Napkin Folding Blog
Get your expert advice on napkin folding with step-by-step instructions on how to create your own unique napkin folds for your special occasion. I have over 20 years of experience in creating stunning events both large and small. Now I want to teach you how to fold napkins on my napkin folding blog. Join me here to learn The Art of Napkin Folding and Entertaining!
I’m so happy to be able to celebrate Memorial Day with my family. With my daughter home from her internship, we can have a full family lunch. Here are the dishes we made:
Spring Green Salad- I used Crane Crest French Dressing.
Crane Crest French Dressing is the best I ever had. No wonder this is a favorite of ex-President George W. Bush and his wife Laura for dressing their salad.
Here is the address of Crane Crest French Dressing
26 Old Orchard Rd.
Chestnut Hill, M.A. 02467
Dorothy Stapleton and Elegant Entertaining
Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Mrs. Dorothy Walker Stapleton at the Society of the Four Arts, a popular destination for art exhibitions, concerts, films, lectures and workshops located in Palm Beach, Florida.
I absolutely adored listening to Mrs. Stapleton, who happens to be a first cousin of former President George H.W. Bush, recount her amazing experiences serving as the wife of an ambassador. Her husband, Mr. Craig Roberts Stapleton, served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic between 2001 and 2003. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to France from 2004 to 2009.
I was already a big fan of Mrs. Stapleton’s wonderful book Elegant Entertaining: Seasonal Recipes from the American Ambassador’s Residence in Paris and during her lecture in Palm Beach, she provided the audience with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at her hospitality of VIPs during her time overseas. The experiences she spoke of were also the inspiration behind Elegant Entertaining, which she co-authored with Residence Master Chef Philippe Excoffier.
A magnificent compilation of tantalizing recipes and beautiful artwork, Elegant Entertaining features some of the most mesmerizing photographs of the American embassy that you will ever see. Mrs. Stapleton’s gracefulness and poise are captured perfectly in the pages of her book, which she was kind enough to autograph for me.
I would recommend Elegant Entertaining to anyone with an interest in her experiences at the American embassy, as well as anyone with a desire to learn more about entertaining with an added touch of class.
2 cups Water
1 cup Sugar
2 T Honeybell Orange Zest
4 cups Fresh Honeybell Orange Juice
Make a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add zest then chill.
Strain orange juice into non-metallic bowl and stir in the simple
Chef Barlett Added a Vanilla Tuile Cookie as an extra treat.
I want to introduce you to one of my favorite chefs: Jon Barlett. Recently I caught up with him we talked about his life.
Does cooking run in your family?
Yes. Food was always and still is #1 priority. My Mom and both Grandmothers were great cooks. My Grandmother once told me that some people “eat to live” and some people “live to eat”. My family definitely is in the “live to eat” group.
Chef Jon started his culinary career in Martha’s Vineyard during summertime. He worked behind the scenes as a dishwasher. Later, at the age of 14, he became a prep-cook and then a line-cook at the Roadhouse Restaurant. He also prepared breakfasts at La Patisserie, and spent 12 years at The Beach Plum Inn. In between these jobs he worked at The Marriott Copley Place in Boston, and The Breakers in Palm Beach. He currently works as a private chef in Palm Beach, Florida.
What was your early experience like?
It was great. I worked with some incredible people and learned from the best.
Which was the most challenging?
Both hotels were very challenging. Everything was at a much larger scale and you had a lot of people watching over you. It was challenging, but I learned a lot in a short period.
How do you prepare a menu?
Usually it starts with figuring out what the client would like to eat. Then all kinds of factors come into play. What is in season? What is in the markets and how fresh is the product? How many people? What is the weather forecast? Sometimes things go exactly as planned and sometimes a menu will change a few times to insure use of the freshest ingredients and meet the needs of the client.
What is your favorite dish?
Anything fresh and done on the grill. Nothing beats a fresh piece of fish or a great steak right off the grill.
What do you cook for your family?
Breakfast is big for the kids. Buttermilk pancakes are always a big hit. For dinner, hot wings and homemade blue cheese dressing.
Where can they find you on your day off?
My seven year old plays hockey, so lots of time is spent at the ice rink.
In your opinion, what is the cookbook every home must have?
What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to entertain at home?
Plan ahead, and get all prep work done before the guests arrive. Choose dishes that are already set so you can enjoy the party.
Make Mother’s Day Unforgettable This Year
Not only does the month of May signify warmer weather and the unofficial start of summer, it means that it’s time to let your mother know how just much she means to you. Observed on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is a holiday like no other—nothing is set in stone! There are literally hundreds of different ways to celebrate Mom in a manner that she deserves. It’s up to you.
Whether you choose to surprise your mother with a dozen red roses or simply have a meaningful conversation over a relaxing cup of coffee and delicious slice of cake, doing something that’s special and out-of-the-ordinary will make Mom smile like never before. This beautiful place setting can be used during a casual lunch or an extravagant dinner, but the fact that you created it yourself is what matters the most.
When topped with a decorative napkin that has been folded with a bit of TLC, any plate can appear elegant. Choose your mother’s favorite colors for an extra-special touch, and be sure to add a small vase beside the table setting. Your mother will have an unforgettable Mother’s Day this year, thanks to your creativity—and a little help from the Napkin Wizard, of course!
Just for Mom: Step-by-stepStart off with a traingle fold.Fold up from the bottom about half an inch. Don’t fold it all the way to the corner. From the left corner, leave about 2 inches of space and from the right corner, leave about 4 inches.Turn the napkin over.Fold the left side down, as shown.Fold the right side down. Notice the uneven length of the crease? The left side is longer than the right side.Fold the left corner to the back.Fold the right corner to the back.Fold the bottom to the back. Adjust the size as you please. Top it off with accessories of your choice.Congratulations! You just made a beautiful Haute Couture,” Just For Mom. “I made this inexpensive, beautiful arrangement. I inserted an oasis foam in the middle so that you can put your mom’s favorite fruit in the center. I also cut off some greens from my garden and added 3 fragrant roses to make my arrangement.