Category Archives: Entertaining at Home with Karie Engels

Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Finish your holiday feast with the grand finale of all desserts – a moist, pumpkin cake base, studded with chocolate chips and topped with a sticky caramel sauce. It all comes together in your slow cooker, saving time, effort and oven space. Scoop baked cake into individual ramekins and top with whipped cream for a fancy, single-serving of indulgence. This

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Chef Jeff Anderson’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

The day before Thanksgiving is hands down, the busiest day in the kitchen. Anything that be made ahead of time is created in 36 hours before family and friends and sit down to dine together. Pies, cookies, desserts, croutons for stuffing are made and before I go to bed Wednesday evening, potatoes are peeled and chilled overnight. Here is a simple

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Food Network’s Spirited Candy Corn Cocktail

When planning the neighborhood Monster Bash that really knocks your guests socks off,. it’s important to have a bit of variety. The ultimate Halloween Soiree takes more concentration and time than a simple dinner party.  Visualizations and decor  need to be considered, costumes and sound effects and music. When planning appetizers, cuisine and beverages, the cocktails really take some thought and planning as

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Captivating Santa Margherita Cocktails Unveiled at She Shed Event

Last month, Santa Margherita unveiled its eco-friendly She Shed, designed by artist and blogger, Justina Blakeney at the Mar Vista Art Department in Los Angeles, CA. Throughout the night, guests enjoyed refreshing Santa Margherita cocktails (recipes below), including a Pomegranate Sparkler, Bitter Amore’, Sparkling Rosemary Cocktail and Rosé All Day. Santa Margherita provided the recipes below so you can taste

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Chilled Summer Sips: Lemonade and Martinis

I couldn’t imagine a hot summer afternoon without the noise of sprinklers and a pitcher of lemonade. As I was making a batch this morning I could hear the screech of little ones running through my neighbors wet lawn as they inched closer and closer to the spray. Memories flitted here and there as I rolled and squeezed lemons. Late summer is my favorite

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Poolside Perfect Sparkling Summer Cocktails

Poolside Perfection: Sweet Sparkling Watermelon Few things shout out the coming of summer quite like the arrival of watermelon at your local grocer and farms. Refreshing and delicious, it’s the perfect fruit to eat by the pool and to add to your cocktails. Cool down this summer by the pool with Freixenet’s Sweet Sparkling Chill Out and Keep Your Cool, Sparkling

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Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summer dreaming in late spring. It’s torture to have consistently warm temps so close and yet so far. This time of year they flirt mercilessly with us, flitting in out of the forecast, giving us just a tease and a taste of sun-filled days. While all of the recipes below have a refreshing air to them, I have a weakness for  Prosecco

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Shawn Shepherd’s Peroni Infused Cocktails

Whip up these Sexy Sips at Home for your next Cocktail Party or Garden Soiree Temperatures are rising and refreshing cocktails have arrived. Whether you throw an indoor cocktail reception, cool garden party or outdoor barbecue, delicious Peroni infused cocktails are here to help you celebrate the summer season. Shawn Shepherd, mixologist at Palihouse West Hollywood, has put together this season’s sexiest cocktails –

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Cool off with Tommy Bahama’s refreshing Cucumber Smash

Garden Party season. Those three words send a  thrill through my soul with their implication. Late afternoon barbecues and picnics that deliciously turn into evening soirees under twinkle lights and stars. Barbecue and beer are replaced with light appetizers, dessert, wine and dazzling cocktails. Light and refreshing is on the menu this time of year, and Tommy Bahama has the recipe to please.

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