food is a gift from the heart to the soul. If you don't have time to plan a meal, a decadent dessert is the perfect romantic gift. We've got you covered with a selecti...

Recent Recipes

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Sweet and Salted Butter Buns

Hot buns are always a favorite. Make 'em sweet and slightly salty and they become irresistible! These sweet and salted butter buns are perfect for breakfast, lunch or...
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Peach Berry Cobbler

The key to cobbler is combining a slightly sweet fruit medley that doesn't turn to mush, with a fluffy pastry topping, and just a hint of crunch. This Peach Berry Cobb...
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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli & Bacon

Rigatoni is a versatile pasta. It's made rich and delicious with cruciferous brussels sprouts and broccoli, along with salty bacon, anchovies,and capers. Serve as a me...
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Slow Braised Lamb Shanks

Slow braised lamb shanks are fall off the bone tender. Reducing the braising liquid results in a deeply rich, slightly sweet sauce. You'll want to serve them with some...

Recent Videos

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Setting a Seattle Style Dinner Table Perfect for Seafood

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Setting a Colorful Formal Table

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