Christy Rost
celebrating home and family

Notes from Swan's Nest

From Christy's mountain home and studio

Star-Spangled Celebration

‘Tis the season for hometown parades, backyard picnics, ice cold lemonade, grilled hot dogs and burgers, and everything red, white, and blue. Randy and I are celebrating the Fourth of July in our Colorado home again this year. American flags line our driveway and adorn large flower-filled planters on the front steps. Red, white, and blue bunting hangs from the front veranda railing, and stars-and-stripes pillows brighten the blue and white cushions on our porch furniture.

Mother's Day Road Trip

Mother’s Day is May 12, and while my mother and I won’t be able to celebrate the occasion together, I think we’ll still be glowing with precious memories of last week’s Mother-Daughter road trip.  Mom isn’t driving anymore, so I knew taking her anywhere beyond her neighborhood would be a gift to cherish.   Adding gorgeous scenery, rolling hills, roads lined with spring flowers, towering oak trees, stopovers in small historic towns along the way, and three nights in a lovely hotel would make this an unforgettable getaway for both of us.

Four Fascinating Days with North Dakota Farmers and Growers

When was the last time you shopped at your local farmers market? In November, I received a wonderful invitation from longtime friend and President of the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, Marvin Baker, to deliver the 2024 keynote address during their annual statewide conference held in March in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Pasta Dish A Recipe For Romance

No matter the time of year, a bowl or plate of pasta makes me feel cozy inside. It’s the ultimate comfort food for busy weeks, chilly days, and romantic dinners a deux. If I want that meal to be a meatless one, I turn to one of my favorites – Pasta Alfredo.

It's Time To Celebrate Mardi Gras!

If you've been to a New Orleans Mardi Gras, you know what a memorable experience it can be.  Mardi Gras – a celebration to prepare for Lent's 40 days of fasting before Easter – dates back to the Middle Ages.  When French explorer Pierre le Moyne d'Iberville arrived in New Orleans in 1699, he brought the annual tradition of Mardi Gras with him.

Move Over Roast Turkey – Here Come The Sides!

For holidays and cozy gatherings with family and friends, it’s the side dishes that often make the meal.  Experienced cooks know when side dishes include make-ahead components, even a large feast becomes doable.   By shifting the focus to luscious side dishes prepared mostly in advance, hosting the Thanksgiving feast or any holiday gathering can flow more smoothly even when roasting a turkey.

That’s A Wrap! Behind The Scenes of A TV Cooking Series

During this beautiful autumn season when our sights are set on cozy meals with family and friends, season two of my national television cooking series At Home with Christy Rost continues to delight viewers. In late summer, my New York-based Eat This TV crew filmed twelve new episodes and thirty-four recipes in four jam-packed days at Swan’s Nest – our 1898 historic home in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Whimsical Halloween Cupcakes Inspired By Friend's Gift

A dear friend surprised me in early September with two packages of Halloween baking cups.  One features orange pumpkins with friendly smiles; the others are black with shiny silver ghosts.  My friend said she thought of me the moment she saw them and simply couldn't resist.  Well, I couldn't resist sharing them with you!  These darling baking cups became the inspiration for Ghostly Pumpkin Cupcakes – individual pumpkin and spice cakes decorated for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

Side Dishes – The Stars Of Summer Gatherings

Have you ever attended a summer barbecue or backyard picnic and come away raving about the mouthwatering display of side dishes? It’s true – from Memorial Day to Labor Day, side dishes are often the stars of summer gatherings. When guests bring their favorite side dish, their contributions can lead to the most amazing array of luscious flavors and oftentimes wonderful stories behind the recipes.

Jewel Tea Cookies Are Fit For A King

King Charles’ May 6th coronation is just days away but has been on my calendar for more than a month. I’ve been a follower of royal weddings and displays of British pageantry since Charles married Diana. My husband Randy had been transferred to his company’s Paris office only days before the royal wedding, and a small boutique hotel just two blocks from the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe had become temporary quarters for our young family while we awaited the availability of the apartment we’d live in for the next year.
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