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December 12, 2017

Connections #12 | Alyssa

There is a used to be a running joke in our house about my Frenchness. Try a cheese and, boom, I’d be 62% French. Pick up a few French slang words, 71%. Striped shirt, 75%, and on and on. The jokes stopped at one point. Maybe because I finally attained that je ne sais quoi or, more likely, because the focus changed.

Now I’m a woman on a mission of togetherness whether it’s getting friends around the table or making connections in the community. In an effort to spread the good word, I’ll be sharing some links every once in a while that will (hopefully) help you do the same.

In Your Home
Dinner party tips for small spaces.
Fave kitchen tools from a famed blogger.
Guide to buying cheap (ahem, affordable) wine.
Clear the clutter in your kitchen.
The perfect holiday outfit for all of your gatherings.

In Your Community
The power of an invitation.
Easy (and tasty!) activism for the holidays.
Cooks can be feminists too.
4 down, 12 to go.
Love wins.

P.S. The old French Connections are all here if your curious and here’s a fancy holiday dinner party menu just for kicks.

P.P.S. The photo above is from the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition now showing at The Broad. She too is a woman who believes in love.

Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu

December 5, 2017

Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

If you haven’t noticed, December has arrived and everyone is in full holiday party mode. It’s already a challenge to cook for a large crowd, but doing so during the busiest season of the year? Yikes.

Meet my friend Mexican food, a crowd-pleasing cuisine that everyone loves and is fairly easy to cook. Not to mention, it’s an easy way to serve a vegetarian-friendly meal without the meat eaters noticing.
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