The Truth: Are Dinner Groups Really Worth the Work?

The Truths: Are Dinner Groups Worth the Work?

When people find out I’ve been in a dinner group that’s been going since 2009, they’re astonished – especially when they find out we’ve stuck to it through 4 moves, 2 weddings, 2 house renovations, 3 (soon to be 4) babies, career changes, and all sorts of other challenges  that would make any reasonable person bow out from having friends over for dinner. As you can imagine, there’s major curiosity about how we’ve made it work, so here’s a roundup of the questions I get asked most.  Read more…

The Ultimate Dinner Club Cheat

Want to start a dinner group? This kit has you covered.

You finally did it. Threw down the gauntlet. Decided THIS was the year you’re going to make more time for friends.

Starting a girls dinner group sounded super fun. But now it’s time to plan your first dinner! So what can you make that will impress your friends? And how are you gonna make this a night to remember? Read more…

How to Start a Dinner Group in 15 Minutes

Jump-start your dinner group in no time.

I’ve explained how my girlfriends and I made finding time for each other as easy and automatic as pouring our morning cup ‘o joe  — and, some of the things I let get in my way  of doing it even sooner.

But, even if you’re ready to create your own friendship routine, know exactly how to do it, and what obstacles to watch out for, 99% of you still won’t make it happen.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza w/Quinoa Crust


I ADORE my dinner club – great friends, great conversation, and loads of delicious new recipes. But this month my circumstances have changed. 14 days earlier, I started a 21-day cleanse. No gluten, soy, dairy, sugar, corn, peanuts or eggs. Here’s when people usually say, so what the hell DO you eat for 21 days?! {That was my first reaction too…} Read more…

Maple-Rosemary Butternut Squash with Pancetta


As per usual, here in Florida the transition from summer to “fall” (which feels more like winter) happened overnight. As soon as cold weather hits, I instantly want something savory. And butternut squash is one of my all time favorite vegetables to satisfy that craving. Read more…