Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable.
I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that's what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.
Creme Brulee is the ultimate 'guy' dessert. Make it and he'll follow you anywhere.
The dirty little secret is that I grew up in a household where there were no carbohydrates allowed, ever. No cookies, no bread, no potatoes, no rice. My mother was very extreme in terms of what she served. Since I left home more than 40 years ago, I've been making it right for myself.
I always like to have flowers on the table. I think they make it look special. Ina Garte