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When Sandy Coughlin started blogging in 2006, she set out to write about the missing art of hospitality in our culture. She had recognized a great need for people to connect and escape their isolation and loneliness, so she jumped in with Reluctant Entertain to help. Visit www.reluctantentertainer.com for simple entertaining ideas, dinner party tips, and ways to reach out and grow your hospitality.

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Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Baking, Desserts & Chocolate, Fresh Fruit, Recipes | 0 comments

Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer created a delicious dessert recipe that’s perfect for Cherry-Oh!® Cherries and can just as easily be made with peaches or pears. Enjoy! I love a summer dessert made with large, sweet cherries, a dessert that you can swap out with other fresh fruit in season, such as peaches or pears. My recipe today is the essence...

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HARRY & DAVID WELCOMES WEST COAST FOODIE BLOGGERS

HARRY & DAVID WELCOMES WEST COAST FOODIE BLOGGERS

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Field Notes | 0 comments

It’s a gorgeous time in the Rogue Valley, with pear blossoms bursting with color. This takes us back to 1934, when Harry & David grew their first pear harvest.   This is the beginning of the Harry & David 80th anniversary celebration, which I’m honored to be a part of along with five of my fellow food blogging friends.   This week...

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Tips for Valentine’s Brunch with XOXO Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Tips for Valentine’s Brunch with XOXO Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Desserts & Chocolate, Entertaining, Fresh Fruit | 1 comment

Sandy Coughlin, our contributing writer from Reluctant Entertainer, shares a few pointers on how to create a fun Valentine’s Day brunch. Eating a really good chocolate covered strawberry is like getting a hug and a kiss all at once. Sharing them together with someone you love over a simple brunch is a completely different story. Today I’m going to show...

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Easy Appetizers & Elegant Goodies

Easy Appetizers & Elegant Goodies

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Appetizers, Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Holidays & Celebrations | 4 comments

I am so lucky to be living in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the reasons are the trees, rivers, local and homegrown foods at the Farmers’ Markets, and plenty of hiking and camping, which our family enjoys. Did I mention the beauty?   The scenery and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest will take your breath away! When our out-of-town guests come for...

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